Ayukawa Japanese Buffet @ Sutera, JB
We brought the LO out during the Hari Raya holidays and ended up in Tmn Sutera Utama, JB. This place is a hot spot with loads of food outlets, situated just beside Sutera Mall. We originally wanted to eat at Nijyumaru but it was full (could never get a place there without prior booking >.<) so we entered this place instead.
It was a buffet but there's no tables groaning with mountains of food anywhere. You're given an extensive menu and little pieces of paper whereby you're expected to write down your order and they will bring the food out. You get up only to get drinks, and some fried stuff (fried rice, sausages etc.)... oh and for ice cream :p I had no expectations whatsoever so it was a pleasant surprise to find that some of their food are actually pretty good.
A Must-Try. Beautifully marinated *yum*
The chicken teppanyaki was another good dish however it would have been heaven if paired with good garlic rice (but theirs are not up to standard because they did not use japanese rice… *bah*)
Grilled Pork Shoulder
You can see how good this is when there were only two left on the plate before I remembered to take a picture of it! Very oily too, but wtf I’ve been deprived since I had my LO.
I wish they had more filling in their California Rolls, other than that it’s alright.
Kinsahi does this better, but for buffet quality it’s good enough. I wouldn’t waste much stomach space on this as I would rather go for the grilled meats.
They didn’t have unagi alone, so we had to order this one. Acceptable, though I wish the sauce was better.
Char Siew Udon in Miso Soup
The Miso soup was nothing spectacular and the char siew was really tough, and thick >.< No melt-in-your-mouth goodness. I only ate this cause I wanted some hot soupy stuff.
Scallops with tomato and cheese topping
If you like the taste of pizza, you’d like this :P
DH’s fav. He polished off two plates by himself. Nothing fantastic, but it’s an expected dish to have at japanese buffets.
Never, ever order this. Or any other tofu dish. Done Agedashi tofu-style, with the tofu coated in sesame rather than corn flour, i found their dashi extremely *yucky*. Couldn’t stomach it at all.
Overall there are some hits and some misses. There may be more gems buried in that multi-paged menu but we didn’t stay long enough to try more of their food since LO needed our attention.
Ayukawa Japanese Buffet Restaurant
Address: 101-103，Jalan Sutera Tanjung, Taman Sutera Utama, Johor Bahru, Johor.
Tel: 07 – 5583 202 / 016 – 7733 701
Monday – Friday
Lunch 12pm – 3pm (RM38)
Dinner 6pm – 10.30pm (RM55)
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
Lunch & Dinner (RM55)
Special Discount for senior citizens (55 yrs and above)