A new eat all you can Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki buffet, Shabu Sai has opened on the 8th floor of Orchard Central just a couple of steps away from Kiseki Japanese Buffet. Serving up 7 different soup base (Seaweed, Sukiyaki, Spicy, Curry Dashi, Tomato and Tonkotsu Shouyu) and an array of more than 60 items on the buffet spread. There is also a bi monthly special soup base for a limited period. This month's special is Yuzu Salt Beauty hotpot that is infused with with collagen goodness. Opened by the Creative Restaurants Holding, they are the same people behind Hifumi, Maccha House, Yukari, Chiso Zanmai and Hiramiya in Singapore.
The design of the buffet spread area is quite interesting with cold air blowing out from the side keeping the raw ingredients fresh.
The signature items at Shabu Sai are the pork, beef and chicken served in bamboo. It is known that the bamboo's anti bacterial properties help to protect the freshness of the minced meat.
While waiting for the raw ingredients to be cooked, one may want to savour some sushi rolls and mini donburi while waiting.
Of course the highlight is the meats at any Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki buffet. The meats are not too thinly sliced and of pretty decent quality, can't complain much since it is free flow, eat all you can.
Singapore loves their sauces and condiments when having hotpot or steamboat. A corner has also been set aside for patrons to mix and match their own sauces to their choice.
Japanese Hotpot 2.8/5
During our visit, we managed to try all the seven soup bases but they were all disappointing. They were either too salty or bland. It is really a pity that the wallet friendly pricing with fresh and quality ingredients were lacked down by the lackluster soup bases. Even the bi monthly yuzu salt beauty hotpot was lacking in consistency, tasted salty for one table while another was fine. Unless the restaurant improves with the offering of their soup, safer to go for their bi monthly special soup base and remember to add on $1.99++ for the free flow of drinks and soft serve. You will need it to quench your thirst with all the saltiness.
Adult: $16.99++ Child*: $9.99++
Weekends and PH
Adult: $19.99++ Child*: $9.99++
Adult: $24.99++ Child: $9.99++
Weekends and PH
Adult: $29.99++ Child: $9.99++
*Child between 5-9 years of age; those below the age of 4 dine for free
181 ORchard Road
Tel: +65 68846760
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 3pm, 6pm - 1030pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 1130am - 1030pm
1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit to Orchard Road. Turn right on Orchard along the flow of traffic. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes.