Aoki-Tei by Umai-ya at Sunway Nexis is the place to go for Japanese ala-carte buffet. There are many reasons why Aoki-Tei is a popular choice among the locals even though they had just opened recently.
Here’s 7 Reasons Why Aoki-Tei is the place to go for Japanese ala-carte buffet:
- Lunch Promotion – RM58++ per person
- Dinner Promotion – RM78++ per person
- 181 choices of Japanese cuisines
- 20% off for Senior Citizens aged between 55-59 years old
- 50% off for Senior Citizens aged above 60 years old
- Every 5 Guests 1 Eat Free
- An All You Can Eat and Drink Buffet – so food is only prepared upon order (Japanese rice wine (Sake) and Beers are included)
A lunch promotion for only RM58++ per person and a dinner promotion for RM78++ per person, no wonder it is fully booked most of the time. The lunch sessions are only from 11.30am to 2.30pm and the dinner sessions from 6.00pm to 10.30pm.
Forget about walking-in during the weekends because you will never get a seat. Make sure you book in advance if you decide to come during the weekends.
How many choices again? There are hundred and eighty one / 181 choices of Japanese cuisines!
Senior citizens get the best deal. There is a further discount of 20% for senior citizens aged between 55-59 years old and 50% for senior citizens aged above 60 years old.
And on top of all that, for every 5 guests, 1 get to eat for free. This is a great deal considering that all food are only prepared upon order.
Now to the most important part, the food. For sashimi, you may order the sashimi individually or the platters. There are only two platters, that is the Jumbo Platter and the Crystal Platter.
We ordered the Crystal Platter Sashimi which comes with 8 kinds of seafood. The items vary depending on the availability of the ingredients.
Then after several rounds of food, we ordered the Jumbo Platter Sashimi.
Aoki-Tei is quite generous with its portions. Unlike some places which give small portions of sashimi (the size reduce the more you order), the portion is quite standard every time we order. Our Salmon Sashimi portion is quite big even after our third order.
There are a few selections for soup and we ordered the one that appeals to us the most.
The Seafood Kaminabe. Japanese paper hotpot with mix seafood and vegetables. The seafood soup comes in a nice paper hotpot with fire underneath. As you can see, they are very generous with its ingredients. The soup itself is tasty. I highly recommend this soup.
For salads, we chose the Top Glass Salad. It is basically pieces of chicken meat with sesame dressing served on a bed of salad.
The way this salad was presented is quite unique. You won’t be able to see it from here. But just underneath the glass, there is a chunk of chicken meats.
This is Aoki-Tei’s Salmon Cheese Crackers. It is basically biscuit with fried salmon and a slightly charred slice of cheese sitting on top of the salmon. the biscuit was crunchy, the salmon was flaky and the cheese just blends everything together. It may look odd here. But it is quite good.
Saba Shioyaki. I love saba shioyaki but this grilled mackerel fish is quite average. It would be better if it more salt was added to it. It was slightly overcooked as well. It was quite dry. Some improvements needed in this dish.
Gani Cheese Fried – Soft shell crab rolled with bread and seaweed. Taste wise, this gani cheese fried was good but texture wise, as bread was used, it had a mushy texture around the soft shell crab.
There are also quite a number of selection for hot plates. So we ordered the Sizzling Seafood.
It wasn’t sizzling when it arrived at our table. But the portion of this sizzling seafood is quite big. There was a mix of seafood consisting of tiger prawns, salmon and squid legs. The sauce was quite spicy but manageable.
This is the Cheesy Oyster Yaki. It is best to be taken when it is hot. But since we took too much time taking pictures, it was cold by the time we eat it. It was alright but I still prefer the oyster sashimi with lemon.
Ikura Chawanmushi is basically steamed egg with fish roe. If you have never tried this before, you should try it. The fish roe just pops in your mouth releasing some salty liquid. It blends very well with the steamed egg.
For drinks, tiger beer and Japanese sake are also included in this Eat and Drink All You Can Buffet Promotion. We ordered the cold and hot sake just to try out. You should try both too – these are free flow anyway.
The desserts were quite average. We ordered the matcha and chocolate chip ice cream. If you are bold enough to try something out of the ordinary, order the wasabi flavoured ice cream. It will blow your mind.
Overall, we were quite pleased with our dinner. The service was good. The food was good. The price is a lot cheaper than many Japanese buffets around.
If you are coming to Aoki-Tei, you should book and secure your place first to avoid any disappointment. Come in a group of 6 to get the best deal.
Aoki-Tei Japanese Buffet Restaurant (青木亭放题）
Unit D-GF-05, Sunway Nexis
Jalan PJU 5/2
Business hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Tel: 03-6143 6868 (Reservations highly recommended)
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