Suki-Ya is a Japanese style Hot Pot All you can eat buffet restaurant offerings free flow of quality chilled beef and pork at rather affordable prices. Let’s check them out with a Shabu-Shabu buffet dinner dine-in today.

A Suki-ya potpourri meal of Japanese style Hot Pot and Shabu-Shabu
Suki-ya’s potpourri meal of Japanese style Hot Pot and Shabu-Shabu.

At its core, Suki-Ya is a Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu “House of Hot Pot” restaurant. Also, their offerings are synonymous to the Korean shabu shabu we previously had at Kim’s BBQ and Goro Goro at Centerpoint which are all operated by the same parent company.

Welcome to Suki-ya
Welcome to Suki-ya!

Moreover, an adorable corgi as the restaurant mascot greets you at the entrance of the restaurant. The dining experience is largely comfortable offering a mix of tabled booth seating which are good for groups of 4.

Meat selections

On the menu for diners are unlimited servings of meat on-order and a self-help buffet bar, more on that later. Also, unlike most Sukiyaki-style shabu shabu BBQ restaurants with self-help meat counters, all the meat items have to be order through waitering staff. You have a choice of one chicken, one pork and two beef options.

Marbled pork, its like bacon, but better
Marbled pork, its like bacon, but better!

Additionally, recommend meat items to go for be their Beef Cube Roll, Pork Beef Short Plate and Chicken. Also, you can go wrong with their chicken marinated in a variety of flavours. Suki-Ya’s chilled beef and pork are served as paper-thin slices.

The beef though from frozen is of good shabu-shabu grade quality
The beef though from frozen is of good shabu-shabu grade quality.

Furthermore, your meats are served in stackable square Japanese bento style containers. These are highly recognizable as a suki-ya staple. Upon ordering, service staff would deliver your meat orders promptly, for larger orders, your meat are served in larger more space-efficient plates which can hold the amount of meat of 3-bento sets. Service is relatively prompt provided if you can catch the attention of the waitering staff.

Stacks and stacks of plates are a mainstay here at Suki-ya
Stacks and stacks of plates are a mainstay here at Suki-ya.

Suki-ya Salad Bar

Moreover, in typical Sukiyaki style, you slow cook your meat simmered at the table, alongside with vegetables and other ingredients from the Salad bar. The salad bar is another highlight of Suki-Ya is its vegetable bar offering a curated selection of fresh vegetables to round up your meal. On the menu are greens including leafy vegetables, lettuce, corn and mushrooms. It is also pleasing to see other items like a selection of noodles, soba and udon, as well as yong tau foo pieces.

Suki-ya self-help salad bar
Suki-ya self-help salad bar.

Additionally, I found Suki-Ya salad bar is plentiful, but not as extensive as the salad bar we had at Astons steak and salad. Also, a recommendation is to have your stewed meats paired with a selection of dipping sauces. In typical Japanese-style, dipping your cooked meat in fresh egg is an excellent choice. It coats your meats with a thin coat of egg. Also, topping up the sauce selections are Peanut Sauce, and Ponzu. The latter is a citrus base sauce best paired with radish and spring onions.

A table loaded with serving plates at typical sight here at Suki-ya
A table loaded with serving plates at typical sight here at Suki-ya.

One gripe is that many items on offer is a payable extra. For instance, free flow of soft drinks & green tea costs an additional $2.90 per pax.

Try their Sukiyaki Japanese soup base stock

Furthermore, you have a choice of 6 soup stocks to go with your stew, over a two-split pot. I recommend their Sukiyaki soup broth. It is touted as a Japanese favourite, made of blend of sugar and bonito stock added to a base of brewed soy sauce. If you prefer something clearer, you can’t go wrong with Shabu-Shabu.

Suki-ya split pot with 2 soups bases, Sukiyaki and Butaniku soup stock loaded with ingredients
Split pot with 2 soups bases, Sukiyaki and Butaniku soup stock loaded with ingredients.

The next best soup choice be their Butaniku soup stock. It comprises of a full-flavoured rich pork-based soup base. Also, if you have Hai Di Lao cravings, their Tomato Boiled stock seasoned with fresh tomatoes is one worth considering. Suki-Ya touts that the tomato stock’s rich and flavourful is boiled for hours to produce the tangy and consistent texture that excites your palate.

Moreover, wrapping up the soup base selections is their Kimuchi. Its stock is made of authentic kimuchi, flavoured with spicy miso and simmered vegetables, it is great for those who enjoy a more Spicer soup base. There Fresh Soy Miso is a premium soup base which sets you back a $2 extra. It is a popular Japanese winter broth combining miso and nutritious soy milk.

Value for money

Furthermore, the buffet is priced at two price tiers starting at $25.90 for dinner, and slightly $19.90 cheaper for lunch. Dinner $36.80, (Lunch $30.80), grants you additional premium meat choices such as Wagyu Beef, Iberico Pork, Salmon and Mussels. Frankly, you can do without the upsized offerings, Suki-ya’s regular buffet offerings are more than adequate and offers more value for the offerings

Also, it is worth noting the eatery has notable discount tie downs with partner booking companies. This could shave off 10% off your total bill. One such offer I used was making my reservation through Eatigo, which was a random lucky find. Interestingly on my research other sites like Chope does not offer occasional deals.

Suki-Ya Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu offers a fun Japanese dining experience and great for groups
Suki-Ya Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu offers a fun Japanese dining experience and great for groups.

Also, with discounts, your dinner is expected to set you back under $25 per adult excluding GST and service charge ($28.90 total). This is good value for money for a buffet with considerable food quality.

All in all, Suki-Ya Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu offers a fun Japanese dining experience. Though the lack of self-help buffet counters for raw meats is unlike most Korean BBQ or soup places, still, it gives patrons a kick to cooking your own food to your liking. It is great for groups in a social setting. It offers good value for the price and when paired with partner discounts.

Verdict:

Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid

Suki-ya Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu buffet Locality Map

#01-35 Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Pl, 397628
Opening Hours: 11:30am–10:30pm

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