Word of Mouth brought my tastebuds to a new destination on Singapore’s culinary map – Chiso Zanmai, a Japanese buffet restaurant located at The Central. When I received the invite, two words turned loose my salivation faucet… Japanese, and buffet.
So is this all-you-can-eat joint a case of blossoming sakura or Hiroshima on the palate? Read on to find out…
Plastic food and bonsai tree... Hong Peng (hpility.blogspot.com) and I can't wait to get to the real food!
A modern-contempo ambience with the bold use of a giant faux bonsai tree as the restaurant's centrepiece was rather refreshing. But be careful not to let the spiny leaves poke your eyes out!
Kiwi Topped with Tofu. Such a novel pairing.
Tuna and Leek with Sweet Miso Sauce. What I found really pleasing was Chiso Zanmai's food presentation, especially the cold dishes. It's art you can eat! And this rendition of tuna is definitely worth pigging out on.
Eggplant with Miso Sauce and Spicy Yam (yums!) and Green Tea Tofu (double yums!).
Salmon assortment. Here are just six of the many ways that Chiso Zanmai prepares the fish. Fresh rating : 5-stars!
Nabeyaki... sounds like a swear phrase. But don't worry, eating this self-assembled claypot noodle ensemble won't turn you into a potty-mouth.
Clams Cooked in Sake with Cabbage. Looks and sounds exotic but taste was too 'elegant' (in other words, bland) for my liking.
My fave - Salmon Fishhead!
Green Tea Tiramisu.
Coffee Jelly. Wanted to try it but it ran out. Replenishment of food items could move out of the ice age at Chiso Zanmai. But perhaps it was just teething operation issues.
Only good to look at.
Assorted desserts provided me with a sweet ending. My thumbs up go to the Cheesecake.
Gate-crashing the table of happening young bloggers. I'm the pickled ginger that accompanies the fresh sashimis at Chiso Zanmai.
In my humble opinion, I think Chiso Zanmai presented a good selection for the price it charges for a buffet. Some of the dishes may need fine-tuning to enhance the flavours but most of what I’ve tasted had an element of nice surprise.
Food is fresh and of good quality with the restuarant’s emphasis on presentation a definite crowd pleaser. I think Chiso Zanmai has the potential to rise up to be a great place of yums!
Address : #02-17, The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore
Lunch (12pm – 3pm) :
Mon – Fri : S$14.90++ (Adult), S$12.90++ (Senior), S$9.90++ (Child)
Sat, Sun & P. Hols : S$19.90++ (Adult), S$17.90++ (Senior), S$9.90++ (Child)
Dinner (6pm – 10pm) :
Sun - Thu, P. Hols : S$24.90++ (Adult), S$22.90++ (Senior), S$14.90++ (Child)
Fri, Sat & P. Hol Eves : S$29.90++ (Adult), S$27.90++ (Senior), S$14.90++ (Child)