I love buffets..I remember that it was a monthly ritual for my family in the good old days when we siblings were mere kids and we trotted off to a different hotel to try out their buffets. Love it!
Alas~ trying to maintain a healthy weight nowadays does not permit the frequent patronage of buffets. Not to mention the more $$$ prices here compared to back home.
Being a Jap cuisine fan, there is a restaurant along Hunter street that started offering buffets for their dinners. It's not that easy to find. You have to walk down some steps at the Wynyard station entrance on Hunter street before it reveals the restaurant to you. It can get quite busy on the weekends so it is a good idea to book.
We opted for the AUD25 all you can eat buffet which encompasses 2 different katsu and teriyaki, Nigiri sushi, hand made rolls and a delightful selection of special concoctions. The party at the table eagerly ordered one of each.
First came the beef teriyaki. Tender and juicy, it slides down your throat with ease.
Next came the chicken katsu. Fried just right without the meat being soaked with oil. The batter light and crunchy.
Next came the Specials. Starting from the left, we have "Crunch". This is carrot, cucumber and cream cheese filling. Deep fried in Katsu style. The crunchy outer layering adds a different dimension in terms of texture and coupled with the cream cheese, amazing. This is my favourite.
Moving on is the "Dragon Roll". Avocado and deep fried prawn filling, topped with eel, tobiki and kansai eel sauce. Yum~
Next came the "Volcano". Crabmeat, cucumber and avocado filling, topped with baked salmon, tobiko, spicy sauce and mayonnaise. This is quite similar to the one at Kobe Jones. This isn't my thing but other parties on the table wolfed them down quickly, which I will take it to mean that they like it.
Lastly is the "Italian". Same filling as the Volcano, but topped with grilled mozzarella cheese, spicy sauce and mayonnaise.
We couldn't get enough and ordered another round.
Hand made rolls were next. We ordered soft shell crab, scampi and tempura scallop and prawn tempura.
We couldn't eat anymore but the few rare ones managed to still sneak in some Nigiri sushi.
This is definitely worth the money. I actually preferred the specials over some of the ones from Kobe Jones. Well worth visiting again.Total Score ~ 20.5/25
[Taste - 8(10) , Presentation - 4 (5), Service - 4 (5), Value for Money - 4.5 (5)]
Kansai Japanese Restaurant
Level Basement, Shop B1, 7-13 Hunter Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel : 9231 5544