Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Food Tasting - Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant

Tagged along Pauline to another food tasting. This time, we're at UE Square shopping Mall to try out the Ala Carte Dinner Buffet at Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant.

Located at level 3 of the shopping mall, Shin Minori (meaning New Harvest) is adorned with Zen inspired dark wood furnishings with clean lines and cozy warm lighting.

This casual Japanese diner offers wallet friendly All-you-can-eat Lunch and Dinner Ala Carte buffets. The buffet menu is definitely one of the most extensive ones I've seen, with more than 160 items to choose from! Fortunately, the restaurant has implemented a handy tablet ordering system where customers can browse the categorized food sections with ease, and place order for dishes online.

For the Ala Carte buffet menu, drinks and beverages are not included in the buffet prices, but complimentary ice water is served, and replenished, at every table. We started with some chilled juices while we ponder over what to order from that huge selection of food.

Apple juice & Lime juice $4.50++ ea.

The food arrived pretty quickly after order submission via the tablet. Most items are served in single portions (some in pairs), serving sizes are smallish which is good as we can order more variety to try.

Rice, noodle, chawanmushi & soup


Garlic fried rice

Mentai roe pasta

Sashimi moriwase platter

Dragonfly maki rolls

Rainbow maki rolls

Bacon wrapped asparagus

Grill quail eggs & chicken skin

Grill chicken meatballs

Grill salmon

Ebi tempura

Eggplant with yuzu miso dressing

Cucumber with soy bean paste

Overall, I enjoyed the Sashimi and sushi roll items the most. The raw seafood were extremely fresh, and the colorful Maki rolls actually tasted as good as they looked. Some grilled items were impressive too, the chicken meatballs and grill salmon were really good. The rest of the items were pretty standard in terms of taste.

The restaurant owner offered some of their in-house specialty dishes for us to try. The grilled yellow tail collar was excellent. This dish is not found in the menu and will be served complimentary to their special guests and regulars, based on availability. The other two dishes can be found in the Ala Carte menu.

Grilled yellow tail collar

Deep fried soft shell crabs

Baked scallops

No dinner is complete without desserts, so we each ordered a scoop of Japanese flavor ice cream and sorbet. These are priced at $5.90++ per scoop, or $8.90++ for double scoop.

Mixed berries, Matcha azuki ice cream & Yuzu sorbet

Dinner at Shin Minori was a pleasant experience, the buffet spread is extremely impressive, with a reasonable price tag to boot. Definitely a great spot for big groups of friends or family gatherings, where everyone can find something they like to eat here. I would suggest to go for their fresh seafood items which are more worthy of the bucks you're paying.

**Thank you Shin Minori for hosting us!

Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant
81 Clemenceau Avenue #03-15/16 UE Square
Singapore 239917
Tel: 67332272

Opening Hours & Buffet Prices
Lunch 11.30am to 2.30pm, Last order 2.15pm
Lunch (MON to SUN)
Adult S$35++
Child S$25++

Dinner 6pm to 10.30pm, Last order 9.45pm
Dinner (MON to SUN, EVE OF PH & PH) *
Adult S$39++
Child S$29++

*Except Christmas Eve, New Year Eve, CNY Eve & Special Occasions

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