Food blogs are always my first references when it comes to food hunting. So, here’s how it usually works; I would browse through the blogs and if I came across any good deals, I would show them to CS. That will trigger a chain reaction where CS will drool and cried, “Let’s go, let’s go.” Such was the case with Kikyo Japanese Restaurant when we knew they served Japanese buffet for only RM36.90+.
I have to be honest, the ambience and interior are not really impressive for a Japanese restaurant. I guess this is the difficulty one would face if one tried to convert a 1 unit shoplot to fit maximum diners, while maintaining a touch of Japanese. Not everyone can do that.
I had already reminded myself not to expect too much from a Japanese buffet with a price tag of RM36.90++. As predicted, some higher tier food are not available. Even if available, they’ll come with a portion of salad, tofu or soup which you have to finish them all. I might as well add in here, every food that were wasted will be billed per item. No kidding.
My artwork. Wasabi with a smile.
Hidden beneath the paper thin bonito fish flakes are the Takoyaki, which we found to taste just mediocre even with the generous amount of fish flakes given.
There’s only 2 types of sashimi which is the salmon and shiro maguro. Compared to the price we pay, the fish are acceptably fresh and delectable. The amount that we ordered for this? You might thought we are reincarnation of cats.
Assorted sushi. Same freshness as sashimi but could have been better with the rice. The rice tends to break so easily.
Baby octopus with salad. This is the irritating part; CS ate all the baby octopus and left me with the salad.
Unagi with tofu. Yes, if you want to order unagi, you have to order this dish that comes with a big chunk of tofu immerse in little soup, not unlike the miso soup. Somehow we found the Unagi still have some muddy catfish taste lingered around.
Deep fried Ebi (prawn) was hard and pretty much tasteless.
Butterfried eringi mushroom. The good news – it’s Korean mushrooms, my favourite! The bad news – it’s fried with butter. Can’t blame the chef on it. It’s just we never like anything called ‘butter fried’ because butter tends to make the food really oily and sickening.
On the other hand, Shisamo (fried pregnant fish) is better than those I’d tasted in Munakata and Umaiya.
You can’t go wrong with Miso soup. Almost all Japanese restaurants serve good miso soup though I like Kikyo’s for their lesser salt.
Tomago sushi. According to CS, they’re quite good that he decided to finish all of them without saving a little for me.
Mix butterfried mushroom.
Other items included in the buffet are noodles, bento sets, rice items and teppan. After wolfing down more than 10 sets of sashimi, we had a sweet surrender with chocolate and green tea ice cream.
The total damage came up to total of around RM81 with 10% service charge. If you’re looking for this place, I wouldn’t depend much on calling Kikyo and ask for direction. Kikyo is located at the shoplot area opposite Giant Bandar Puteri (across the Bandar Puteri main road). It’s at the second row of shophouses and just a few doors away from a Hakka restaurant, a corner lot.