Syohachi Yakiniku buffet at Tanjong Pagar

When Hong Kong’s famous Syohachi Yakiniku came to Singapore in November last year, the restaurant seemed like a love letter to carnivores. Their press statement promised premium free-flow meats, a central CBD location, and buffets that ran till 1am. 

While they were gaining buzz for their two-hour A5 Wagyu Ala Carte Buffet (from $70++ per person), they also launched a much more wallet-friendly 90-minutes Yakiniku Ala Carte Lunch Buffet ($30++ per person), which was all the excuse my colleague and I needed to head down to their Guoco Tower outlet to feast. This affordable buffet option is available from Mondays to Thursdays, between 11:30am to 3pm, and reservations are recommended. 

Unfortunately, that’s where the good things took a backseat, and our time at Syohachi Yakiniku began to go awry.

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Food at Syohachi Yakiniku

When you think of yakiniku buffets, you think of free-flow beef. The menu at Syohachi Yakiniku had images promoting A5 Wagyu Beef and a beef Tasting Platter for the $30++ price tag, which was the main draw. However, the reality was that every diner only gets one of those platters, with six slices of premium beef, and six pieces of seafood throughout the buffet. Additional orders of beef were chargeable, starting at $6++ for four slices.

The unlimited options spanned 42 items, of which there were hot sides, cold sides, pork, chicken, seafood, vegetables, soup, rice, and noodles. 

Though I felt slightly deflated, I still awaited the platter eagerly, because I’ll take whatever portion of wagyu I could get. Expectations once again fell short of reality. The slices were small, which I could look past, but it was tough to

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