If you are ever craving for Japanese on a Saturday and you want to indulge in a really affordable but still amazing buffet, you should check out the Kinki Restaurant + Bar that overlooks the impressive Marina Bay waterfront (and the Marina Bay Sands, of course). The weekly Bottomless Brunch on Saturday has gained quite a bit of traction lately so it is definitely important for you to make a reservation beforehand (unless you are keen to have disappointment for lunch instead).
To clarify things, no one is dining here bottomless - I'm not even sure if it is encouraged or allowed to be honest. The bottomless brunch here refers to the bottomless pit of sashimi, sushi, and alcohol (at a supplement of S$35++ per spirit type) heaven. Kinki Restaurant + Bar used to be a bar at night but the party has been taken to the rooftop now so this somewhat grungy-looking space has been converted into a proper Japanese restaurant - the view however is really underrated and I am truly surprised (pleasantly of course!) at the price point of this Saturday brunch. At just S$52++ per person, the Saturday Brunch at Kini Restaurant + Bar comes with seven food sections: sushi, sashimi, maki, cold, hot, mains and desserts - you will also have a choice of a full-size main to go along with your infinite indulgence of food!
Diving in to every Singaporean's must-have at any buffet - Sashimi. Seriously, our obsession with sashimi is probably a little unhealthy - we (myself included!) go to any buffet and the first thing we get is sashimi (or lobsters on ice!). While the sashimi is free-flowing, you do not pick it off some nasty station like in a regular buffet - it is sliced and plated for you by the sushi chef at the time of ordering. Each order comes with three slices so do your math and get the right amount.
I am also not too sure what the obsession with Pitan (Century Egg) Tofu is lately - this is the second time I am encountering it (the first time was at Hokkaido Sushi which is located within M Hotel Singapore). I am never a fan of century egg but hey it's apparently really good so give it a try if you like this Fear Factor approved food.
You should and I mean definitely, leave enough room for the aburi sushi - all of them in my opinion are amazing! Besides, how else are you going to get a shot of how it is being made? Most of us have had experiences with the Bunsen Burner back in middle school but to see this blue flame scorching your beloved fish is a whole new game. I love the melt-in-your-mouth texture of the tuna and the hotate is just delicious. Seriously, how do you manage to have a quality Japanese buffet at a S$52++ per person is beyond me.
Because it is the weekend, you should definitely consider an alcohol supplement. Well, you should ALWAYS consider an alcohol supplement especially if it is just S$35++ per adult for unlimited Sake. You may opt for a different poison like Prosecco, Sochu or even Beer (S$25++) but let's be honest here - the sake has the best value and you are in a Japanese restaurant after all. The Echigotsurukame Shofukujin Junmai sake is a highlight with its soft and balanced palate with amedium to distinguished umami that makes it a perfect pair to a variety of dishes.
Each diner will only get a choice of main (yes, you only get one chance to get it right!) but the good news is that the ever-popular Wagyu Foie Gras Donburi (which usually goes for about S$40++) is available too. It may look like a small bowl but this is definitely the usual serving size - it comes with a generous portion of sliced Wagyu and chunky bits of pan-seared foie gras which went perfectly with the Echigotsurukame Shofukujin Junmai sake that I have opted for.
This is hands down one of the most value-for-money buffets that I have ever been to. While the spread is not exactly impressive, every dish that was served was done beautifully. If you like quality over quantity, you should definitely check this place out but remember to make a reservation beforehand. Seriously, head down before they change their minds because S$52++ is just unbelievable.
This was an invited Media Tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.
Kinki Restaurant and Bar
70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Super Loco Customs House, Singapore 049323
Operating Hours (for Brunch): Saturdays Only 12PM to 3PM