Jogoya is without a doubt, one of the prominent Japanese buffet restaurants in the Klang Valley. Having been around for more than 5 years, it certainly holds a secret to success for the crowd to this place has never failed to impress. I was here 5 years ago when they were just opened, and here I am again now, 5 years later, heading for my second visit. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of buffet but since there’s a 2 for 1 Buffet promotion going on, why not?
All types of sushi and sashimi
Reaching there at 12.15pm on a Friday was a rather good timing, for there was no queue in sight and the place was probably half empty. It was a good way to start our buffet hunt, especially at the sashimi area.
“Less napkins, more plants”
My colleagues already had their first plates on the table while I scouted around to familiarize with the layout.
The main attraction of the place definitely went to the Sashimi area, where fresh slices of salmon, tuna, squid and scallop were quickly gobbled up by patrons. The good thing was, they refilled the sashimi pretty frequently, hence leaving all the plates filled most of the time.
Raw seafood for claypot
I filled my first plate with several types of sashimi, salmon sushi, oyster and chicken skewers! The smell of the satay was simply too good to resist, and I couldn’t stop myself from taking 2 of them, which fortunately turned out to be rather good. Very well-marinated and tender pieces of chicken meat, grilled to perfection and served warm. The sashimi was satisfactory, not the freshest I’ve tasted but reasonably good.
My first plate
5 years ago, I was in awe with the sheer size of oysters served in Jogoya. 5 years later, I’m glad to say that their oysters are still huge and fresh, with minimal fishy smell.
Chicken skewers and oyster
There was a fridge in the buffet area filled with plenty of claypots, filled with either chicken or beef slices. I took one with beef slices and placed it on the mini fire on our table. The fire was so small that it took ages to cook these slices of thin meat! I swear it must have taken at least an hour before one slice of meat was cooked. Not a very efficient way of cooking, yes?
The small fire
After one hour
My favourite stall of all was, surprisingly, the steam station! This was where cawan mushi (steamed egg) and soups were served. And trust me when I say this – you must try the soup! We had the Double Boiled Fat Tiu Cheong that day and it was simply gorgeous.
The soup was extremely delicious, filled with goodies such as abalone slices, sea cucumber and scallops. It was so good that I took 2 bowls of it, and that counts for a lot in a buffet. 🙂
Choice of soups
Cawan mushi / steamed egg
Fantastic Double-boiled Fat Tiu Cheong / Buddha Jumps over the Wall
Sea cucumber soup
Apart from the buffet spread, we were given several clips to order some ‘made-to-order’ dishes. There was a wide variety of seafood to be ordered – siakap fish, prawns, crabs, grouper fish, vegetables, you name it.
The most notable dish we ordered was this plate of huge crab! It was so huge that even its legs were filled with succulent crab meat.
In general, most of the seafood dishes we ordered were pretty good and fresh. I have to say that I’m impressed.
If the seafood and sashimi are not filling, there’s a Western Food station here that serves all sorts of pasta, lamb chop and chicken chop made to order. Someone from a nearby table ordered a lamb chop here and it was huge! It’s the size of the lamb chop that you would get in any other Western restaurants, which meant it’s a full meal by itself. I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish it so I didn’t order that.
Western food station
Spaghetti Aglio Olio
Next to the Western station was the Teppanyaki station, where patrons could place their orders with their clips for their desired dishes.
One of the items which was in high demand during the lunch was the coconut drink. These small and chilled coconuts were such a hit that every time the fridge was refilled, they would be gone within minutes. Now who’s to be blamed, for these little angels were so sweet and refreshing that one coconut was never enough!
Sweet and refreshing coconut drink
Last but not least, desserts! The desserts selection was pretty extensive with a wide variety of mochi, cakes, cookies and jelly displayed on a counter neatly. One just needs to point to the desired dessert to be served by the staff within. I spotted one of the staff ripping off the little plastic wrapper that the mochi was in, to be placed on the plate. So if you’re wondering, those mochis are not made in-house.
Mochi, tarts and cookies
What I was more interested in was the ice-cream counter! There were two choices of ice-creams – New Zealand Naturals or Haagen Dazs. Naturally, more people would flock to the Haagen Dazs counter but it wasn’t true in this case. The Haagen Dazs counter was manned by a staff, which meant that the amount of ice-cream given was fixed, thanks to the not-so-friendly looking person behind the counter. Also, the flavours in the Haagen Dazs counter were limited to 4, 2 of which were sorbets and the other 2 were not very popular flavours. Even the basic Vanilla flavour was not available.
Haagen Dazs ice-cream counter
On the other hand, the New Zealand Naturals counter was open to patrons, and there were at least 12 flavours to be chosen from, making it a more popular choice of ice-cream. It was so popular that the counter was almost always flocked with people, as can be seen from the picture below.
The many flavours of New Zealand Naturals ice-cream
I took the liberty of ordering one scoop of Haagen Dazs and grabbed 3 more scoops from the New Zealand Naturals counter. *glutton* Not to mention a piece of waffle that was smothered with peanut butter and chocolate sauce. It was sinfully glorious – the perfect finish that I was looking for. 🙂
Peanut butter and chocolate waffle with ice-creams!
Another counter next to the mochi was displaying a variety of jelly and pudding. The herbal jelly served was surprisingly quite good. The bitter aftertaste was a nice contrast to all the sweet desserts and ice-cream that I’ve had.
All kinds of jelly and pudding
My last plate
All in all, it was a pretty satisfying meal for lunch on Friday! Even though there were some hits and misses, I wouldn’t mind recommending it to friends for as long as the 2 for 1 buffet promotion is still going on. The normal price for lunch buffet is RM78++, but with a 2 for 1 promotion, we paid about RM50 each. One thing we found out though, even though it’s RM78++ for 2, they charged 10% service tax on BOTH persons. That means for 2 persons, they would charge RM78 + (10% x 78 x 2) then another 6% on the total. Sneaky, don’t you think?
Note that this promotion is only available on weekdays (until 27th of April 2011) for lunch and supper only.
Jogoya Japanese buffet
The long queue at Jogoya
Jogoya Japanese Buffet Restaurant (Halal)
T3, Relish floor, Starhill Gallery,
181, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603-2142 1268
Fax: +603-2148 8171