We have been going to Mitsuba for over 3 years now and it is no doubt one of our favourite Japanese buffets restaurants because of the amazing quality of sashimi and the huge selection of dishes.
Tucked away on the 3rd floor of The Central at Clarke Quay, this understated joint has always been somewhat of a well-kept secret and I’m so excited to share more about it here.
Since our last visit almost 1 year ago, Mitsuba has refreshed its interior to be more open and accommodate more diners. Also, the window seats at Mitsuba boast a lovely view of the Clarke Quay area. It is highly encouraged to make reservations ahead of time to secure these prime seats.
There are two main dine-in formats here; the Buffet and Ala-carte options. We opted for the Buffet option which costs $51.90++ per person. It comes with unlimited servings from over 140 dishes, free-flow green tea and some basic desserts. Ordering is done via iPad and you can then relax and wait for your dishes to come.
Service is brisk and no-nonsense which is fantastic. Food generally comes within 5 to 10 minutes of ordering so you don’t have to worry about sashimi taking forever to replenish. However, there is a food wastage charge (typical of many buffets), so do be considerate!
Free Premium Appetiser: Mentai Scallop!
One thing that immediately helps you start “earning back” the buffet value is the complimentary piece of Hotate Mentaiyaki, or scallop with torched mentai sauce. This is available only in the Ala-carte menu for $13 and not in the free-flow buffet selection. Generally, the buffet selection excludes a few premium items like oysters or scallops but is otherwise very similar to the ala-carte.
The scallop was totally delicious and made it really tempting to order more from the ala-carte menu.
Fresh & Thick Cut Sashimi
Mitsuba is known for serving up generously thick cuts of high-quality sashimi. There was a decent selection of 6 types of items in total. These are: salmon, yellow tail (hamachi), tuna (maguro), white tuna (shiro maguro), swordfish (mekajiki) and octopus (tako).
The overall star of the show would definitely have to be the fresh & fatty salmon sashimi. Each piece is savoury melt-in-your-mouth goodness as Mitsuba does not skimp on quality at all just because it is a buffet.
If you just can’t get enough of salmon sashimi and don’t want to blow a hole in your pocket, Mitsuba should hands-down be on your list.
Endless Selection of Appetisers
These are some of our favourites from the appetisers. First up is the Ikura Chawanmushi (Steamed Egg with Salmon Roe). We love this because Mitsuba actually gives a generous dollop of ikura as this is typically very expensive and something restaurants tend to give sparingly.
From the other appetisers, the Baby Octopus, Smoked Duck and Edamame were decent as well. There’s no harm in ordering a portion or two of these just to give it a try!
On the other hand, the Kimchi was alright but not the best as the seasoning was a bit too light for my liking.
Yummy Fried Dishes (Agemono)
A fried dish I absolutely cannot miss at any Japanese place would be the Agedashi Tofu. Mitsuba does miniature single portions of this which are just too cute to pass up. The broth is just the right level of savoury and the skin of the tofu has that signature crisp yet stretchy texture.
We also really liked the Fried Softshell Crab (Kani Karaage) because it has that addictive crunch and delicately sweet crab meat without being overly oily. The portion is really tiny though and barely a bite, so go big on the number of portions you order from the get-go!
Get the Grilled Beef!
The best item from the grilled section would have to be Mitsuba’s signature Meltique Bifu. This is Mitsuba’s unique name for its tender slices of lightly grilled beef, seasoned with a touch of salt and black pepper. This may not look that impressive but it was GOOD.
Another value-for-money item is the Shishamo (smelt). These small fishes are bursting with roe and grilled till crispy. You can then just crunch it down, head and all!
Save Stomach Space On These…
While there were a lot of great dishes on the menu, there were some misses as well and these are the ones you can probably save some stomach space on.
Maybe this is just a personal preference but I would to avoid the noodle and rice dishes in general and save space for sashimi! While these dishes were generally decent, there was nothing that was too spectacular or must-try.
Besides staples, we had attempted to try more mushrooms & veggies as well in the name of healthy living.
We had high hopes for the Grilled Mushrooms but these arrived a bit too watery and bland. It would have been great if the sauce could have been reduced way more before serving!
The deep-fried Vegetable Tempura was also underwhelming. The batter was a bit too dense and came off the items too easily. Maybe stick to all the meat instead. 🙂
Simple Dessert Selection
Mitsuba has added a simple ice cream selection included in the buffet price. Luckily I am a fan of this Mingo brand of plain vanilla ice cream so it worked out well.
While desserts are no doubt limited, I assure you that the sheer range of dishes will ensure that you are bursting from all the food and struggling to find space for dessert at all.
We really enjoy it each time we come to Mitsuba. The menu is just huge; you will most likely end up running out of stomach space before you get to try everything.
Value-wise, the price point lies somewhere in the mid-to-upper range for Japanese buffets in general, but is well worth it for the quality. There are also various promotions that run on selected weekdays or during lunch that you can check out!
Spent: $51.90 ++ per person (before 15% discount for Ladies Night)
Address: Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, #03-88, Singapore 059817
Monday – Thursday
11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Friday – Sunday
11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm