Friday, January 30, 2009

Japanese Buffet @ Tenji, Solaris Mont Kiara

I'm sure many of you received an email regarding this newly opened Japanese buffet restaurant in Mont Kiara, which was actually a copy of a blog posting by flogger Precious Pea. A wrongful act, but I guess through that wrong act, it actually brought many customers to this particular outlet in Soho KL, Solaris Mont Kiara.

Tenji, situated directly above Cold Storage. At first glance it looks just like any typical Japanese restaurant. Previously they were having a lunch promotion offer whereby you pay RM29.90++ for the first 2 hours, additional RM10++ for the next, and another RM10++ for another hour. When I called, they said they were fully booked till the end of the promotion period. Then they extended their promotion, only modified by paying a full RM49.90+ no matter how long you eat. It was quite difficult to get through their number, always ended up with a recorded voice message saying the operator is busy or the line is engaged. But, just keep dialing and try. I finally successed at 9pm at night, and was given a table for three on last Thursday (22 Jan).

When we reached, there was a medium-long queue outside, a long list of reservations, and everyone have to pay before they get in.

We were seated outside at a "Zen garden" which I really love how they design it. If I'm not mistaken Tenji can seat up to 300 over guests at one go. There are tables inside too, where all the food and beverages are.

Similar to Jogoya, each table is given clips for guests to drop at the food counters to order what you like. They have various counters such as Chinese, Teppanyaki, Western, Paper Cup Soup etc.

Need a private section?

A hit item at the counter. Sweet cold thirst quenching coconut! But I don't know if they throw it away after that or not, because there's still flesh inside! So wasted. I had 6 of this.

I don't know where they get such HUGEEEEE oysters! As HUGE as my palm. But i'm not an oyster fan, only had one. It wasn't cold enough, so kinda jelak after eating one.

The inner interior


Hey! They even have a popcorn maker!

What really interest me is the flower teas! A hot pick too! Such a good idea to offer.

Wanna try all the teas but can't finish 8 pots?

You must be thinking here only got 7 types. One more is in the pot above. Rose tea. Mwahahaha! I feel so malu walking back to the table with the plate. But good idea right?? The blueberry and the peach one were pretty good. Others were kinda sour. Amaranth tasted weird. Calendula very the erm... weird too. Rose and lavender, normal la.

Prawn tempura! Gone within a second. Not crispy enough.

The portion is very small only. 5 cubes of beef, or 1 small piece of grilled teppan salmon. And the waiting is long. So make sure you place the clips early!

Cordyceps Soup (This is really nice! Very 'bou')

Steamed fish of the day - pomphret (This took half an hour to come)

Kai Lan. (A bit old though)

From the western corner. The mussel is not bad. And the potato.

My so called Paper Cup soup. You choose your ingredients and your soup base (miso/spicy). They'll heat it up at the counter, then bring to your table, and heat up on this. Kononnya heat up la, but no difference, not hot one :p)

The dessert corner is fantastic. I see so many cheesecakes! And not forgetting Haagen Daz ice cream!!! I was too full so I only had one scoop of green tea ice cream and a piece of cake. The Marble Cheesecake is good. These bunch of girls in front of me ordered one piece of each O_O"

They also have varieties of cookies available.

Manage to catch the chef marinating the lamb for dinner (Barbequed lamb only available for dinner)

The lamb carving counter

Overall, it was okay, at least I had a better impression on them rather than Jogoya. Some personal points from me:

i. The pace of refilling dishes is rather slow. Strategy or not I don't know. Especially the serve-upon-order food items. But I don't blame them, cuz too many variety, and you have to prepare one item at one time.

ii. Funny thing is, mum heard it was fully book, but at our area, there were still quite some number of tables unoccupied.

iii. Human's kiasuness, you tend to try to taste more dishes and end up filling up faster. Don't think I ate worth the price :(

iv. They must improve their staffs' menu knowledge. One table tried to order wine, not sure if they sell wine or not, but the staff didn't understand.

v. Taste wise, don't expect super delicious food. The taste is okay. Well, at least the sashimis are fresh.

PS: CNY Promotion is from 16 Jan 2009 - 15 Feb 2009. RM49.90+ for lunch.
Dinner Promo - RM88+ (For every 2 diners, a RM50 discount voucher is given for immediate use.)

Tenji Japanese Buffet Restaurant
Operated by Palm Crest Restaurant Sdn. Bhd (765661-P)
Lot L-01-01, SohoKL, Solaris Mont' Kiara
2 Jalan Solaris, 5o480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 1700801818

Operation Hours:
Lunch 11.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. RM77++
Dinner 5.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. RM88++
Supper 10.00 p.m. - 2.30 a.m. RM88++

Weekend & Public Holiday:
Lunch 11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. RM77++
Dinner 5.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. RM88++
Supper 10.00 p.m. - 2.30 a.m. RM88++

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