Couple of week a go my good friend from Singapore told me and the gang that he wanted to come back to our neighbourhood for a short leave and wanted to treat us bersempena birthday dia. Well after several discussion in the group, we had come into decision to have a lunch at Jogoya, Starhill Galery.
Well before we head down to Jogoya, I have look around on the past review on several blogs. As ever since Jogoya, the famous restaurant from Taiwan opened in Malaysia, there has been a buzz around town saying how good their buffet spread is. So, based on that we took the opportunity to savour the seafood delights at Starhill Galery.
The restaurant is located on the third floor which also known as the Relish Level. It is advisable to book a table especially for dinner as it is pretty much crowded but at the time we went there the crown seem more towards okay. You still need to pay for your meal in advance in order for you to proceed.
Masuk sahaja ke dalam, you will be greeted `irashaimase‘ by their staff that means `Welcome’ you to the restaurant. After you go along the payment counter you will be greeted by the water features before entering the dining area. The restaurant is pretty dark and full of little corners and nooks.
Since it was quite a number of us (5 to be exact), we got ourselves a decent size dining table. It let say you want to come as a couple, they give you a small sized booth with not much of a view as it faces a wooden wall. For larger group, there are also VIP rooms that can be used for different purposes which perfect for family gathering and such. Every table gets a portable burner to cook a certain dishes like claypot.
You also will get a metal clip (as above) with your table number on it. This clips were used to order a cooked meal after you peruse the different counters where you can drop this clip into the glass bowl that will have the description of the food and they will send you the food once it is ready. Well, agak lama juga nak tunggu makanan tu siap..please be patient on this.
This place is huge as it divided into several section which one will get confused on what they have and where things are located around the different counters. I do spend quite some time at the sashimi/sushi counter as it had great lighting there and the arrangement is so beautiful!. Their sashimi and raw seafood is packed on top of beds of crushed ice to keeps the seafood fresh.
There were quite a selection of sushis and you could also order a California roll to be hand rolled from the counter. Next to it is a selection of cold appetizers line wakame seaweed, cold soba noodles and ets.
If you are not a fan of raw seafood, you can always head down to several counters that served fried seafood which battered in light and crispy tempura. Oysters are abundance at this place – besides eating them raw with pinch of lemon, you can also get them baked with cheese in the cooked food section. There are a lot of section as the place is so huge!.
For dessert fan, I think this will be the perfect place for you as they have a lot of selection that can be choose. Although they have no traditional Japanese sweets like the Matcha Aisu Kurimu or the green tea ice cream but they do have Mochi. They have a myriad selection of ice-cream (they have Haagen Dazs and also New Zealand Naturals which a yeay for me and a very good deal since these ice-cream retailed at quite a price for a scoop.
They also have a large selection of desserts behind a glass counter for you to choose from like the coconut and mango pudding, tiramisu, fruit tarts, cheesecake, almond tuiles, waffles and etc. There are a lot of drinks to choose from, personally I like the sweet coconut water that you can get from the cute coconuts and coffee that you can make from their machines.
The place is so huge and maybe could bring a little bit confusion to other but you can always ask their polite and helpful staff for any help
On the other note, the restaurant also runs a VIP members program which entitles you to privileges such as special menu items as from my observation at each of the section, there will be special menu that can be order by VIP member only. Further info on how to become their VIP member you can go to the VIP member section at their website.
If you love Japanese food, I can assure you that this is the place for you as you can indulge yourself to the buffet spread especially their fresh seafood. Just prepared to camp out at the place for almost two to three hours to.
T3, Relish Floor
11:30am – 4:20pm (Weekday)\
11:00am – 4.20pm (Weekends)
5:00pm – 9.30pm (Daily)
9:40pm – 11:40pm (Daily)