Tenji Japanese Buffet, Solaris Mont’ Kiara

rif has been waiting to try Tenji ever since he saw their teaser ad a few months back. I wanted to try their buffet promo last week (19th Dec) but I couldn’t find the time to do so. They extended their promo till 15th Jan 2009 so I dragged Jeen, rif and Han there yesterday!The promo lunch is RM29.90++ for 1st hour and for every subsequent hour, you pay an extra RM10. If you’re greedy like me, you can eat from 11.30am till 4pm at RM49.90++. Got there at 11.30 and there was a long queue already. o_0 They gave us a seat near the dessert area; the alfresco area was nice, but it was super hot outside so there was no way I was going to sit outside! By the way, there was no “free flow of beer”, It’s not included in the promotion.rif went ga ga over the coconut drinks; I think he had almost 10 coconuts, so did I! They also have coffee (Cappuccino, latte, black), fruit juices and soft drinks. Han had their forest berry tea, claiming that it would wash down all the oil we consume. Sure or not??The place was packed with people it was hard to move around. Anyways, here are some of the selection Tenji offers.
There was a long queue for oysters. I didn’t bother queuing up, and waited till the crowd died before trying ONE. Yes, I can’t eat oysters, I find it too slimy. This one was no exception, and Jeen (who loves Sydney rock oysters claming that they are creamy and mild) said it was too briny.I didn’t bother trying the crabs, Japanese snails, clams or rice. Instead, I went straight for the Tataki and the assorted sashimi. The tataki was beautifully seared and peppered on the side. Yum! The salmon was not bad, but I still find Kampachi’s salmon nicer (more buttery).I placed an order for red wine chicken, which was dreadful tasting. Dry, tasteless and cold, it was the worst dish I had in Tenji! I didn’t finish it. The smoked salmon roll was mediocre at best. It lacked the smokey, salty flavour which I like. Also, the cut was too thick.The tempura ran out super fast so I decided to drop the clip and have them send enough prawn tempura for 4. It arrived piping hot, with light batter that melts in the mouth. The prawn was unbelievably fresh and bursty. I had 4 all by myself!Jeen ordered the squid ink pasta. I stole a bite from her and it was not bad. I liked hers better than mine. Hers was a more interesting blend of flavours, whereas mine was merely creamy mushroom pasta.

Their roasted lamb was very good. So good that I quickly had another helping! Tender lamb with melt in your mouth fat, it was delicious even on its own. I ate it with roasted garlic cloves. Yumm!The beef and lamb teppanyaki were not bad. The lamb was slightly fatty, which I enjoyed as it was tender and well-flavoured. The beef was also tender (I hate it when they overcook the beef), but I think the lamb was better. The chicken too, was nice – very tender with bits of fats and crispy edges. Even the mushroom teppanyaki was good.Even though sushis make me fuller, I couldn’t resist taking the Inari (one of my favourite). I had the prawns with wasabi mayo, which Han described as “Heaven man…heaven!”. It was one of the yummiest things at Tenji.rif loved the cod fish. He ordered it twice…and mind you, it was a HUGE piece. I didn’t like the sauce it was cooked with, and I don’t like fish in general so I didn’t care much for it. But to be fair, it was a very fresh piece of fish – smooth, tender and sweet.The hand roll was average, the crabstick was too hard – I guess they left it there for too long. The cheese-baked crabs were delicious. I had this whole plate by myself, plus I nicked some on rif’s plate. =D Flaky crab meat mixed with cream-based sauce and baked with cheese, it was good stuff. The mushroom soup was ok only. It wasn’t creamy enough, and it would have tasted better if they added chopped mushrooms. I like my soups to have a bit of bite. Their dessert selection was extensive! I couldn’t eat all of them…grrrr. I had plenty of Haagan-Daz ice-cream. They ran out of green tea so I had Macadamia Nuts, cookies and cream, tiramisu, strawberry cheesecake and a few more flavours I can’t remember.The green tea cake was not bad (forgot to snap a pic) – the mousse was very fluffy with a mild green tea undertone and a solid cake base. Their chocolate coated mochi, strawberry tarts and chocolate balls were also quite good.I was too full to try their mousse selection. I also didn’t try their Chinese section and the salads. No more stomach space for it. By 3.15pm, I threw in the towel. The gang gave up one hour before me.

We paid RM49.90++, which amounted to RM55 per pax after 10% service charge. It was value-for-money, especially with their vast selection of food (eating 1/2 a dozen oysters and 2 cups of ice cream would have covered the cost already!).

Ambiance: 7/10 (a bit too warm inside)
Price: 7/10 (with promo)
Food: 7/10
Verdict: If you love Japanese food and have a bottomless pit, what are you waiting for???

Lot L-01-01,
SohoKL, Solaris Mont’ Kiara
2 Jalan Solaris,
5o480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 1700-80-1818 / 03-6203 6896

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Comments

  1. din expect to be sooo crowded!

    but well worth the money, I’d say.

    need to book in advance?

  2. hi bangsar babe,

    does tenji has those small gas stove to heat the pot of soup/noodles or to cook the raw sashimi like in jagoya?

  3. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    J2Kfm – yar…it was really packed with people. i think it’s better to book in advance. i did, so i didn’t wait very long for my table.

    lovetoeat – I haven’t been to jogoya, but tenji has a paper pot soup counter with miso or spicy soup.

    You just choose what you want, drop the number clip and they will send it to your table.

  4. Simon Seow says:

    If everything goes to plan, I’ll be going there soon.

  5. 10 coconuts?!? i where got drink so many… maybe 6 only… hehe

  6. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Simon – hope you enjoy it as much as i do!

    wei jien – got…you just didn’t realize it because the waiter kept clearing your empty ones!

  7. Precious Pea says:

    Luckily I went early as i heard many grudges with their service now.

  8. "Joe" who is constantly craving says:

    looks like the promotion really fulfilled its purpose..the full crowd!! argh..no thanks la..better just eat my ala carte and save space for CNY!

  9. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Pea – Hmmm…lucky I went early too! Was planning to go again, since the promo’s quite worth it. Now that you mentioned the sucky service, I’ll have to rethink!

    joe – but CNY still a long way more wor…

  10. The food in Tenji is really worth. I had my lunch for 2 hours. Just a little comment. I think the Teppanyaki counter is a bit slow. It took more than 15 minhutues for them to send the dish that I ordered.

  11. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    I find the teppan counter slow too. With such a long queue, they seem to work at a leisurely pace.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I still find Jogoya have more selections in food and better in taste. Maybe you should try it out bangsar babe.

    The alfresco dining would be quite nice at night in Tenji but definitely not afternoon…

  13. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Haha…alfresco in the afternoon would be a killer! Alright, I’ll keep Jogoya in mind the next time I want to pig out. Thanks for the suggestion! =D

  14. Been looking around the net for some good jap food over the net and stumbled upon yours!!

    Wow, the food makes me drool!! This place sounds like a good change instead of Jagoya.

  15. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Thanks for dropping by! Yeah…the food made me drool too. And I didn’t know where to start. ;)

  16. desmond-t says:

    stumbled upon your blog while searching for Tenji’s…

    impressed with your foodie entries…

    nice work!

  17. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Glad you enjoyed the post(s). Thanks for the compliment!

  18. Irenelim says:

    Wah, I want to go to Tenji! Are they still open now??? 12:20am liao wor…!

  19. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Hi Irene,
    They close at 12.30am daily.

    Currently, they are having a supper promo till end of March. RM39++ per person from 9.30pm till 12.30am. Enjoy! =)

  20. Food Hunter says:

    Hi Bangsar-bAbE…. juz wanna ask…. is this restaurant still there? coz i see some post that says its already closed down….

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