Free Flow of Wagyu Beef @ Tenkaichi

Hello everyone!

This year marks Singapore’s Golden Jubilee (or SG50 for short) and many discounts tied to it have been sprouting up everywhere as early as last year, much to the delight of penny-punching people like myself. I have enjoyed discounts at participating shops especially eateries which were unknown to me previously (or I didn’t patronise because of the price). News of such discounts are usually spread by word of mouth (such as Facebook), just like how I got to know about Tenkaichi‘s fabulous promotion. In conjunction with SG50, Tenkaichi is rolling out their best deal ever:

Premium BBQ Buffet with Free Flow of Wagyu Beef at only S$50+ on weekdays and $55+ on weekends!

*jaw drops*

Boyfriend and I are huuuuge lovers of Wagyu beef. But we don’t eat it often because it’s considered as a luxury food which can cost at least S$50 per a hundred grams. Heck, even fresh Wagyu beef sold at our local grocery stores aren’t cheap! So S$50+ (there isn’t GST but there is a 10% service charge) for free flow of Wagyu beef is definitely a steal! Fortunately, we learned about the promotion early and made dinner reservations at the restaurant 3 weeks in advance because all slots were snapped up very quickly!

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Shopfront at City Gate (Keypoint)

Keypoint is about a 3-4 minutes’ walk away from Nicoll Highway MRT station. It’s quite convenient because there is an overhead bridge leading all the way from the train station to Keypoint, so you don’t have to cross the road at all! Tenkaichi is located on your right if you use the correct entrance but it’s also not difficult to find it if you enter through a different door.

Like Keypoint, the interior design of the restaurant speaks of mediocrity and the age of the premises. As someone who values first impression, very often I equate good decor to good food (although I’m always proven wrong). The ancient-looking floor carpet in the restaurant certainly made me have second thoughts about the positive reviews I read online about Tenkaichi. It’s hard to imagine that a restaurant like this would be the home of the top award-winning Japanese BBQ Buffet Restaurant in Singapore specialising in premium quality Wagyu beef.

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Cooked food section

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Takoyaki

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Tempura and others

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Sushi

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Fruits

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Pickles

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Sauce and condiments

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Ice cream which we never got to try because we were too full by the end of our meal!

But contrary to my suspicion, it does serve premium Wagyu beef and it’s so damn good. It’s definitely not a gimmick. As boyfriend described, he could really taste the superiority of the beef and every piece melted in his mouth. I dare say that it’s also one of the best I’ve eaten so far at such an affordable price. In fact, with Tenkaichi’s lowest price guarantee, if you find another restaurant in Singapore at a lower price, they would gladly beat it by 10%! Of course, terms and conditions apply 🙂

Diners are given a 2-hour limit for the buffet to which a restaurant staff would remind about half an hour before the time is up. The time limit is more than enough for people with small stomach capacity like myself. But for people like my boyfriend who can eat a bull (literally), you’d be wishing for a time extension!

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Wagyu Beef Yukke, marinated Wagyu Beef with Egg Yolk, to be mixed and eaten raw!

The above is my FAVOURITE Wagyu beef dish of the night. The slimy texture of the beef may seem revolting to some but trust me, it’s absolutely tasty! It’s like eating sashimi, but better!

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Wagyu Karubi, Wagyu beef short rib

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Wagyu Nakaochi Karubi (Wagyu beef rib intercostal)

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Short ribs mixed

Some of the short ribs are cut in thick slices which Bf and I found hard to bite.

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Wagyu Tataki, lightly grilled Wagyu beef sashimi. To be eaten raw as well! But I’d suggest to leave that stomach space for the Wagyu Beef Yukke mentioned above!

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A plate of sashimi – Shiro Maguro (white tuna), Tako (octopus) and Shime Saba (vinegar-pickled mackerel). HEAVENLY.

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Hotate, giant scallop – really nice and soft when it’s grilled!

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Shake Sashimi, Norway salmon sashimi. They weren’t served cold but they were fresh nonetheless!

The salmon sashimi was a last-minute order because we wanted to just have Wagyu beef throughout the course of our buffet meal. But leaving out salmon sashimi at a Japanese buffet just didn’t quite do for me!

The food was served very quickly although many a time the restaurant staff got our orders wrong. But they took our rejection in stride and got our orders out within a few minutes. Amidst the surge of patrons, the staff never failed to flash an amiable smile on their face and assist in the needs of the customers. I was truly impressed!

More pictures of the meat on the grill to make you drool.

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The grill was constantly loaded with Wagyu beef because it’s free flow!

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The grill warmed up very quickly and the beef cooked relatively fast!

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About done

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Ready to eat! Yummy 🙂

Bf and I made a pact to return again even though the SG50 promotion is going to end today (5 April 2015). He has nothing but praises for the Wagyu beef and it’s not very often that he would rave so much about something. It must be really good then! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Tenkaichi Japanese Restaurant
371 Beach Road,
City Gate (Keypoint) #01-18/19
Singapore 199597
Tel: 65 – 6293 4498
Email: tenkaichi_sg@yahoo.com.sg
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6 Flavours Korean BBQ & Steamboat @ NTU Alumni

Hey, how’s everyone’s Monday goin’?

Mom’s at it again. It seems like browsing Groupon has become part of her daily routine! Today, she bought vouchers to dine at a Korean BBQ restaurant for the entire family. The voucher entitled us to free-flow of meat for steamboat and a la carte BBQ dishes, and a jug of soft drink. I think it was my fifth steamboat in 3 months.. I really feel that I’ve been putting on lotsa weight from all the binging.

The 59-day-old restaurant is tucked in the corner on the 8th level of the already-very-inaccessible (if you’re not driving) NTU Alumni Club at one-north. Despite its short tenure, it could still maintain a full book even on a quiet Monday. Besides placing an ad on Groupon, I guess occupying the unit opposite Teo Heng KTV probably plays a part in attracting customers too. However as far as I can remember, there wasn’t any signboard displayed prominently at the entrance. The only clue to the presence of the 6 Flavours was the menu display stand wedged between the door and the level directory, which once again wasn’t very noticeable. Also, I’m not sure why “6 Flavours” but I reckon that it has got something to do with the Korean cuisine? Like “palsaik”, which means eight colours in Korean, actually refers to the 8 different flavours of pork. But I’m no Korean pro, so I’m really not sure. Nothing on the menu suggested anything to be in 6 different flavours too so I guess it’s just another random name.

There is an entertainment corner in the restaurant where you can find a karaoke system and plenty of video games. When we were there this evening, a group of people were already occupying that space. They looked like they were really enjoying themselves!

Now back to the food. Despite 6 Flavours being a “BBQ and Steamboat Restaurant”, you would only be given a hotpot. Without a BBQ hot plate, you won’t get to barbecue your own food. But on a brighter note, the food would be cooked up and served to you and you won’t leave the restaurant smelling like a BBQ dish.

Let’s move on to the food selection..

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Raw food for your steamboat

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Veggieeeees

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Condiments

Not a very wide spread but the freshness of the food makes up for it.

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Soup base. There were chicken and ma-la options. We went with chicken! Mom commented that it was a little salty but I thought it was fine.

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Chicken and beef

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BBQ Chicken. The sauce is really not bad! I actually prefer this to the beef and that’s a biggie because I always prefer the latter!

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BBQ Pork. I’m not sure why we were served pork because I don’t remember ordering it in the first place. I wanted mutton but they didn’t think that it was a good idea to barbecue it so…

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Oh man, sorry for the bad quality but I guess it doesn’t make much difference. The beef was reeeeally dry, even drier when chewing it. It actually had potential because the seasoning was quite nice!

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Bibimbap (beef). It’s some sort of a mixed rice dish served in a stone pot. Reminded me of Pepper Lunch haha. Serving was quite generous for something that’s included in the Groupon deal. Taste wise, picture says it all. Yummy!

After ordering two bowls of Bibimbap, my folks who have a huge appetite wanted to get themselves Egg Fried Rice. Unfortunately, the request was denied because the restaurant didn’t have enough rice to prepare them, leaving my parents a little disappointed.

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I found another hoarder! These are the number of (empty) gas canisters collected by the restaurant.

All in all, the food, albeit with lesser variety, was pretty good and fresh. I like that I didn’t have to barbecue the food myself because getting rid of the lingering smell on my hair and fingers can be really bothersome. Price wise, I feel that it is more worthwhile to dine with vouchers (which are inclusive of everything, even service charge). The staff were commendable for they were nice and patient (to my grumpy Dad especially, because he wanted rice which had ran out).

Due to the inconvenience of the location (you have to climb up a slope after a good 15-20 minute walk from Buona Vista MRT station), I may not be returning anytime soon. But if transport is not an issue for you, this restaurant is worth a visit.

Thanks for reading! ❤

6 Flavours Korean BBQ & Steamboat
11 Slim Barracks Rise
NTU Alumni Club
#08-02
Singapore 138664
Tel: 6777 7945 | Facebook
Opens daily from 12:00pm – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 11:00pm