The outing that occurs every post-semester with JC peeps

After getting results on the 22nd, my JC clique met up for a long planned buffet outing on the 23rd. This time, 3 out of 5 of us attained our targets for the semester and hence has to treat the sad people to a buffet. Well, it is not exactly a treat since they would have to pay a lot, so it was a subsidy. People who are not treating will only pay $15; Treaters will pay the rest.

Anyway we settled on the Hokkaido Jap Restaurant, which I found via Google. It was a sponsored search item, so I clicked it to go to the website. It seems to have a wide variety of sushi and sashimi and other stuff, so my clique decided to go there.

It’s located all the way in Turf City; For the clueless, it is actually in Bukit Timah, near schools like National Junior College, which was where the 5 of us were from. It was a pain to go there if we have to go by ourselves. Thankfully there was a shuttle bus, so we would not need to walk all the way in from the bus stop outside at the main road. The shuttle bus locations are from Clementi Bus Interchange, Toa Payoh Bus Interchange and Opposite Sixth Avenue.

Waikit and I took from Clementi and the rest from Toa Payoh. The clementi bus stopped opposite sixth Avenue. I am not sure if the Toa Payoh one did, but I doubt it since the direction seems to be out of place. The buffet has a weekday promotion, 1 adult free for every 5 adults there. I am not sure if there should be 6 people, or 5 people is alright already. Anyway dom brought his long time girlfriend since 2003 along, and it was the first time I met her.

Anyway the main point is the buffet, which was Ala Carte style. Hence you have to order the dishes from the waitress. The thing that I am not really happy about is that the portions are weird. Some dish comes with a lot so apparently 6 of us can eat. Some we have to specify how many portions we want. It becomes a little confusing. Tea is served complimentary but other drinks are not. There are no desserts too.

I find that the dishes are so-so only, with the teppanyaki dishes being the best, especially the beef. The seafood is not that bad, I like the squid and the fish. The prawn has the nice taste at the shell, but the meat is just like a normal boiled prawn. The chicken teppanyaki is not that outstanding.

Some dishes seems unique but disappointed me. Cheese chawanmushi makes me think of a chawanmushi dish infused with cheese, but it is actually just chawanmushi with a layer of melted cheese on top like pizza. The combination is a little weird, so I ate the cheese before eating the chawanmushi.

The Clam Miso Soup sounds like a delicious soup cooked with Clams, but it seems to be actually diluted miso soup with clams added when needed. Why do I say diluted? The miso doesn’t have the concentrated taste. Even the Jap stall at TechnoEdge, NUS, can do much better. The miso doesn’t have any taste of the sea, so it is extremely disappointing.

My clique did not eat much sushi since we didn’t want to be overly full with rice. But I ate some sushi, and it wasn’t fantastic either. I guess if you want to eat buffet that is affordable, you have to sacrifice quality. Which is why my clique will be going to quality in the future instead of quantity. Our stomachs seem to have shrunk too.

The worst thing was that some dishes did not come. They seem to have forgotten about it. Especially my Inari sushi. I ordered Inari, Crab and Tamago sushi, but they forgot Inari, which is my favourite out of the 3. Anyway I didn’t have much stomach to eat, so maybe it is also a blessing it didn’t come.

After the meal which left some of us bloated (I suspect Jiahao didn’t manage to fill his stomach to the brim) (and I had to loosen my belt), we went to Orchard Cine to watch Feng Yun 2. It was disappointing. Whilst Waikit and Jiahao is leaving the review for another entry, I guess I’ll just go through it briefly since I got nothing much to say.

It was bad. What kind of an abrupt ending was that. Where is the plot? I feel that there is so much slow motion going on that it sacrifices time for story development. How can someone train for a few days and suddenly defeat a more powerful opponent. And according to Waikit, one of the characters who was killed is supposed to be the mother of Cloud’s son. Ok. It just means Cloud’s wife. But you get the point.

So it was horrible.

We also walked at 313 for a while and OC. Orchard Central is a messy area in the sense it is not designed like the traditional mall. It has the normal escalators which visit most stories up to 7. There are also escalators that skip levels, like level 4 to level 7, and level 7 to level 11. There is no down escalators for these two. To go down from 11 to 7, you go down to 10, and wonder where the hell the other escalator is. You end up at the car park, and you walk in only to find another glass door that leads to another escalator. This goes on for 10 to 9, 9 to 8 and 8 to 7.

I guess it was nice walking once.

There’s also a performance at level 1 at 8pm, and I was bored initially, especially with the crowd blocking me. But there were a few interested performances, and overall it was a great half an hour.

We walked to PS for dinner, and then it was time to go home. For the next semester, I wonder if anyone will need to treat again. I guess it is time to explore good quality restaurants instead of buffets.

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