I use the word conundrum in my title because to me Japanese food and buffet donʻt normally go in the same sentence. I am pretty picky about my Japanese food having lived in Kyoto so will clarify my review from that point. We went to Tsukiji with our family and some friends for lunch. First of all, if you are driving make sure to use the lot closest to the restaurant which is probably the one on the back facing the Nordstrom building. This is especially important if you have older people with you. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted and since we had a large party were in a room in the back. It was nice to walk there because we could start to choose what we might want from the buffet. There were many local choices like Teriyaki chicken and also a choice of salads. We skipped over them for the sushi and other items that we donʻt usually make at home. The sushiʻs fish was fresh and tasty. We also had the saba (mackerel) and ginger fish which were both quite good. The tempura was fresh and itʻs coating light. I think itʻs hard to keep tempura good in a buffet and they accomplished that for the most part. Disappointing was the oden and that there no longer was any shave ice at the end. Though the bread budding with a bit of ice cream was a nice ending of the meal. In general, for a buffet, I will give it a very good. I felt that the food had a lot of salt but then that is the kind of Japanese food they were serving. The price is reasonable for a buffet at Ala Moana but not something I would be able to do very often. The wait staff was attentive and professional and patient with the group.
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