Update on 20th April 2012: This restaurant is no longer operating at this area. There’s an outlet at Uptown and Bandar Puteri, I believe.
[Note: I've been informed that Umai-Ya in Damansara Perdana is no longer in operation. The weekend lunch buffet is available at their Damansara Utama (Uptown) branch, full address at the bottom of this blog post.]
One of the problems you would encounter when a place is called ‘The Place’ is the following conversation,
“Do you know where is the place?”
“Yeah, do you know where is The Place?”
We were at Umai-ya‘s Uptown branch when Kerol told us about their weekend buffet at their Damansara Perdana branch. Basically a ‘gorge yourself for 3 hours for RM55.20 nett per person’ deal. Okay what.
Gathered the usual suspects, Kerol made the reservations and the 9 of us have to sit outside because of #emoCharlie. Our lives have never been quite the same since #emoCharlie… at least #emoRyan can sit inside!
They give you a sheet of paper with items available for the weekend buffet. It’s not a wide spread as you’d find at Tenji but it’s sufficient and cheaper by RM34. That’s a lot of money okay. We ticked off most of the menu items a few times, except for the rice and noodle dishes. And some stuff we have no idea what they were, the pictures were not in the dictionary (i.e. ala carte menu) and we couldn’t be arsed to ask the waitress.
The deep-fried soft-shell crabs was first to arrive. I think they precooked it so it was a bit soggy, clammy and not piping hot. Don’t like. The chuka idako and chuka kurage (seasoned baby octopus and seasoned jellyfish) were lovely, I especially liked the latter. The special mushroom soup was awesome! I had 3 servings of that I didn’t take the shishamo (grilled pregnant fishy) so I have no idea what it tasted like. FA said it was okay only. Their chawanmushi was light and delicious so make sure you get that.
The only complain about the sashimi was that the cuttlefish didn’t seem very fresh. Of course I wouldn’t know, since I don’t take raw fish or seafood alike. I don’t even want to comment on the way Horng consumed his tofu with oyster.
The grilled beef with spring onions was very nice! The combination of the flavours was tasty and yummy. They forgot our 2nd order though I also liked the temaki with seasoned baby octopus. Quite a lovely change from the usual handrolls. Don’t know much about the other sushi and rolls as I was already quite stuffed by then.
To finish off, we had green tea and wasabi ice-cream, the former being one of my favourite desserts. When we got there, I wanted 10, then dropped to 5, then 3. I had 2
They also serve free-flow beer in cans (so the option for ‘jug’ in the menu was misleading). All a trick really — if you drink beer you wouldn’t have the stomach space for all the food!
Kerol and FA got Kim some birthday cupcakes. Now you know why I was clearing up the tables, eh
Re: Buffet. Quite worth it for the price, as a couple of the items we ordered would have cost more than the RM55.20. Some items were quite tasty. However some items’ quality was average, which I suppose if the norm for cheaper Japanese food buffets. No money to go dine at PJ Hilton. Anyone from PJ Hilton reading this?
Re: Service. A tad slow, though I suppose you may get better service if you sit indoors. They forgot a couple of our ordered items which was actually okay because at the end of the meal, we were too stuffed to eat anything else.
If you want to go try out their buffet, go check out their website for more info. You’ll need to make reservations as they have limited tables.
* Larger versions of the photos for this outing, 19 in total at my Flickr set.
Umai-ya Damansara Utama
No. 49G, Jln. 21/37 ,Damansara Utama (Uptown)
GPS: N3 08.179 E101 37.417