Friday, March 24, 2006

Jogoya - Starhill Gallery

Been reading quite a few food blogs with reviews of Jogoya lately. This is my version. Jogoya is a famous japanese buffet chain from Taiwan. Unlike the likes of Saisaki in UOA2, Jogoya is meant to be more high class. There is your usual buffet style counters where you go and take what you want to eat but there is also a cooked food counter where you place your table clip(no picture but its basically a metal clip with your table number on it) in a bowl in front of a sample of the dish you want, the chef will cook it and send it to your table.

There are also member only dishes at each of the buffet counter. Membership cost RM1020 and it for life. Each time you dine using the membership, you are given member only coupons(depending on how many people dine, its one coupon per person). You can use these coupons to order members only dishes. The procedure is the same just that you have to clip the coupon with the table clip. Below are some interior shots of Jogoya.









To start we had sashim. They had several types of fish including the obligatory salmon and tuna. There was also scallop sashimi, sushi and fresh oysters. Pre rolled sushi and made-to-order hand rolls were also available. Sorry about not having pictures. We forgot to take many pictures and there are many reviews on Jogoya anyway.

Below is a shot of the buffet counter. Notice the bed of ice and the raw food on the ice. Also notice there are bowls with a tag saying what the dish is. You place your table clip in the bowl and after the chef has cooked the dish it will be sent over to your table.



Below is a picture of one of the buffet counter. Jogoya is huge and it it quite impossible to eat everything they have to offer in one sitting.



Below is one of the member dish. It is a plate of deep fried soft shell crab. We were expecting maybe one soft shell crab when we ordered this dish. When it arrived we were all shocked. They gave us a plate with 3 sizeable soft shell crabs. It was nice and crispy but tasted slightly bland to me.



The dish below is pan fried scallops. This is not a member only dish and everyone can order it. This dish although it doesnt look like much is spectacular. The sweetness of the scallops really shines in this dish and the chef did a good job of not cooking the hell out of the scallops.



The fish below is the grilled white prompret. This dish was also quite good. The sauce that the dish came with is a salty slightly spicy sauce and complemented the fish quite well.



Below is the favourite dish of our table. It is the paper steamboat. You can see the condiments that you can add to the steamboat. Prawns, giant crab legs and chinese cabbage.



The pictures below are the paper steamboat filled with giant crab legs and chinese cabbage. We choose the chicken stock. If you go to Jogoya, you should get this dish first as it takes quite a while for the soup to start boiling.





The giant crab legs are simply divine!! And the soup left after eating the giant crab legs is just heaven. It taste sweet and slightly creamy. Definately the best dish of the night.



If you have space left after all that good food, there is also a wide selection of cakes, biscuits, ice-cream and fruits for desert. Below are pictures of the dessert counter.







As we were all very full after the hefty meal, we decided to try just two cakes. The one below is a members only cake(we had one member coupon left over and didnt want to eat any more seafood). It is a strawberry cake and it was delicous. The cake was light and the strawberry frosting was creamy and not overly sweet with nice taste of strawberry(not those artificial taste you get from really cheap strawberry cakes).



Below is the other cake we tried. Cant remember what this cake is called but it was also quite good.



Overall I think Jogoya is a nice place to go for Japanese buffet. The amount of seafood that is available should justify the price. Also, during this visit there I noticed that all the seafood were really fresh. I really enjoyed the sashimi and tempura(sorry, no photos of the tempura). Do be warned thought, you might get an overdose of seafood when you eat there just like I did.

Makan King's ratings = 8.5 out of 10

Cheers,
-BKT King-

28 Comments:

Blogger rokh said...

looks good! how much does it cost?

6:19 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wah...veli the rich

8:36 PM, March 24, 2006  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Membership for life? So after you finish that bk of coupons, what happens?

4:01 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Makan Kings said...

rokh - We went for the supper period. It was RM68++.

anonymous - :D

boo - You will get a membership card with the book. After finishing the book of coupons, just need to show your membership card when paying

Cheers
-BKT King-

1:33 PM, March 25, 2006  
Anonymous ruby said...

RM68++ is not bad at all.....

3:28 PM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger Makan Kings said...

ruby,

Yeah, the price isnt bad. Supper starts from 9.30pm onwards. I must clear up though, that RM68++ is promotional price until end of this month. Basically its RM10 off from the listed price. Normal price for supper is RM78++.

For your information, dinner is at RM88++ but if you go within this month its RM78++.

Also, I was told that some of the normal dishes has been changed to member only dishes. I dont know what are the dishes but if I can find out I shall update.

Cheers,
-BKT King-

6:29 PM, March 26, 2006  
Anonymous Ketchup Queen said...

Yeeee yer ~~~~~~~ everything is so salty
if it isn't for the fact that i can eat unlimited hairy crabs i wouldn't even pay 88 bucks. hahahahaha i guess it's a guy's thing.
I am so hungry lahhhhh *stomach churns*

9:17 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger piffles said...

cool!
i just blogged about it as well. but got tired after putting up the pics, couldn't be bothered with a commentary. ;P

12:08 AM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

went there last weekend... no more big king alaska crab... stingy la the jogoya... now only VIP like u can enjot it :)

1:29 PM, March 29, 2006  
Blogger Makan Kings said...

ketchup queen - Jogoya is good la! Anyway, you'll be back soon right? Ask Tofu Delivery King to bring you eat ho liao la! :D

piffles - I know what you mean. I gave up taking pictures after a while!!

anonymous - Really? Didnt know that. Havent been there recently. Actually if you like to go there its quite worth it to buy the VIP membership. It is lifetime membership so you dont have to renew every year, etc etc.

Cheers,
-BKT King-

11:27 AM, March 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

got any contact information for booking purpose

11:10 AM, April 26, 2006  
Blogger Makan Kings said...

anonymous,

Hope this helps!

Jogoya
T3, Relish Floor
Starhill Gallery
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 2142 1268

Cheers,
-BKT King-

2:50 PM, April 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks bkt king, this coming sat i will going to try, ur information is very helpful to me.

3:11 PM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous namsai said...

i can say jogoya is the best buffet restaurant in malaysia !!!! yummmmm seng....

5:48 PM, May 27, 2006  
Blogger Tayomi Kaninabu said...

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10:23 PM, June 26, 2006  
Blogger Tayomi Kaninabu said...

Apart from a screeching myriad of buffet spread, the palatability is not that high. Steam not-so-fresh fish, rubbery boiled bamboo shells, bite-but-wont-tear teppans are a few examples. The ginseng soup is all ginseng taste and reminiscent of those herbal shop RM1 free-from-the-dirty-cup super diluted Ginseng tea. So you have a membership? The Scallops (Hotate) are nano in size. You can taste their shell better.

The plus portion however includes severely sinful Tiramisu and Green Tea Mousse. The Movenpick Ice Cream is a scream. The fried crab and yabbies are great bites and I loved the duck stew.

All in all, it's one kind of food done in many ways (like there are 8 kinds of crab-palates on offer - which accounts for its spread). If you have RM100, go the Japanese restuarant adjacent to Jogoya or simply get to the ground floor and have some lovely Marinara pasta. Greater taste and it comes with free Diana-krall wanabe music.

12:01 AM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger J said...

Although the quality of food at Jogoya is good, I think only ppl with HUGE stomachs should go there - it's way too expensive for me....
I would rather eat a nice ala carte dinner instead.
:)

5:23 PM, August 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went to jogoya last night after reading the post and great reviews. Unfortunately, my experience there did not justify with the price of 88++ per person. some of the items mentioned here not even offered on the buffet spread or maybe its just me who missed it. I doubt it, cause i walked thru the whole area for 2 hours and i didn't find any Scallops, tuna, or huge crabs(they only had the normal small local crabs). their salmon were not fresh, and their Bamboo clams were like rubber. the really dissapointing part were that we were made to wait for at least 15 to 20 minutes for our food to be cooked and brought to us and we were only given 3 clips. when the dishes came to me, the portion was so small i finish it in 2 minutes including chatting. Imagine, i was sitting there for 2 hours, and most of the time i was waiting for our food to be cooked. So while waiting i had to drink 4 thai cocount plus 1 juice(notice how thirsty i was? MSG...MSG... ajinomoto!!)

I wouldn't recommend this place for its buffet. The price at RM88++ per person...well..i'd rather spend it elsewhere even if its a la carte.

10:41 PM, September 18, 2006  
Blogger Makan Kings said...

We were at Jogoya and have to agree with tayomi kaninabu and anonymous that the quality of not only the food but the place in general has taken a downhill ride.

The place smells of oil and the floors are oily, the alaskan crabs, scallops and other more expensive food are not on the menu anymore, and yes, the food is very very salty now.

It is not what we were expected for a place that charges a premium on their food. We would recommend other places for buffet such as Shangri-la.

On a happier note, starting on the 22nd as a Ramadan promotion, Coca, as they do every Ramadan will serve their steamboat buffet for dinner!! We will post a review once we've been!!

Cheers,
-BKT King-

11:43 PM, September 18, 2006  
Blogger Big Eat Cat said...

My parents are quite upset that we are staying put in KL for this Raya holiday while everyone else has been travelling out for a break. In order to compensate their "loss in expectation" thought we shall spend them at Jogoya for an experience.

Wow! Worth an experience for the old folks, they were so excited with the choice of food. For a 3 hour meal, they have totally put aside the worry of high colestrol, they cant wait to try all the different type of seafood dish.

My dad keep complaining that RM 88++ is too expensive (you know, kampung folks) while he is busy enjoying the food. He insisted that i shall recommend Jogoya to offer Half Price Deal for Senior Citizens. I did pen it down in the "Feedback Slip", hopefully we will see some new promotion for Mother/Father Day!

1:18 AM, October 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i booked Jogoya and going to there tomoro night.
i go through quite many of blogs describing Jogoya... most of it with good comment...however... still got find some very bad comment... especially bout the salty food, and some ppl said not as good as their expectation... made me worrying... :,(
well, i knowing myself won't 'die heart' without trying :p wish me good luck =)

BKT King,thanks and appreciate ur sharing ;)

10:31 PM, November 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice environment, nice ambience with good service. Like their dessert a lot. So much better than you pay & earn. Must try! But if you think the price is a little too high, try once & see 1st!

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Blogger yee said...

hey!!!u know what!!i went JAGOYA last wed..its damn lousy!!!!
they cut lot choices,dont even have soft shell crab,the hot pot;s choice also much lesser than previous!
how can tey downgrade so much???
i m not goin there no more!

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