So after supposedly not celebrating my birthday previous on Friday at Saha or on Saturday at Bar Lourinha, my dad says to me on Sunday, "So where do you want to go to eat tonight to celebrate your birthday." Never one to disrepect my parents or miss out on a meal, I suggested Yamagata Japanese buffet which we hadn't gone back to in a while.
Yamagata Japanese Teppanyaki is located in Doncaster. It also has buffet for $33 on Fridays and Sundays. The restaurant interior is fairly looking but you go for the unlimited sushi, sashimi and other Japanese dishes. The service here is shocking, but was actually quite good that night. Usually they forget your orders or it takes a while for things to arrive. You order the dishes by filling out a form which you then give to the waitress. I've been here so many times that I've mastered the art. Basically once you sit down, you quickly fill out the form and put in the largest order of the night. This way when the food trickles in (on this night, it positively flooded in) you are eating throughout the night. Then you order more throughout the night as required.
Here are the "skinnies" of my family, dad and my sister Tu.
Contrast that to the "fatties" of our household, mum and myself, who happen to be shown eating by coincidence.
The food at Yamagata is quite good. The variety of sushi and sashimi is large and the quality of the fish is good. In fact, its better than a lot of restaurants that charge a lot more, with Sakura immediately coming to mind. The sushi and sashimi arrive very quickly.
My other favourites such as the raw beef and seaweed salad also come very quickly. This place has some of the best seaweed salad I've eaten at any Japanese restaurant. At Sakura for instance, they charge about $8 for a tiny bowl of crappy seaweed salad. Here, I ate three bowls of seaweed salad by myself and two plates of raw beef, totally satisfying my seaweed and raw beef fetish.
They also have a lot of other hot dishes, some of which you can sort of see in the photo with mum and I. I like their wagyu beef, tempura prawns and vegetables, grilled mackerel, Japanese fish, pippies, fried tofu, fried rice, teriyaki beef, fried chicken and fried pork.
Overall its good value for money I think. Nothing is exceptional but its good for buffet as everything is quite nice and edible. You can eat one particular thing that you like and fill up on that, such as how I love to eat raw beef, seaweed salad, sushi and sashimi.
Overall Rating: 14/20, Food is good. Service is terrible so order quickly and a lot when you first sit down to ensure you get your food throughout the night.
Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20: Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.