Monday, March 19, 2018

Japanese Buffet Lunch @ XENRI

This is not a paid post.


If you have visited Japan and walked the regions around Kyoto, you will like the cosy interiors of this restaurant. We enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch yesterday at the famous XENRI's Japanese restaurant which is hidden in a quiet lane off the busy Old Klang Road.



We have eaten at this place several times as guests of birthdays and gatherings but this round, we paid for our meal at their Sunday's buffet lunch. Hordes of people were queuing outside even before they opened their doors at 12.00 noon! Goodness, it must be really good...





I was told that the boss of Elken loves Japanese food so much that he decided to set up this place for merely his own consumption with its chefs & seafood freshly air flown from Japan. The whole interior's set up until the food presentation are also being done to his meticulous perfection.



 I really love this area where there's a pond with colourful Koi fishes swimming happily! You really could feel that you are being transported to somewhere in Japan for a meal.




They have long tables of Japanese buffet spread being served from inside all the way to the corridors outside the restaurant.



The freshest salad bar with baby octopus to satisfy everyone!




You could feast all you can at their many trays of fresh sashimi and sushi with baked cheese oysters that made me drool. Look at the mochi balls. I wanna scream!



 The desserts are there with fresh cut fruits. I love their mochi that came with assorted flavours which were really soft with right textures, just like how the Japanese eat them.



 I watched this chef frying outside the restaurant. He was very calm and well focused to fry my tempura prawns.



I enjoyed these tempura which the prawns were so long and chewy.  I had more than just 3 prawns on this Round One plate.



My wife is a very light eater and she avoids certain seafood which she is sadly allergic to. She just had 2 rounds including the chawan mushi, kimchi soup and fried platters too.



This is my Round One with 2 plates and chawan mushi at one go! That's how greedy I could be. I won't share with you the photos of my Round 2 and Round 3 plates as I don't want to be labelled as a greedy glutton. Muahahahaha..




 Now I zoom closer to see yummy sushi rolls and fresh green salad. 




 These baked cheese oysters were the best I have ever eaten in years! Go try it yourself.



A plate of neat fresh fruits and mochi balls to finish off with their Elken's signature white coffee. Burp!




There are so many corners and partitioned areas to eat & relax.




That's my wife being partially hidden behind the screen of loose wooden sticks like a Japanese Geisha. The whole ambiance is very tastefully done up just like how typical restaurants are like in Japan.




We will be back soon!





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53 comments:

  1. TM, you can really eat! I like what I see and it's quite a good deal at RM64.90 per person. You know, I love mochi. I can eat many, many mochi.

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    1. When it comes to good food on the table, we must not miss it!!! Just eat it and be happy today. Worry about fats tomorrow.

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  2. I thought this place serves higher priced Japanese food. Didn't know they have this very affordable buffet on Sundays (don't see it mentioned on their Facebook)! O_o If you say there are hordes of people queuing outside, that means the food must be good...don't they don't take reservations (so you don't have to queue)? ^_*

    I see your fruits & dessert platter is nicely arranged. A Japanese place with signature white coffee? That's a first.

    Don't worry about being called a glutton. It's a buffet what...you can eat as much as you want...hihihi! ;D

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    1. Their menu is slightly pricey because they use only the best ingredients. The buffet is definitely worth it for whole family. Elken has got very good white coffee and when I tasted it from their machine, it tasted the same. I sent one box to wife's friend in Texas recently when she was there. Good things must share lah.

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  3. can not resist Japanese food, buffet some more, can eat all you can. I will definitely be a return customer if they have got a branch here.

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    1. There are only 2-3 of real Japanese Buffets in KL. I am not sure about East Malaysia. Please come over and try!!

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  4. Been quite some time since i last had buffet, i must jio my buddy go eat buffet, i love japanese buffet in particular, i like the ambience of this restaurant, you and your wifey must have had a wonderful makan time here

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    1. I am curious whether there are many all-Japanese Buffets in Singapore(?) Go with your buddy and have fun eating.
      There is one big Japanese Restaurant in JB that caters for buffets on certain days.

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  5. I have not eaten buffet for a long time as now age catching up, can't eat much... If go, I end up over eating and stomach will feel very bloated...

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    1. My age is also catching up. Once in a while is okay to stuff ourselves and you can go triple Zumba next day to burn off.

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  6. The interior of this restaurant looks really fantabulous especially the koi pond. RM65 for lunch buffet not bad leh. I should pay a visit one day!

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    1. Yes the interior is very typical Japanese styled and finishings just like in Nippon Land.

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  7. I tink it was some 10++ years ago since I last went to Xenri, back then they dun have this buffet Sunday. Hmnn, now that I know about it, I gonna give it a try someday.

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    1. Wow! That was so long ago! Go again as they have new dishes and desserts on the buffet tables. The crowd is always there.

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  8. I love this place. Feel like I am in Japan with all the tasteful design and decor.

    Japanese buffet. I miss that. Long time didn't have a Japanese buffet.

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    1. I love this place too and wish I could dine there every Sunday.

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  9. Your write up about the restaurant is so well written, they should pay you to do a post and write up for them, i enjoy reading this review

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    1. Ha-Ha! Did I write so well? Thank you.
      I must show the boss and get free makan to write some more.....

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  10. Thanks for this delicious post, both yummy and pleasant. The golden crisp tempura of prawn, baked cheese oysters, and mochi balls are the most tempting. I like the way how you filled your plates with foods; the foods on your plates are visually appealing. Now I feel hungry right before my bedtime.

    Yoko

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    1. How I wish I am living in beautiful Japan, just like you. I would be enjoying the delicious food daily and walk around such a clean country.

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  11. These days I usually avoid buffets. Ala carte is easier on my belly.

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    1. I agree, I also eat ala carte or none at all, to stay healthy. You are very skinny, so you can go on binge eating lah.

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  12. I like the interior of Xenri too, very Zen feel :P
    I love Chawanmushi and it is a must have for me when dine in in Japanese restaurant.
    I've tried this lunch buffet too but was N years ago :P
    The price is very affordable!

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    1. You are like a Food Queen and would have tried every good dining outlets in Klang Valley. Time to visit again perhaps. I have not seen another restaurant that has such typical Japanese ambiance.

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  13. I've dined here a couple of times too. We love it here. The food is of top notch quality. Now that you reminded me of this place, I think I'll bring the boys over this weekend since it is the school holidays.

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    1. I trust your taste that this place must be good enough to have your numerous visits. Hope to bump into your whole family there someday.

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  14. Aiyo... Bila Anay mau belanja me go there? LOL

    I always wanted to try Xenri but then again, I probably would eat just a little bit so rugi if go eat buffet. :P

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    1. Hey, you are Mak Kaya who can belanja me there lah. Anay so poor now. Bring your family there since you guys have so many celebration meals like celebrities. Hihihihi...

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  15. Hi! These dishes look very delicious. Comparing Japanese restaurants,this restaurant has many kinds of the dish.I want to go this restaurant in some future.

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    1. You must be pulling my legs. All the best Japanese food and buffet restaurants line the streets of Tokyo. I should visit your capital city again soon. I still remember the night we sat and ate at the fabulous New Otani Hotel in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

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  16. OMG. OKR is so close to my place. hahahaha! I wanna go try~ Is it better than Shogun? hahaha

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    1. Is that Shogun still open? They have sadly closed the one at One Utama which cannot match with the Top Notch Xenri. Go there this Sunday and walk from your home.

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  17. oh, the price is just RM64.90 nett - no wonder there is a long queue. Wah, your wife is so nice to accompany you to eat this buffet since she cannot eat seafood but need to watch you eat. Sadly I can't eat buffet anymore since I can't even finish eating one meal and need to keep some for my next meal so no point for me to go eat buffet. Thanks for the info that this place is owned by Elken's boss.

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    1. I think buffets are really not suitable for small eaters like you who are serious weight watchers and contesting some beauty pageants. Muahahahaha Just kidding ok.

      You should try walking into that quiet street to see very good bakery shop and SPA which are owned by Elken besides this Japanese Restaurant.

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  18. thanks for sharing..definitely on my to-go list

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    1. That would be nice to have the next Chan Family's gathering there since it is near the family home.

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  19. I went there twice and really enjoyed the food .

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    1. The 3rd time you go there, please invite me dei. You always Bojio.

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  20. Wow, this is a great price for a buffet! So worth it since you covered 3 rounds..lol. I would not feel guilty for being greedy. The food and ambiance looks amazing.

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    1. I agree that this place is worth for its price and not over RM100 mark. Everything is delicious and top notch there. You can trust my taste since I didn't disappoint you with the pasar malam at Taman Megah. Ha ha ha!

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  21. My pick goes to the cheesy oysters! xoxo

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    1. High 5! I could eat a dozen too but stopped at 4. I was worried about my cholesterol level. LOL.

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  22. What... there got xenri? Cheap leg....must arrange for gathering there is one day. J n kaldip also love Japanese food. Only am the code one out. Lol

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    1. Can have sushi eating competition with j ..lol...see SK can eat more or j

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    2. J is still a young boy and definitely can beat me to sushi competition. If I could beat him, I would be sitting inside the ambulance. Wakakaka SK is now weighing all the food he eats lah.

      How come you don't like Japanese buffet? Funny!

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    1. Hello you are back! Will visit your blog post soon.
      I love that pond too as it creates a tranquil and relaxing ambiance.

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    1. Yes it is. Go there soon and bring your gang too.

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  25. Oi thambee... another Japanese post again ! I just read mak glam blog on authentic Japanese food and now , you introduce the old Klang road version. Ok la, since it’s long queue, it must be good. The food looks good too as well as the place ! Bring me there !

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    1. It would be a great pleasure to bring you there but you have to tab the bill cos you earn mighty high Singapore dollars. I will invite SK Thambee along to feast the good food.

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  26. Let me know when you return to Japan.

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    1. I will visit Japan next Spring or Falls around the Shikoku region.

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