TAO Eat All You Can Ala Carte Buffet @ Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara

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Finally TAO has opened a branch in Klang Valley at Sunway Giza mall, Kota Damansara. When it first opened in Penang it created a buzz among buffet lovers, as the variety of food was considered to be fresh and unique for us – not to mention tasted great too. I have anticipated this day long enough, for a Penang based restaurant to make its mark in Klang Valley.
But first of all let me just clarify that TAO is not a Japanese restaurant serving Japanese buffet, despite always being referred to as ‘TAO Japanese Buffet‘. Actually the dishes served at TAO are Asian specialties including mostly of Japan, Thailand and Chinese.

tao japanese restaurant

My personal experience with TAO at E-Gate a few years ago was a good affair and I still could remember some of the dishes I had that day like the Lamb Teriyaki and Spicy Mayo Scallops. The main difference with Penang’s TAO and KD’s is that the latter have a self-service sushi and sashimi counters, which is definitely a good news for sashimi lovers. We had the lunch buffet @ RM42++ per pax, which comes to RM48.30 after including the 5% gov tax and 10% service charge.

tao restaurant entrance

The entrance to the restaurant, quite grand. I like how TAO designs their restaurant giving a nice, calming ambiance. But I think they seriously need to change the songs they are playing.. 90s boy bands songs ain’t cool yo.


TAO sushi section

As soon as we were seated our waiter greeted us and helped us to order some suggested items from the menu, so that we won’t need to waste time going through it. It is a good thing for first time visitors and given that the lunch buffet is about 2-3 hours long, every minute saved is another minute for you to tuck in lol.
I still could remember our waiter that day – Aaron, who was really professional and friendly in his job. Not only he checked on us like every 15 minutes or so to ensure our table was clean and still with food, the foods he ordered for us were great as well. This is the kind of service you definitely won’t get at Tenji, at least from my last experience.
Each table is given a menu for ordering the ala carte items, with pictures included to help in the ordering. As soon as an order is made, an order chit would be placed on your table side indicating it is being prepared. Waiters would check on the chit periodically to ensure your orders would arrive as soon as possible. Only a few items from the BBQ and Teppanyaki sections require special ordering clips that are assigned to your table.

Sashimi platter Japanese food

sashimi

As usual, the first thing I target is the sashimi. At that day there were eight types of fresh sashimi namely. Among them are salmon, tuna, ika, mackarel (salted and marinated), sweet clams (fresher and better than what I had in Kuishin-Bo), Kohada (the spotted slices – a rather rare sashimi, simliar to mackarel but more delicate)

Spicy Mayo Scallops

By the time we returned to our table a few items Aaron ordered for us had already arrived. The Spicy Mayo Scallops is the must order dish at TAO. The scallops are grilled then topped with generous mixture of Japanese Mayonnaise and spicy sauce, which is then blow-torched later. Definitely a dish that would tingle your taste buds and leave you asking for more.

lamb teriyaki

My second most recommended dish would be the Lamb Teriyaki, made using tender lamb loins marinated with the Teriyaki sauce. Although sweet, they still managed to retain their delicious gamey flavor.

Taiwanese Mantis Prawns

The Taiwanese Mantis Prawn was fresh and crunchy but lacking in flavor – not a bad try though.

Teppanyaki Scallops

At the Teppanyaki section a number of seafood and meat are available for pan-frying. We had the normal, small but sweet tasting scallops (scallops with roe also available), which were fried with garlic and soy sauce. Taste wise it was OK but don’t expect too much.

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Finally TAO has opened a branch in Klang Valley at Sunway Giza mall, Kota Damansara. When it first opened in Penang it created a buzz among buffet lovers, as the variety of food was considered to be fresh and unique for us – not to mention tasted great too. I have anticipated this day long enough, for a Penang based restaurant to make its mark in Klang Valley.
But first of all let me just clarify that TAO is not a Japanese restaurant serving Japanese buffet, despite always being referred to as ‘TAO Japanese Buffet‘. Actually the dishes served at TAO are Asian specialties including mostly of Japan, Thailand and Chinese.

tao japanese restaurant

My personal experience with TAO at E-Gate a few years ago was a good affair and I still could remember some of the dishes I had that day like the Lamb Teriyaki and Spicy Mayo Scallops. The main difference with Penang’s TAO and KD’s is that the latter have a self-service sushi and sashimi counters, which is definitely a good news for sashimi lovers. We had the lunch buffet @ RM42++ per pax, which comes to RM48.30 after including the 5% gov tax and 10% service charge.

tao restaurant entrance

The entrance to the restaurant, quite grand. I like how TAO designs their restaurant giving a nice, calming ambiance. But I think they seriously need to change the songs they are playing.. 90s boy bands songs ain’t cool yo.


TAO sushi section

As soon as we were seated our waiter greeted us and helped us to order some suggested items from the menu, so that we won’t need to waste time going through it. It is a good thing for first time visitors and given that the lunch buffet is about 2-3 hours long, every minute saved is another minute for you to tuck in lol.
I still could remember our waiter that day – Aaron, who was really professional and friendly in his job. Not only he checked on us like every 15 minutes or so to ensure our table was clean and still with food, the foods he ordered for us were great as well. This is the kind of service you definitely won’t get at Tenji, at least from my last experience.
Each table is given a menu for ordering the ala carte items, with pictures included to help in the ordering. As soon as an order is made, an order chit would be placed on your table side indicating it is being prepared. Waiters would check on the chit periodically to ensure your orders would arrive as soon as possible. Only a few items from the BBQ and Teppanyaki sections require special ordering clips that are assigned to your table.

Sashimi platter Japanese food

sashimi

As usual, the first thing I target is the sashimi. At that day there were eight types of fresh sashimi namely. Among them are salmon, tuna, ika, mackarel (salted and marinated), sweet clams (fresher and better than what I had in Kuishin-Bo), Kohada (the spotted slices – a rather rare sashimi, simliar to mackarel but more delicate)

Spicy Mayo Scallops

By the time we returned to our table a few items Aaron ordered for us had already arrived. The Spicy Mayo Scallops is the must order dish at TAO. The scallops are grilled then topped with generous mixture of Japanese Mayonnaise and spicy sauce, which is then blow-torched later. Definitely a dish that would tingle your taste buds and leave you asking for more.

lamb teriyaki

My second most recommended dish would be the Lamb Teriyaki, made using tender lamb loins marinated with the Teriyaki sauce. Although sweet, they still managed to retain their delicious gamey flavor.

Taiwanese Mantis Prawns

The Taiwanese Mantis Prawn was fresh and crunchy but lacking in flavor – not a bad try though.

Teppanyaki Scallops

At the Teppanyaki section a number of seafood and meat are available for pan-frying. We had the normal, small but sweet tasting scallops (scallops with roe also available), which were fried with garlic and soy sauce. Taste wise it was OK but don’t expect too much.

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30 Comments on “TAO Eat All You Can Ala Carte Buffet @ Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara

  1. Nice! Good to knw that the quality is there and maintained. Hope this continues!

    They got even better selection than the one at KL Life centre!

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  2. TAO seems to be a good choice of buffet beside Jogoya and Umai-ya~
    .-= wyyv´s last blog ..Pepper Lunch @ Pavilion KL =-.

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  3. leng leng

    The branch in E-gate Penang has one of the worst service ever and the Sashimi is not fresh.

    Not worth the price.

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  4. Still haven’t visit Tao yet.. heard some bad reviews of it, therefore still hesitating to go or not..
    .-= Jean´s last blog ..Hada Labo Perfect X Simple Facebook Fans Tea Party – Food Part =-.

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  5. Tao has 3 restaurants in Singapore – Tao’s Restaurant, JuJu Hot Pot both at Pomo Centre and another one Dozo at Valley Point Centre. The concept is very different from what you have, all 3 offer 6 or 7 set course. For every course, you get to select from a range of dishes and it is really very value for money. All 3 restaurants have very good customer services too. You may want to try when you drop by Singapore. :)
    .-= Miso´s last blog ..Chef Daniels Kitchen- Koi- Japan Boat Takoyaki- Paper City Exhibition @ Illuma =-.

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  6. This is the first time I heard about it, thanks for the info. Will check out on this place when got chance :)
    .-= wyyv´s last blog ..Pepper Lunch @ Pavilion KL =-.

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  7. JD

    Very nice spread looking at your photos. Definitely will check out this place soon…
    .-= JD´s last blog ..My Cup of Joe =-.

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  8. The one at Juru had a Sushi counter as well, but true as you said; not worth the stomach space being filled up with rice.
    The cheese wanton is good as well.
    .-= J2Kfm´s last blog ..Eastern’s Brasserie @ Ipoh =-.

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  9. wow, this restaurant seems quite nice!
    the decor and even the food(^^)~~
    .-= xjion89´s last blog ..Seeing Little Flying Elephants 小飞象 @ Serdang =-.

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  10. Good to hear that the food are nice… but they’re really smart to increase the price on weekends! >.<
    .-= jason´s last blog ..The Good Food of Kuching- Part Two =-.

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  11. I like the restaurant, glamorous. Is the food worth to visit, besides Lamb Teriyaki and Spicy Mayo Scallops?
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Claypot crab vermicelli 螃蟹冬粉 @ 螃蟹师傅 =-.

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  12. Ei..Penang E-Gate one doesn’t serve dessert.

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    1. I forgot already, it’s been like 4 years since I last went to TAO Penang

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  13. Is the 10% discount promotion still available?
    .-= Rane´s last blog ..下午茶 =-.

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    1. hi Rane, better check with TAO to be sure. I did not use the 10% discount

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  14. Random question. There seems to be another Tao at e@Curve. Would you happen to know if it belongs to the same owners?
    .-= Shaun Lee´s last blog ..Barossa Shiraz – WineActually TV Ep 10 =-.

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  15. Liew

    Not that special…and not so Japanese. They don’t service very authentic Japanese food. but their service is very very good.

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    1. I believe TAO is pork free, not halal

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  16. Yvonne

    How about the lunch price on 25.12.2010 ?

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  17. Yvonne

    Can me your reservation phone no ?

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  18. Yvonne

    can send the reservation phone no to me ?

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  19. regine

    may i know wat’s is de dinner price…until wat time?

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  20. samantha

    can let me knw diner on sunday izit 8.30pm-11pm?
    n d price is $58 include ser tax n gov tax??
    n ned d reservation phone no.
    tq for ans

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  21. hello

    How come i called the line and no one pick up??

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  22. Kahwai

    Night buffet price RM66.70. Tmr night I will be there. Yes!!

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  23. Ching

    Is there any part-time jobs at TAO?
    I am looking for part-time jobs. :)

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  24. definitely gonna try this.*mouth watering*
    kdry´s last blog post ..我爱美食-翡翠酒家@The Gardens

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  25. Carol

    I want to know how much for your dinner buffer per pax?

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  26. wendy

    Just been there today with my family 8 of us… cost about 400++ and tasted terrible. Nothing like what everyone said. The shasimi not fresh , the sushi not nice ….just so terrible cant believe it even the dished order from menu are horrible.. so disapoited

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