Currently, Mitasu is one of the hardest Japanese buffets to get into in KL. From my observation, there are a couple of reasons why they are extremely popular.
First of all, they are serving a la carte buffet, something buffet chasers nowadays look for because it gives an impression that the dishes are prepared upon order. Secondly, the price is affordable @ RM59.90++, not cheap but not too expensive too. And lastly, the restaurant does not impose any time limit so customers are allowed to stay on and eat until they are closed.
Reservation is a must in the weekends (including Fridays) and you risk being turned away if you come as a walk in. Personally, I have tried to make a reservation a couple of times in the past few months and all of them were unsuccessful. Then when I finally got a reservation and was done with the meal, I kind of wished I didn’t know about this restaurant’s existence.
Even though the a la carte buffet’s menu appears to have a lot of selection, but it’s merely an illusion because many of them are carb laden options. The items/ingredients feel repetitive with a different topping or cooking method.
As for sashimi, you are limited to only salmon, tuna and butter fish. Among them, only the salmon was satisfying while the rest was only passable at best. That said, you can’t really expect a lot from a Japanese buffet that costs RM59.90++ per pax.
To get your money’s worth, the only dishes that worth ordering from the so-called “cold cuts” section are the raw oysters and tiger prawns. But unfortunately, the oyster did not taste fresh at all while the tiger prawns and mussels are small with too little flesh to be enjoyable.
The cooked items did not fare very well either as they were lazily prepared without flair, especially those Bata-Yaki stuff. Based on the food we had, the only dish we found that was truly tasty was the beef sukiyaki while the rest (we had) were only edible.
The worst item we had was probably the deep fried scallops, which were in fact imitation crab sticks. So if you are looking for the real scallops, order the teriyaki version.
And if you do order it, don’t hesitate to ask for more because they are served in pathetic portions, like 4 pieces in a tiny bowl slightly larger than a soy dish.
In conclusion, Mitasu is for those who prefer to stuff themselves with quantity rather than quality. We had high hopes for the restaurant as we know others who rave about it, but came away disappointed in the end. Recommended? Only if you’re curious and have run out of buffets to try.
Mitasu Japanese Restaurant
B-01, Central Plaza
No.34, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 KL
Tel: 03-2110 2833
Business hours: Mon – Fri (6pm – 10pm), public holidays & weekends (12pm – 3pm, 6pm -10pm)