Sunday, 30 June 2013

Todai Singapore - International Seafood And Sushi Buffet Restaurant (Marina Bay Sands)

Todai Singapore an international seafood and sushi buffet restaurant opened at Marina Bay Sands in 2011. It  is an international brand with presence in United States, Hong Kong and China South Korea, and has been hailed as 'The Mother of All Seafood Buffet' by a famous food critic. Todai Singapore presence in Singapore has not been exactly smooth sailing. In late 2011, a group of customers had food poisoning after consuming the oysters in Todai. Those who followed the news would have known that the Todai's management responded quickly and compensated the customers. It was heartening to note that they did not reacted negatively or defensively.

I have been wanting to visit Todai Singapore as I am a fan of Seafood. I have to try this 'mother of all seafood buffet'!
Todai Singapore is located at the corner of the basement of Marina Bay Sands (the portion nearer to Bayfront MRT station entrance / Exhibition Center).
Abalone Festival and Alaskan Crab Buffet
Todai's June Premium Abalone Festival
For the month of May and June, Todai held a Premium Abalone Festival along with Alaskan Crab Buffet.
Stepping into the restaurant, I was most impressive with the long line of buffet spread. Todai Singapore had quite an extensive spread of food. The seating capacity was huge! Even on a weekend, they restaurant had just 50%  of the tables occupied.

There were Salads & Cold Cuts, Sushi & Sashimi, Cold Seafood, Italian Pizza & Pasta, Brazilian Churassco, Korean food, Noodles, Western food, Chinese food, Deep Fry and Desserts.
King Crab, Snow Crab and Red Crab

Baby Octopus, Green Mussuel, Scallop
The King Crab, Snow Crab and Red Crab section, and the Baby Octopus, Green Mussuel, Scallop (Cold Seafood) section were the most popular sections.
Desserts and Macaroons
Todai Singapore had a unique way of displaying the Macaroons in the shape of a pyramid. The dessert section was next to it.
Food from the Cold Seafood section; Snow Crab, Abalone, Baby Octopus, Green Mussel and Scallop. The Snow Crab was great! Fresh and sweet! The best item among all the food in the Cold Seafood section. The mussel was average. The first batch of Scallop was very fresh. However, the subsequent batches were not as good.
The highlight for the month was supposed to be the Abalone. It was small in size and taste wise was not impressive. The snow crab stole the limelight.
Abalone Porridge
The Abalone Porridge was tasty, flavourful and not diluted. Although there were only a few pieces of abalone bits in it, it was surprisingly delish.
Sushi and Salmon Sashimi

The Sushi seen in the above photo was just the tip of the ice berg. There were more different varieties of sushi available.
Western food

Deep Fry food
The Grill Lamb Rack and La Galbi (Beef Short Rib) were tough and hard. The other sections in the Deep Fry section was equally disappointing. Especially the Vegetable Tempura which had a thick coat of batter and were oily. The Miso Shisamo with Gratin Sauce had such a fishy smell that I did not finish it.
Salmon Steak with Digon Sauce
The Salmon Steak with Digon Sauce fared better.
Abalone Gratin with Salad

Abalone Gratin
The Abalone Gratin was a hard to get item. I walked past the counter several times to try to land my hands on it. They replaced this item at a very slow rate. Out of all the abalone items (Abalone, Abalone Porridge, Abalone Gratin), the Abalone Gratin was the most disappointing.
Churassco food
 The Churassco section.
Churassco and Italian food
The food at the Churassco section was incredibly oily. Even the mushroom was soak fully of oil. The chicken wings were overcooked and tasteless. The Italian food fared much better compared to the food at the Churassco section.

I went back for more of the abalones and snow crabs. The Snow Crab was the only item which I went back several times for. Look at how big they are.
Desserts and Macarons
 The Macarons were not bad.
Ice Cream
I need to improve in using the ice cream machine. The ice cream was quite delish!

Overall, I only like Todai Singapore for their King Crab, Snow Crab, Red Crab and Ice Cream. Although there was a wide variety of food, I did not fancy most of the food. As we ate during lunch on a weekend, after adding up all the additional charges, the bill came up to $75.33 nett per person. Quite pricey, I would be better off going to Kuishinbo if I was to just spam on the Snow Crab (which was what I did).

Todai Singapore - International Seafood And Sushi Buffet Restaurant (Marina Bay Sands)
Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Ave 
#B2-01 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018972
Tel: 6688 7771
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 1130am -3pm, 530pm - 10pm
                          Sun 1130am - 4pm, 5pm - 10pm

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  1. I've never seen abalone in a buffet spread before! Gosh, the snow crabs resemble those I ate in Hokkaido! Terrible lah! I'm drooling all over now. Lol!

    1. I wonder how come the snow crabs were so sweet! Addictive!

  2. What an amazing spread of dishes. I too love seafood and among all that salmon sashimi is my fav.

    1. Haha, the cold seafood section of any buffet is my favourite section too


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