Yum yum: Japanese all-you-can-eat goes down a treat in TST

Yum yum: Japanese all-you-can-eat goes down a treat in TST

We find Hong Kong's hottest eats 'n' treats

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Meat, meat, all you can eat.
Photo: Ariel Conant

Gyu Jin Shabu Shabu & Sukiyaki

Shop 706, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Cuisine: Japanese buffet-style hotpot

Vibe: It's a small place, but a well-planned layout means you don't feel cramped. Simple Japanese-style décor, and attentive waiters.

Who to take: Anyone who likes to share and loves to eat. It's an all-you-can eat buffet hotpot, so come hungry and eat as much of the endless supply of meat as you can in the 90-minute limit.

What's hot: You choose the quality of meat from the menu, and then head to the open buffet of all the vegetables and other hotpot additions. It's a great idea, as you can get as much of your favourite things as you want, and not feel wasteful ordering anything you don't actually like.

All the vegetables were fresh, and there was a very tasty Japanese beef curry too. If you have space at the end, there's ice cream for dessert.

Did I mention it's all-you-can-eat? They started us off with three platters of thinly sliced pork and beef. I was sure we'd finish those off quickly, and if we had they would have brought out more for us. But with all the other additions, we found ourselves struggling to finish the last platter of meat.

What's not: We ordered the spicy Sichuan broth, but found it lacking in both flavour and heat. Fortunately the buffet bar also comes stocked with condiments, so we added a more chilli, garlic and sauce to the broth.

As we've been other places where the broth was tasty and flavourful without having to make our own additions, we found Gyu Jin's to be a bit of a disappointment.

Cost: There are four different options for the all-you-can-eat, increasing in price with the quality of the beef.

The Gyujin Buffet Course is HK$148 per person, the Supreme - which we had - is HK$178 per person, the Japanese Black Wagyu is HK$278 per person, and the Supreme Japanese Black Wagyu is HK$318 each.

If you're short though, you might be able to sneak in a discount, as children less than 140cm tall can eat for just HK$88.

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