It was Sunday evening, hubby and I had been out most of the day, we couldn't be bothered cooking dinner and I had a massive craving for Japanese food. The cure? A search for Japanese restaurants around me on trusty Urbanspoon. The result - Buen 151.
So, Buen 151 is situated in a dodgy looking part of town and when you step inside, the decor (or should I say the lack of decor) was shocking. Now don't get me wrong, I have no problem going to dodgy looking places to eat but since it is apparently opened by the ex-owners of Fuji Station I had expectations.
We were seated in a reasonable amount of time and found the menu to be very similar, maybe even the same as Fuji Station. As we walked in, we saw our friend who told us the sashimi is really good - we decided to take his advice.
Miso soup x 2 $5 ($2.50 each)
Tori Karaage (Lightly fried barbeque sauce marinated chicken) $8.50
Gyoza (Minced pork and veges dumplings x 5 pieces) $8.50
Gyu Tataki (Lightly seared, thinly sliced beef x 10 slices) $10.50
Small assorted sushi $13.50
Small sashimi (Assorted raw fish) $15.50
Green tea (pot) $1.50
Food and presentation - 3/5The sashimi was indeed very good, the seafood (apart from the tuna) was very fresh. The rest of the food however, was pretty average. The gyu tataki was especially disappointing (only because I usually love tataki!) - the sauce was not very tasty and the beef was very dry. Lastly, their miso soup is the worst miso soup I've ever had in a restaurant and not to mention they brought out a barely warm bowl of miso soup for hubby which they did kindly exchange for a hot one.
|Small assorted sushi $13.50|
|Gyu Tataki $10.50|
|Tori Karaage $8.50|
|Small sashimi $15.50|
|Green Tea $1.50|
Service - 2.5/5The lack of service was off putting. The restaurant was not full and they only had two wait staff, one of which I think is new because she didn't really know what was going on. So in reality they had one wait staff and she couldn't be efficient even if she wanted to because she had to look after the new staff member. Apart from taking our order, bringing food to our table and collecting our money, there was no service - the staff were hardly available and smiles were there, but infrequent.
Atmosphere - 1/5
The only Japanese decor they had was at the counter (and there wasn't much), the rest of the artwork around the restaurant was just...random. There was no vibe, no buzz, well, no atmosphere.
Value for money - 3/5The servings were decent considering the price but unfortunately the quality of the food was pretty average.
I don't think I will be back in a hurry.
Taste Test Final Score 9.5/20