Jogoya Buffet Restaurant at Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur is our favourite buffet place for its great choices and yummy food. We visited Jogoya restaurant a few years back and blogged about our buffet experience in this blog post. This year we visited this all you can eat buffet restaurant again for Chinese New Year celebration. How does the food and service after many years since our last visit? Continue reading to find out.
If you don’t know about Jogoya, it is the largest buffet restaurant in Malaysia according to its website. I believe so, as I have not seen any other buffet restaurant as big as Jogoya. If you have visited one, do leave a comment below. In Jogoya, there are many varieties of food and beverages from many cultures such as Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Western and Indian. Below are just some of the food photos I took in Jogoya Buffet Restaurant.
Sashimi and Seafood Buffet at Jogoya Restaurant Starhill Gallery
Normally when we come to eat buffet dinner, we will target the expensive food first such as this scallop. The scallops served here are quite big and fresh. I have eaten five scallops during the dinner at Jogoya.
After the scallops, I ate the fresh baby lobsters at Jogoya. My previous memorable experience with baby lobsters was during the Christmas buffet dinner at Feast @ Sheraton Petaling Jaya.
Besides the baby lobster, we also tried the soft-shell crabs. All of the seafood in Jogoya are served on ice to keep them fresh.
This photo shows my first serving of baby lobster and soft-shell crab at Jogoya. Both of the seafoods are very fresh and sweet.
There are also fresh raw oysters on ice here at Jogoya, but they are not my favourite. Besides, I want to eat New Zealand natural ice cream and Häagen-Dazs premium ice cream later. It is not recommended to eat raw oysters with ice cream because it can increase the chance of food poisoning.
Both the crab and baby lobster are fresh and the meats are so sweet. I had two servings of baby lobster and moved on to next food here at Jogoya.
I like to squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto my fresh seafood. Even though the crab looks thin and small but the meat is fresh and sweet.
Baby lobster and sashimi are my favourite at Jogoya buffet restaurant.
Eat all the lemons you can here at Jogoya. They are for the seafood on ice, but you can also make a glass of lemon juice, I guess.
Sashimi is also my favourite here at Jogoya Buffet Restaurant. My favourite is always the salmon sashimi because the taste is the most balanced among other sashimi. I remember I have the best serving of fresh and thick salmon sashimi at Aoki-Tei Japanese Restaurant (青木亭放题) at Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara. My next favourite sashimi is the butter fish but they are not served in Jogoya’s buffet dinner.
I don’t remember what is the fish type of this sashimi, if not mistaken it is white tuna sashimi. This white tuna sashimi is served with fish roes on top.
The sashimi on ice at Jogoya buffet restaurant, Starhill Gallery. There are few types of sashimi to choose from such as salmon, tuna and squid.
Fresh prawns are also available at Jogoya but I keep my quota for the baby lobsters. Furthermore, this type of prawn is easily available at other buffet restaurants.
This photo shows the Jogoya’s sashimi and seafood on ice’s section. I noticed the sashimi and seafood on ice here at Jogoya are frequently replaced to ensure the freshness of the seafood. Each section of food here are manned by a few chefs who keep preparing food nonstop for customers.
Choices of cooked seafood besides sashimi and seafood on ice.
Besides the usual crab, prawn and fish, snails are also available at Jogoya buffet restaurant. The photo here is the spicy snail. I don’t really like my seafood spicy, so I didn’t try this dish.
If you do not like spicy snail, you can choose this steamed snail. Those snail dishes are quite uncommon in hotels and other buffet restaurants’ offering.
Bamboo snail from the seafood on ice at Jogoya. I don’t really like this because the bamboo snail’s texture is a bit hard to chew. But, if you like something chewy, then you can try this delicacy.
Those are mussels cooked with garlic. The taste is not bad but not my favourite style of cooking mussels.
Besides the mussels, Jogoya also serves many types of clams such as this salted clam. This style is my favourite because I can taste the nature taste of the clams.
Seafood porridge is also available from the Chinese section. The porridge has a hint of sweetness from the seafood.
There are many types of fishes to choose from
If you prefer cooked seafood, the Chinese section has this steamed Pomfret fish. Do you know Pomfret fish can grow up to 1 meter long?
Beside the Pomfret fish, we also ordered this steamed spicy siakap with garlic at Jogoya. I like how each dish is served in small portion because I can try more dishes without getting too full.
The third type of fish we ordered in Jogoya is this grilled cod fish. I highly recommend this grilled cod fish if you are having buffet dinner here.
This is where we ordered our cooked fish. Just choose and drop the clip and the waiter will send over the fish.
A bowl of fish maw at Jogoya. Fish maw is not really my favourite food because it is usually not much taste.
A view of the seafood on ice section in Jogoya. I like how the lanes here are spacious and easy to walk around to get my food.
Jogoya’s Delicious Chinese Food
After the seafood and sashimi, we moved on to Chinese food. This is the Herbal Chicken Soup. The soup’s taste is yummy but still cannot compare with those restaurants that specialize in Chinese soup.
Some of the Chinese soups you can order in Jogoya. Photos here are the Abalone Slice Chicken Soup and the Chicken and Mushroom Soup.
Fried edamame is also available here at Jogoya. Edamame is one of the healthy foods as they may lower cholesterol and rich in vitamins and minerals.
Since it is Chinese New Year, Prosperity Yee Sang is also served here on the day we visited Jogoya Buffet Restaurant. There is actually a promotion for Yee Sang where you can get one Yee Sang for free if you have 10 persons for your dinner group.
Spicy fried mussels at the Chinese section.
Baked clams and mussels at Jogoya. Like I mentioned before, there are so many types of clams and mussels cooking in Jogoya.
Besides all the meats, we also ordered this stir-fried water spinach to balance our meal.
This is where to order a stir-fried vegetable such as this stir-fried Emperor Cress. Simply drop your food clip here and a Jogoya’s waiter or waitress will serve the stir-fried vegetable fresh from the cooking pan.
Teriyaki Chicken wing at the Japanese section. I didn’t try this dish because I normally skip chicken in a buffet meal.
There are many types of noodle soup as well
If you want something soupy and spicy, you can order this pot of Tom Yum soup. What I like here in Jogoya is that some of the food are prepared only when you order them.
If you love noodle, there are many types of noodle to choose from in Jogoya. For example, there are Chicken Char Siew X.O Soup Ramen and Sichuan Mala Beef Mi Xian.
I’m not sure what is this dish called. It looks like some clams’ noodle with mushroom. It is also prepared when you order them.
Big clams in soup are also served here in Jogoya.
Jogoya’s Xiao Long Bao from the Chinese Dim Sum and Soup section. Personally, I don’t like this Xiao Long Bao as the skin is too thick and the meat is too dry. Hopefully Jogoya can improve this popular Chinese food in the future.
An overview of the dim sum and soup section in Jogoya. It is so steamy here because the chefs are cooking dim sum and keeping the soup steamy hot for customers.
Jogoya Buffet’s Japanese Food
Let’s move to Japanese food starting with this grilled shishamo fish. This shishamo fish is grilled to perfection and I had two of them.
One of my favourite Japanese food, the salted Edamame.
Grilled Giant Purple Clam. There are really many types of clam cooking style in Jogoya.
Grilled tofu at Jogoya Japanese section. I don’t really like this tofu because it is quite dry. If the chef can keep the melting tofu texture inside, then it will be delicious.
Grilled Japanese Sweet Potato. I normally skip potato in a buffet because potatoes make my stomach full.
Japanese silky white tofu with fish roes on top.
Japanese Sushi are also available, which I also skip because of the rice. But if you love sushi, there are many types of sushi in Jogoya.
Some of the grilled food you can order from the Japanese section here in Jogoya. I ordered my shishamo fish here.
This Japanese Fried Scallop (Hotate Furai) needs 2 Jogoya member coupons to order.
Another member only dish is this Teppanyaki Lobster.
This is the Jogoya’s Japanese Teppanyaki section. I ordered grilled lamb chop and grilled cod fish from here.
There are many types of teppanyaki food here such as Golden Promphet, Teppanyaki Cod Fish and Fried Bean Sprouts.
You can make steamboat, shabu shabu or hotpot at Jogoya
Besides all the sashimi, fried and grilled food, you can also have steamboat, shabu shabu or sukiyaki in Jogoya. By using this steamboat pot in the photo above, you can steam some yummy meat and vegetables.
The steamboat section where you can find fresh ingredients such as seafood, meat and vegetables.
The steamboat section in Jogoya, where you can also refer to the instruction on how to cook your steamboat meal.
Fresh fish slices for the steamboat. I’m not really sure what fish type is this.
You can make your own steamboat with fresh ingredients
Fresh prawns and fish slices for the steamboat. Do note that food from this ice section is not to be eaten raw.
Fresh vegetables for the steamboat soup.
Overview of the steamboat section in Jogoya. Fuchuk (fried bean curd skin) and noodles are also available for the steamboat.
If you do not want to make your own steamboat, you can also order a set of Japanese Sukiyaki here at Jogoya.
Western Food at Jogoya Buffet Restaurant
Jogoya’s Grilled Lamb Chop with black pepper sauce from western food section. Not the best lamb chop I have but the taste is quite delicious.
Just having a fine dining in Jogoya with a slice of grilled beef, mussels and Japanese potato, paired with a glass of red wine.
The western food section in Jogoya. I don’t really order a lot of food from here since I get quite full from the Japanese and Chinese section.
Some of the Western food you can order at Jogoya such as Chicken Ham Carbonara and Grilled Chicken Sausages
There are more types of mussels and clams cooking styles here at the western section in Jogoya, such as the cheese clams. I have enough of clams and mussels, so I didn’t try any of them.
Some fried food at the Western food section.
Different types of sauces for the fried Western food such as tempura sauce, mayonnaise and Thai chili sauce.
Two Jogoya member coupons are required for this Roasted Lamb Shank.
Sweet Dessert at Jogoya
After all the meats, seafood and vegetables, we continue with the dessert. My first Jogoya’s dessert is this Osmanthus Tea Jelly.
All the desserts here at Jogoya are properly labelled like this Osmanthus Tea Jelly.
The next dessert I tried is this Coconut Pudding.
There are so many types of desserts in Jogoya. One visit is definitely not enough to taste all of the desserts.
More desserts such as cheese cake and coconut mousse.
I think this is cheese cake with strawberry on top.
Carrot cake at Jogoya with leave shaped jelly on top.
One of the main attractions in Jogoya’s dessert section is the New Zealand Natural Premium Ice Cream.
Premium ice creams are also served here for a happy ending
Another dessert attraction here is the Häagen-Dazs Premium Ice Cream. If you love ice cream, you should keep some space in stomach for them, unless you have the skill of storing desserts into heart instead of stomach.
Some of the Häagen-Dazs ice cream flavours here such as Summer Berries and Macadamia Brittle.
There are many types of pudding at the dessert section.
My first serving of dessert consists of tiramisu, Osmanthus Tea Jelly and raindrop cake.
I also ate a few pieces of dragon fruit and guava at Jogoya. The fruits were quite fresh as well.
My second serving of desserts with cakes such as cheese cake and chocolate cake.
Besides desserts, fruits such as watermelon, guava and papaya are served to conclude the meal.
Another dessert for member only is this classic chocolate cake.
The photo above shows the Chinese soups for VIP member. They are Double Boiled Fresh Milk with Snow Fungus in Coconut Soup and Ginseng and Coconut Chicken Soup. I guess it is a coconut season In Jogoya?
Marshmallows are also available here with chocolate fountain, a favourite spot for children.
If you like ABC or cendol or ice kacang, you can make one bowl yourself at this section.
Beverages and drinks at Jogoya
The most popular drink here for me is this fresh Thai coconut.
Some of the colourful drinks at Jogoya.
Fruit juices and herbal jelly tea to quench the thirst after all the yummy food at Jogoya.
Japanese sake, imported from Japan, is available as a part of the promotion. I tried this sake but it is too bitter for me.
Red wines are included in the buffet as well. The red wines served here are the sweet type.
Alcoholic cocktails are also available here such as the White Angel. Please do not drink and drive.
Sapporo premium beer at Jogoya buffet restaurant. This beer is not included in the buffet but you may order them separately.
Coffee machines are also available in Jogoya. If you are not a coffee person, different types of Chinese tea bags are also provided.
One of the Jogoya’s VIP drink, the Jasmine Fairy which is a type of handmade flower tea. I don’t think I will use my VIP coupon for a drink.
Environment at Jogoya Buffet Restaurant
Wooden tables and chairs in Jogoya restaurant. I quite like the wooden environment in a restaurant.
One of the big round table in Jogoya. Do make a reservation or table booking if you are coming in big group. I think there are not many big tables around here.
Jogoya Buffet Restaurant is located at the 3rd floor of Starhill Gallery luxury retail mall
Foggy pool near the entrance of Jogoya buffet restaurant. It is a nice spot for taking some photos as memory.
Jogoya is decorated with Chinese New Year decoration during our visit. There were pigs on the decorations because it was the pig year in Chinese calendar. There are no porks served in Jogoya. However, I’m not sure if Jogoya is a certified halal restaurant.
Very nice exterior wooden wall of Jogoya. You can spot Jogoya from far away with this big lantern as well.
This is the reception counter at Jogoya. Jogoya is located at the 3rd floor in the Starhill Gallery mall and easily spotted from the escalator.
Some of the ongoing promotion at Jogoya Buffet Restaurant. Click here to view the bigger image if you cannot read the text in the photo above. According to the promotion, there is free flow of Sake imported from Japan. The best promotion is the Alaska King Crab for 38 persons and above.
Jogoya has a mobile app for iOS and Android. I haven’t tried the mobile app yet. Maybe we can make reservation using the app?
The food order clips of Jogoya comes with table number on it. Very convenient to use to order your food. Most of the food ordered with those clips come within five to fifthteen minutes.
Children below 130 cm height get a cheaper buffet price
The photo above shows the price of Jogoya buffet as in early year 2019. For lunch, it is RM 138 net per person. For time dinner, it is RM 148 for an adult. The price for children is cheaper at RM 15 for height 90-100 cm and half price for 101-130 cm. Please check the latest price with Jogoya first if you are making a call for reservation or table booking. The buffet price may increase over a period of time.
I would say the price is reasonable. There are many varieties of food which mostly taste delicious. The staffs’ service is good and the environment is comfortable. Jogoya is definitely one of the top choices for a buffet meal.