Where else? But, in Johor Bahru.
I really take my hat off to Ayukawa Japanese Buffet Restaurant's enterprising owners Ray and Rebbecca for the ingenuous system that delivers the customers' orders from such a massive menu even during full house, especially on weekends.
To make it even more amazing, the food are freshly cooked to order and not pre-cooked and then merely distributed.
For customers who are spoilt for choice, ordering from this massive menu is easy. Just look at the pictures of the food in the menu book, write your choice on the order chits provided and send it off to the staff.
The chits are then sorted in this "nerve centre" and what happens here is nothing short of a minor miracle, especially on full house days. How the right orders go the right tables in good time is, of course, a trade secret.
Fortunately, we just leave all that complicated stuff to the staff and we just enjoy our food in a casual and informal, yet comfortable setting.
As usual, while I fussed over food photo taking, my impatient (or long suffering) companions indulge in the ordering. These were what appeared at the table - so I am not responsible for making your mouth water :P
Still, I made sure that I have my favourites like this salmon head and grilled sanwa.
We enjoyed our sumptuous lunch at Ayukawa.
Seriously, if I have to organise an eat out for a large group and don't want to think about what to order while having plenty to eat within a reasonable fixed budget, Ayukawa at Sutera is one of my top picks. While the food may not be exquisite like those in expensive exclusive Japanese restaurants, it was definitely more than competent and a few of the dishes were actually very good, in my opinion.
Little wonder then that Ayukawa is a favourite hangout for high school and uni students, and shoppers at Sutera Mall and the Johor Premium Outlets once they found out about the deal here.
Restaurant name: Ayukawa Japanese Buffet Restaurant
Address: 101-103, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utrama, Skudai, Johor Bahru
Hours: See photo above
Date visited: 24 Jan 2013