In line with my passion for Japanese food, the only other Japanese style BBQ in Brisbane (as far as I am aware), is Shinbashi Yakiniku. For $35, you can order anything off their menu for a duration of 90 minutes. The selection is quite broad, and offers a number of meats as well as non bbq options.
After ordering, our salad came out rather quickly. Unfortunately, we found it to be quite bland, mainly being lettuce and sauce, with very little other things.
The first plate of wagyu that came out was nicely marbled and not too fatty. But I could not say the same for the plates following, which were very very fatty. I also think that the meats could have been marinated better. As you can see, they only had sesame on top of the beef, and nothing else.
You can see here, the fat pretty much exceeded the meat content, which we didn't really like.
Other things we ordered included prawns, calamari, pumpkin and mushrooms.
Like Nonbei, the mushrooms and corn are served on little foil trays where you can cook the veges without fear of it slipping into the gaps of the bbq rack.
In terms of fried foods, we tried the takoyaki and the vegetable croquet. Both of which were very generous in portion and crispy.
To me, the highlight of the meal would have been their nabeyaki udon. For such a meaty (and oily) meal, this was a definite palate cleanser. Having lettuce and enoki mushrooms in a clear broth with udon, it was homey and comforting.
We finished off the meal with a Matcha Parfait and a Black Sesame Parfait, which is NOT included in the buffet, we considered it essential to cool off after the bbq. The ice cream was smooth, but I think it could be a bit more specialised than just having corn flakes at the bottom.
Overall, it was a relatively decent offering at Shinbashi. However, my opinion would still be that for $35, I would rather pay the extra $5 (or in my case, $15) and go to Nonbei instead. The service wasnt as horrible as some of the other reviews have mentioned, but I do think that their staff could serve food a bit faster, especially because it is a time limited buffet, it is very important not to give off a bad impression that you are holding up food to so people dont eat as much. Additionally, the buffet being only available on Monday and Tuesday is really quite limiting for those who might want to go on other days of the week.
Price Range: $35 per person (for buffet)