Sunday, October 21, 2018

TANBA Japanese BBQ (炭馬烧肉专门店) @ Taman Molek & Twin Galaxy - [JB]

We have been hunting for good Japanese Buffet in Johor Bahru but unfortunately there are not many available. Thanks to Tony (Johor Kaki), he recommended us to go to TANBA - Japanese BBQ (available in buffet as well as ala carte style). There are 2 outlets in JB - Taman Molek and Twin Galaxy @ Jalan Dato' Abdullah Tahir. We have been to both outlets and I would say both offer rather prompt service and similar food quality. In terms of the interior of the restaurant, the outlet at Twin Galaxy stands out more which offers more seating, plus it is closer to JB CIQ, hence it is more accessible for those who are shopping around City Square and KSL shopping malls.

In terms of parking, there are ample parking lots directly outside the outlet at Taman Molek. If you are driving to Twin Galaxy, there are a few parking lots at the ground level (outside TANBA), we were lucky to secure a lot and paid the man managing the parking lots RM5. Otherwise, I believe there are also parking lots available in the basement levels.

TANBA @ Taman Molek

Interior of TANBA - Taman Molek

Even though age is catching up on us and we may not be able to eat as much as we can like before, buffet still offers an all in option at a fixed price where we can eat to our hearts content without worrying about ordering too much and end up paying more than we would like to.

TANBA Menu and Price information

Dinner pricing is about RM98++ (~SGD35) per pax which is a very attractive and affordable as you can pick all the items on the 2-page buffet menu which includes salad, bbq vegetables, sashimi, sushi, handrolls, soups, rice, fried food, dessert and a wide variety of meat selection (including Top A5 graded Wagyu Beef)! From premium beef karubi, lamb shank, ostrich meat to beef short plate, pork belly, pork neck, grill chicken, scallops, tiger prawns and many more! Free flow of green tea (cold or hot) is available as well.

What is even more heartening to know is TANBA BBQ uses charcoal for customers to grill their food! This definitely ensure our food are cooked to the best flavour! Each BBQ pit has its own air vent to suck out the smoke from the grilling so it is not overly smoky when dining at the air-conditioned restaurant. Plus staff are pretty prompt in changing the grilling mesh and charcoal when requested.

Lets take a look at the food selection!

You can choose to BBQ your own vegetables -  and they have a good selection of it. (Brocooli, miso ladies finger, shitake mushroom, butter pumkin etc). We prefer to order the cooked ones to leave the grilling space for our meat! Each dish comes in small portion that is enough for our pax of 4 to share. So far all the cooked dishes are very delicious (especially if you love the buttery taste) and it is a good starter while waiting for our meat to be cooked.

Bacon Roll with Broccoli (BBQ)

Bacon Roll with Enoki Mushroom (BBQ)

Butter Broccoli (Cooked)

Butter Abalone Mushroom (Cooked)

Creamy Spinach

Other fried food are also tasty to order! I love the Takoyaki most!

Fried Fish Skin


Tori Karaage

Duck Man (Smoked Duck Bun)

Japanese buffet is never complete without sashimi and sushi! TANBA offers four fresh selection of sashimi - Salmon Sashimi, Salmon Belly Sashimi (limited stock), Maguro Sahimi, and Shiro Maguro Sashimi. Thick and fresh slices to satisfy our craving for sashimi!

Their sushi and handrolls are also good! As we have to reserve our tummies for our grilled meat, sushi are not our main orders. 

Aburi Salmon Sushi

TANBA offers Fried Salmon, California and Soft Shell Crab Temaki

There are also soup selection - Kimchi, Miso and Tamago. A good choice to go with rice. 

The main highlight of TANBA BBQ for me is their meat selection! Apart from choosing your choices of meat, you can also choose the sauce to go with it (garlic, sweet sauce, shichuan mala, korean spicy, black pepper etc).

Smoked Duck

Honestly, I got confused when all the meat dishes are served on our table. We ordered a variety of pork and beef combi with different sauces! Normally I prefer to eat the meat in its natural flavour but the sauces does make the meat taste sweeter so I have no complains. Each meat is thinly sliced which make it easy to be cooked.

Grill Surume Ika, Grill Dorry Fish and Grill Salmon Cubes

Usually we try not to order rice as it makes us feel fuller but I thought a small bowl of Bacon Garlic Fried Rice would not harm. You can also choose Kimchi Fried Rice, , Rice with BBQ Sauce or plain white rice.

Grilling in process. 

To date, we have visited TANBA on three different occasions to celebrate our birthday months and we really love the food and the ambiance of the restaurant. There are so much more that we have yet to try but we are sure to be back again.

TANBA (炭馬烧肉专门店)

Outlet 1: Twin Galaxy, Jalan Dato' Abdullah Tahir, Johor Bahru (GPS: 1.4779647,103.7608974)
Outlet 2: 31, Jalan Molek 3/20, Taman Molek, Johor Bahru (GPS: 1.5194588,103.7836396)

Buffet Pricing 
Weekday (Monday - Friday)
Lunch : RM78++ (12pm - 5pm)
Dinner: RM98++ (5pm - 11pm)

Weekend & Public Holiday
Lunch : RM88++ (12pm - 5pm)
Dinner: RM98++ (5pm - 11pm)

Children (0-5yo) - FREE
Primary Student (6-12yo) - Half Price
Elderly (60yo & Above) - 10% Discount

Visited: May, Jun, Aug 2018

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