In October this year, Hong Kong chain Syohachi Yakiniku opened its first eatery in Singapore, an offshoot hamburg steak concept called Syohachi Wagyu Hamburg. It is now expanding its presence here to include its original A5 wagyu yakiniku concept, with a new eponymous buffet restaurant opening tomorrow (Nov 13) at Tanjong Pagar’s Guoco Tower.

A5 is regarded as the top grade for the prized beef, based on its colour and marbling. The beef is sourced from the chain’s exclusive partner farm, Hidakami Ranch, in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture. Whole cattle carcasses are flown in, and used nose-to-tail for Syohachi Yakiniku and its hamburg sister outlet.

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