📍Ninja Chirashi @ Tampines Street 81

Ambience: 7/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Flavor: 8/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Service: 9/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Overall: 24/30 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍

On a Friday afternoon, I visited Singapore’s Ninja Chirashi, which is located at Tampines Street 81 - approximately 5 minute walk from Temasek Polytechnic’s West Gate and 12 minute walk from Tampines West MRT Station. If you are travelling via MRT, I would suggest taking Bus 46 opposite East View Primary School (bus stop ID 76289) after coming out from Tampines West MRT Station. You will arrive at Ninja Chirashi after 2 stops and a walk for another 3 minutes.

Upon my arrival at the eatery, I was quite frankly shocked at the relatively small size of the eatery, as well as how it was hidden within the neighbourhood by coffee shops to its left and right. What was even more surprising was that the entire eatery was manned by only 1 waiter, which is honestly quite rare even in the small eatery scenes. I can’t deny that this initially lowered my expectations of their dishes, but the food that entered my taste buds subsequently completely proved my expectations wrong as it blew my mind.

I ordered (1) Truffle Chirashi - which is a combination of Ninja Chirashi and Truffle Oil, and (2) Set A (4 Slices of Sashimi + Refillable Hot Tea).

The entire set meal cost me S$18.50, which honestly wasn’t very pricey because S$12.50 of it was from the Truffle Chirashi, which contained a very generous amount of raw Salmon and Tuna chunks.

The thickly cut cubes of raw Tuna and Salmon tasted very fresh, and when taken together with the rice drizzled with their secret sauce, it gave a very mellow savoury taste that makes me want to go back for another mouthful. The truffle oil and garlic bits elevated the flavour profile of the dish, giving it a nice crunch while having a hint of truffle flavour that wasn’t too overpowering. However, as I dug deeper into the dish, I started to run out of sashimi and tamago to pair with the rice, so it eventually came to a point where I had to eat four spoonfuls of rice on its own - which felt quite jelak. Nevertheless, as a whole, I thought the dish was really well executed.

I was also really heartened by the waiter, as despite being the only staff around, he really tried his best to juggle between serving the customer to the best of his ability while taking orders and packaging takeaways. Yes, it may be hard at times to catch his attention to ask for hot tea refills, but I can truly see that the waiter was putting his utmost effort into ensuring that his customers get a wonderful dining experience while smoothly running the eatery.

For that, I give Singapore’s Ninja Chirashi a 8/10 for flavour, 9/10 for service, and 7/10 for ambience because despite the small eatery space, they managed to enhanced the atmosphere with a neon logo on their wall for photo-taking, and memorable j-pop cum anime music playing in the background to pair with the homely view of the neighbourhood through the translucent window glass panel.

Overall, Ninja Chirashi at Tampines Street 81 scored a solid 24/30 after combining the scores for Flavour, Service, and Ambience. To quickly conclude, the eatery is a great spot to fix your sashimi don cravings if you are staying near Tampines.

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