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I loved it!). Also had a private hot tub + coffee machine in our room. Service was impeccable from the moment we alighted from the bus and our requests were well taken care of!
As with every ryokan, the most exciting part is its Kaiseki meals that I always look forward to. Beautiful plating of the dishes are almost always a given. I liked how fresh the sashimi (Seabream & skipjack) was - G doesn’t take sashimi so sucks for him but he also got yuba and some vegetarian option replacement, which was actually good🤷🏻‍♀️ Surprisingly, my favourite was the sea bream soup, which was sweet and so refreshingly light - adding shiso leaf always gives it a nice fragrance! My grilled river fish with salt was their local fish, yamame - absolutely beautifully plated but quite a hassle with all the bones, and the skin was probably not for consumption (almost like a salt baked fish). The Higo beef steak was very tender, but that was about it. Dessert was also average at best, with the choice of soymilk pudding or Sakura ice cream both served with the same toppings. It was so generic, I’d have very much preferred our welcome sweets of red bean jelly and a very good sencha. // Breakfast was simpler, but also an overwhelming affair. Tofu soup was lovely. Never my first choice but the tofu and yuba here are all so good! Also not a vegetable-person but the braised vegetables were beautifully appetizing.

However the grilled fish sadly was a tad dry with too little flesh for pure enjoyment. Served also with onsen egg (the yolk was so bright) and their local jersey milk. Asari clam miso was darn good and fresh! 😋
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To be honest, we weren’t as impressed with the meals here compared to our first ryokan experience last year. But our meal was the cheapest option so perhaps the others would be better. So while the stay was great (10/10 would stay again), food-wise was decent, just wasn’t as good as what we expected.
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The cornflakes at the bottom soaked up all the bittersweet sauce!😋
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6602 Manganji, Minamioguni, Aso District, Kumamoto 869-2402
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These coconut buns from a traditional bakery right smack in an old estate were pretty good! Preferred these to the red bean which were much sweeter. #burpple

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Seafood White Beehoon (Prawns & Lala $6.80-S) was decent, ingredients were fresh and there were bits of crisp fried lard. Portion seemed to be rather huge (possibly enough for 2 small eaters if you’re planning to get side dishes?). Enjoyed the french bean with minced pork ($8.80) because the dried shrimps (?) made it so darn fragrant.
Lor bak ($4) was also flavourfully braised and tender while proportion of egg vs starch of the oyster omelette ($10.80) was just right with very crisp sides. We don’t eat oysters (I KNOW), but they kindly changed to 2 giant prawns for us! There’s also prawn omelette on the menu but if I’m not wrong, it doesn’t have the starchy portion thus I tried my luck with the request😂. The accompanying chilli was shiok too! Bet the oyster version would have been fantastic.

The seafood soup was comfortingly tasty, though not as savoury as the other seafood soup that opened in Far East Plaza too - but I liked how sweet and clean tasting this was. There were mock abalone, fish maw, lala, crunchy prawns, fish slices, meatballs and vegetables, etc.

Portions of the dishes we ordered was pretty good for the price and of quality, fresh ingredients. Will be back to try the hainanese curry rice too.

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Curry was flavorful but thought it was rather mild on the spiciness. The pork chop here was delish, classic local hainanese style where the sauce is a tad sweet, could be more crisp but it was fine after all the sauces and definitely juicy! Chapchye was soft and tasty, and I really enjoyed the sotong - very fresh with a nice bite but not overly chewy. Definitely will be back to brave the queue 😗 #burpple

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Waiting time was a tad long but it could just be teething problems :) Ended up with soba and chicken katsu - was lightly breaded and juicy! Soba was also comfortingly tasty (and I added wasabi to it oops) but the texture of the noodles were on the softer side while I like mine with a little bite.
My lunch buddy got the mini snow beef don which was a good combination of sweet tender grilled beef slices, and savoury grated parmesan with cream sauce and stewed cabbages (or beansprout). If you’re feel munchy, add on $2.90 for a miso soup and chawanmushi, or chawanmushi and a drink. Portion is small, but the chawanmushi was smooth and had quite a bit of ingredients within.

There’s also plenty of side dishes for sharing!
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Had all these to myself and it was $9. Probably not the most affordable around but it was at least satisfying. A good portion of juicy duck meat, and tender duck liver, generously drenched with the thick savory-sweet braised gravy! Their chili was pretty shiok too. #burpple

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It had a good, homely-comfort to it!

Generous portion of beef rendang, with rich gravy where you get a good balance of mild spiciness, subtle sweetness and hint of fragrance spices. Comes also with a blue pea flower rice, a mountain of chap chye and sambal egg which left me feeling quite satiated.
Makes for a hearty fuss-free lunch, would be happy to come back again to try the other sets. #burpple

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Xin Cuisine’s signature home-style roasted duck with tea leaves was fantastic, juicy with crackling skin, though there wasn’t a strong hint of tea (which I’d have expected since it’s part of the name😂). My favorite was definitely the fresh steamed red garoupa with fragrant & raw minced garlic which I happily devoured. We also had braised shredded abalone soup with fish maw, sea cucumber, dried scallops and fish maw/ braised pig trotters beehoon (portion was huge! And the skin was gelatinous)/ dessert was meh but I found the textures interesting since they used dragonfruit in the mango pomelo sago; and I liked the crisp batter of the fried niangao (which I also happily finished because my boss said eat = 步步高升)🤑💰 #burpple

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