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Featuring Ryo Sushi, Seiwaa Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki Restaurant, Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant (DUO Galleria), Yoshimaru Ramen Bar, Yomenya Goemon (Marina Bay Link Mall), Watami (ION Orchard), YAYOI (Bugis+), Itacho Sushi (Changi Airport Terminal 3), Nikunohi - The Day of Meat, HIFUMI Japanese Restaurant (Plaza Singapura)
Zhihui Lim
Zhihui Lim

Prices start from $10.90 for ala carte tonkatsu. There’s also free flow salad bar (no coffee jelly though) for the sets. Each set comes also with a bonus fried soft boiled egg and refillable miso soup and white/ brown rice. Menu is pretty decent as there’s pork/ seafood/ chicken to choose from.

As for the katsu sets, there’s 2 different sizes and types - tenderloin/ loin katsu. We ordered the Loin & Tenderloin (pictured) for sharing. I preferred the texture of loin for that slight bite, but wasn’t a fan of the slight fatty portion nor porkier flavour as compared to the tenderloin, which was too tender. Ultimately it boils down to personal preference so if you can’t decide on which to go for, get the mixed set! I liked the pairing with tonkatsu + spicy tonkatsu sauce. The tangy tomato sauce was also surprisingly good.

A pity the ventilation here was as per its predecessor - pretty sure we smelt like walking tonkotsu ourselves😂

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We also got to try the Truffle Chawanmushi ($3.80) - fragrant truffle kombu that wasn’t overwhelming; with silky smooth egg custard - loved it!

Thank you @tenjinsg for having us, Agnes for your kind hospitality and #burpple for extending the invite!😋

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New to the menu would be the Inaniwa Udon set ($24.80), which comes with assorted tempura (similar to the premium tokyu-jo of seafood+ vegetables), served with cold udon/ mentsuyu/ kyabetsu salad.

Usually not an udon person but this was smooth, thinner with just the right bite and a refreshingly light mentsuyu (add wasabi and negi to your own preference).

Thank you @tenjinsg for having us, Agnes for your kind hospitality and #burpple for extending the invite!😋

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The latest contender to the Tendon scene, Tenjin might easily be one of my favourite. The space is cozy, spacious with attentive service, plus you can finish your meal without smelling like a walking tempura😛

There are 3 types of tendon to choose from - Yasai ($12.80, assorted vegetables), Special ($14.80, prawn, egg and assorted vegetables) and my favourite would be the Premium Toku-Jo ($22.80, Anago, fish, crab leg, prawn, egg and assorted vegetables). Choice of spicy/ normal tare(sauce). Every set comes with miso soup and a very refreshing kyabetsu salad (sesame sauce’s served on the side so add as you like!).

Each ingredient was lightly battered, not too greasy; the sauces were well-balanced and not overly generous so it doesn’t overpower the rest of the bowl. And most importantly, the batter remained crispy for a long time even after a bit of a photography session frenzy. I loved how the vegetables remained juicy and moist, very delicate and crisp shiso leaf and the flavourful free range egg. No flowy egg porn but oozy enough!

Thank you @tenjinsg for having us, Agnes for your kind hospitality and #burpple for extending the invite!😋

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Kaisen Hitsumabushi ($18.80) Thought my indecisive self would be satisfied with the best of both worlds - wasn’t fishy but not sure if it’s the heat from rice/ unagi, the texture of salmon/ tuna cubes wasn’t fantastic.

Skip this and go straight for the double Hitsumabushi ($19.80) instead, which comes with a larger portion of smoky, soft unagi (or if you’re not thaaaat hungry, there’s also small and regular bowls at $9.80/ $14.80). The dashi was very light and rather bland to me (but of course you can just add the condiments to your preference). I enjoyed the soup which came with the set, which had a lovely yuzu fragrance!

We were pretty satisfied overall considering the price and quality, I’m definitely more likely to come back here😛

The other set we ordered for variety’s sake, came with tamagoyaki, 2 plump scallops and a piece of salmon with melt-in-the-mouth fatty goodness.

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Would have gotten the other beef but they ran out of it so it was the Roast Beef with Unagi instead - the tender roast beef was served medium rare and cold (which they inform beforehand to make sure you’re ok with it).

They also ran out of the self grated wasabi which I had heard so much about but it was still good.

Would’ve liked my unagi to be a little more charred but it was at least fresh and soft, and the sauces were not overwhelmingly sweet/ salty. Got the Hitsumabushi style and the dashi broth was great - very light and tasty! Even the soup served with their set had a nice hint of yuzu which I loved.

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Loved the tsukemen as the dipping sauce was refreshing, tangy and zesty, and surprisingly lighter than usual tsukemen dips. Noodles seemed slightly thicker than the soup-based ramens and a little springier!

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This was flavourful but I prefer the shio one as it’s more refreshing and light! Felt that the Yuzu flavour melded better with the lighter broth. Noodles used was also the same, preferred it to be springier.

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Favourite broth! Light and delicate chicken-based broth with a citrusy fragrance of Yuzu. Chashu here was a little dry compared to what I had in Japan. Would’ve preferred if the noodles were a little springier but will definitely be back.

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One of my favoritest favourite ramen from Tokyo has arrived in Singapore!🥳 We were there around 5pm so we didn’t have to wait for long.

Can’t say that it’s as good as Japan’s (wasn’t a fan of the chashu here as it was a little dry, and the price of the ramen is of course, slightly more expensive at $15.90) but I’ll take what I can get and in any case, it’s still very satisfying!

Every ramen comes with the usual suspects - bamboo shoots, (half) ajitama, seaweed and cha shu.

My favourite was the light delicate broth of the Yuzu shio ramen, followed by the Tsukemen - refreshingly tangy and the dipping sauce was surprisingly not too rich. Preferred the noodles of tsukemen as it was a little springier.

The Buta Wing Gyoza (6 pcs $6.90) was a must-order, according to the waitress and so we did; pretty decent, crisp, fillings were quite juicy and flavorful.

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While the menu lacks in variety in the type of meat available, at least they do offer a non-fish option, and even that was done well too. It’s also the cheapest option on the menu at only $9.90 (rock salt)/ $10.90 (teriyaki)! The chicken was succulent, skin had a bit of crispness, teriyaki sauce was just right - not too salty nor sweet.

Also comes with the set so this is really value for money!

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