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Featuring The Refinery, GastroSmiths, Bincho at Hua Bee, Ramen Bari-Uma (Tanglin), IZY Dining & Bar, Nanbantei Japanese Restaurant (Far East Plaza), Babette, Sanpoutei Ramen (Shaw House), IKYU, Shin Kushiya (VivoCity)
Jason Wong
Jason Wong

An understated but soul-satisfying set lunch of soft chicken thigh and egg simmered in dashi and soya sauce, over a bed of quality short grain rice. Each set lunch comes with pickles, salad and miso soup. What’s even better is you can top-up $5 for a glass of decent red or white wine to complete your power lunch experience.

Taste: 3.5/5

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The cramped and cosy 13-seater interior reminded me of neighbourhood sake bars in Tokyo, but the less than ideal air conditioning and heat from the kitchen certainly didn't make for comfortable dining. Luckily the carafes of cold sake went someway in providing relief from the warmth.

Food here is tasty in general but otherwise very average. We enjoyed the scallops and asparagus bathed in a seafood-y cream sauce, as well as the cheap $3 otoshis(compulsory appetisers) of potato salad, liver pate, bread and baby anchovies. I would feel more inclined to return if the air conditioning situation was improved.

Taste: 3.5/5

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Taking over the space previously occupied by Bistro Du Vin, Yujin Izakaya is a casual Japanese gastro bar and also Les Amis group’s latest F&B venture. The chic industrial decor, endearing manga-style illustrated prints depicting the hustle and bustle of an izakaya and fast service coupled with great food and drink make this a new destination worthy of repeat visits. Their Katsu Sando is on trend and super tasty as well, featuring a thick yet tender cut of US beef, sandwiched between thin squares of toasted bread spread inside with pommery mustard.

Thanks for the invite @burpple, and @yujinizakaya for hosting!

Taste: 3.5/5

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The first thing you’ll notice are the perfectly fried tempura prawns in a light and crunchy panko batter, but what will keep you coming back for more is that heady prawn broth brimming with such an intense shellfish umami.

Thanks for the invite @burpple, and @yujinizakaya for hosting!

Taste: 3.5/5

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I liked the compact texture, and strong meaty as well as smoky flavours in Yujin Izkaya’s tsukune. Unlike many other places, the tare glaze is spot on and not overly salty. What we missed though, was the egg yolk dipping sauce commonly served alongside tsukune at kushiyaki joints here.

Thanks for the invite @burpple, and @yujinizakaya for hosting!

Taste: 3.5/5

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Bringing to mind spring in Japan, the cold somen in a refreshing yuzu sauce is light on the palate but not on flavour, the briny pearls of ikura punctuating each mouthful with pops of brininess.

Thanks for the invite @burpple, and @yujinizakaya for hosting!

Taste: 3/5

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Exotic as it may sound, the grilled strips of pufferfish marinated in mirin had a familiar texture and taste, reminiscent of bak kwa. Good for a novelty order or beer munchies, but there’re tastier and and cheaper things on the menu.

Thanks for the invite @burpple, and @yujinizakaya for hosting!

Taste: 3/5

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Essentially the Japanese version of “lu rou fan”, the rice is blanketed in saucy minced braised pig trotters. When mixed into the rice however, the resulting combination proved a little too mushy. I recommend the Inaniwa Udon instead.

Thanks for the invite @burpple, and @yujinizakaya for hosting!

Taste: 3/5

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Easy to like, easy to eat, but also easy to get bored of pretty fast. The thinly sliced grilled US sirloin in ponzu sauce was done right, but just lacked something(for me at least).

Thanks for the invite @burpple, and @yujinizakaya for hosting!

Taste: 3/5

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Its unremarkable appearance belies the explosion of tantalisingly fatty, porky flavours once you take a bite of these thicc slices of Iberico pork jowl. We just couldn’t get enough of it.

Thanks for the invite @burpple, and @yujinizakaya for hosting!

Taste: 3.5/5

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Most of the chicken heart skewers I’ve had in Singapore were usually gummy and overcooked. These were plump, juicy and meaty tasting. Yummy!

Thanks for the invite @burpple, and @yujinizakaya for hosting!

Taste: 3.5/5

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So good it doesn't need anything else(except butter), the butternut pumpkin was grilled to perfection. Soft, sweet and just a little smoky, this was one of my favourite small plates(amongst a plethora of crowd pleasers) of the night.

Thanks for the invite @burpple, and @yujinizakaya for hosting!

Taste: 3.5/5

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