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Featuring The Refinery, GastroSmiths, Bincho, Ramen Bari-Uma (Tanglin), IZY Dining & Bar, Nanbantei Japanese Restaurant (Far East Plaza), Babette, Sanpoutei Ramen (Shaw House), IKYU, Watami (ION Orchard)
Jason Wong
Jason Wong
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This is one of the most value-for-money sides you can choose for your set meal at Tsuta. It comes with about 8 cubes of mouth-watering charred pork that have a nice ratio of fat to meat, and is a cheaper way of adding protein to your ramen without having to purchase extras.

Taste: 3/5

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Always comforting like an old friend, the mild and creamy broth never fails to lift my spirits and serve as a respite from the daily grind. The chicken and corn taste wholesome, and the noodles are slurpworthy. Every set comes with a choice of side and hot or cold tea.

Taste: 3.5/5

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In Japan, it’s customary at some izakayas to insist guests have an appetiser with their first drink, and so it is too at Kyuu in Keong Saik. I’m normally averse to having anything forced upon me, but I’m more than happy that this was, because one look at this beautifully plated appetiser of sauce soaked fried fish and monkfish liver in ponzu would change anybody’s mind.

Taste: 3.5/5

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Super fresh tasting and smoky shishamo bursting with delicate roe, paired with creamy Japanese chilli mayo that helps to mellow the strong, fishy flavour.

Taste: 3.5/5

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At Kyuu, the chicken is charcoal grilled over licking flames to precise perfection – mouth-wateringly juicy meat slicked in a sheen of fat rendered from the now crispy and charred skin, served with a piquant shishito pepper puree. I recommend dining at the bar counter for front row seats to the open concept kitchen.

Taste: 3.5/5

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This is a lot spicier than it looks, but so tasty. 2 very large prawns top a tangle of spaghetti thoroughly mixed through with umami-rich hae bee hiam and crunchy lardons. It’ll tingle your taste buds for sure.

Taste: 3.5/5

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Neighbourhood izakaya joint Iza puts their own local twist to many of the items on the menu, including their popular Otah Tamago which can be seen on many a table in the restaurant. Plush square parcels of egg ensconce soft squares of meaty, homemade otah with just a hint of mild spiciness, the perfect snack to go along with a frosty mug of beer or highball.

Taste: 3.5/5

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Iza’s signature rice balls stuffed with hae bee hiam are suffused with flavour, but were slightly too dry and crumbly. Its texture might benefit from the use of a different variety of rice.

Taste: 3/5

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The bright, fresh red of the housemade chilli slathered upon the unctuous eggplant made me wary, but I needn’t have worried, because the heat and spice were perfectly balanced. A pleasant bonus were the soft bulbs of garlic scattered atop, full of mellow, garlicky flavour.

Taste: 3.5/5

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A serviceable rendition of an izakaya mainstay, but otherwise unremarkable. The side of chilli sauce served with the squid is blow your head off spicy though.

Taste: 2.5/5

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Perpetually swarming with queues every single day, we took the opportunity during the off-peak hour of 4pm to finally grab some noodz from super popular Tonkotsu King. A fairly rich and porky soup base, well-flavoured molten ajitsuke tamago, and huge slice of non-descript but acceptably tender cha shu make for a satisfying but otherwise avaerage bowl of ramen for me.

Taste: 3/5

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Surprisingly decent tendon can be found at Tensho. Their signature mixed tendon that day was freshly fried, crisp and not at all oily. I liked the variety and quantity of ingredients including long beans, eggplant, sweet potato, prawns and fish, not to mention the glorious tempura egg that had a lightly battered crunchy coating, giving way to a golden, molten yolk within. The rice is of a noticeably higher grade than what you would expect of a casual foodcourt stall concept, and the sweet and spicy sauce drizzled over went really well with it.

Taste: 3.5/5

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