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Featuring The Refinery, GastroSmiths, Bincho, Ramen Bari-Uma (Tanglin), Nanbantei Japanese Restaurant (Far East Plaza), Babette, IZY Dining & Bar, Washoku Goen (VivoCity), Watami (ION Orchard), IKYU
Jason Wong
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The sashimi platter is what I look forward to most in any omakase, and Maru’s definitely has my stamp of approval. Clever little touches abound, such as the spicy zestiness of yuzu kosho salt playing off buttery yellowtail, sweet and salty shio kombu garnished snapper, and a deep-fried crispy prawn head sitting alongside its decapitated body.

Till 30th April, enjoy 1-for-1 Chef’s Table 8 course set ($78++, 6pm - 11pm) and complimentary 250ml cold sake(while stocks last). Incredible value if you ask me.

Book through @chopesg to enjoy this offer. Limited to 2 redemptions per reservation.

Taste: 3.5/5

The snapper nigiri draped with a single sliver of shaved black truffle and miniature batons of chive surprised in every category, its exquisite balance of flavours and aromas a festival for the senses.

Till 30th April, enjoy 1-for-1 Chef’s Table 8 course set ($78++, 6pm - 11pm) and complimentary 250ml cold sake(while stocks last). Incredible value if you ask me.

Book through @chopesg to enjoy this offer. Limited to 2 redemptions per reservation.

Taste: 4/5

Our eyes lit up at the sight these pimped up nigiris. Chopped otoro atop maguro was a luxe single bite that I wanted more of.

Till 30th April, enjoy 1-for-1 Chef’s Table 8 course set ($78++, 6pm - 11pm) and complimentary 250ml cold sake(while stocks last). Incredible value if you ask me.

Book through @chopesg to enjoy this offer. Limited to 2 redemptions per reservation.

Taste: 4/5

I expected the Grilled Seasonal Item portion of the omakase to be of the fish variety, and was pleasantly surprised by the large scallop in a half shell presented before us. Sitting in a richly unami miso uni sauce, I was happy they served the scallop with its roe, a delicious part of the shellfish that’s all too often left out or even viewed as undesirable. Unfortunately the scallop itself was slightly overcooked.

Till 30th April, enjoy 1-for-1 Chef’s Table 8 course set ($78++, 6pm - 11pm) and complimentary 250ml cold sake(while stocks last). Incredible value if you ask me.

Book through @chopesg to enjoy this offer. Limited to 2 redemptions per reservation.

Taste: 3/5

Part of the newly introduced Chef’s Table at Maru Dine & Bar, this is an inspired combination of tangy smoked tomato sorbet and creamy, briny oyster. The smokiness came through with an understated assertiveness that I found quite pleasing.

Till 30th April, enjoy 1-for-1 Chef’s Table 8 course set ($78++, 6pm - 11pm) and complimentary 250ml cold sake(while stocks last). Incredible value if you ask me.

Book through @chopesg to enjoy this offer. Limited to 2 redemptions per reservation.

Taste: 3.5/5

First course of the newly introduced Chef’s Table at Maru Dine & Bar.

We enjoyed the modern touches such as mango gel and pomegranate seeds paired with a white tuna tataki(foreground).

Till 30th April, enjoy 1-for-1 Chef’s Table 8 course set (6pm - 11pm) and complimentary 250ml cold sake(while stocks last). Incredible value if you ask me.

Book through @chopesg to enjoy this offer. Limited to 2 redemptions per reservation.

Taste: 3.5/5

Tucked in an obscure corner on the fourth floor of Sim Lim Square is a Hanna’s Fusion, a casual restaurant serving predominantly Japanese cuisine with a smattering of hawker centre western food staples.

Going on the advice of several reviews I saw online, I ordered their chicken katsudon, which turned out to be fairly decent. Tender chicken with a crisp breaded coating is glazed in a subtly sweet katsu sauce and beautifully runny egg peppered with sauteed onions. Sadly the rice beneath was quite clumpy and overcooked.

Plus points? The interior is spacious and quiet, there’s a great floor to ceiling view, and free miso soup and green tea!

Taste: 3/5

Salty, spicy, aburi-ed mentaiko goes best with a frosty mug of Sapporo.

Taste: 3.5/5

There’s certainly better out there, but this is a satisfying bowl of hearty ramen which I have no complaints about.

Taste: 3/5

Most patrons come here for the shabu shabu hotpot, but it’s the à la carte izakaya-style dishes that shine in my opinion.

Take this appetizer of chopped raw octopus for example. Slimy bits of sweet and succulent octopus punctuated with a nostril stinging hit of wasabi, the perfect accompaniment to the restaurant’s wide range of sakes. I must also add that they do an insane 1.5 hr alcohol free flow here and the best thing is that they open till 3am every single day.

Taste: 3.5/5

What an exquisitely balanced light shoyu broth made from stewing 2 specially selected types of sardines and premium soya sauce from the 160 year old Kotoyo Shoyu Brewery.

The springy noodles went really well with the broth, and the 2 slices of gorgeously seared aburi chashu literally melted in my mouth. And although the flavoured egg was commendably oozy, I found myself marvelling at how sweet and tender the bamboo shoot was.

Taste: 4/5

Ever attentive to customer feedback, Gastrosmiths’ refreshed menu sees the introduction of more small plates and vegetarian options, which to me is a most welcome addition to their current stable of sinfully rich dishes.

The Japanese imported tofu is silky smooth with a mild soybean flavour that’s further accentuated with a splash of signature shoyu caramel sauce and crunchy roasted soybeans. It’s paired with gmo-free roma tomatoes to make a really healthy yet tasty appetizer that I could see myself ordering again.

This was an invited tasting courtesy of @burpple and @gastrosmiths

Taste: 3.5/5

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