A really Japanese bakery located in one of the Japanese expat hangouts/residence areas. I had the banh mi, essentially baguette with the typical beef found in gyudons. Not sure if actual banh mi is stuffed with this method of cooking up beef too, but it tastes Japanese. I had it for dine in and the staff, while friendly, didn't offer to re-toast it so it is quite hard and chewy sadly. The coffee is served in takeaway cups (didn't ask if can BYO) and the beans are from Japan itself and therefore quite special.

This is not the fluffy, airy, jiggly, for-the-'gram Japanese pancake (soufflé) that people may expect or are more familiar with. Their dense, Macs' hotcake-style pancake is made of wheat and other grains from various prefectures in Kyushu, an island in the south of Japan. It felt less egg-y and not jelak even after the third piece! It might feel bland as compared to the the usual buttery soufflé, however I could taste some hints of barley and grains. It complements the toppings really well and let the toppings shine alongside the pancakes. The cream and ice cream taste so commercial, but still alright nonetheless. Will come back to try their savoury waffles next!
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in frame: berrylicious pancake [$16.9]

One of the two affordable Japanese seafood bowls in the area, Unagi vs Salmon is the closer one to the MRT. I'm not a fan of unagi in general so I got myself the salmon poké. The salmon supply is fresh daily, they say, and yes it taste quite fresh and not fishy. The sauce is not very strong, therefore the taste of the salmon came through. Interestingly, for takeaways they offer two free toppings, I had the seaweed edamame and onsen egg (with a bit of roe on top). The onsen egg is not excessively eggy and yet still quite flowy, I like! The seaweed compliments the dish very well. I also like that they use red rice instead of normal sushi rice, it feels healthier that way. Also the normal salmon poké comes with lettuce!
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In frame: BYO Bowl [$9.9]

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I personally think Genki's sushi and sashimi are good - fuss-free, firmly-shaped rice, and thick enough cuts. I also like their contactless ordering through the web app and delivered to you through the train system (don't need to download anything and don't have to wait for anyone to take your order, send it to the kitchen and serve it to you, and nobody other than you and the chef touch the plates). The salmon nigiri (also the salmon belly sashimi and maguro nigiri) are fresh, generous and make a good casual bite. In frame is a triple salmon nigiri sushi but I can't review the mentaiko salmon and black pepper mayo salmon objectively as I hate sushi with toppings (mentaiko lovers gonna hate but anyways).
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A suggestion is probably to have more items on its own without sauces e.g. fried salmon skin only? As when I visited, only salmon skin with salted egg sauce was listed in the menu:( And the wasabi is not the spicy, fuming type which is quite a letdown. Also, probably Genki can have the wasabi served by itself on a small plate upon request instead of packing it in single-use plastic wraps.

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This is the ball type, unlike the cut-up kind that is (I?) commonly found elsewhere. The skin is crunchy and well-seasoned. The meat is tender, without any bits and pieces of tendon. Being shaped as huge balls might cause the dish being quite difficult to ensure the chicken is thoroughly cooked though.

Located at an end of Novena Regency, they serve Hokkaido mains and Japan-wide popular side dishes and drinks. The ramen was not overly creamy compared to Hakata-style ramen, it is still flavorful and the portion is quite large.
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In frame:
• Tonkotsu Asahikawa Ramen [$17.80 excl. GST and service charge]

Kurobuta don with 2 sides (I chose aburi mentai tamagoyaki and mapo tofu) and a canned drink. The don was alright, rice was ok and pork was ok though nothing particularly special. A bit of miso soup mixed in might have helped. The sides are small but packed in flavor, I especially enjoyed the mapo tofu.

Had 1-for-1 wasabi mayo chicken don [$17.01] delivered by GrabFood and it is totally worth it! The chicken arrived still warm (it helps that the journey was quite a short distance), crispy and went so well with the wasabi mayo that is not overly spicy. There is also pickled salty vegetable at the side which balances the jelak-ness from the mayo and fried chicken really well.

The wagyu slices is so tender and truffle sauce is rich and not jelak, and definitely heavenly. The rice is fluffy and moist enough too. Good price for this quality.
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Plus points:
1. As I am not a fan of overly-liquid eggs, the sous-vide egg consistency is best. It didn't flow that all my rice is soaked and wet yet it is still liquid enough for me to scoop and lather over the rice and beef slices.
2. Arrived within 30 mins from when I ordered.
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In frame:
• Truffle wagyu don [$24.9 by GrabFood]

My go-to food when I am in Japan and I don't know what to eat and they happen to be nearby. Thankfully the standard is quite maintained in their Singapore outpost/ franchise.

Came back to try level 3 spiciness of the dish. I did not taste any spiciness anyway, so I guess this dish is not spicy at all, sadly:( What I love about the tempura is that it is not overly crispy and there are a worthy amount of the veggie and chicken there (as compared to those with a lot of batter and little actual food). The chicken is really well spiced too, but it may taste a bit too salty for those who do not like salty food. The soba was well-cooked and the broth is not overly umami nor fishy which I like.
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• Soba with chicken tempura [$13.9 excluding GST and service charge, $16.35 after]

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You can find this small fusion ramen joints behind the reception desk of Hotel Soloha near Potato Head Folks over at Outram. They accept customers mostly through reservation. We visited during weekday dinner time, and probably as a testimony to how somewhat-popular this place is, we were repeatedly asked about our reservations and to leave once we finish the food, probably since we did not have any reservations. We were about to leave anyway so we didn't mind that so much but probably others shall bear this in mind. The menu is limited yet interesting. Truffle ramen, even though I like how they presented it, is kinda saturated here in town but they have the mala one which is their recommended item and a honey parma ham ramen as well. The truffle was not so strong as compared to some other ramen joints serving the item, though, so for the price I think the ambience and the hype play more role in their popularity.
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In frame:
• Sliced wagyu ramen with Truffle Iberico tonkotsu [$23.9]

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