Oishi-desu! 🍙

Oishi-desu! 🍙

Featuring Tanuki Raw (Orchard Central), The Sushi Bar (Far East Plaza), Omoté, Shukuu Izakaya & Sake Bar, IPPIN Café Bar, Marutama Ra-men (Liang Court), HANA, The Public Izakaya by Hachi, Salmon Samurai (100AM), Kajiken (Square 2)
Rachelle Ng
Rachelle Ng

Izakaya hikari has a pretty good selection of sashimi and izakaya to choose from to go with glasses of sake. Their sashimi were sweet and fresh while their yakimono were well seasoned and fired. Pretty love their grilled ika too! It has a perfect chewiness to it!

Recommend to make a reservation if you’re heading down! They are pretty crowded!

Jin Chirashi ($35), unlike other chirashi which was usually served with normal white japanese rice, it’s served with seasoned rice which complemented well with the natural sweet tasting sashimi. Thick cut, variety and freshness is what constitutes a good bowl of chirashi and Jin Chirashi has more than fulfilled all!

Needless say more, the highlight of the dish was the piping hot thick sweet savory beefy sukiyaki sauce which mixes well with the rice making it a flavorful dish. But on a side note, the MSG seems to be a little on the high side.

It’s easy to determine if a Japanese place is good just by its freshness. What makes it better is freshness at a decent reasonable price. Portion at Umi Nami is rather generous and the sashimi are all sweet and succulent. If you’re not sure what to go for, go for their Aburi Scallop Salmon Don! Won’t go wrong!

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Loved how their omu eggs are so thick, fluffy and creamy. And, it’s always a plus point to serve crispy fried garlic with the steak! The fragrant aroma with a crisp bite against the lightly salted, peppered and browned tender steak is the perfect combination.

They are equally generous with their portion too! Do check them out when you’re in the Orchard vicinity!

Mille Feuille Shoulder Katsu Curry is something rather different from the usual Tonkatsu curry. Layers of folded meat gave that extra mouthfeel and liked how the batter is not overly thick, floury and gelard but kind of light and crumbly. Portion is pretty generous too!

Have been hearing mixed review from many, but personally I liked how light the broth was and the inclusion of white truffle oil does heightened the flavor of the ramen. Love the non-fatty charsiew too!

The moment it was served to us, the whole of second level was brimming with the aroma of this fried rice, a little garlicky and when you sink your teeth into it, it was pleasantly surprised with the crispy sakura ebi that gives it a little umami punch. A little of the wok-hei flavor too! Really love how grainy and aromatic the bowl of fried rice is!

Am kind of impressed by the Spicy Yuzu Ratan Ramen ($15.90) from Afuri! Unlike the typical thick flavored pork bone base, what you get is a refreshing citrus flavored balanced with a comfortable level of spiciness that got me almost finishing the soup till the last drop. It couldn’t be more than perfect if the soup was a little less oily and the char siew was a little more tender.

Pretty good selections of izakaya and donburi bowls at rather reasonable prices ranging from $5-$17. Their skewers are well seasoned with differentiated flavors from one stick to another. Chicken wings are lightly salted while chicken balls are lightly brushed with sweet teriyaki sauce and the natural sweetness of shiitake mushroom and bacon with asparagus. Another recommended dish for oyster lovers will be their sake-cooked oyster!

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Lightly torched aburi salmon roll from Tomi Sushi. With a little of the creaminess off the top and a little fattiness off the mouthfeel. It’s still quite a decent roll to have. Not the best I ever had, neither was it the most money worthy restaurant to begin with. Freshness of sashimi can definitely be improved! But if you need some Japanese restaurant to go to in the Novena area, I guess it will still not disappoint.

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It’s worth the penny but the buckwheat soba is a tad too underwhelming. It’s kind of dry and lumpy. But the thick salmon slices did help this poke bowl to gain some brownie points. On a side note, the $2 salmon soup is actually the main savior of the day! Essentially packed with sweet umami flavors and truckloads of salmon bits, konbu, tofu and more. Alternatively from the buckwheat soba, go for their yuzu brown rice!

Ps/ I’ve tried it the second time with yuzu brown rice! It’s amazing!

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