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Unfortunately pretty mediocre, our ramen noodles were served slightly lumpy and a touch undercooked. The ramen noodles portion was generous for its price, but there was little to shout out about - soup was quite one dimensional, pork could be thicker and more flavorful, and the accompanying ramen egg was average. It was disappointing but hopefully they would improve over time!

📍Ajisai Noodle

Somen topped with sashimi scallops, prawn, ikura, uni and caviar. I would have liked to have the somen firmer but the overall combination of fresh seafood is not difficult to like, although I’ve got to say that it was a pity that the uni flavours were masked by the rest. The somen sauce was lighter, but it wasn’t too big a problem as they serve a small saucer of soy sauce with each portion for you to adjust accordingly.

Thank you @marusgdinebar for having us and @gnohznaij for the invite! 🙇🏻‍♀️

Went with level 2 spice (highest is 5) and it was a nice balance of a mild heat, savouriness and sweetness. The curry itself wasn’t as robust as I would have liked, but still works! Would also recommend the multigrain rice over the white rice as it had a better bite. The all toppings option we had came with a little bit of everything, basically a combination of the other options on the menu - prawns, cheese, egg mayo, crab cream croquette, pork katsu, pork belly and half boiled egg.

Each plate also comes with a cup of paitan soup, meant to be added after you’re almost done to get a more savoury ending with a porridge kind of consistency. Wouldn’t say it’s the best curry but yes, value for money (rice upsize is available too)!

Thank you @fujiyamadragon.sg for having us and @gnohznaij for the invite! 🙆🏻

Disappointed that we didn’t leave as impressed as we did on our first visit - the memorable flavourful shoyu broth was more watered down this round, the slices of pork were fatty and not as tender and we missed the oozy ramen egg we had. Noodles seemed to be given in a larger portion now and were al dente, but they didn’t seem to ‘carry’ the broth with it well enough. Noticed that their menu expanded quite a bit and hopefully the drop in standard is a once time off and isn’t because of that!

Similar to the Uni Chirashi bowl, this bowl comes with an additional scoop of ikura. They weren’t the most clean tasting but gives that touch of savoriness to the overall bowl. I would actually say to just go for the Uni Chirashi! This bowl goes for $34.90 for lunch and comes with green tea, salad and miso soup.

The bed of sushi rice and accompanying bowl of miso soup was was not much to shout out about but oh boy, look at that amount of fresh and creamy uni (type of uni is dependent on availability). This bowl goes for $28.90 during lunch and even comes with green tea, salad and miso soup - a steal considering the amount of uni you get (60g).

Rolled in crispy seaweed and shiso for deep fry, the uni flavours muted down quite a bit here but the nice creaminess was still present. It's probably not the dish for you if you're expecting the stronger natural uni flavours, but as we were recommended, this dish is more suited if you’re trying out uni for the first time!

Finally managed to make a trip down to try Hana-Hana! There are free flow sides (radish and salmon, pickled vegetables) and green tea for everyone which were great, but unfortunately, the bara chirashi didn’t quite match up. The sashimi chunks weren’t cut well and the rice was too mushy, in need of a good drizzle of soya sauce as well. In comparison, Teppei Syokudo serves up better bowls imo! Their specials change everyday and updates are found on their Teppei FB page.

Got an additional side for the first time along with our chirashi bowls! The katsu was lightly battered, slightly thinner and more firm than the usuals but still quite worth it for the price. Came with an appetising tangy sweet sauce that went well together!

Fresh salmon cubes tossed in miso and togarashi, to be paired with the crispy seaweed. Tasty, though the seaweed was just a tad thick for my liking and I found it pricey compared to the other dishes. This is also available in small for $18.

Majority of our dishes were strong flavoured so this stood out to be more light and a tad bland. Was hoping for a slightly bigger portion of mentai!

Happy sighs and grunts throughout our whole meal as we were fed with an extensive range of uni dishes! Here's the Uni Oyster Shot - a luxurious mouthful of a plump New Zealand oyster topped with aka uni and ikura. Flavour of each element was clean and distinct along with a refreshing light lemon zest. Uni Gallery has fresh shipments brought in from Japan’s Tsukiji Fish Market every other day, so it’d be best to drop them a call to check what's available before heading down. Their spot is also a little ulu, but just head on to The Plaza, round the corner behind Park Royal Hotel. And psst, catch them during lunch for reasonably priced uni bowls!

A huge thank you to @unigallerysg for the dinner, Frederic from @theprsalon for hosting us and @burpple for the kind invite! 🙇🏻‍♀️✨

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