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The [J9] Soldier Prawn Roll ($13.80+) was the better of the 2 rolls that I ordered, & would be the reason why I'd consider returning here. It didn't blow my mind, but I actually enjoyed this one - crunchy tempura prawns topped with black flying fish roe.

I would only hope that if I do return the next time, I don't have to wait >30mins for my food to arrive. Granted, I was warned of this about 10 mins after I ordered... & it was due to a shortage of staff. Hope this doesn't happen too often!

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Items eligible for 1-for-1 on the Burpple Beyond promotion are marked out clearly with a (B) on the menu. This one is [J2] Spider Web on Fire Roll ($14.80+), which is a California-style roll topped with nacho cheese. It contains cucumber, egg & crab meat with torched nacho cheese on top.

I've never been a fan of nacho cheese - each time I try to give it a chance, it fails miserably. I just don't like how artificial it tastes, & this one is no exception. If a lighter-flavoured cheese were to be used, I think it'd be much better.

I did, however, like the smokeyness that came from the torching of the cheese. Ate this with wasabi & that made it more pleasant - the kick from the wasabi neutralised the very strong taste of the nacho cheese.

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Saw Kenneth review this on Burpple & that was enough to convince me to try this. I am not disappointed!

Ajisai is one of the stalls located inside Hokkaido Marche. Don't confuse the dining concept with the non-Japanese Marche that we all know & grew up with. While it's free-seating in this space, the tables belong to specific stalls you can't mix & match food from different ones.

Thankfully as I dined alone, this wasn't a problem for me. You also pay immediately when you order, not when you leave the premises.

So this Hakodate Chashumen ($15)... The chashus were quite fatty, but as they were thinly sliced, I decided not to peel the fats away & let them melt in my mouth. The ramen is of a thicker variant than what I am used to, but still very Q & bouncy so no complaints there.

The broth is light & refreshing, slightly sweet & not too salty. Which is right up my alley as I don't like salty things. Even though I myself am mostly salty AF.

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Last week to take advantage of Burpple Beyond's 1-for-1 mains at Kogane Yama - at both their JEM & Bugis Junction outlets!

I'm glad that since the first time I dined here (at their flagship Bugis outlet), they've fixed their soggy rice & too-oily tempura problems such that I'd actually come here again, & I have. Even when they're no longer a Burpple Beyond partner, I'd still return for their customizable Ten Don at full price.

I opted for the mixed bowl ($13.80++) & topped up ($1++) to change rice to soba. My spicy level (0 - 3) was 1, which wasn't much i.e. just right for me.

The batter on all the ingredients (prawns, chicken, enoki mushrooms, long beans, shiitake mushroom, lotus root, seaweed, etc) were fried to a crisp without being too crazy oily. Even at the end of my meal, it was still crispy which I really appreciated. Plenty of ingredients such that I actually finished my soba first, lol.

Would be glad to return even at full price 😁

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πŸ“Ά Free WiFi available (JEM shopping centre's)

Rakki Bowl is a popular place for those in the Duxton area to get their Japanese rice bowl fix. Located in the same space as Candour Coffee, the space is small so I bet it gets crowded during rush hour... Even on an off-peak timing (was there on a weekday night close to 9PM), it was still considerably filled up - testament to its popularity!

All the rice bowls here come in 2 sizes - I ordered the smaller Truffle Wagyu Don ($13.90+) as my appetite surprisingly wasn't large. It came with a good amount of meat, good proportion of rice, & a perfect wobbly egg in the middle.

The sauce is on the sweet side, so I wouldn't say this Don is very balanced on the palate. However, it wasn't too much to bear, & I liked how the meat was done, which is the most important thing in my book. The rice itself was okay, & didn't get too soggy with the sauce, even upon mixing the egg in.

Being at such a good price point, & made even sweeter (pun not intended) by the fact that I could redeem a Burpple Beyond deal here to half my cost... This was a steal, & I will return!

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
🍽 Burpple Beyond partner
πŸ“Ά Free WiFi available
πŸ’¦ Water is not chargeable
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🚫 No GST

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I never liked unagi, but Man Man Unagi actually changed my perception of it. As I can't eat raw fish & some kinds of cooked fish, I tend to order the Unagi Don ($15 nett) when I'm here.

The freshwater eel slices are cooked pretty evenly, & they don't have a fishy smell to it. Drizzled with sauce & seaweed shreds & served on a bed of perfectly cooked rice - this to me is simplicity with a touch of decadence, if that even makes sense.

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β˜€ Al fresco seats available
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πŸ™‹πŸ» No service charge
🚫 No GST

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I've liked what I've ordered here so far that I've ventured into their Starters Menu terrain; even though you don't get 1-for-1 deals here, paying full price for these won't burn a hole in your pocket. Hooray for Japanese food on a budget that doesn't suck.

Aburi Scallop ($13 nett) was a new discovery for me (my favourite is actually the Big Bowl of Clams in Broth, $9 nett). I'll be honest: Don't expect juicy scallops - instead these are very lightly seared slices, so that means they are more flat than bulbous. What I like about this dish is that the texture is great, not rubbery, & the scallops are fresh.

They are also topped off with generous amounts of flying fish roe (woohoo!) & what Umi Nami calls a "sinful mayo concoction". I don't know about sinful, but it is good πŸ‘πŸ»

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β˜€ Al fresco seats available
πŸ’¦ Water is not chargeable
πŸ™‹πŸ» No service charge
🚫 No GST

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Umi Nami is one of the places I can easily use up my 4 x Burpple Beyond deals in a flash & whine that I need more. Have friends who, on separate occasions, asked me if I wanted to dine here because they love the food. Time to ask them to sign up for Burpple Beyond because who can say no to 1-for-1 in mains!? & by using my code EMIL005 for 20% off the annual plan, that's even more savings 😁

πŸ’· Cash only
🌬 Air-conditioned seats available
β˜€ Al fresco seats available
πŸ’¦ Water is not chargeable
πŸ™‹πŸ» No service charge
🚫 No GST

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For someone who is very into noodles with soup, I'm also strangely liking this Mazesoba concept very much. Here I am trying the original one ($12.80++) at Kajiken - this one has bamboo shoots & a slice of pork included in it.

The flavour is very different from the other Original one that I first tried at Menya Kokoro, which apparently (according to this menu) is Taiwan Mazesoba Nagoya Style. This has more of a porky ramen flavour. I can't decide which type I like, both are delicious in their own way.

One bonus here is that additional noodles (i.e. "upsize") is free! So of course I said yes to that. The downside is that it's cash terms only, so make sure you have enough dough on ya.

Will return here; I'm pretty sure this isn't the last of my Mazesoba adventures!

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Finally trying this after having it on my wishlist for so long! I ordered the Original Maze-soba ($10.80 regular / $12.80 large) because I wanted to try the real deal, & I also read reviews that nothing beats the original.

I was not disappointed! Firstly, this is very carb heavy - which I loved because I was absolutely starving. Secondly, this dish is big on umami flavours which would be a little too rich to handle on its own - but it also comes with a bowl of soup & you're served complimentary iced water, both of which cut through the richness very nicely before you tuck in again & again. I also ordered a side of bamboo shoots ($2.00) which was crunchy & refreshing, & made this dish more balanced.

I liked how all the staff here were so warm, friendly & helpful to not only me but everyone around me. I was welcomed warmly to my seat, & asked if it was my first time here. Since it was, the waitress explained to me how to order.

When my food was served, I was asked again - & the instructions on how to eat this meal was explained to me again. The last step of this meal: In asking for a spoonful of rice to mix in to the remnants of your sauce/ingredients (btw you can ask for >1 portion.... Lol), the waiter mused out loud to me that he's impressed I could finish the Large portion. Because most ladies can't even finish the regular one πŸ˜‚. & he was very smiley while he rang up my bill, asking me for feedback & chatting with me a little.

Impressed with the overall experience here & keen to be back!

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🚫 No Free WiFi
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"Can you cook the egg a bit more?"
"No, cannot"
"But last time can?"
"Ya, now cannot"
"But I will get a stomachache if I eat semi-cooked egg"
"No"
"No what no, I'm telling you yes. Yes, I'll get a stomachache"
"We cannot cook the egg more, but we can remove the egg if you want"
"Ok"

Consider this a public service announcement. I'm not the one who wants a non runny egg; in fact, I love runny eggs! But for those who don't, this is worth taking note of.

In picture: Pork Shoulder Don ($10.80 nett) which was delicious. Add some of the complementary sauces for bigger flavours!

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🚫 No GST

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Hidden gem in the basement of One Raffles Place! You line up at the cashier to place your order, & then after paying up, they'll allocate you a table number helps prevent the unpleasantries that might stem from the all too familiar chope wars that happen during weekday lunch peak hour.

The Pork Belly bowl is priced at a very attractive $10 nett, but since I'm the kind of loser that peels fat away from belly meat before I eat them, I decided to go for the Iberico Pork Jowl Bowl which costs slightly more (but isn't exorbitant) at $13.80 nett.

The meat had great texture & the sweet sauce that comes with it was so flavourful yet not overpowering. If you wanted more sauce, each table has a few different sauces & condiments on the side that you can help yourself to. The egg was also perfectly runny - which delights me. The pickles were nothing special, but the rest of the dish was great & I'd order this again. I only wish there were the option of adding extra meat to this - they only let you do this for the pork belly.

Added $1 to get a cup of lemongrass drink which tasted odd & filled with regret. That, I wouldn't recommend.

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🚫 No GST

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Emily S

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