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Emily S
Emily S

I rarely eat fried food, but when I do... It's tempura.

Tucked in a rather inconspicuous corner of Westgate, I discovered Akimitsu while surfing Burpple. Ordered their Signature Tendon ($14.90++); it comes with a side of miso soup, tiny chawanmushi (which they forgot about until I asked them about it) & free flow pickled radish.

My Tendon arrived teeming with tempura on top, which seems to be the norm no matter where I dine. Finished the rice way before the ingredients, so I had to deal with the carb-less oiliness on its own towards the end.

Oiliness notwithstanding, I liked how fresh the ingredients were & how they weren't overcooked. In particular, the prawn & the white fish - still moist inside, & didn't taste like the ocean. The squid wasn't rubbery, either.

The variety of vegetables you get in this is also impressive: Shiitake mushroom, carrot, french bean, young corn, eggplant, nori, pumpkin, ... Dang.

I'd intended to have a simple dinner, but it evolved into this. No regrets, though!

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Afuri's specialty is yuzu ramen - they have all sorts, but I chose the Yuzu Tsukemen ($15.90++), the dipping ramen, which a friend had highly raved about earlier. Obviously, because this is dipping ramen, don't expect it to be piping hot like a soupy ramen is. Please hor.

Pick up some noodles with your chopsticks, dunk it in the sauce, & slurp. As I slurped on my noodles, I felt pleased with my good judgement. The citrus flavour from the yuzu adds a refreshing twist to the savoury sauce.

It doesn't look like it in this photo, but the dipping sauce is plentiful. You won't run out, nor will you want to finish it all because this isn't a soup & it is too salty on its own to drink. Being a non-fan of Japan (haven't been there in >15 years), I can't say for sure how authentic this is. But I can tell you I definitely enjoyed it.

The pork chunks had little layers of fat on it, but I still felt the meat was a bit too dry for my liking. Thankfully, it wasn't overly tough to chew, so I finished it all. The other ingredients - half a boiled egg (with a nicely runny yolk in the middle!) & bamboo shoots, were in good proportion with respect to the ramen noodles.

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πŸ“Ά Free WiFi (Funan is a CapitaLand Mall)
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The ChopeDeals beef set meal comes with a main - choose from the Wagyu Hamburg Steak Set, or the Roast Beef Don (100g). The other course in question is an appetizer of 2 takoyakis, which were pretty nicely done - served warm, with chunks of seafood inside.

The Roast Beef Don itself was not too shabby; it was in good proportion & mostly cooked well. The onsen egg on top was perfectly ooozy runny, & the beef was yummy, thinly sliced & tender. The rice was very ordinary - plain, & too sticky for my preference, but I did finish it all, together with the beef & egg.

The downside to dining here - service is quite dismal. We waited a long while to get seated, & also served. Our food was served without utensils & even though most of the crowd had dispersed by then, it took a long time to actually get utensils... So much that we got up to walk to the next table to grab their (unused) utensils.

So that was pretty off-putting. If they can improve on the service, that would be very beneficial to the overall experience.

Also another pet peeve of mine: Don't freaking label your WiFi as "[Insert Name] Guest" when it's meant for your POS & not public use. Nothing like Wifi misrepresentation to cheese me off, ESPECIALLY when my phone/data connection is already crummy in the premises. A simple renaming would save your staff & diners a lot of unnecessary enquiries & explanations. But that's just my own pet peeve (or is it yours too?).

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Came here with the intention of using Burpple Beyond (we were an odd-numbered group, which made it a bit awkward 😜), but we spied a Chope value meal promotion menu tucked away in the corner... & asked about it.

We ended up opting for the 2-course Beef set meal ($12.35 nett) on ChopeDeals. There is an Unagi-equivalent option of a set meal ($14.71 nett) on ChopeDeals, but beef >> unagi forever.

How ChopeDeals works: Purchase your voucher online, make a reservation on Chope (we skipped this step but they said it's ok), dine at the outlet & redeem your voucher. It can be a printed or electronic voucher - I do the latter because #gogreen.

Their a la carte menu is crazy extensive, but it isn't priced as affordably as the ChopeDeals set menu, which is redeemable daily from 11:00AM - 8:45PM (essentially all day erriday). However, if you swipe Burpple Beyond, the prices aren't as steep. So I'd go for that if the ChopeDeals don't tickle your fancy.

The ChopeDeals beef set meal comes with a main - choose from the Wagyu Hamburg Steak Set, or the Roast Beef Don (100g). The other course in question is an appetizer of 2 takoyakis, which were pretty nicely done - served warm, with chunks of seafood inside.

πŸ’· Cash/NETS only
πŸ“± Accepts GrabPay & FavePay
πŸ–₯ Accepts reservations on Chope
🍽 Burpple Beyond partner
πŸ“Ά Pretend free WiFi (actually cannot use one)

Pro-tip: Don't order 1 okonomiyaki per pax; save space for the other dishes on the menu! I enjoyed the appetizers & sides more than the okonomiyaki, actually. Good variety & freshly cooked, served piping hot or cold as it should be.

APPETIZERS
Century Egg Kani Tofu ($7+)

SIDES
Chawanmushi ($4+)
Homemade Gyōza ($7+)
Shio Koji Tori Karaage ($12+)

RICE/NOODLES
Garlic Fried Rice with Prawns ($6+)
Hiyashi Chuka Ramen ($12+)

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🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ“ž Accepts reservations - I called them
πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Service charge applicable
🚫 No GST
πŸ“Ά Free WiFi available

While this isn't something I'd rave about or crave, I don't think there are many Okonomiyaki places in Singapore, so this might be worth checking out.

It's fairly crowded on weekends, with customers sometimes having to wait a while for a table. My vouchers were not valid during Fri/Sat/Sun dinner hours - maybe that's when it's even MORE crowded?

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ“ž Accepts reservations - I called them
πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Service charge applicable
🚫 No GST
πŸ“Ά Free WiFi available

I like how Ajiya's okonomiyaki isn't crazy oily, & it's cooked nice & firm. The sauce, mayonnaise, seaweed flakes & bonito flakes are all self-service from bottles/containers at the table. Being able to control this to cater to personal preference is a value-add as well.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ“ž Accepts reservations - I called them
πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Service charge applicable
🚫 No GST
πŸ“Ά Free WiFi available

You get 10% off you DIY your own Okonomiyaki - presumably only possible if you sit where the hot plates are. I sat at the booth seats so I missed out; I can imagine it'd be pretty fun.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ“ž Accepts reservations - I called them
πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Service charge applicable
🚫 No GST
πŸ“Ά Free WiFi available

Won a prize from a Kiss 92 contest - vouchers to Ajiya Okonomiyaki. Great reason to check them out, having passed by many times but never stepped in.

You can order 3 kinds of Okonomiyaki here - Seafood Deluxe ($16+), Meat Lovers ($15+), Veggie Delight ($13+). For each one, you can choose 3 ingredients from the motherlist -

SEAFOOD: Prawns, squid, scallop, crabmeat, tobiko
MEAT: Bacon, belly pork, smoked duck, ham, cheese
VEGGIE: Shiitake, spinach, Kimchi, grilled onions, capsicum

If you want a mixed combo as well, you can look to the Ajiya's Combo ($16+) as an option, where you can pick 3 ingredients across all categories.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ“ž Accepts reservations - I called them
πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Service charge applicable
🚫 No GST
πŸ“Ά Free WiFi available

You order via an iPad here, & I was shocked that my bowl of Aburi Cha Shu Ramen ($11.90++) was served within 2 minutes of ordering. It was crazy piping hot that I had to wait a while before tucking in so I didn't scald myself!

Noodles were good & chewy; soup base was ok; I would've liked more garlic flavour though. For all soup ramen that you order here, you can choose from the original, black garlic, spicy or super spicy soup bases.

I wouldn't order this particular ramen again, as the 2 cha shu slices are essentially half fats. & unfortunately, it is my habit to completely peel fats away, so that left very little meat behind.

So I relied on the other ingredients to eat with my noodles - sliced black fungus, & a hard-boiled egg. The latter, as you can see, has a overcooked yolk - so clearly the best part is the egg white.. Which was okay.

All this aside, they do have a Seafood Ramen ($12.90++) option that I'd be keen to try. Maybe with the original broth, just for variety's sake.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ“± Accepts FavePay (not in conjunction with JFH rewards)
πŸ“Ά Free WiFi available (Clementi Mall)

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Last day for ShopBack GO upsized cashback at Maki-San! I’m a sucker for DIY meals, so I love Maki-San to begin with. But I will admit that it’s the 25% cashback for first-time visits that really tempted me to eat this for lunch today.

All you have to do is link your credit card to your ShopBack GO account & swipe away. Surprised to find that the cashback was tracked so quickly; I got a notification by the time they were done making my Mega San Roll.

Tiong Bahru Plaza’s outlet does not have a space for dining in, so I took this to go. Said no to the plastic bag & disposable chopsticks as I have my own.

If you want in on the ShopBack GO action, here's my referral link:
https://app.shopback.com/60VwakLjLY ☺

Call me auntie or a penny-pincher, but I was looking for a convenient place in the area to have an optimized dinner. Somewhere where I can use the Chope-Dollars Promo code that I got from Chope's birthday wheel roulette, & that also is a Burpple Beyond partner.

Manpei fit the bill perfectly πŸ˜‚

This wasn't an easy place to find; I actually walked by the first time without realizing! Service was slow because the place was understaffed, but not really something to complain about. Especially when you're sitting in air-conditioned comfort on a chill night.

I was surprised by this bowl of Tonkotsu Chasyu Ramen ($14++); it looks simple but is very much delicious & also at a good price point even without Burpple Beyond's 1-for-1 deal.

Think bouncy ramen in a creamy broth, with the crunchy, thinly sliced black fungus adding good contrast to the springy noodles. Also, the all-important pork slices didn't have a crazy amount of fat, yet still remained tender & delicious.

Would love to return another time for some comforting ramen... If I'm not rushing anywhere after that.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ–₯ Accepts reservations - I used Chope
🍽 Burpple Beyond partner

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