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My Body Is Here, But My Soul's In Japan

My Body Is Here, But My Soul's In Japan

Featuring Seiwaa Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki Restaurant, Don.档, Salmon Samurai (100AM), Tsuta (Pacific Plaza), Tempura Tenten, Shirokane Tori-Tama, Tsukada Nojo (Plaza Singapura), Yuki Onna (Far East Square), Boru Boru, FOMO
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Another venture by Ramen Keisuke, there’s only two options on the menu; US Prime Beef and this. Do yourself a favour and make sure you at least try the wagyu option!

Prepared right in front of your eyes, the chef swishes the delicate beef slices in the sukiyaki broth before delicately placing it on top a bed of rice and uber soft tofu. It’s been a while since I’ve had such entrancing beef; fatty, rich, melt-in-your-mouth goodness! Open from next week onwards, I expect queues for their limited seating, so head down early!

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Crazy value for money and super tasty; this hotpot set lunch (available Wednesday/Friday) is a blessing in this rainy weather. Pick between pork shabu, chicken thigh, fish slices or get it all with the mixed set. Accompanying the proteins is a shiitake paste, assorted veg, tofu, fish cake and more! Slide everything into their tangy, refreshing Yuzu soup for pure comfort...

While the food was great, the teething issues were obvious. Understaffed and a bit confused was our lunch experience in general today. We ordered three sets to share between the four of us, but the new waiter-on-the-job said she could only offer us three sets of cutlery. Managed to clear things up but do factor in a longer waiting time if you’re making a trip down.

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The offspring of the infamous Nobu-ya, Motsu-ya offers a more casual, no-frills setting to get your fix of Japanese comfort food. Their chirashi bowl came packed generously with seafood and it would have been great if not for the unseasoned, warm rice it was served with. This kinda resulted in a weird in between where some slices of fish got stuck in a state of hot in some spots and cold in others (cue Katy Perry). This would be something I’d be back for if only they changed the rice. 🍚

Taking over the space by Ah Bong’s, this Japanese spot was quiet when we visited last night. Using Burpple Beyond, we managed to get two sets for the price of one (the other being a pork set).

This came with five skewers, potato salad and a drink (you can even pick beer or sake). The mushrooms and asparagus wraps fared much better than the stiff ox tongue though the beef skewer with salt and pepper was nubbad. I was hoping for something carbier to accompany the skewers as we left only half full.

Their lunch sets seem a lot more worth it though, so that might be a better time to visit Q-WA!

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This might look like a salad, but it’s actually Ebi Tori’s Signature Tsukemen with their thick and spicy ebi dip. 🍜 Loved their QQ ramen noodles that was pretty addictive with that intense, thick prawn sauce. Plunge your noodles in for a concentrated ebi flavour though it can get a bit heavy. Shoutouts to their ‘cha siew” that’s really an extremely tender braised pork belly that we all loved, but be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart.

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Can’t decide between their Special Tendon and their Unajyu? Get the best of both worlds with their Unatendon! This massive bowl features their signature tendon topped off with a huge slab of unagi brought in from Kagoshima. I really like their spicy tendon sauce that you can request to have in the side; the heat coupled with a sourish, sweet flavour really helps to cut through all that fried food.

You can add on more tempura sides and we loved the Bacon Tempura ($1.50) which was crisp both on the outside and the inside. 👅💦💦

Had lunch today at the spanking new Jinjo – a modern sumiyaki restaurant in the heart of Orchard. Besides their lunch bowl sets (quite pricy if you ask me), they have a nice range of chicken yakitori available too.

The chicken heart is one of my favourite parts when placed over a fiery grill. If you’re apprehensive, my take on it is that it has this mild liver taste while retaining a much nicer bite to it, made ten times better when it’s gotten a nice char. Eat it quickly though as these were sliced in half, so they cool down quickly. ❤️

Now, century egg tofu is a dish I’ll order immediately upon seeing it on the menu. En Sushi’s version definitely pleased the century egg lover in me, but the flavour is STRONG and did put off my dining companions.

While I found it really tasty, the portion is quite small (a trend that seems common among their appetizers). So if you’re looking for value, just go for their sashimi bowls!

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Japanese dons with an unreasonably large amount of fresh fish seems to the standard here at En Sushi! I was pretty happy with my Negitoro Don, mixing in the fatty tuna with the raw egg and spring onions into the Japanese rice. But I think next time I’ll opt for their Salmon Don; one of the most generous salmon sashimi bowls I’ve seen, there was like 10 thick slices of salmon – a steal at $10.80!😛

And for the salmon lovers, this bowl is just for you! I think I counted seven thick slices of salmon in this rice bowl, topped off with some ikura for a nice salty pop. The thing I love about Southpaw is that they use proper wasabi (which is the only type I like). 😘

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For ‘simple’ rice bowls, a lot of effort goes into them! We watched as they seared the block of wagyu with the chef’s torch, then on the grill, then sliced thinly and seared once more on top of the rice. Topped off with a wobbly, oozy egg and utterly addictive crispy garlic bits, this was my favourite from Southpaw’s new lunch bowls.

The rice is another draw for me to come back; while it might be a bit clumpy, Roy shared that that’s because they marinade their rice and as a result, it’s super tasty with seaweed mixed right in. Slicked up with the runny egg and teriyaki sauce, this is one bowl I’d have no problems finishing.

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Southpaw is now open for lunch and they have a new range of rice bowls to choose from! Available from Monday to Friday, we found these bowl very value-for-money and something we’d definitely wanna come back for if we’re in the area for lunch.

This set comes with a very generous piece of unagi AND a personal plate with six slices of sashimi! The unagi leaned more towards the charred version and went very well with their special rice that came mixed with seaweed. Plus six slices of fresh sashimi, this set is a steal!

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