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いま食べたい‼

いま食べたい‼

Dons, Ramen, Sushi, Tempura, Okonomiyaki. All things Japanese.
Siming T
Siming T

When I first saw the Aburi Mentai Yaki Chirashi Don (S$17.90) served to me, I was very excited for the generous amount of Mentaiko Mayonnaise squeezed on top of the bowl of raw seafood, egg and cucumber cubes layer. Not to mention the sea of glistering Ebiko.

Being so happy with the Mentaiko Mayonnaise made me ignore and accept the somewhat little portion of the diced stuff. But of course I also felt saddened by the fact that business was moving very slowly to the point that I could not confirm if the portions were “upsized intentionally”, or the sushi rice was on the hard side because it was not moving fast enough for a new batch to be prepared.

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Count on the Japanese to deliver innovative dining concepts, as Singapore brought in Yakiniku Like to our dining scene. Supposedly, they pitched the restaurant as fast food because the raw meats were quickly served upon order, and you would have solo or shared grill to dine at your own pace.

I tried their Like Set, which comprised 150g of meat (beef tongue, skirt steak, beef short plate), rice, soup and a side dish, for a good price of S$15.80. On top of that, diners were free to order ala carte meat items from S$2.50 to experience a variety of additional meat, from chicken to pork to even Wagyu beef!

To customise the flavours based on your palates, the restaurant also offered 8 kinds of condiments for that tasty grilled meats. And while one had to also moderate his expectation that the cuts were not at the best grade, the quality of the meal was much justified by the wallet-friendly prices.

On the other hand, I was quite sure that not many people would wait for almost an hour to get a seat. I could only hope that their diners would abide by their philosophy to make it a fast food and learn from the Japanese to make it a quick meal for others to like the Like too.

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Likely to be the first Burpple Beyond partner that did not adopt the “1-for-1” deal system, but Gyu Nami was able to stand out with their S$20.00 for Two Don deal, which consisted of any two Donburi for great value.

If you had tried Red Rock before, you would be familiar with the mountain of sliced Wagyu beef which was torched perfectly before adding a raw egg and sauce from the top. And their Signature Roast Wagyu Don (S$13.00 for Large) was quite able to deliver that droolsome flavour that I recalled from Tokyo.

If beef is just not on your list of cravings, I also liked their Salmon Mentaiko Don (S$12.00). Also flame-torched, but this seafood rice bowl was just well-flavoured within the rice, salmon and Mentaiko sauce.

Just a note though, that the deal would not cover two sets of Signature Roast Wagyu Don (Large), as told by the management of the restaurant.

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This Japanese comfort food just did not feel Japanese anymore with a touch of a somewhat Western-style plating. But honestly speaking, I quite liked this Kamo & Mikan Potato Salad (S$7.90), which included some sliced smoked duck, orange, Japanese mountain vegetables, cherry tomatoes and dressed with blackcurrant mayonnaise.

This appetiser did not really wow me with the taste because it mainly still tasted like regular potato salad. However, the black pepper smoked duck should be used to roll up whatever found above the potato salad and spread with the special mayonnaise, as the different layers of flavour becomes more pronounced. While it was a bit awkward to share between two persons and too little for three, probably having one of these on your own is not such a bad idea after all, especially if you had a thing for potatoes.

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After my previous visit, the chef of Rice-O-Bistro decided to make some modification to the rice bowls, and added more flavour to it by mixing with dried shrimp, mushrooms and garnishing, making the rice taste a little like a quick-fry glutinous rice. By doing so, it had definitely also added some dimension to the ingredient-packed rice bowls.

Under the personal invitation to try out the revamped menu, I tried the Salmon Bowl (S$14.90), which had a slice of grilled Atlantic salmon with Teriyaki sauce, flying fish roe, shredded seaweed carrots and pickled Daikon radish. In this bowl, there was no bland moment because every ingredient contributed some unique flavours to the bowl, which was best eaten after thoroughly mixing like a Bibimbap.

Portion-wise, some might argue that there might not be sufficient rice to keep them full, but this could be a healthy option for those who needed a carb-controlled diet.

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Taking over the previous site of Edwin and Cooks was Rice-O-Bistro, which currently served mostly rice mains and some appetisers (more main courses were said to be rolled out closer to Christmas period).

The Truffle Yakiniku (S$12.90) was a fusion Donburi that came with a rice base, complete with pan-seared Brazil beef sirloin, a sunny-side-up, carrot, cooked cabbage and sautéed Shimeji mushroom, before garnished with spring onion, seaweed and the Truffle Shoyu. While the essence of each ingredient complemented one another in this bowl, it was best enjoyed by stirring up everything in the bowl so you would get an even taste and flavour profile for it as a whole.

Sadly, there was one thing that did not work too well for me today, and that was the rice. Perhaps I marked my expectation too high, but I was hoping that the rice was cooked more consistently, as within the same bowl I had some undercooked rice and some soggy clusters too. I did hope that they pull their socks up in the consistency, as there were already a couple of Japanese restaurants in the vicinity, let alone restaurants itself, if they would wish to stand out from the crowd.

They had some seats along the corridor right outside their restaurant, and an indoor dining area which took up the whole of one unit, but subjected to availability if they would have a private event ongoing.

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For S$30.00, the Wagyu Cube Steak seemed to be a great dish for one or for sharing. Basically the steak was done in such a way that they managed to trap a lot of juiciness within from the high-heat grilling, before they were served with fried garlic chips and brown sauce, both of which add dimension to the already awesome meat.

When it was a sharing dish, I caught myself popping it into my mouth quite involuntarily, and that did not end even with the “paiseh” piece left. Oops!

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These plump oysters literally came a long way from Mie Prefecture of Japan, a place where oyster were in abundance.

As of the other items sold here, the oysters tasted fresh to me, and that was evident even after they were grilled a la order. Taken together with the garnish, the oysters were just so delicious with a mix of textures.

S$22.00 for 3 pieces of oysters might seem steep, but this would be when a one-for-one deal like Burpple Beyond would do the magic!

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From S$38.00, one could get some fresh raw fish platter served on the table. Again, I felt that the restaurant really prided on all the food they had prepared for their diners.

Before today, I might not have paid much attention to Hirame (flounder) sashimi, but I thought this one was really crunchy to every bite, which also possibly reinforced the belief that the fresh fish were handled very carefully before they entered the diners’ mouth. It was lovely to have this before indulging on the more densely-flavoured dishes.

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The Pork Shabu-shabu Oroshi Hotpot (S$22.00) was a nice alternative to all the grilled and fried items that were available in Teppan Kappou Kenji’s menu. What was amazing was the accompanying condiment, especially the paste that contained Yuzu which added so much zing to the warm soup and cooked pork slices.

The mini-pot allowed for quick heating of the soup, but they also provided some additional soup by the side just so that you could refill when appropriate.

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On a weekday lunch hour whereby the restaurants and public food courts were filled with diners, I was surprised to see that there were lots of seats available at Terminal M, a gourmet foodcourt run by Ministry of Food.

Through the ordering kiosk, I got myself a Mixed Tendon (S$11.90) that basically comprised prawns, dory, long beans, a Shiitake mushroom, eggplant and a fried egg. Comprehensive as it might have seemed, I had an uneasy feeling when I saw that there was little trace of sauce. True enough, the Donburi was presented in a dry manner, and that while the meal was substantially filling, the satisfaction was far from my ideal Tendon with crispy Tempura and a fluffy bed of rice.

Maybe, their Korean fare or Western food might stand a better chance for more thumbs up? I don’t know.

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Despite being located at the basement level of Paya Lebar Square, it was difficult not to find the restaurant when the queue lines were snaking and that I queued up for almost an hour before getting a counter seat.

My first impression of my Charcoal-grilled Dried Atka Mackerel Set (S$17.90) was that it was more suited for people who were good in handling fish bones, because no matter how I ate it, I could pick out a piece of fish bone each time I got some meat with my chopsticks. The next thing that struck me for this dish was that the fish was much on the salty side, probably due to the salt used in preserving the freshness of the fish. If you were able to manage these two aspects of the dish well enough, go ahead and choose this, because it was something not so commonly found in restaurants outside.

Regardless of what you would choose, you might have already realised that diners would stroll down the free-flow salad bar a couple of times, as they offered some fresh vegetables, Japanese salads and also simple desserts to complete the experience. Honestly, that could be a big reason why many would return after a really satisfying meal.

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Siming T

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