いま食べたい‼

いま食べたい‼

Dons, Ramen, Sushi, Tempura, Okonomiyaki. All things Japanese.
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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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Yet another Keisuke group restaurant had landed in Paya Lebar Square, and this new restaurant was located right beside Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King, serving up pork cutlet set meals to the masses. Of course, they also offered chicken cutlet and fried seafood, and the Assorted Seafood Katsu Set (S$20.90) was something not to be missed.

The highlight of the dish was the quick frying of the tempura under intense heat to achieve a super crispy batter with lightly-cooked salmon fillet, coupled with two big pieces of Ebi Tempura and a halved Hotate Tempura. Like all other sets, it also came with a half-boiled fried egg, free-flow rice (white or brown rice options available), Miso soup and eat-all-you-want salad and sauce bar.

I enjoyed the salmon the most, with the crispy crust and an almost-melting meat. Spread some in-house Nanban sauce for a creamy touch to the seafood pieces, and enjoy the egg with the rice and some of the Furikake with the brown rice. This meal was so hearty, I would think that I would come back again to try the chicken and pork sets too.

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While I was very used to seeing bacon-wrapped straw mushrooms or asparagus in grilled skewers, it might just be my first encounter with the prawn version. Indeed, this item was delightful with the prawn cooked just nicely, and the juiciness of the seafood played down the possibility of having an over-salty bacon and butter coat.

Wonder how it would be even more unforgettable if there is some Kewpie mayonnaise on them. Fattening, yes, but worth the calories!

Also available ala carte at S$18.00.

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Cheers to having a platter of raw fish in an eat-all-you-can setting, and that was what Shin Minori could offer in their Omizu Buffet menu. The assortment might vary depending on the availability, but would usually come with 6 kinds of Sashimi if you would take all of them. Otherwise, the Sashimi could also be selected to your preference, ranging from salmon, spicy seared tuna, tuna, yellow tail, octopus or cuttlefish.

The most satisfying thing about this item was that the seafood were cut to the right thickness, and one could tell its freshness easily (I simply liked eating it with a bit of Wasabi). I would say that this item made a fantastic start to my meal, though I might also consider eating a few rounds of Sashimi as my meal too.

Thankfully, Burpple Beyond had my weekday dinner buffets covered as one of their deals, so for S$49.90 I could indulge in a Japanese feast for 2 pax. Awesome, isn’t it?

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