Japanese

Japanese

Featuring Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, Tanuki Raw (Orchard Central), Alter Ego, The Sushi Bar Dining (Ngee Ann City), Ryo Sushi, Tamoya Udon (Liang Court), Kanshoku Ramen Bar (orchardgateway), Okinawan Diner Nirai-Kanai, Shin Minori (UE Square), Salmon Samurai (100AM)
Gladys Tan
Gladys Tan

Each Pork Gyoza ($6 for 6) comes with well-seasoned pork filling wrapped in thin dumpling skin that still retains its elasticity. Yummy!

The Red Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen King ($14.90) comes with a creamy pork broth that is rich and flavourful without being overly jelak. The grounded sesame and chilli oil gives the broth a lovely fragrance and a slight spicy edge. The al dente ramen, soft chashu and crunchy black fungus go really well with the soup and this is one comforting bowl of ramen.

Overall, the food is delicious, the portion is generous and the price is reasonable. No regrets queuing for this:)!

I have been abstaining from Japanese food all week long to make space for this😍 The Ala Carte Omizu Lunch Buffet ($53.90++ per pax) comes with a super wide selection of Japanese food items and they are generally pretty good.

Some of my favourites include the aburi sushi platter, assorted sashimi platter, chawanmushi with egg white foam and tobiko, pan fried beef with yakiniku sauce and raw egg, pan fried mixed vegetables, gyoza, deep fried octopus, grilled beef tongue with salt and salmon head mini hot pot.

The only thing I didn’t really like is the ramen - the ones we tried are quite lacklustre in terms of flavour and noodle texture and they cannot be compared to the ones sold in proper ramen eateries. It’s probably a good idea to give the noodles a miss and just stick to the wide selection of sushi (which is pretty decent and fresh) if you want some carbs:)

Overall, there are more hits than misses and this is definitely an enjoyable (and super filling) meal for me. The price is reasonable given the quality and quantity, which is made even sweeter with Burpple Beyond’s one-for-one deal.

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The Mango Salad Soba ($10) features a generous portion of green mango salad containing shredded green mango, onion and chilli padi on top of cold buckwheat soba. The green mango salad has just the right amount of sweet and tangy notes, which is such an appetising and refreshing combination.

I’m so glad I finally got to try Reiwa Soba and I must say that their soba are really interesting and not found elsewhere. Novelty aside, the taste is on point (on par with those I had in restaurants, if not better) and the portion is very generous. What a gem - I’ll be back!

Finally popped by Reiwa Soba and boy am I impressed by this humble soba stall nested within a quiet coffeeshop in Jalan Besar area.

The stall uses 100% buckwheat flour soba that is freshly made each day. The Reiwa Pork Soba ($12) consists of cold buckwheat soba and thinly sliced Spanish white pork, served with a dipping sauce made from chicken, fish and seaweed broth and topped with chilli oil, leeks and crispy rice puffs. The dipping sauce is definitely a lot more flavourful than the usual shoyu-based dipping sauce, and surprisingly the chilli oil adds another layer of fragrance to the dipping sauce without turning up the heat. The delicious sauce clings onto the cold soba and soft pork slices and complements them perfectly.

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The Big Pork Mazesoba ($14.80) comes with sukiyaki pork slices, minced meat, seaweed, spring onion and an onsen egg. I love the texture of the thick and chewy noodles, which is tossed in a delicious sauce infused with the fragrance of sesame oil. The addition of kombu vinegar helps to cut through the strong flavours and prevent it from becoming too jelak. You can ask for a scoop of rice to finish off the leftover sauce at the end of the meal - but I polished my bowl clean before I could ask for any:P

The Deluxe Chirashi ($21.90) from The Bettership is quite a treat - it comes with an assortment of raw seafood such as salmon, tuna and scallop marinated in a delicious house sauce, oyster, ikura (fish roe), tamago (Japanese omelette) and cucumber (which I omitted opps). The seafood is fresh and sweet, and the sweet and savoury sauce goes well with the rice and seafood. It’s been a while since I had a chirashi bowl and I’m pretty satisfied with this!

The Omurice with Roast Beef and Demi Glace Sauce ($19) is served with a silky omelette and thinly sliced roast beef. The roast beef is not dry and the springy texture is surprisingly good.

The Black Angus Prime Sirloin Steak Set ($36) comes with a generous slab of steak (200g), salad, pickles and rice. The steak is not the softest I have tried but there is a good bite to it which brings out the delicious flavours and juices of the beef with every chew. Although the steak is quite pricey, the portion is big and it is quite a steal with Burpple Beyond’s one-for-one deal.

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The Truffle Beef Yakiniku ($18) is served with grilled marbled beef, Japanese rice, onsen egg, pickles, cherry tomatoes and truffle oil. The beef is tender and flavourful, though I felt there could be a little more sauce to bring everything together. Nonetheless, it’s a pretty decent beef rice bowl.

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The Cold Truffle Somen with Hotate and Caviar ($16) is surprisingly good - the fragrant truffle kombucha, savoury caviar and sweet scallops complement one another and go really well with the refreshing cold somen. One of my favourite dishes of the night!

There is a one-for-one deal on Burpple Beyond at The Bettership for Angus Beef Donburi. We ordered the Truffle Black Angus ($21.90) and Garlic Butter Angus ($22.90) - the thinly sliced Angus beef is torched in house sauce, served with an onsen egg and completed with truffle oil and garlic butter respectively. The donburi are on the wetter side as they are literally drenched in the delicious sauce. Both bowls taste similar actually - the truffle flavour is quite mild. Nonetheless, the beef is soft and flavourful. Overall, pretty decent food and good value-for-money with the one-for-one deal:)

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