Itadakimasu

Itadakimasu

From the land of the rising sun with freshness as its core
Jessica Chew
Jessica Chew

The lunch set comes with an appetizer, salad and miso soup. The bara chirashi don was generously filled with assorted sashimi that were diced and marinated. Few differences from the usual, it had jellyfish and chunks of avocado; and topped with radish puree (which was gooey). And for a delightful end to our meal, we were served a complimentary mango mochi ice cream that was refined yet indulgent.

My first taste of Monster Curry and had ordered a combo, which consisted of chicken katsu, 2pcs jumbo ebi and 2pcs sausages. Known for its curry and spicy level, Japanese curry tend to be on a sweeter side which complement well with the Japanese short-grain rice. The katsu was crispy and tender as well. Value for money, it was a relatively big portion for ladies so best to share (unless you are super hungry).

New Japanese dining place with casual vibe and classy food presentation. It was an elevated experience with the Takeshi Kaidan Set ($26) as each premium sushi piece was displayed on steps. At the top was a piece of gorgeous marbled tuna draped over pressed Japanese rice and the tuna simply melted in my mouth. The scallop was large too that it was satisfying in one bite. Opted for a variety and ordered the Sake Tasting Set ($12) that consisted of three different sakes served in beautiful ceramic cups, which has a koi fish swimming in it. Overall an elegant and refreshing evening.🍶🍣

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A three-in-one concept, the cafe serves up a range of Japanese-fusion dishes during the day. With an intriguing name tagged to it, their signature donburi was filled with A4 wagyu beef, foie gras, shimeiji mushrooms, onsen egg and pickled cucumbers. The wagyu beef slices were tenderly chargrilled with a taste of smokiness to it; and the foie gras were creamy and umami. Recommend to tell them to skip or reduce the sauce that was generously poured over the Japanese rice. It sadly felt a bit like eating mui fan at the end.

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Featuring "Stuffed Bill" and "Miss C", both put an interesting twist to traditional sushi. Two worlds, two cultures, two flavours. And a very hearty portion too!

A Japanese-style beef hamburg steak made up of minced beef that was tender and well-seasoned though a tad salty for my liking. As I cut open the patty, cheese lava immediately oozed out. Disappointingly the cheese lava hardly tasted like cheese. The full set came with an ebi fry, a cube of tofu, two pieces of flattened taupok: and not forgetting, an unlimited salad (and egg) bar.

Aburi Salmon Mentaiko Don ($10.90)
Tori Karaage ($4.50)

Overall average in terms of price and taste. The don was a tad salty as there was soya sauce pre-added to the rice; while the tori karaage was a bit dry.

Known for its matcha, this place serves up affordable set lunch with quality food at $13.90++ that consists of a main, soup and drink of choice. I had the chicken naebae served with Japanese brown rice and creamy potato salad and fresh greens as sides. The cutlet was crispy on the outside while maintaining moist on the inside, and the egg mayo sauce was tasty and went very well with it. The brown rice (love the healthier surprise) was perfectly cooked too!

Value for money and it has a combination of my favourites in a set that included the grilled unagi, chawamushi and salmon sashimi. The unagi skewers were charcoal-grilled for the added smoky taste and fragrance. Few bite-sized items that added up to a filling meal.

The Burpple Beyond Set was a crowd-pleaser with two tamago pieces and a bowl of chirashi don, both slathered in mentaiko mayo sauce. The freshness of the lightly seared raw fish coupled with the charred flavour of the mentaiko sauce was a match-made in heaven. A nice salty touch from the salmon roe and seaweed were added on as garnishes.

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More known to many as Chirashi Don with a pretty generous portion of cubed salmon, tuna, tamago and salmon roe. Although the rice was not that fantastic as it was a tad too dry, it was pretty filling with a generous amount of sashimi.

Hearty comforting food at an affordable price. The soup broth was a nice balance of sweet and sour with a hint of spiciness to it. It definitely whetted my appetite and the dollop of mashed potato was ultra-smooth and light with bits of corn in it. The set came with a drink of choice and I had a light Yuzu Pear Blossom green tea served in a gravitea pot.

Food is an adventure in itself. More to explore. Even more to share.

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