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Boasting a cozy interior, it is a perfect place to catch up over a plethora of Japanese dishes which you can pick from their lunch sets.
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The Unagi Don ($20) called out to me, and I was soon found hungrily digging into my bowl. Nestled on top of a bed of pearly white Japanese rice, delicate slices of unagi were nicely grilled and slathered in a caramelised sauce. The freshness of the unagi was undeniable, and each bite complemented well with the fluffy Japanese style egg omelette mixed with mushrooms. Polished every single grain off the bowl and was still craving for more at the end even though I was full from the side serving of salad and miso soup 😋🐽
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The ANTicipated scale ⚖
👅Flavour: 7.5 ants
💰Value: 7 ants
📍Convenience: 7 ants

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At first glance, it may seem like an ordinary bowl of noodles. Give it a good toss to unleash its potential, and the end result will surprise you. It resembles a more atas version of bak chor mee with the creaminess of the egg coating firm strands of ramen, tender chashu slices, green onion, bamboo shoots and seaweed flakes. Not really a fan of the bamboo shoots hence I left them untouched 😅
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This addictive bowl of Mazesoba is available 1 for 1 with Burpple Beyond as well ☺
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The ANTicipated scale ⚖
👅Flavour: 8 ants
💰Value: 9 ants
📍Convenience: 8.5 ants

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Its lusciously creamy pork broth, thin chewy noodles, tender slice of chashu and incredibly molten soft boiled egg have successfully won my heart over. Amazingly, it was also my first time polishing a bowl of ramen as it is usually too thick and jelat for my liking elsewhere 😅
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We also love how it is customisable, so we are able to start off with a basic price of $12, and slowly add on the ingredients that we like at an additional cost. You can also opt for the Signature Tonkotsu Ramen with ALL the ingredients at $16!

The ANTicipated scale ⚖
👅Flavour: 8 ants
💰Value: 8 ants
📍Convenience: 7 ants

Each set consists of a bowl of Wagyu Sukiyaki Gyudon, Mentaiko Hokkaido Oysters, Torched Mentai Hokkaido Scallops, and a choice of house wine/beer.
We started off with the fresh oysters which were drenched in shoyu, dashi, scallions, and drizzled with mentaiko sauce. One would expect the freshness of the oyster to be masked by the amount of sauce, but it was not overpowering at all as I could still distinctly grasp the taste of the sea. The mentaiko scallops were drizzled with mentaiko and garnished with tobiko and scallions as well. The cold dishes were a good start before moving on to the main courses ☺
I am so glad to have made the decision to top up (+$7) for an upgrade to their Signatured Torched Mentaiko Wagyu Don. The meat was beautifully seared and tender to the bite. I love how it was grilled to the right char with a tinge of smokiness. I always believe that a good runny onsen egg is the ingredient which makes or breaks a dish, and indeed this did not fail my expectations. The creaminess of the egg, mixed with the juicy chunks of beef and pearly white rice, soon became a melting bowl of glorious goodness. Without a doubt, the creamy mentaiko added a whole new depth to the dish. If it was not for the fact that the mentaiko seemed to be carelessly slathered over the beef chunks, I would have considered this bowl to be a perfect execution. It might have been better if they gave more sauce to complement the beef.

The house red wine added a nice finish to the meal. It was smooth, firm and complements really well with the beef! We love the ambience at the Marina One outlet as it was dimly lit and cozy, absolutely perfect for a date night ☺

The ANTicipated scale ⚖
👅Flavour: 8.5 ants
💰Value: 8.5 ants (using the @Burpple Beyond app) 📍Convenience: 8.5 ants

This particular dish holds a lot of meaning to me. My mum used to bring my brother and I to this Japanese eatery at the basement of Bugis Junction when we were in primary school. As I was young and ignorant back then, I was unable to appreciate good Japanese food. Hence, I always ate the "safe" option - sushi. After a while, something clicked in me and I decided to try a new dish, which was unagi with tamago egg served on a hotplate. It was the best thing I have tried at that age, and I converted to a fan of Japanese cuisine since then 😂 After a while, the eatery either closed down or moved away. My single regret was that we did not take note of the name of the eatery (as we did not expect it to close), and so, were unable to locate it after it disappeared 😔

When I tried this dish at Koh Grill's, I felt that I was immediately transported back to my primary school days, where I cultivated my love for Japanese cuisine. The combination of the unagi and fluffy egg emanates a certain fragrance and explosion of flavour that invokes a sense of nostalgia within me. It might not have been from the same store or cooked by the same chef, but it was enough to spark my memory of how my love for Japanese cuisine began.

The ANTicipated scale ⚖
👅Flavour: 9 ants
💰Value: 7.5 ants
📍Convenience: 7 ants

Nestled under strips of thin beef slices lay a generous portion of silky udon noodles! The udon has a bouncy and smooth texture in every bite, slurped it up together with the golden brown shouyu broth that had a hint of beef stew flavour 😁

The curry cheese katsu udon tasted especially good when served piping hot! The cheese blended well with the pieces of katsu, and the Japanese curry was not too overwhelming.

For the sides, we chose the vegetable, mushroom, and crabstick tempura pieces! They were very crunchy and savoury 👍I love the idea of how we could choose our own sides!

There is also a wide array of condiments available for you to add as much flavour as you want to your broth. Personally, I felt that the broth wasn't too sweet or salty 😊

All in all, it is a great place to satisfy your udon cravings, although I wouldn't frequent it too often as udon tends to make me feel bloated 😂

The ANTicipated scale ⚖
👅Flavour: 7.5 ants
💰Value: 7 ants
📍Convenience: 9 ants

The light and creamy sauce coated every single fry! We gobbled these up within seconds - simply irresistible 😇

The ANTicipated scale ⚖
👅Flavour: 8 ants
💰Value: 8 ants
📍Convenience: 7 ants

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This is the pork katsu rice with demi glaze sauce! The pork katsu is pretty crispy and not too jelat. The tomato fried rice is hidden by a blanket of soft fluffy omelette 🍳 Indeed, the egg is the main lead of the dish here as it possesses all the traits of how a good egg should be cooked - smooth, creamy, and flavorful! Surrounding it is a sea of demi glazed sauce which is actually a stewed brown sauce. I love how well it combines with the omurice, it is definitely a delightful combination of eggy goodness!

There is also a salad bar which serves free flow kimchi, corn, mash potatoes, garden salad, and egg pudding! Hot beverages such as tea and coffee are also complementary. The portion is really generous here and my close friends would know that I am quite a big eater, so it really satisfied my appetite! What a steal 😍

All in all, Pecori serves really authentic Japanese food and I feel that this dish is the closest I can ever get to Japan!

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The ramen - cooked to al dente - is extremely silky and smooth. It was not soggy as the ramen is separated from the broth. The overall texture is very consistent and appealed much to our palate. Also, the portion of ramen is HUGE. Thankfully I did not upsize it 😂 (which is free)! As the dipping broth is boiled from dried sardines and bonito with chunks of pork, I would expect it to be overwhelming. However, after dipping the noodles in and taking my first bite, I was extremely surprised by the lingering umami which made me crave for more! Rather than dipping into the broth for a few second, I would recommend letting the ramen sit in the broth for a while to absorb the full flavour of the broth! The only drawback is that they only offered the ramen and the dipping broth, with no meat at the side. As such, we had to order an additional portion of meat to make the meal more complete 😁

My friend got the tonkotsu ramen, and we both felt that the broth was overly thick and creamy. Could only stomach a few bites before we got sick of the taste 😂 Perhaps they could offer customers a choice of the intensity of the flavour between light, regular and heavy - to better cater to customers with different taste profiles!

If you were to go to Sanpoutei, we strongly recommend ordering the Tsukemen which is not as intense as their regular soup ramen.

The ANTicipated scale ⚖
👅Flavour: 8.5 ants
💰Value: 7 ants
📍Convenience: 8 ants

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