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Featuring Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, Umi Nami, Tempura Tenten, Peace Japanese Cuisine, Kei Kaisendon (Suntec City), Mikawa Yakitori Bar (Bukit Timah)
R Goh
R Goh

Snagged a really good deal!! The burpple beyond 1-for-1 set ($30.90) comes with salad, soup, a side, a rice bowl and a drink each. The salad with sesame dressing and green tea is nothing to shout about, but miso soup was a pleasant surprise as it wasn’t at all powdery or artificial tasting - I really enjoyed the flavour and that it came with kelp & tofu. The ebi tempura also exceeded expectations - the prawns were rather small, but the flesh was sweet and firm. The torched mentaiko drizzled on top added a nice savoury contrast to the dish! As for mains, we tried the bara chirashi and mentaiyaki tamago kaisendon. Both came with a generous portion of fish (salmon, tuna, whitetail, octopus, scallop, tobiko). It wasn’t the freshest (some pieces felt a little bit mushy) but that was more than made up for by the great flavour! Sweet and not at all fishy. The restaurant is rather small/ crowded and service is not the best but really worthwhile considering how a rice bowl on its own is easily above $15! :-)


Popped into this hole in the wall joint at Beauty World for a quick bite! The burpple beyond options are rather limited here, so we settled for a plate of salmon sashimi ($18.80++) - it came with 14 pieces of salmon, each with great marbling and flavour. The cuts weren’t as thick as most other reviewers revere it to be, so the price is a little steep even with the 1 for 1! The restaurant gets rather packed on weekends, so do place a reservation before heading down.

Despite having rebranded itself as a tendon place, I find their ramen more outstanding. And it’s definitely improved since the last time I was here! The tonkotsu ramen ($12.80++) has a thick flavourful broth, whilst the spicy tonkotsu ramen ($13.80++) sure packs a punch. The noodles are thinner than usual and were served with one slice of meat and bamboo shoots. Interestingly, the spicy version came with minced meat in a spicy paste. The burpple beyond deal here is a rather limited as you only have 4 ramen options to choose from. It also enforces that you order an iced green tea ($2++), but the drink leaves much to be desired as it was very thin and lacking in taste.

Added on a bowl of char shu rice ($6++). It was markedly different from the previous time we tried it - the sauce was very salty and had the taste of pickled vegetables. The meat was similarly cubed pieces, more reminiscent of lu rou fan than char shu.

These were relatively pricier. The teba (mid joint wing, $3.50++) was nicely charred and flavoured with salt, but the meat itself was quite fatty and less tasty. The buta bara (boneless pork belly with onion, $2.90++) fared much better! The tender pork was bursting with flavour, and well complemented by the sweet onions.

Snagged a burpple beyond deal at a new yakitori place! The restaurant filled up quickly at lunch time. Although the app states that alacarte specials can be redeemed for all items, do note that it is only applicable for bara chirashi ($13.90++) & chirashi ($25++) dons. The portion looks small, but it was surprisingly filling and very tasty! There was a good variety of fish and all were fresh. Very good value for money!

Finally made my way down to Koh Grill after years of its hype! My table of 5 shared both generations of shiok maki ($16.80+, I personally preferred the unagi over the prawn), imperial maki ($12.80+, found the black rice a little mushy but loved the addition of salmon skin) and salmon sashimi ($9+ for a plate of 5 slices). We also shared the Yaki udon ($10+, famed for its sauce and was a very substantial serving), garlic fried rice ($5+ for a bowl, well flavoured) and katsudon ($9+, rich broth with tender meat). All in all, a very satisfying meal!

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Finally went back to Umi Nami after exhausting the burpple beyond deals last year! Got the aburi salmon don ($13), which was a steal for the portion and quality. The salmon was nicely charred and some portions were still raw, giving a good variety. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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