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Japanese

Featuring Ramen Nagi (Suntec City), Teru Sushi, Chirashi King Kong (Tanjong Pagar), Una Una
Sean Chen
Sean Chen

Not worth getting. Meagre portion of diced salmon cubes given. Entire bowl was mainly filled with bitter lettuce and other salad vegetables, chilled mashed potatoes and Japanese rice. Go for their Hitsumabushi instead, much more worth it.
Price: 4/10
Taste: 4/10
Overall: 4/10 (Would not order this again and will really NOT recommend)

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4 slabs of sweet and tender unagi over a bed of Japanese rice which soaked up the teriyaki glaze. Apart from the skin being a bit too chewy, was a very comforting and filling bowl of rice. Quite like their interesting touch of adding yuzu peels to the soup as well.
Taste: 7/10

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The first thing that hit me was the rich porky scent of the Tonkotsu broth. Taking my first slurp of the Tonkotsu broth, it was a bit too thin for me and I would have preferred it to have been richer as well. Overall, the flavour from the pork was evident though and I would definitely request for a richer broth in future..
Kakuni (Wikipedia: A Japanese braised pork dish which literally means 'square simmered') had a strong sweet teriyaki glaze over it. Both the char siew and the kakuni were not the most tender and were in fact, quite tough. However, both did have a hearty distribution of fat, making the meat more flavourful. I particularly enjoyed the kakuni as it was soaked in a rich, slightly sweet, very umami and thick sauce.
The noodles were exactly as I had ordered, thin and firm but felt that the broth did not coat the noodles all that well.
Spicy paste was only mildly spicy but very umami and savoury. Ordering double the spice, the broth was initially very pleasant to drink but after awhile, I was starting to sweat; will still order twice the spice in future though.
The Ajitsuke Tamago while well-cooked with a partially gooey yolk was one of the less flavourful ones I had.
Overall, I was slightly disappointed partly because I went in with high expectations from the rave reviews online and partly because this bowl failed to deliver. The components of the ramen were above average at best and I definitely would not pay $22.25 for this. If I do come back though, I will definitely opt for the kakuni over the char siew.
Price: 6/10
Taste: 6/10
Overall: 6/10 (Above average bowl of ramen but may be overrated)

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King Kong Bowl ($14.90)
- Bluefin tuna belly, Minced tuna belly, Salmon roe
Toppings: Scallions, Jellyfish, Preserved vegetables, Wasabi
The truffle-infused soya sauce rice was very flavourful and had a hint of sesame seeds.
Love the flow of juices that the ikura provides, minced tuna was cold which I liked as it helped to provide more depth to the dish, but was not memorable tastewise.
The dish is overall really good and value-for-money but I needed all the wasabi they provided to cut through the soya sauce added to the rice which was slightly excessive after awhile
Price: 9/10
Taste: 8/10
Overall: 8.5/10

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Salmon Mentaiko Bowl ($9.90)
As I had just tried the same dish from Bao Makers ($14.80) earlier, I personally love this dish a lot more as it is far better than the one at Bao Makers.
The mentaiko flavour here was a lot stronger and a lot creamier. The salmon was only partially cooked, torched on the outside and raw on the inside, providing a contrast in textures to the dish. A substantial amount of salmon was also provided (Slightly more than that at Bao Makers).
Overall, while the rice was still overly saltish after awhile and required the wasabi to be mixed into the dish, would definitely come back again for this.
Price: 9/10
Taste: 9/10
Overall: 9/10 (Must-try)

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Hiroshima Oysters ($1)
These oysters were served with ponzu sauce (Japanese citrus sauce) and momoji-oroshi (grated daikon radish with chili oil) and spring onions at the side.
As my friend and I had just consumed freshly shuckled oysters from The Dancing Crab @ Turf City the night before ($3), these oysters tasted noticeably less fresh, were much smaller in size and were sour and less juicy. While the sourness may have been due to the ponzu sauce, it did not do justice to the oysters and we would have preferred the oysters without the sauce. Also, though the oysters were served on a bed of ice, they were barely cold when we had them which made it even less enjoyable to eat.
Taste: 4/10

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Aburi Salmon Sushi ($10 at promotional price; $16 for 2 pieces)
Starting off with the ball of rice, the sushi master would mould it gracefully with his hands before adding a touch of wasabi and black sauce (Soya sauce?) to the rice. A layer of salmon would then be placed on top before being blowtorched which I thought was the end of the spectacle, hence stopping my recording. However, he went on for some time afterwards adding numerous toppings - ebi miso (Shrimp paste miso), fish roe and tiny green onions. The aburi sushi was meant to be eaten in 1 bite and so I did. While there were quite a few flavours which I did not pick up (Including the ebi miso), the fish roe at the top definitely complemented the sushi really well, with bursts of briny saltiness after every bite.
Taste: 8/10

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