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Featuring Shin Minori (Katong Square), Kei Kaisendon (Suntec City), Poke Doke (Millenia Walk), Kushiya, Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant (Clarke Quay Central), Takagi Ramen (Jurong West)
Cole Lee
Cole Lee

Newly launched item on the menu, Fuji Five Lakes Fried Rice.

At first glance, it's an impressive pile of rice. Its piled higher than in their promo picture and packed pretty compactly. Even after the sauce was drizzled over the rice, it didn't collapse. Points for sturdy construction.

To call it a fried rice, nah. More like mixed rice. Just cooked Japanese rice mixed with those kind of frozen mixed vegetable bits. Rice lacked any seasoning at all. The accompanying condiments were quite little. If you were to mix everything together, it's alot more rice.

Speaking of the rice, I reckon there's about 2-3 bowls of rice in that tower. Unless you can really eat so much rice, if not you should not get this.

The star of the dish is the salted egg yolk sauce. Creamy, rich. Somehow, you won't get sick of this sauce. It sort of makes up for the weak and rather tasteless rice. We had a refill of the sauce. It's an additional of $2.

The sides are always well done. The takoyaki is crispy on the outside, soft and goey on the inside. I wish there was more than 6. The Gyoza, nothing special. Similar in taste to the ones from old Chang kee.

Small seating area. Small menu. Large on smells.

Took about 15+ min for the Don to be served.

Steak was overdone for my liking. Would have preferred a medium rare doneness. Pork Belly was ok, good colour and texture. Egg didn't taste like it was marinated for long. Yolk was soft, but not the runny kind.

Portion size was just nice. Eat it. No regrats.

As the title suggests, go for that. If that's all you ever eat at the restaurant, it's worth it.

Of course, there's a ton of other side dishes that you can order from. There's also hotpot options included in the buffet.

Free flow drinks.

Service is prompt and they have 2 robot waiters running about the restaurant to serve your food. Just don't take the wrong food. Haha.

Place was pretty empty when we were there. Aside from us, a couple of other diners.

Ordering process is straightforward. You tick your options off a form and go to the counter to pay. The bowl too about 5 mins to be assembled and was nicely presented.

There's not much rice, so it's good for people looking to cut back. Salmon and tuna were nicely cut, bite sized pieces. The scallops were juicy, had a nice bite. There's lots of salad greens in the bowl. Dressing isn't too heavy. Helps prevent you from getting sick of eating it.

There's a special menu for those using the burpple 1 for 1.

There's the grilled prawn, salad, iced green tea and a standard sized Don that you can choose from.

The prawn is really nice. Fresh, sweet and slight char taste when you bite into it. Makes me want to finish it, shell and all. Salad arrived chilled, but overly dressed. There was enough sesame dressing left for my Don.

The Don is well presented, nicely stacked. Sauce isn't too overwhelming, which is a plus. It allows the individual flavours of the various sashimi to come through. The rice isn't that fantastic, but the focus is mostly on the sashimi. The wasabi is of the tube variety, so nothing to rave about. There's a large sheet of seaweed, so I guess you can do a handroll if you want to?

Good ambience though think it can get cramped if it's full. There isn't alot of space to move about.

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First time at Man Man. Service was quick, not intrusive. Most of what you need is on the table. Extra sauces, wet towels etc. They provide 2 sauces, normal.and spicy. Both sauces are rather thick and it's a nice feeling when you can drizzle as much as you want over your food.

Unagi is freshly grilled, not as fatty as others I've had. The rice is of a standard that you expect. Each grain is distinct and the rice has a nice mouth feel when you eat. They provide fresh wasabi root and a grater for you. It's a nice touch, if you consider the cost of 1 root of wasabi. The wasabi is fresh and complements the rice nicely. It's not the pungent / spicy taste that you get from eating the usual sushi wasabi. The wasabi also helps to clean the palate so that u dont get sick of eating the rice with the sauce.

The other condiments are okay, nothing outstanding.

Amateur home cook. I love eating at different places, trying different foods.

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