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Pixy Restaurant & Bar – Contemporary fusion French & Japanese cuisine that is a feast for the eyes and palate

Nestled in one of the shophouses along Mohamed Sultan Road is the unassuming Pixy Restaurant & Bar. The muted tones of the decor belie the creative and somewhat flamboyant fusion French & Japanese cuisine that is offered at Pixy. The restaurant is helmed by Chef Tomine Nobuaki (Nobu) who was born in Japan but grew up in San Francisco during his teenage and early adult years. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in the US, he worked in various restaurants such as Gary Danko (US), La Baie in Ritz Carlton Osaka and Luxury resort hotel Sankara in Yakushima before coming to Singapore and helming the fort at Pixy since January 2019.

We had the pleasure to partake in the $100 Omakase Autumn menu, which comprises of 5 dishes. Please scroll down to read more about the omakase. In particular, I would really like to highlight the Foie Gras Flan and Roasted Irish Duck Rouennaise, which are dishes I would not hesitate to try again if given the opportunity.

Pixy - Foie Gras Flan

Foie Gras Flan

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Wagyu Express – Enjoy Japanese Wagyu Yakiniku at wallet-friendly prices!

Do you shy away from dining at Japanese Yakiniku (Japanese grilled meats) because of the cost factor? I am glad to report that you can now enjoy Japanese Yakiniku, Wagyu Yakiniku to be exact at a more affordable price if you visit Wagyu Express by Aburiya. If you’ve heard of Aburiya, which is also a Yakiniku restaurant, Wagyu Express is the no-frills version.

Wagyu Express - Wagyu Sukiyaki ($20)

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Teppan Kappou Kenji – Affordable Japanese food right in the heart of Tanjong Pagar

Great Japanese food is hardly synonymous with affordable prices, but recently I chanced upon a gem located in the heart of Tanjong Pagar, just a few minutes walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station. This is a gem not just because the food here is fabulous, but that it’s price point allows you to actually feel comfortable visiting multiple times as opposed to it being for just special occasions.

Teppan Kappou Kenji - Tiger Prawn, Hokkaido Scallop topped with Uni, Salmon
Teppan Kappou Kenji – Tiger Prawn, Hokkaido Scallop topped with Uni, Salmon
For example, lunch sets start from $12.90, and includes chawan mushi. As far as I know, this is even cheaper than certain sushi chains in Singapore. For dinner, its entirely possible to order a dish and pair it with rice to form a complete meal for less than $20.

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RIZU– Contemporary new Japanese restaurant opens at Duxton Hill offering Omakase sets worth trying

RIZU is an intimate and contemporary Japanese restaurant that recently opened in the Duxton Hill enclave back in September. The restaurant seats 38 and is well known for its vibrant rolls and sashimi. I’ll be upfront, the prices are not cheap here, but you are offered exemplary service and quality of food that would befit the pricing.

If you are looking for a Japanese restaurant suitable to celebrate a special occasion, RIZU would be a good recommendation. They also have Omakase set menus, which allow you to “leave it to the chef” to curate a meal with the best ingredients of the day. And to really live it up, go for the wine/sake pairing as well. Diners during the month of December will also be able to be gifted a complimentary bottle of Champagne to all groups of four that are partaking in the festive Omakase menu.

Recently, I had the luxury to check out the Omakase set, and I must say almost every single dish was a winner. Each dish had been thoughtfully crafted by Head Chef Noboru Shimohigashi, which is evident in both plating and taste. Chef Nobru has over a decade of experience working in restaurants such as the Michelin-starred Ryuzu in Japan and Beni in Singapore. Scroll down to read my tasting notes for the Omakase set that I tried several weeks ago.

Rizu - Appetiser of Calliflower Puree, Caviar, Sea Urchin, Jellyfish

Appetiser of Cauliflower Puree, Caviar, Sea Urchin

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Unagiya Ichinoji–First unagi speciality restaurant from Japan to open in Singapore!

Yes, Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant and Uya Japanese Unagi Restaurant are both Singapore brands, but Unagiya Ichinoji is the first unagi restaurant hailing from Japan to open in Singapore! If you are a fan of unagi and simply can’t get your fill, you might just want to check out Unagiya Ichinoji.

Unagiya Ichinoji is opened by Miyagawa Honten, which is one of Tokyo’s most well-known unagi restaurants, with a history spanning 125 years. Miyagawa Honten operates 20 outlets in Japan, and its outlet in Meguro-ku Tokyo has recently been awarded Bib Gourmand in Michelin Guide Tokyo 2018. Unagiya Ichinoji is its first foray overseas.

So what’s the difference between the unagis? According to the media release, the unagis aka eels are first steamed then grilled. The sweet basting sauce (tare) is from a recipe that has been passed down for 4 generations.  I personally have not tried Uya, but I have tried Man Man Japanese Unagi. I would say that Man Man’s unagi have a crisper exterior, and a light and flaky interior. Unagiya Ichinoji’s unagi is firmer to the bite and less crispy.

The following are the various preparation methods we tried. You should go for the preparation method which best suits you. Ie, go for the Seiro Mushi if you want something really light, and go for the Mamushi Donburi if you want something with stronger flavours. The Hitsumabushi is kinda like the all-rounder to me.

Unagiya Ichinoji -  Hitsumabushi $19 (2)

Hitsumabushi (L) $32.80

Unagiya Ichinoji -  Hitsumabushi $19 (1)

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