Posts Tagged ‘Japanese Cuisine’

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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Enjoy first-ever 7th Heaven Gyudon, with 7 different cuts of beef in 1 bowl, only with online platform Saucy

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You may be familiar with donburis, aka Japanese rice bowls comprising of meat, vegetables  and sometimes egg simmered together in a savoury sauce, and piled on top of rice before being served. These are available in numerous Japanese restaurants all over Singapore. However, have you heard of a Gyudon (beef bowl) where the beef is served separately? And not only is the beef served separately, there are a total of 7 different cuts of beef?

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The 7th Heaven Gyudon ($35.90) …showcasing:

  1. Gyu Tongue with Demi Glace Sauce & Whipped Cream
  2. Hokkaido Prime Tataki with Ponzu Jelly
  3. Hokkaido Prime Karubi (Chuck Short Ribs) topped with Kizami Wasabi
  4. Hokkaido Nikomi with Ginger Shoyu
  5. Kagoshima Wagyu Rump with Shoyu Base
  6. Kagoshima Wagyu Shabu with Ponzu & Daikon Oroshi
  7. Beef Maitake Consomme

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IZA | The Skewer Bar – Siglap Izakaya opens past midnight

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Having lived in the East all my life, I’ve always wondered why something similar to Holland V isn’t available in the East. The Siglap area has always struck me as an area with very good potential, but after decades, it still hasn’t grown or changed much from what it was years ago and it still maintains its laid-back and quiet feel. There aren’t that many outlets open past midnight, so it doesn’t have the buzz that Holland V brings. But I suppose there’s some good in that too because it means it isn’t that crowded, crazy and pretentious?

But anyway, with the recent opening of IZA, a casual Izakaya bar nestled in the heart of Siglap, us living in the East have a new outlet to go to if we want to dine out late. IZA is open daily from 6pm – 1am, with last order of food at 12.30am. IZA has paired up with The Skewer Bar, which first opened an outlet in Geylang, to offer a mix of kushiyaki skewers as well as Japanese-inspired classic dishes. Japanese-inspired meaning the food is local, with Japanese elements to it. Or you could think of it as Japanese food that has been localised. Again, not a bad thing if you’re craving for Singaporean comfort food.

Prices are pretty affordable, especially if you go for the rice bowls and noodles, which cost around $7.90 – $12.90. Table treats, starters and skewers seem reasonably priced too. Not a bad place to go if you want drinks and a variety of bites.

Let me start off with the items I enjoyed the most during my tasting session. I actually enjoyed the rice bowl and noodles very much, even though the skewers are supposed to be the highlight.

Iza - Unagi Don

Unagi Don $12.90

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Big Sake Bar–They actually do a mean Omakase

With a name like Big Sake Bar, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they only do alcohol. But in actual fact, Big Sake Bar has a pretty extensive izakaya menu, and interestingly, they also do an 8 course Omakase for $88 nett. $108 nett gets you the omakase set with a Tokkuri (carafe) of sake from your choice of 3 premium sakes.

To enjoy the omakase, you would need to make an advanced reservation, the omakase is only served at the main sushi counter and that area only seats 6. You will be able to watch Head Chef Andy skilfully prepare each dish right in front of you. Speaking of Chef Andy, beneath the young-looking and quiet exterior lies a person with some serious knife skills. Although he does not have formal culinary training, he has worked at Ricciotti and The Sushi Bar before taking on the role of head chef at Big Sake Bar.

The omakase is only available until the end of 2017, so you better be quick about it. Scroll down for pictures of the delicious dishes.

Big Sake Bar - Sashimi Platter

Sashimi Platter

Thick slices of very fresh tasting swordfish, salmon, seared salmon and botan shrimp. Doesn’t require much more description than that. Shipments of fish from Japan come in 3 times a week.

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Five Nines Restaurant reopens at Cuppage Plaza – 6 course set menu at $49

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Five Nines (999.99), which used to be at Keong Saik Road, has now reopened on the 4th floor of Cuppage Plaza. Previously focussing on European cuisine, it has now shifted to serving affordable European-Japanese fare prepared with seasonal ingredients flown in from Japan several times a week. Lots of Japanese businessmen frequent Cuppage Plaza for the numerous Japanese restaurants there, so this is probably one of the reasons for the shift into Japanese-inspired food. Five Nines is a sister restaurant to Kappo Shunsui by Chef Tomo Watanabe, who led his restaurant Shunsui in Tokyo to Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand fame from 2015 to 2017. The culinary team at Five Nines is led by 37 year old Head Chef Takashi Ohkawa who has close to 2 decades of experience from restaurants across Italy and Japan.

One of the highlights of Five Nines is its $49++ 6 course set menu. If you want to experience a bit of fine dining (food-wise), $49 is about as affordable as it can go in Singapore. See pictures below for my experience. You will have to make an advanced reservation for the set menu though as ingredients are limited.

Five Nines - Marinated Botan Shrimp and Couscous Salad

Marinated Botan Shrimp and Couscous Salad

If you’ve never had this, this raw shrimp tastes totally different from any cooked prawn you have ever eaten. When you bite into it, it has a certain firmness yet spring to it. This was prepared such that even the shell could be eaten.

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