Posts Tagged ‘Japanese Restaurants in Singapore’

Yuba Hut–Get makis slathered in lots of sauce, minus the queue

I had a quick lunch today at the recently opened Yuba Hut. Yuba Hut is a Japanese casual eatery at Heartland Mall next to Kovan MRT that specialises in makis and donburis. When I think of makis slathered in lots and lots of sauce, I think of the popular Koh Grill at Wisma which always has a long queue. Yuba Hut offers such makis too, and the best part is you won’t have to queue an hour for them.

There are 5 different makis to choose from in Yuba Hut’s menu

  • Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon (4psc $9.90 / 8 pcs $16.90)
  • Champion Floss Maki (4psc $9.90 / 8 pcs $16.90)
  • Taiyou Century Egg Maki (4psc $9.90 / 8 pcs $16.90)
  • Salmon Aburi Maki (4pcs $8.90 / 8 pcs $15.90)
  • Samurai Unagi Aburi Maki (4pcs $8.90 / 8 pcs $15.90)

We tried the 1st 3. I am told that the Champion Floss Maki is the most popular order and it’s not hard to tell why. The sweet salty sauce tastes like a combination of teriyaki and mayonnaise, and it kind of reminded me of Okonomiyaki. I also liked the Cream Cheese Mentaiko very much. My dining companions said the sauce was too jelak/cloying, but I loved it! Loved the salty combination of cream, cheese and mentaiko on top of the seared salmon! Apparently there was unagi encased within one of the makis, but it got lost in all that sauce. But I say, when enjoying such “messy makis”, the enjoyment is in the “in your face” flavours, and it’s not the time to nit-pick on subtle flavours. Didn’t like the Century Egg Maki though, the sauce needed some getting used to.

Yuba Hut - Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon (1)

Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon

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Niku Katsumata–Delicious yakiniku minus the smoke

Niku Katsumata (20)

Niku Katsumata Singapore at Duxton Road is the 1st offshoot of the original Niku Katsumata in Ebisu Tokyo. Lucky for us that they have opened a branch in Singapore because it’s an invite-only restaurant in Tokyo, ie you need to know some celebrity or big shot before you can dine there.

Niku Katsumata specialises in lean Japanese beef, although they also have well marbled cuts of Wagyu. Wait a minute, haven’t we been trained that when it comes to marbling, the more the merrier right? But because these leaner cuts have been selected from cattle who have been bred and managed under the “highest Japanese standards”, these leaner cuts taste exceptionally good too.

Another special thing about Niku Katsumata is that it’s probably one of the few places you can have yakiniku without your clothes and hair stinking like hell. The meat here is cooked over a special clear crystal plate. This crystal plate is so special, hardly any smoke is produced so you can enjoy your grilled meat meal without smelling like you’ve just worked 24 hours in a kitchen. Apparently, if you dine there on a full moon, together with the crystal, this creates good Feng Shui….. I don’t know about that but then again you never know…

Niku Katsumata offers a choice of 2 set menus, the Katsumata Course $128++ and the Ebisu Course $198++. There is also an ala carte menu but this is for topping up of the set menu. I had the Katsumata Course when I was there, and there was so much food, I can’t imagine even wanting to order anything else! You can see the full menu here.

Niku Katsumata (14)

This is the special crystal plate. Although you can grill the meat yourself, I highly recommend that you leave it to the experts because you don’t want to be burning or overcooking those expensive morsels of meat.

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Izy Dining and Bar–The most eye-catching Japanese roll you will find!

At first glance, Izy Dining and Bar might strike you more as a drinking joint than a restaurant that serves proper Japanese food. But do not be thwarted by the long bar counter that takes up practically the entire front section of the restaurant, there’s good food to be had if you venture forth. Food that will not only please the taste-buds but also the eyes. And if you venture further in literally, you will reach the table seating area, which in my opinion is more comfortable for consuming lunch and dinner.

On the menu are the usual suspects for any Japanese restaurant such as sashimi, sushi, rolls and cooked dishes. However it’s the little touches here and there, and the creative use of ingredients that really set Izy Dining apart from the usual Japanese restaurants you find in malls. Everything just looks so delicious!

The piece de la resistance for Izy Dining and Bar has go to be this.

Izy Dining & Bar - Japanese Nokke Roll (Uni, Ikura, Crab, Negitoro, Veg) $45 (2)Japanese Nokke Roll (Uni, Ikura, Crab, Negitoro, Veg) $45

If this doesn’t catch your eye, I don’t know what will. Basically all the Japanese dream ingredients presented on one dish. It will disappear into the stomach all too quickly, so my only advice is to savour it slowly! It’s a must order if you love all these ingredients!

Izy Dining & Bar - Mango Salsa Roll (Tempura shrimp, raw salmon & avocado topped with mango salsa sauce) $18

Mango Salsa Roll (Tempura shrimp, raw salmon & avocado topped with mango salsa sauce) $18

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Tsuta Singapore: Would you enjoy world’s first and only Michelin-starred ramen eatery?

Japanese one Michelin-starred ramen eatery Tsuta will be throwing its doors open to welcome diners in Singapore come November 6. The brainwave of owner Yuki Onishi, Tsuta opened in Jan 2012 in Sugamo,Tokyo. Within a short span of 3 years, it was conferred a one-star Michelin award in 2015, and currently remains the world’s only Michelin starred ramen eatery. Interestingly, it’s called Japanese “Soba” Noodles in Japan, rather than “ramen” because of the higher quality of noodles. 

Tsuta Singapore Char Siu Ajitama Shoyu Soba $22.80  (2)

The outlet in Tokyo is a 9-seater establishment. Apparently, hundreds of hopeful diners in Japan begin queuing at 6 am for a ticket to dine at the restaurant even though the restaurant only opens at 11am, and only serves a maximum of 150 bowls of noodles daily. We are slightly luckier in Singapore because Tsuta Singapore at Pacific Plaza seats 18, and is open from 11am to 10pm.

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Teppei Group opens Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant–Must visit for Unagi lovers!

Teppei Group will be opening a new restaurant on 12 October 2016 called Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant. Yes, that’s the Teppei where you have to make reservations 6 months in advance to eat their Omakase. And no prizes for guessing that the delectable Unagi (aka grilled eel) will be taking centre-stage at this restaurant.

Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant - Unagi Rice Bowl (3)

Hitsumabushi $26.80

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