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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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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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Daikokuya at myVillage

*Part Bloggers’ Invite, part secret visits*

As part of the not so long ago invite to sample the delights of myVillage at Serangoon Gardens, the best of the best Singapore Food Bloggers including 365days2play 🙂 got acquainted with Daikokuya at myVillage. It’s one of the smallest restaurants I’ve ever seen, with about 10 tables of 4! It can get a little cramped if you are in a big group. We were introduced to the the Chef, who explained that the miso paste used in the soup stock is painstakingly made with great care.

Little bowls of ramen were then dished out for us to try. I normally am quite picky with ramen. Many ramen places disappoint me with their bland and lifeless soup. True to what Daikokuya’s Chef was describing, the ramen that we tried that day, I believe is the Stamina Ramen as well as the Original Miso Ramen, was very delicious. The soups tasted rich and had an oomph. I don’t really know how else to describe it except to say that the taste makes you want to keep slurping up more, which I suppose is the ultimate taste test.

So I kinda had pretty high hopes when I brought my parents to try out Daikokuya several weeks after the media event. Unfortunately, because we’re such ardent fans of Sushi Tei for it’s quality sushi/sashimi and value for money prices, we naturally compared Daikokuya to Sushi Tei. Scroll through the photos to read more about our experience.

Daikokuya - Daikokuya Original Salad Daikokuya - Daikokuya Original Salad (2)

Daikokuya Original Salad $7.90 – Salad of salmon slices, avocados amongst a huge bed of vegetables. For $7.90, we were quite wowed by the size of the salad. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy. The light sauce also tasted very nice and was a refreshing difference from the heavier sushi tei dressing we are used to. However, we felt that the amount of salmon served was pretty paltry. For $3 more at Sushi Tei, we would have been able to get many more thick slices.

Daikokuya - Stamina Ramen

Stamina Ramen – This was one of the ramen we tried during the media invite. Don’t you think the little bowl looks so cute? In western restaurants, they have mixed platters for you to try out all the house specialities. I think it would be great if Daikokuya could come up with something similar. Like 4 bowls of small ramen. I would love to try that. Then I can finally taste Shio, Shoyu, and Miso soup bases all in 1 sitting.  Btw I think Stamina ramen is only available at the myVillage outlet.

 Daikokuya - Homemade Special Miso PasteDaikokuya - Special Chilli Vinegar

Homemade Special Miso Paste plus the special chilli vinegar which you can add to your ramen to up the oomph.

Daikokuya - Vegetable Miso Ramen

Vegetable Miso Ramen $12.80 – You know, I’ve never heard of ramen without any meat before. Was quite apprehensive when ordering this, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I forgot to ask if the stock is vegetarian as well, but it sure tasted very rich and flavourful despite that. The vegetables had a nice crunch and added sweetness to the broth. For those who don’t fancy chomping on Cha shu, this vegetable miso ramen would be a good option.

Daikokuya - Original Miso Ramen

Daikokuya Original Ramen $13.80 – I have no complaints about the broth. It’s really flavourful and makes you want to take sip after sip after sip. It is on the heavy side so I wasn’t able to finish it all in the end. However, I didn’t like the noodle texture. I’ve always been a fan of the springy Q Q type of noodles (think Marutama and Tom Ton) and the one at Daikokuya is the chewy type.

Daikokuya - Seafood Shio Ramen

Seafood Shio Ramen $13.80 – Don’t believe you can get seafood ramen easily in Singapore? It’s a refreshing change although there was nothing particularly spectacular about the prawns in this case.

Daikokuya - Unagi Don

Unagi Don $6.80 – Thought this was one of the most value for money items at Daikokuya, and especially good for light eaters.

Daikokuya - Tonkatsu and Ebi Fry Curry Rice

Daikokuya- Tonkatsu Curry Rice

Tonkatsu and Ebi Fry Curry Rice $14.80 – We had this on 2 separate occasions. The experience from the 1st time was pretty good. The meat itself is very tender and doesn’t taste oily even though it has been coated in batter and deep fried. The curry was also pretty tasty and together with the tonkatsu, made for a good meal. I would skip the Ebi Fry though as the prawns are super tiny when compared to the amount of batter used.

However, on the 2nd occasion, there seemed to be a weird taste coming from the curry. The weird taste was so strong it was detectable just by sniffing at the curry! The staff said it was due to the special blend of spices in the curry which we may not be used to. They gave us a new serving of curry but the weird taste was still there. As a hunch I took a sip from the glass of water I’d been served earlier, and the weird taste was there too, albeit less strong. I think perhaps Daikokuya should consider changing the dishwashing liquid used as it’s permeating through the food and drink?

Conclusion: Go because of the ramen. Other items in the menu are a hit and miss.

Check out all the other posts on myVillage!

Daikokuya Ramen Dining

Serangoon Garden:
1 Maju avenue #01-01, myVillage
Serangoon Garden Singapore 556679
Tel: 6509 1690
Operating Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm daily

http://www.daikokuya.com.sg/

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant at Raffles City

Watami is another one of those Japanese casual restaurants so prevalent in Singapore. Their special niche is that they offer up quite a number of interesting hot pots. They also have some Korean dishes such as Bi Bim Bap! The restaurant at Raffles City is pretty big, but you don’t find it cavernous, as it kinda occupies a long and narrow strip, previously occupied by Kushiya. It’s right next to Din Tai Fung. I find the lighting a bit too stark bright. As you can see, my photos have suffered due to the harsh lighting.

Croquette

Watami - Cream Croquette

Cream Croquette Balls $6.80 – These came piping hot and were so delicious. I loved the creamy inner core while the outer shell was crispy. They were excellent while hot. Unfortunately I left 1 on the plate while I devoured my mains. When I got back to it again, the inner core had sort of mushed together with the outer skin such that it was no longer liquidy inside.

Watami - Gyu Eringi Kushi

Gyu Eringi Kushi $4.80 – Mushroom stems wrapped in thin beef slices. Very tasty and the mushrooms had a good crunch. I wonder who first developed the idea to wrap meat or bacon around mushrooms. Seems to be a match made in heaven.

Watami - Mixed Sashimi Rice

Mixed Sashimi Rice $13.80 – This was an absolute star. Firstly, the sashimi rice was flavoured with some sweet vinegar so it was more tasty than usual. Just eating the rice alone without anything else was already quite fabulous. 2ndly, they were quite generous with the amount of seafood provided. There was salmon, squid, sweet prawn, egg and something else which I forgot. Absolutely loved the prawns, they were so flavourful and I could just taste the strong “sea” flavour in them. Still dreaming about it now actually. If there’s one thing wrong, it’s that I would have liked just a little bit more rice since it was so nice.

Watami - Unagi Pot RiceWatami - Unagi Pot Rice (2)

Unagi Pot rice $12.80 – The Partner ordered this. The waitress asked us if we minded waiting 25 minutes. It was a bit long but we said okay. After 15 minutes, they brought out this contraption. We thought, “hey that didn’t take too long after all”. To our horror, the waitress proceeded to tell us to THEN wait 25 minutes for the rice grains inside to cook from scratch! While the unagi pot rice did taste very good in the end, I wouldn’t want to have to wait 40 minutes just for this! Is this some new tactic to save on employing extra chefs?

Mandarin Hotel Wedding Dinner

It’s always a little tough to take pictures of the food during a Chinese wedding dinner because there are 9 other hungry diners all eager to earn back the Ang Pow money they gave away. With them staring at you and giving you the evil eye, getting a shot of the entire dish intact, without an arm or a spoon in the way is quite a feat!

I like attending weddings. Contrary to some other people I know of, I do enjoy the food very much. These are dishes I would not normally order on my own, so I treat wedding dinners as a grand restaurant dining experience. It’s also nice to see the wedding couple’s photo album, especially if they’ve had their shots taken in exotic locales. I’ve even heard of couples that book a tour package overseas, and at every stop, instead of visiting the sights like the other tourists, they get their wedding photos taken. That is so cool, but imagine the hassle of having to dress up every single day for 5 – 10 days?!?!

Here are some photos I snapped during my cousin’s wedding at Mandarin Oriental Singapore. I totally missed out the baby abalone dish, probably because I myself was too engrossed in trying to fight for the largest piece! I loved the dishes that my cousin chose, some of them were quite unique in that I’ve never seen them being served before in a Chinese wedding.

Mandarin Oriental - Combination Platter

 Combination Platter – My perennial favourite has to be the crispy pork skin. Nothing like crispy fats to whet your appetite! I also loved the crispy silver fish!

Mandarin Oriental - Shark Fin double boiled with conpoy

Shark Fin double boiled with chicken and conpoy – I am not one of those people who would abstain from having the shark’s fin soup. My reason is, the shark is already dead. Not eating it would be a greater waste of its life. If we want to stop the killing, let’s not kid ourselves that we are doing a big deal by abstaining. The Partner has been abstaining from eating Shark’s Fin for the last 10 years. Did any of his friends change their actions because of this? NO.

If you want to stop the killing, let’s see some major action, such as starting a campaign, or writing letters to the government or something. Do something that is more visible and impactful than just simple abstaining, which is in my opinion, a lazy way of kidding yourself that you did something good.

Mandarin Oriental - King Prawn

King Prawns – Nicely presented, and tasted really good. The prawns were still piping hot when served.

Mandarin Oriental - Crispy Roasted Duck 

Crispy Roasted Duck – The house sauce paired very well with the duck, which was moist and succulent.

Mandarin Oriental - Fillet of Cod (2)

Fillet of Cod – Man how did my cousin know I love cod??? This is not the usual type of fish served during weddings, which I normally dislike.

Mandarin Oriental - Fillet of Cod

Mandarin Oriental - Chilli Crab Mantou 

Mantou with Crab – Instead of the usual fried rice or Ee Foo noodles that are served at this stage, we were presented with crispy mantou buns. I think I ran out of adjectives to describe how wonderful this dish was. Mantous are always a good conveyor of sauce. Look at the chunks of crab meat! Mandarin Oriental - Tiramisu

Tiramisu – Lastly, the dessert. Thank god it wasn’t the icky sticky Or Nee (yam paste), which I find to be too cheapo for a wedding.

Well, it was a wonderful dinner. Congratulations to my cousin on finally getting married. As you can see, he is a modern man with modern tastes!

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