Chemical free unagi at MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou – is there a difference?

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    Whole eel at MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou
    Whole eel

    Unagi lovers, rejoice. There’s now another place to get your fix.

    Located at Eat at Seven, Suntec, MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou recently added an all new unagi set menu. Before this, the restaurant specialises mainly in tuna or Maguro dishes and serves everything from tuna sushi, sashimi, don (rice bowl) to grilled tuna collar.

    So, what’s special about MaguroDonya’s unagi? For one, the restaurant uses only Japanese eel, which is known for its smooth and succulent texture. The supplier, Yamada Suisan, is also the first in Japan that does not use any chemicals in its farm breeding. As the eels are bred in clean and fresh underground water of up to 70 metres in depth, it does not have any muddy taste. Instead, the unagi here have a fresh, bold taste and none of that rubbery texture.

    Apart from using quality fresh water eel, the secret to a good grilled unagi is the sauce. For this, we think MaguroDonya’s seasoning can be worked on as the unagi is on the salty side. Also, you know those pesky soft bones you get in your unagi? Well, they seem to be more apparent in the unagi here. Having said that, they didn’t actually cause any serious problems for us other than the prickly sensation when brushed against our tongue.

    MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Unagi Meshi Set
    Unagi Meshi Set, $28.80
    Una Jyu Set
    Una Jyu Set, $35.80
    Una Jyu Sashimi Set
    Una Jyu Sashimi Set, $42.80

    We can’t help but compare MaguroDonya’s unagi with Man Man’s – and we know you’re probably thinking the same thing too! So how does the unagi here stack up against the famous Man Man, which has seeing long queues since the day they opened? Personally, I feel that the unagi from MaguroDonya is more plump, meatier and softer in texture. Taste wise, however, Man Man’s special eel sauces are more balanced. We especially liked that there are extra sauces on the side for us to douse our rice with, if we choose to. And unlike Man Man, you do not get those yummy charred bits in your eel at MaguroDonya due to the different styles of grilling. Depending on your preference, this may be a good or bad thing. Price wise, MaguroDonya’s unagi sets are slightly pricier.

    The unagi sets at MaguroDonya include the Unagi Meshi set ($28.80), which consists of sliced unagi and egg on rice and the Unja Jyu set, which comes with a whole grilled unagi on rice costs $35.80. If you can’t decide between unagi and sashimi – there’s the Una Jya Sashimi set at $42.80. It consists of a serving of tuna sashimi and a small Una Jya. All the sets come with a miso soup, chawamushi and side salad.

    Overall, the unagi sets at MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou are worth a try if you don’t mind the price. This is especially so if you’re into healthier unagi that is chemical and growth hormone free.

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    Unagi menu at MaguroDonya
    Unagi set menu at MaguroDonya

    MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Singapore

    Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-314 Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
    Phone: +65 6684 5054
    Opening hours: Daily: 11.30am-2.30pm (last order: 2.00pm); 5.30pm-10.30pm