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    Maguro Ootoro Foie Gras Spoon Sushi
    Maguro Ootoro Foie Gras Spoon Sushi

    Japanese restaurants Kuro Maguro and Maguro Donya needs little introduction. Known for their high-quality maguros or blue fin tuna imported directly from Misaki Port, both restaurants are introducing 2 new creations to their menu.

    Maguro Ootoro Foie Gras Spoon Sushi while a mouthful to pronounce, is also a mouthful of taste explosion in a combination of prized ootoro on a bed of well-seasoned sushi rice with a seared rich foie gras on top and topped off with a hint (just a hint) of truffle sauce to complete the gastro experience. $2 is a real steal considering how regularly Maguro Donya imports its maguro from their parent company, Misaki Megumi Suisan, a maguro wholesaler based in Misaki port with its own trawlers. Available until the end of Jan 2018, or whilst stocks last.

    Maguro Ootoro Foie Gras Spoon Sushi
    Maguro Ootoro Foie Gras Spoon Sushi

    Another creation is the Makanai Meshi, a dish that is traditional served as a staff meal by the chef’s apprentice, a Makanai Ryori. An impressive Makanai Ryori will mean winning over the head chef’s heart and earn the dish a spot on the menu. Maguro Donya’s new Makanai Meshi is no different. Generous chucks of ootoro and fresh sashimi on a bed of well-seasoned sushi rice eclipse many of the Chirashi Don we have tasted, not only in taste but value (19.80). Now available on the menu at both Kuro Maguro and Maguro Donya. We want to know which chef apprentice impressed Chef Shuji Sawada, so that we can thank the person.

    Maguro Donya’s Makanai Meshi
    Maguro Donya’s Makanai Meshi

     

    黒鮪 Kuro Maguro by Maguro Donya

    Address: 7 Wallich Street #01-04 Singapore 078884
    Hours: Mon – Sun 11:30 – 14:00, 17:30 – 22:00
    Tel: 6386 8561
    Website: magurodonya.com

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      With Chinese New Year approaching, Yu Sheng time is upon us again!

      As with previous years, restaurants are drawing in diners with various Yu Sheng offerings, including the more innovative ones like Yu Sheng arranged in the shape of a pup to welcome the Year of the Dog.

      Speaking of new Yu Sheng ideas, we recently got to try a Japanese Soba Yu Sheng by soba specialty House, Nadai Fujisoba Nihachi, or Fujisob for short. This interesting creation consists of finely shredded vegetables like raddish, carrots, purple cabbage, sushi gari (ginger) with salmon slices, seasoned octopus, seaweed and Jelly fish. Being a soba house, Fujisoba also added cold and fried soba noodles into the mix to give the dish some added crunch. Instead of the usual sweet and sour Chinese Plum Sauce, the Yu Sheng here uses a homemade sesame sauce. Overall, the Yu Sheng is very refreshing, has lots of crunchy texutres, thanks of the crackers and fried soba, and has a savoury touch from the dressing. The generous Yu Sheng portion is good for up to 8 people and comes at a very reasonable price of $38.80. If you want Yu Sheng with a slight twist this year, give Fujisoba Yu Sheng a try between 16 Jan -28 Feb.

      Celebrate the Japanese i Girl's Festival with Nadai Fujisoba Nihachi's Special Set ($19.80) -for a limited time only
      Celebrate the Japanese i Girl’s Festival with Nadai Fujisoba Nihachi’s Special Set ($19.80) – for a limited time only

      Another new seasonal item on the Fujisoba menu is the Girls’ Festival Special Set ($19.80). The limited time only set is meant to celebrate Hinamatsuri, or Doll’s Day, a special occasion in Japan celebrated on March 3 each year. It a a day to pray for the Health and happines of girls.

      The Girls’ Festival Special Set at Fujisoba consists of a mini chirashi sushi, Hamaguri Soba which is a soup soba dish that comes with 2 pieces of clams imported from Japan and a packet of candies known as Hina Arare snack. This special set will be available from 1 Feb – 31 March.

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        1-for-1 lobster set, Emporium Shokuhin
        1-for-1 lobster set at Tokujo $68++

        Our favourite time of the year is here! Like many of us, our Christmas and New Year’s are normally spent on get-together with family and close friends, so we’re always busy looking out for the best restaurants to celebrate the festive season. Apart from great food, drinks and a nice ambience, places that offer good value for money dining deals are a bonus!

        We recently came across a number of great deals at Emporium Shokuhin that checks all the boxes! The Japanese cluster dining concept at Marina Square is running a number of 1-for-1 deals to attract diners.

        Here are some of the dining deals we cherry-picked for you. The deals are running from now until 2 January. if you’re keen, make sure you make your bookings early!

        1-for-1 A5 Miyazaki Wagyu & USDA Prime Beef Buffet

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        Restaurant: GYUU+ Yakiniku Grill

        Tel: 6812 2177

        Price: Adult: $98++ (Mon-Thurs), $108++ Fri-Sun, Eve of PH & PH; (Child: $26.80++ for all days)

        This has got to be one of the most value-for-money Wagyu beef BBQs in town this festive season! Beef lovers can have their fill of quality A5 wagyu beef and USDA prime beef at this all-you-can-eat beef buffet. You’ll also get to enjoy a variety of seafood like prawns and scallops. There’s also a choice of greens available to complement all that meat. Dining is limited to 90 mins.

        1-for-1 Sashimi and Lobster Sets

        Lobster set at Tokujo, Emporium Shokuhin
        Soup with a whole lobster at Tokujo, Emporium Shokuhin

        Restaurant: Takujo Japanese Dining

        Price: From $28

        Tel: 6812 2176

        With such an excellent deal, you can feast on a variety of fresh fish and seafood this festive season. Choose from an array of fresh sashimi platter, starting from $28++ and get your second one of the same or lower price for free. You get 3 types of the day’s freshest white fish such as Shima Aji, Houbou, Isaki or Mandai. The 1-for-1 lobster deal is also not to be missed. Have your lobsters in 2 ways: half prepared in sashimi style and the other half in deep-fried tempura style. The second option is a whole lobster cooked in a miso-based soup to bring out all the umami goodness. Personally, we prefer the first combo but you can always order both to try since you get the other lobster set for free. At 68++ for the lobster set, diners end up paying only $34++ per lobster!

        1-for-1 steaks and main course

        1-for-1 French oysters at UMI + VINO at $8++ each
        1-for-1 French oysters at UMI + VINO at $8++ each

        Restaurant: UMI + VINO Seafood & Wine Bar

        Tel: 6812 2175

        Price: from $8++ for oysters; $28++ for burgers

        Even dined at UMI + VINO, a Japanese and Western fusion restaurant? If not, this might be the best time to check out this steak and seafood specialty restaurant as it’s offering 1-for-1 for its mains and steaks on Saturdays and Sundays from now until 2 Jan. Their cold Hokkaido Scallop & Kombu Pasta ($32++) is worth a try, while its Lobster, Prawn & Scallop Burger ($28++) is one-of-its kind. It consists of a lobster claw and a generous seared scallop on a prawn patty. Game for more seafood? Well, oyster lovers can go for their excellent, creamy Fine de Claire oyster or the more rounded in flavour Speciale de Claire variety from France. Priced at $8++ a piece, you get 1-for-1 for every order. While you’re at it, order one of their excellent wines to pair with your meal.

        Hokkaido Scallops Pasta at UME + VINO
        Hokkaido Scallops Pasta at UME + VINO

        Emporium Shokuhin

        6 Raffles Link #01-18 New [email protected] Square Mall
        Singapore 039594

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          Katsudon Hanakatsu at Eat@Seven

          Katsudon Hanakatsu is one of those eateries that specialises in just one type of dish — and does it really well.

          Hailing from Japan, the restaurant specialises in katsudon, a popular Japanese dish consisting of deep fried pork or chicken cutlet served on rice.

          For your main course, you can choose from either the original, HA – NA Katsudon, or spicy flavour, HA  – NA Katsudon Spicy Flavour. That’s it, no complications, no frills and minimal decision-making required. Sweet!

          Generous portions to please big eaters

          Each katsudon comes with 6 slices of meat cutlet; 3 pork and 3 chicken covered in a light and crispy golden brown batter. The meats are arranged in way that makes the cutlets resemble the petals of a blooming flower sprouting out of the rice bowl – an appetising sight for meat lovers, indeed. And for all that generous serving, the bowl only costs $13.50.

          Despite being deep fried, we were surprised by how tender and juicy the cutlets were. Compared to other katsudon places we’ve tried, Hanakatsu’s meats are more thinly sliced and uses a crumb batter, rather than the thick-cut cutlets covered in a flaky batter. Between the pork and chicken, we like the former better as the meat was sliced thinner, thus enhancing the crispiness and had more flavour.

          Katsudon Hanakatsu Original flavour

          Katsudon Hanakatsu Spicy flavour

          Spicy bowl – only available in Singapore

          Knowing how Singaporeans love spicy food, the restaurant created the spicy katsudon bowl just for us. Being a Japanese restaurant, we were skeptical about the level of spiciness at first. But we decided to give it a shot, anyway, and ordered it along with the original flavour. When the food arrived, we saw that the spicy cutlets were fiery red – and looking quite promising. As it turned out,  the cutlets weren’t tongue-numbingly spicy, but it definitely had heat — enough to make us stop for a few big gulps of iced green tea throughout the meal. So if you can’t take spicy food, go for the original instead and just add dashes of chilli powder to taste.

          The rice is worth a mention as the restaurant uses high quality Nanatsuboshi rice imported from Hokkaido. You can choose from white rice or the 16-grain variety which comes at no extra charge.

          Katsudon Hanakatsu 16-grain variety rice option
          16-grain variety rice option

          We’re glad that the restaurant offers miso soup as a side order, as that helped to wash down all that meaty goodness. Known as Ton-ji-ru ($3), the soup is chock-full of vegetables like cabbage and carrots and even had some pieces of pork in it.

          Is it worth checking out?

          Katsudon Hanakatsu is located right next to Tendon Kohaku, a popular restaurant under the same group. Due to the proximity, some people recommend Katsudon Hanakatsu as a plan B for diners who turned up for Tendon Kohaku but decided they didn’t to wait too long in line at the tempura place. Personally, however, we think that Katsudon Hanakatsu — with its delicious and value-for-money katsudon offering –  should be more than just an after thought.

          Katsudon Hanakatsu

          Address: Suntec City Mall, Eat @ Seven, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-10, Singapore 038983

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            Niku Katsumata Ebisu Course
            Niku Katsumata Ebisu Course

            If you think grilling meat can only be done on an iron grill, then think again. Most people expect to walk into a yakiniku restaurant that is smoky with a charred meat smell. To our surprise, when we entered Niku Katsumata, a 28-seater on Duxton Road, we were greeted with a subtle grilled beef aroma sans the smokiness. We soon found out why as we were led to our seats. The premium meats are expertly grilled by the amiable restaurant staff on a special crystal plate over low flames in front of the guests.

            Niku Katsumata prides itself on the quality of the meats it imports from Kagoshima, Japan and wants to ensure that guests savour the tender, moist meat with every bite.

            The restaurant cooks the premium wagyu meat over a crystal plate
            The restaurant cooks the premium wagyu meat over a crystal plate, accentuating the taste of the meat while keeping it moist and tender

            We tried the generously sized 7-dish Katsumata Course which included the following:

            • Starter: today’s special of Japanese peach and ham and simmered beef tendon
            • Appetizer: homemade kimchi and marinated vegetables
            • Sashimi: Kagoshima wagyu beef and liver sashimi
            • Salad: Chinese cabbage salad topped with umami seaweed
            • Yakiniku of selected meats (150 grams): beef tongue, assorted wagyu beef, black pork loin, wagyu beef fillet
            • Rice/Noodle: wagyu beef curry or chicken noodle soup
            • Dessert: black sesame ice cream
            Wagyu selection from the Ebisu course menu
            Wagyu selection from the Katsumata course menu

            Our favourites?

            Naturally, we enjoyed the grilled meat which were nicely accentuated by a selection of imported British rock salt, freshly made marinade, or a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice. The Wagyu beef fillets stood out because they were incredibly tender and juicy. Just when we thought the highlight of the course was over, we were suitably impressed by the light but flavourful chicken soba soup served to top off our meal.

            We were also pleasantly surprised by the humble Chinese cabbage sprinkled with dried seaweed salad. The seaweed raised the umami levels of the lightly seasoned shredded cabbage and helped whet our appetites while we waited for our meat platter.

             

            Chinese cabbage salad sprinkled with dried seaweed
            Chinese cabbage salad sprinkled with dried seaweed
            Chicken soba at Niku Katsumata
            Chicken soba

            For its 1-year anniversary, Niku Katsumata is running a 1-for-1 promotion from September 12-26 for its 3 set courses: Niku Course with 6 dishes ($98++), Katsuma Course with 7 dishes ($128++) and Ebisu Course with 8 dishes ($168++). Each set meal offers surprise variations, from premium Kagoshima beef to the amazingly tender black pork loin and chicken soba to wagyu donburi with bonito broth.

            Niku Katsumata

            Address: 47 Duxton Road Singapore 089511
            Phone: +65 9162 7502
            Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 11:00pm

            *Article and images by Debra Foo and Lauren Liang

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              Making of the Angel Prawn at Rokukakutei
              Making of the Angel Prawn

              Another Michelin-starred restaurant has landed in Singapore.

              Located at Odeon Towers, Rokukakutei is a one-star Michelin Japanese restaurant specialising in food on skewers – also known as kushikatsu. It’s the perfect first-date meal where all the dishes are served in neat, manageable portions. You don’t even have use for any clanky cutlery – simply eat off the stick.

              Rokukakutei, which originated in Osaka only serves Omakase meals. You can choose from 10 skewers ($118++) or 20 ($134++). You get items such as meat, vegetables and seafood — all deep fried to a perfect crisp.

              The skewers are placed in front of you on a plate lined with a thin slice of bread – meant for soaking up excess oil (there wasn’t any). You will also be served an array of accompanying dips and sauces. The servers are trained to point each end of the skewer to the dipping sauce that goes best with the food.

              Wowed by the seafood

              Despite fiddling quite a bit to get the best shot of our food, the dishes were still steaming hot when we bit through the crispy cocoon of deep fried batter. Of the sticks we had, the seafood skewers were outstanding. Items like the Scallop and Angel Prawn retained their tenderness and umami flavours under the batter. The Salmon with chrysanthemum petals complemented each other exceptionally well, with the floral scent of the petals neutralising the natural fishiness of the salmon. For the non-seafood selection, we particularly enjoyed the chicken with perilla and croquette of green peas. In fact, anyone who could make ordinary green peas taste so good deserves an accolade.

              Go for the wine pairing, it’s worth it!

              Apart from the seafood, the restaurant also excels in their choice of wine pairing. The wine pairing menu comes with 15 skewers and a selection of wines at $288. We kicked off with a heady champagne, followed by a Sauvingnon Blanc from Napa Valley which went beautifully with the scallop and fish skewers, before finishing off with a robust red wine that paired well with the Duck and Welsh Onion. If you like wine, the pairing menu is definitely worth it.

              To our surprise, we were pretty stuffed by the time we had our 12th skewer – three more to go. As dainty as they looked, the small sticks of food really add up.

              Our only gripe was that there wasn’t any sweets to seal the meal. After all the deep fried food, a dessert would definitely break up the monotony. It didn’t help that our last course was a stick of creamy fried cheese that was rather mild-tasting. We couldn’t help but feel that the final omph to round off the meal was missing. But despite that, our Rokukakutei experience – also our first taste of kushikatsu omakase fare —  will stick in our memory for some time to come.

              Rokukakutei

              331 North Bridge Road

              #01-04 Odeon Towers

              Singapore 188720

              Open: 4-11pm (daily)

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                BURG Kitchen at Eat at Seven

                Don’t we all crave for comfort food once in a while? When the craving strikes, where do you get your fix?

                We recently discovered a new Japanese joint at Eat at Seven called Burg Kitchen. It specialises in Japanese style burger meals and other Western dishes.

                Our favourite burger is the Cheese Burg ($19.80++). It comes topped with melted, gooey Colby and Cheddar Cheese on a sizzling metal plate. Instead of serving the burger patties between two buns, the burgers here are served with rice – typical of Japanese-style burgers— that lets you mop up all the delicious sauce. There’s also a small side of pasta and miso soup, making it a really satisfying meal.

                Cheese Burg, BURG Kitchen
                Cheese Burg, $19.80
                Cheese Burg, BURG Kitchen
                The patty is thick and moist and adding Wagyu fat certainly adds a lot of flavours flavours

                If the idea of melted cheese over a generous 200g burger patty with rice sounds too heavy for you, try the Original burger ($18++) instead. The bovine flavours of the Original burger patty comes through better when it’s not drowned under all that cheese.

                Comfort food aside, the burgers at Burg Kitchen are actually pretty good. They are made from 100% Australian beef, consisting of a blend of minced beef and wagyu fats. This gives the patties just the right texture and a lot of flavour.

                Penne meat sauce gratin, BURG Kitchen
                Penne meat sauce gratin, 14.50
                Golden Curry with Homemade Creamy Croquet and Beef Meatballs, BURG Kitchen
                Golden Curry with Homemade Creamy Croquet and Beef Meatballs, $15.50
                Chicken wings with spice blend, BURG Kitchen
                Chicken wings with spice blend, $14.50

                Other than hamburgers, there are other main courses to choose from. The Golden Curry with Homemade Creamy Croquet and Beef Meatballs ($15.50++) is another good choice. We like that the gravy is not as sweet as the usual Japanese curry – and even has a hint of heat in it. The croquet had such a nice and crispy crust, we wished there was another one. Then again, this is just the greedy side of us talking because we were struggling to finish the meal as it is.

                To top it all off, all the sets at Burg Kitchen come with a free buffet of salad and desserts. While not rave-worthy, the buffet dishes offer variety on top of the sets and exceptional value. Burg Kitchen is worth checking out when the craving for burgers or comfort food strikes.

                BURG Kitchen interior and salad bar
                The set meals at Burg Kitchen come with a free buffet of salad and desserts
                BURG Kitchen menu
                The menu is simple and the dishes are affordably priced

                Burg Kitchen

                Address: Eat at Seven, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-315, Suntec City Mall,  Singapore 038983
                Phone: +65 6266 5338
                Opening hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30 – 10pm (daily)

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                  Deep Fried Soba with Savoury Spicy Seafood Sauce ($18.50) at Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi
                  Deep Fried Soba with Savoury Spicy Seafood Sauce ($18.50)

                  Feeling famished and don’t know where to head for your next meal? We say you go slurp some soba!

                  Check out Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi– Japanese soba speciality house hailing from Japan with 119 outlets in Tokyo. There are more than 20 soba dishes to try at this soba-specialty house, everything from hot to cold soba, mori (dipping) to soup or cream based and more.

                  But first, let’s see what’s so special about the soba here.

                  Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi uses the golden ratio of flour for their soba: 8 parts buckwheat, 2 parts wheat. Made fresh daily, the soba house uses the highest quality ingredients from Japan for their noodles. Coupled with precision in the way the noodles are cooked, the soba here have a slight nutty aroma and are firm in texture.

                  To us, the best way to enjoy the fresh, natural taste of the soba is to order the classic mori soba ($8.00) or soba noodles served with a cold shoyu based dip mixed with cut spring onions and grated wasabi. Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi lets you customise the level of saltiness of your dip. If too salty, simply dilute it with the dashi stock placed at every table.

                  Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi soba ratio
                  Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi uses the golden ratio of flour for their soba: 8 parts buckwheat, 2 parts wheat
                  Classic mori soba ($8.00), Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi
                  Classic mori soba ($8.00)

                  Classic mori soba ($8.00), Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi

                  Classic mori soba ($8.00), Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi
                  Another way to eat the soba is to drip it into the warm soup used to cook the soba

                  For something more fancy, try their range of soup and dry soba. We like the dry soba which is a somewhat like our local shen mian (crispy drizzled with a savoury starchy sauce). This dish is created specially for Singapore. Here, the Deep Fried Soba with Savoury Spicy Seafood Sauce ($18.50) is first deep fried to a perfect crisp and served with a bowl of seafood sauce. Watch the noodles pop and sizzle as you pour the sauce over the crispy noodles served on a sizzle pan. The noodles remind us of moroku and goes well with the spicy gravy chockful of seafood and vegetables.

                  Prefer soba with soup or gravy? No worries, there are lot of options here. We like the Cripsy Sakura Ebi Tempura & Soba Drizzeled with Truffle Oil ($19.50) for that crispy and soupy pairing. While the broth was quite tasty, it was on the salty side so we mixed in some of the dashi stock to dilute it. For something unusual, try the Dry Kamo Maze Soba (Duck soba, $16), which comprises of sliced duck and soba noodles dressed in a starchy gravy . Again, we wished the chef had gone a little easy on the salt.

                  Served with a rich, thick mentai cream ladelled over soba noodles, the Mentai Cream Soba is the stuff food comas are made of. Milky with the occasional mentaiko popping in your mouth, the first few slurps were indeed very satisfying. But it got a little too heavy after a while. We recommend you order this to share instead. We wonder how many people actually managed to polish off this dish off.

                  Crispy Sakura Ebi Tempura & Soba Drizzeled with Truffle Oil ($19.50) at Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi
                  Crispy Sakura Ebi Tempura & Soba Drizzeled with Truffle Oil ($19.50)
                  Hot Sukiyaki Soba at Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi
                  Hot Sukiyaki Soba
                  Dry Kamo Maze Soba (Duck soba, $16) at Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi
                  Dry Kamo Maze Soba (Duck soba, $16)

                  Then again, even without the thick, creamy gravy, the soba here will fill most hungry diners. That’s because they come in very generous portions. You get a hefty 230g of soba noodles in every serving — enough to feed most hungry diners. In fact, most of our struggled to finish our noodles because there was simple too much.

                  Other than soba, the restaurant also serves a number of sides dishes. Try the luxurious Special Truffles Dashi Maki Tamago with Club Japanese Sauce ($15.00) or the Sauteed Sobagaki and Foie Gras with Kaeshi Sauce ($17).

                  Special Truffles Dashi Maki Tamago with Club Japanese Sauce ($15.00) at Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi
                  Special Truffles Dashi Maki Tamago with Club Japanese Sauce ($15.00)
                  Sauteed Sobagaki and Foie Gras with Kaeshi Sauce ($17) at Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi
                  Sauteed Sobagaki and Foie Gras with Kaeshi Sauce ($17)

                  The soba noodles are the best we’ve tasted in terms of flavour and texture. A pity the broth tend to be on the salty side. For that soup and dipping soba, that can be easily addressed by diluting your broth with the dashi stock served on the side.

                  Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi

                  100 Tras Street, #03-14 100 AM, Singapore 079027
                  Tel: +65 6443 8827
                  Opening hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 10:00pm

                  https://www.facebook.com/FujiSoba

                  Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi entrance
                  Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi is located at 100 AM mall near Tanjong Pagar MRT

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                    SENS Sashimi Moriawase Mix - 7 kinds

                    SENS, a contemporary Japanese restaurant, is a 42-seater restaurant located within Taste gourmet grocer. If you have not heard of Taste, it is a brand new gourmet grocer that recently opened up at Raffles Holland Village. For those who loves Japanese cuisine, the chefs at SENS whips up a wide range of contemporary Japanese favourites like sashimi, sushi, teppanyaki, tempura and yakitori dishes that will be able to satisfy you cravings.

                    Not only that, SENS’ unique location within Taste grocer also means that you can enjoy a bespoke meal experience. All you need to do is to shop for the ingredients at Taste and let the chefs at SENS know how you want it prepared. A fee of $8 for every 100 grams of ingredients applies. The restaurant at Raffles Holland Village basement also boasts one of the largest selections of Japanese craft beers, sake and wines sourced from breweries across Japan.

                    SENS Interior
                    Judging from the weekday crowd, SENS is certainly popular
                    Sashimi moriawase mix with 7 varieties
                    Sashimi moriawase mix with 7 varieties

                    Helmed by Chef Kent Seah, who has over 22 years of experience in Japanese cuisines, Chef Kent has been hands on from the sourcing fresh food and quality ingredients to the plating design for the over 100 dishes and items served at the restaurant. Take for example their Sashimi Moriawase Mix that starts from $48.80 for 5 varieties; the sashimi are air flown from Japan and plated on a black slate atop a wooden box to showcase the glistening freshness of the seafood. The choice of sashimi include botan ebi (giant sweet shrimp), tako (octopus sashimi) and mekajiki (sword fish belly).

                    A5 wagyu blow-torched to perfection
                    A5 wagyu blow-torched to perfection
                    Wagyu Tataki at SENS
                    Wagyu Tataki

                    Other highlights of SENS include the Kurobuta Rosu Katsu (S$17.50), a generous piece of crispy black pork loin tonkatsu that is juicy and succulent, the Beef Kaku Ni (S$16.80), a flavourful beef brisket dish that is marinated and stewed till fork tender. Beef lovers will certainly be delighted that SENS serves the prized “Japanese Black” cattle, 100% purebred Japanese Wagyu from Miyazaki Prefecture. The Wagyu Tataki ($68.80) is lightly seared with a blow torch before being sliced and served with a citrusy Yuzu Ponzu sauce. Every piece of this premium ingredient simply melts in your mouth.

                    Kurobuta Rosu Katsu
                    Kurobuta Rosu Katsu
                    Sirloin beef teppan at SENS
                    Sirloin beef teppan
                    Yakitori platter at SENS
                    Yakitori platter

                    SENS has a really extensive menu. From yakitori and teppan to maki and noodles, we are certain that you will find something you like.

                    SENS

                    Address: 118 Holland Avenue Raffles Holland Village #B1-12/13 Singapore 278997
                    Opening Hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm

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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.

                      Can't decide between unagi and sashimi? Get there best of both worlds at Maguro-Donya @Suntec

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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