There are many Japanese restaurants in town, but to find one that has good Japanese food at reasonable prices? That’s no mean feat. So imagine my happiness when I chanced upon Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant at Millenia Walk.
The restaurant has a comprehensive menu, with many choices in the sushi, sashimi, fried, and grilled section. Most of the items are priced below $20. For instance, you can get a yakiniku set (with rice and miso soup) for $16, and there is the option of adding sashimi to the set at $23. The prices here are almost comparable to everyone’s favourite Sushi Tei, and the best part is you don’t have to queue for a table.
Rakuzen offers a fanciful range of sashimi – from a nice platter of eight kinds of sashimi ($80) for 3-5 persons; to a chef’s special sashimi set ($40/pax) – but we opted for a simple salmon sashimi ($13 for 7 pcs).
The cranky salmon roll ($9) and California roll ($9) arrived shortly after. Both rolls were simple – the former, salmon in spicy mayonnaise roll topped with flakes and flying fish; and the latter, an avocado roll with omelette, and crabstick – nothing crazy in terms of flavour, but just done well enough to hit the spot.
Next, we had the sukiyaki-style beef set ($18), which was hearty and soulful.
If you like unagi, you should also try Razuken’s roasted eel set ($18).
All in all, the food at Rakuzen is of a good standard, and coupled with the fact that it is wallet-friendly, I would certainly go back when I want Japanese food.
For more recommendations, read my list of best Japanese restaurants in Singapore