The Bettership, a sashimi-centric eatery, has recently opened up on the ground floor of The Cathay. This humble Japanese eatery serves up boats—yes, boats—of fresh restaurant-standard sashimi as well as show-stopping donburi.
Priced decently at no more than S$20 for a sizeable donburi, this makes it a rather affordable option as opposed to many restaurants. And if you happen to be in the area during noon time, take advantage of their set lunch promotion. Available from 12pm to 6pm on weekdays, their Chirashi Don goes for only S$15.90 with the addition of a bowl of miso soup and green tea.
If you happen to be looking for a bite either before or after a movie or simply just an affordable alternative to satisfy your sashimi cravings, The Bettership is a great spot to check out.
The Bettership adopts a rather simple hole-in-the-wall concept with an open kitchen where diners can watch as their food gets prepared. Sticking true to its name, you will also notice that the shape of the dining counter is shaped like the front of a ship.
Their menu is pretty straightforward, either you pick from their wide selection of donburi potions or simply go for their variety of sashimi options that can be served in the form of a Basic Don, Premium Don, or in the classic Sashimi Setting.
Served in a tiny wooden ship-like bowl, the Chirashi Don (S$17.90) comprises diced salmon, tuna, tamago, cucumber and a variety of other fishes—all of which were laid out neatly atop a bed of tasty Japanese rice.
As with any good chirashi don, the ingredients were fresh, chunky and plentiful, allowing the unique flavour and textural qualities of each individual item to shine through. The addition of nori, although intended as more of a garnish, provided a lovely umami note to the dish which bolded well with the robust fishy flavours.
An alternative to consider should you wish to enjoy sashimi at its textural best is the Kaisen Don (S$17.90) which is served in a sashimi boat. This dish features thick slices of salmon, maguro (tuna), hamachi (yellowtail), swordfish, scallop and is accompanied by tamago, radish, jellyfish, inari (beancurd) skin, and ginger slices.
Overall, we were very impressed by the quality of food here and the sheer hospitality of the staff also helped make our lunch a very pleasant one.
2 Handy Road #01-03,
Tel: +65 6835 9006
Daily: 12pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut