Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant’s Aburi Sushi

Rakuichi

Our usual go-to Japanese restaurant in the Novena neighbourhood is Tomi Sushi Bar, but when we were in the area last week, we wanted to try a new place for a change.

Located at the ground floor in the same building as Oasis Hotel, Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant has been around for a few years, and while we have noticed its branch in Dempsey Hill before, we never thought of trying it now until now.

Man, we’ve been missing out. Its much-lauded aburi sushi deserves a special mention. The Tokubetsu Set (S$28.60) – includes a salad, an assortment of 6-piece aburi sushi, stir-fried fish head with teriyaki sauce, seafood & vegetable tempura, miso soup, and sesame ice cream – is extremely value-for-money. There are also cheaper lunch sets like saba shioyaki, shake teriyaki and katsu don at S$18.60.

Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant
#01-05, Oasia Hotel
8 Sinaran Drive
Tel: +65 6659 6683
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Novena

#01-22, 10 Dempsey Road
Tel: +65 6474 2143
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

12 Best Chirashi-don in Singapore – Happiness In A Bowl

Chirashi

This guide to Singapore’s Top 10 Chirashi-don was last updated on 28 July 2015. 

Happiness in a bowl – this is how we define chirashi-don, which is essentially slices of sashimi scattered atop a good bowl of Japanese pearl rice. It is fuss-free, offers a myriad of flavours and textures, and more than comforting any time of the day.

What constitutes to a good chirashi-don? We all have different definitions, and one man’s meat may be another’s poison. But it is unanimous that freshness is key. And then, there is the variety of seafood, quality of rice, and temperature when the don is served. Other subjective factors include the presentation and the cut of the fish.

Since forever, we have been on a quest to suss out the best options in town. We spent so many lunches at Japanese eateries and restaurants; some were terribly disappointing that we do not even want to think about them, some are truly impressive and consistently good that we lost count of how much we contribute to the restaurants’ revenue.

So here it is. Our picks on Singapore’s top 12 chirashi-don. Did you spot any of your favourites too?

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The Sushi Bar Far East Plaza Singapore

The Sushi Bar

I like the idea of a small Japanese sushi bar ala hole-in-the-wall concept that caters to its regular patrons and the random walk-ins, and I often wonder why Singapore does not have more of such restaurants. When I dined at The Sushi Bar at Far East Plaza, it fitted the bill perfectly, and was exactly the kind of place I have in mind.

They serve the standard dishes like sushi, sahimi, Japanese-style pastas and donburis, but if you only have room for one dish, you must try the much-lauded Salmon Aburi Sushi (S$14.50). I am happy to report that it lives up to its hype, and it is very addictive satisfying. As it is, The Sushi Bar is already very popular, so try to go there during off peak hours, or be prepared to wait in line.

Just a little gripe – the service is lacklustre and it soils the entire experience. I do hope that the next time I return, I would see more smiles when the servers welcome and wait on all patrons.

The Sushi Bar
#04-28 Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Road
Mon to Fri: 12.30pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 9pm
Sat: 12.30pm – 9pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

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