Travelled to Novena for my violin class. Hadn’t had lunch, and had craving for hot hot stuff. There was a Korean restaurant beside, but no suitable food on the menu for 1 person. So entered this Japanese restaurant. Looked very posh on the outside and interior. Thought it’s gonna be super expensive, but came out to be ok.
Surprisingly, the udon texture was good. It wasn’t too soft and bland. It was chewy and tasted really really good. Just fantastic for a hot stuff craving. The soup was not too salty and the claypot kept the udon hot for a long period of time. The portion was good for one person. While eating, this thing suddenly came:
HAHA! I forgot there’s tempura prawn with the udon! The appearance looks good right? But when I bite into it, the prawn was a little too over-coated with tempura flour, and there were soft and meshy parts. In the end I peeled off the flour and ate the prawn. Even so, the prawn didn’t taste like the freshest prawn.
The other items on the menu were expensive, especially their sushi. Mine cost $13. The appetizer – tuna with mayo was free! Green tea was free! But you have to pay for service charge and GST. Hence my total bill was $15.30.
Stall name: Nara Japanese Restaurant Pte Ltd
Location: 167 Thomson Road, Goldhill Centre (Beside United Square)
Opening Hours: 1130 am to 230 pm, 6 pm to 1030 pm
All value meals are at $5.95 and comes with medium fries and coke. $0.30 to upgrade your coke to lemon tea. $0.50 to upsize to large fries and drinks. Both of which I thought they are cheaper than other fast food outlets. And if you’re a student, show your student card and you can buy the student value meal at $4.50. Add $1.90 for six pieces of fish nuggets (only with purchase of student meals). Add $1.95 for their fish chowder for any value meal purchased.
They sell quite a different variety of burgers – Teriyaki Salmon, Jap-Mayo, Sambal Fish, Fish with cheese and Sea Dog! They also have chicken burger, deep-fried chicken, prawn fritters and calamari value meals. These are what me and my brother had:
The fish chowder consists of stuff that you can bite… HAHA! Though small and barely visible, you can actually bite fish pieces and assorted vegetables. The taste is similar to clam chowder. The teriyaki salmon burger is chewy. The salmon patty is not soft and meshy. Perhaps they added some other meat inside. The sauce was good, except it was a little too salty. A pity they didn’t put tomoto inside or some lettuce. They would have improved the texture of the burger bite. The fish and chips was good. Ah well, it’s supposed to be their trademark!
Left the place feeling satisfied!
Stall name: Fish & Co. EXPRESS
Location: Downtown East
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 11am – 10pm, Fri-Sat & PH: 11am – 11pm
If you have a tight budget of around $20, a Jap-food crave and do not want to wait for long, you can try Ichiban Sushi.
The serving is big, and is not expensive. The grilled mackeral set is less than $25. My dad likes the Don Don set that comes with Salmon don and unagi don. Of course, it comes with the extra side dishes which is worth every penny.
I ordered the Salmon Nabemono because my Dad could not finish the two bowls of Don Don, so I have a little rice from him.
The solid fuel hasn’t even finished burning even after I finished my food. So I poured some green tea in to prevent the pot from getting burnt. The soup is not as salty as what I had tried before. The salmon was fresh and being a sashimi fan, I wouldn’t bear to dip my salmon pieces into the nabemono. HAHA!
Try their cheesecake too. You can purchase them while you are settling your bill. Their cheesecake is good.
Stall Name: Ichiban Sushi
Location: Various outlets (Part of R E & S Enterprises Pte Ltd)
Opening Hours: 11 am to 10 pm daily
Introducing to you a special snack – vegetable “crackers”!
It is like the traditional prawn “cracker” that has a piece of prawn with shells deep fried together with flour mixture. These stall here sells it with other chives, soft shell crab and crab stick. The price ranges from $1.10 for the chives to $2.50 for the soft shell crab one.
The flour is crispy and does not have any portion of flour that is soft and meshy. The taste is good, perhaps a little salty for me. Because it is deep fried, so your hands can get stained through their paper bag.
Stall name: Happy Veg
Location: Tampines 1, Basement 1
Opening hours: All day open during shopping centre hours
This a place you cannot miss!! This place sells fantastic crabs and zi-cha. My favourite is their crab bee hoon in XO soup! No place sells this taste this good. The soup is really fragrant with the freshness of crab as well as the XO they poured in.
Next is their black pepper crab. Spicy black pepper together with curry leaves and crab’s roe – HEAVENLY. Their chilli crab with mini buns is ok. Not fantastic. If you’re not craving for chilli crabs, you should order something else on the menu like cereal oats crab or butter crabs.
Another of their restaurant must-eat dishes is their black Hokkien Mee. This restaurant uses udon, unlike others using flat mee (like those in lor mee). Fragrant with deep fried pork fats (猪油炸) ensures you leave the place with guilt. Very few places can serve such nice black hokkien mee.
I would also recommend you their “la-la”. Very different taste here. Not the hawker centre taste. They fried it with lots of mini shrimps (虾米). Another one will be their deep fried prawn meat in beancurd skin. Their fried rice is good too. The hor fun is not that great.
1 kg of crab for $38. Usually their crabs are big (more than 1 kg each)
No service charge in this restaurant. This gives you really affordable meals with such good tasting food.
Stall name: 大食家 (Big Eater)
Location: Upper Changi Road (Near Simpang Bedok, Changi Fire Station)
小霸王 (Xiao Ba Wang) is opened by Taiwanese actor based in Singapore 王建复.
It was horribly disappointing to taste such mee sua when the queue was so long.
Firstly there was no oyster. Secondly, the mee sua was too glue-y. Thirdly, the diced garlic left an ultra long lingering taste in your mouth, that you can’t seem to get rid of it no matter what you do. Fouthly, the price was $3.80 for that bowl of cheap mee sua which you can get 2 boxes of mee sua at NTUC. Ok, perhaps the meat ball that replaces the oyster was quite passable. Nah, it shall go into my condemn list.
Then on another day, we tried the deep fried chicken bites and the flower tea. The chicken bite was a bit too salty and the flower tea was… erm… you need an aquired taste for it. See my cousin’s depiction of the flower tea (a picture speaks more than a thousand words):
Stall name: 小霸王 (Xiao Ba Wang)
You have wait for at least 15 minutes during non-peak hours and at least 45 minutes during peak hours. The owner makes sure that every piece that you put on your plate is served crispy and warm. You can see many people sitting outside his stall, and these people are actually waiting for their rojak.
The chilli peanut sauce is not very spicy. So it should be fine to most people. This sauce complements the rojak very well and should NEVER be eaten without it. I personally like their Dahl Vandai and I don’t eat this with the sauce because the original taste is SUPER DUPER nice!
This rojak is NOT to be missed.
*minimum of 4 items to be choosen
Sambal prawn $1.50
Big prawn $1.50
Tahu prawn $1.80
Tahu beancurd $1.20
Fish cake $1
Fish ball $0.70
Plain flour $0.70
Cuttle fish $2/$2.50/$3
Address: Block 506. Tampines Central. S11 foodcourt. (near Tampines Ave 7 and Ave 4)