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Manzoku Japanese Restaurant

My colleague has been raving to me about this affordable and delicious sashimi rice bowl and brought my friends here for a birthday dinner. It was fully packed and luckily we had made a reservation. The interior was not big and the table to table space was very small. You can hear the next table’s conversation easily.

Food was not bad and grill items were priced cheaper than other Japanese restaurants. As for the sashimi rice bowl (chirashi don), the sashimi were thickly-sliced and was value for money.


Chawanmushi $5


Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce $10

I would have preferred the fish skin not to be drizzled with the savoury sauce.


Salmon Fish Skin


Grilled Squid with Teriyaki Sauce $15 


Tendon $14


Chirashi Don $25

Reservations recommended. Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charge.

Restaurant: Manzoku Japanese Restaurant
Address: 18 Purvis St, Singapore 188597
Tel: 6734 4436
Opening Hours:  11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 6:00 – 10:00 PM


Shimbashi Soba

I’m blogging from my iPhone now. Wanna see if the photos can be uploaded correctly and nicely.

Just before going for rehearsals today, I had dinner at Shimbashi. They specialize in soba and I always see a chef making soba behind the glass window whenever I walk by. So today I finally had the opportunity to give it a try!

Here’s what I ordered:


This is tempura seiro ($17.80). I found the buckwheat noodles not cold enough. However it had a very good chewy texture and I enjoyed it very much. The soba dip appeared to be a little salty but that’s still quite acceptable.


I also ordered a salmon sashimi ($9.80) which doesn’t impress me at all. It wasn’t a good cut from the salmon considering the hefty price and it lacked the sweet fishy salmon aroma when eaten. Disappointing.


Lastly, after I finished my noodles, the waitress came with this red little pot filled with soba-you (the broth used to cook soba). She poured the soba dip back into its container leaving just enough to flavour the hot broth she was going to pour in. It was nice!

The Houji cha ($1.20) I had was one of the best tea I ever had in a Japanese restaurant. The temperature was not too hot and the tea was rich in flavour, yet not bitter.

My dining experience was heightened as there was a Japanese man slurping his soba away. It was a joy to watch him eat his noodles so heartily. I would definitely be coming back for more soba!!!

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charge.

Restaurant: Shimbashi Soba
Address: 23 Serangoon Central #B1-02 NEX Shopping Centre Singapore 556083
Tel: 6634 4786
Website: www.res.com.sg

Beppu Menkan Japanese Noodle Restaurant

Food on my menu queue:

“Eight levels of spiciness are available for 13 types of ramen, including shiraike jigoku, which comes with vegetables such as assorted mushrooms, corn and bamboo shoot and the oniyama jigoku, which is topped with crispy fried chicken.

Price: From $7.80 for the shiraike jogoku. The price is the same for all levels of spiciness.”

Adapted from The Straits Times. Lifestyle section, 14th February 2010.

Restaurant: Beppu Menkan Japanese Noodle Restaurant
Address 1: 20 Cross Street #01-19 China Square Central
Tel: 64380328
Opening hours: Weekdays – 1130 am to 3 pm, 6 pm to 10 pm. Weekends – 1130 am to 10 pm.

Address 2: 302 Tiong Bahru Road #02-16 Tiong Bahru Plaza
Tel: 62730013
Opening hours: 1130 am to 10 pm daily

Ohsho Japanese Restaurant

Aline and her husband brought me to this place at Cuppage Plaza for Japanese Ramen. You can check out their daily promotion set at the shop front. This unnoticed place sells budget tasty ramen. The shop is very small which can sit only around 20 people. The chefs don’t look like Japanese, and the waitress speaks Chinese. Only the cashier whom I guess is the boss is Japanese, cos’ of his accent when he speaks and his looks.

Tamago Ramen – $13. The egg yolk looks half-cooked. Yummy! Her husband said the pork-based soup is very very tasty. He finished all the soup!

tamago ramen

Set B (Paprika Miso Bean Paste Ramen with 6 pcs gyoza) – $16. Not spicy, definitely suitable for those who cannot take spicy food. Lotsa bean sprouts. And only when I almost reached the bottom did I realise that there were quite a number of tablespoon full of tasty marinated minced pork that I can go with the ramen. The portion of ramen was huge.

paprika miso bean paste ramen


The gyoza cannot be missed. The base is crispy and the skin is thin. Inside the gyoza is white cabbage with minced pork. The fillings were not dry and were soft. You have to pour the chilli-vinegar sauce on the table to accompany this gyoza. The gyoza is one of the best I’ve eaten. I want more!

gyoza with sauce

Set F (Egg omelette with crabstick on Rice with 6 pcs gyoza) – $11. Aline had this. Some Japanese-Chinese fusion dish. There wasn’t much ingredients to go with the rice and I don’t really like the sauce and I find the dish quite bland. But many people were eating this.

egg with crabstick on rice

egg with crabstick on rice (inside)

Softdrink – $2

Aline’s husband finished his tamago ramen and requested for additional ramen. Give the waitress the bowl and it will be refilled with ramen at $2.

Ice water is free-flow. Pour them yourself. Prices exclusive or 7% GST. No service charges. If you ask me, I will only return for their gyoza. The ramen I had at Central was better.

Stall name: Ohsho Japanese Restaurant 饺子の王将 (Gyoza no Ohsho Singapore)
Address: 5 Koek Road #01-10 Cuppage Plaza Singapore 228796
Tel: 67357068
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11 30 am to 2 am , Sunday and PH: 12 pm to 12 am
Website: http://www.sential.com.sg

Nabeyaki Udon

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.

Nabeyaki Udon

Nabeyaki Udon

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:

Tempura Prawn

Tempura Prawn

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)
Telephone: 62566568
Opening Hours: 1130 am to 230 pm, 6 pm to 1030 pm

Ichiban Sushi

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.

Grilled Mackeral Premium Set

Grilled Mackeral Premium Set

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.

Don Don Set

Don Don Set

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.

Salmon Nabemono

Salmon Nabemono

 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