Once in a while, I chance upon a really good meal without burning a hole in my pocket. Tonight was one such night.
Watami is not a newcomer and they have some nice things on their menu. One can have a rather inexpensive meal if one chooses to or one of their more fancy sets which they were promoting. I settled for the Hokkaido sanma which was being offered. And it was good; ‘picked-to-the-bone’ good.
We also ordered the beef rice with egg and ramen as well but the dish that I wanted to return to was the sanma. It is available as a weekday lunch set or the fish only at dinner. I hope the promotion doesn’t end so soon.
Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant, 9 Bishan Place, #01-33, Junction 8 Shopping Centre, Singapore 579837.
Tel: (65) 6258 3577.
One would have thought the crowds would have died down by now but no. That’s probably a good thing since the steady flow of customers is necessary for their business. It’s not a place to sit and chat though. And they will not seat their customers unless all are present.
Their food cost more than other places but the experience is better, with food quality to match. The place is clean, air-conditioned, service is quick and professional. It’s a new twist to the old noisy, dim sum places where people sit, drink tea and order food for hours on end. I’m a fan.
Tim Ho Wan, Plaza Singapura, Dhoby Ghaut #01-29A/52.
Ichiban Boshi beats some of the other local sushi places hands down where fresh salads are concerned. Ichiban has been around for longer and even though they did not expand as quickly nor are they seen as ‘as hip as’ the others they have been quite consistent in terms of the quality and value of their food. Some of the other places have gone upmarket without a corresponding check and control on the freshness of their food and the portion size. Needless to say, their prices have also increased. They’re losing customers like me.
Ichiban Boshi, #02-23, Hougang Mall, 90 Hougang Avenue 10.