Food Hunter

Tokyo Pasta Mario @ Wisma Atria, Food Republic

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Scallop | Bacon | Spinach | Dry Sakura Prawn | Cheese| Linguine pasta

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Chicken Okura | Onsen egg | Japanese Mentaiko | Ladyfinger | Seaweed | Linguine pasta

I always had the perception that food courts do not do a good job with Western food or pasta in particular. Their range usually goes as far as to only have carbonara and bolognese. But I was wrong after trying Tokyo Pasta Mario.

Their pasta is done in a fusion of Italian and Japanese style and I found it to taste better than other mid range pasta places. What is great about their food is that it is priced reasonably between $6.80 – $9.80! They also serve Japanese teppanyaki and pizzas too.

On my first try, I had the Scallop, Bacon & Spinach Pasta with Dry Sakura Prawn topping ($7.80). Presented in a big plate, it felt as though I had ordered something from a restaurant. The pasta was tossed in an aglio olio style and there was a slight olive oil taste. The mix of the sakura prawn, the salty taste of the bacon and spinach matched pretty well together with the fresh seared scallop pieces (though I love for the scallop to be bigger). Plus, the pasta was cooked al dente which was quite rare in a food court!

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On my second visit, I had the Chicken Okura with Onsen egg in Japanese Mentaiko ($7.80). After giving it a good toss with the onsen egg, the noodle became thick in the egg sauce and mentaiko (marinated pollock roe). It almost had a similar resemblance to carbonara with a hint of the pollock roe’s taste. The chicken was lightly pan-fried, but I do think that was done so as to allow for the sauce to be more prominent. The ladyfinger was quite a weird combo in the noodle but I’m not complaining since I get to have some greens in my food! 

Comparing between the two, I preferred the scallop pasta because it had more ingredients and it did not feel too heavy on the stomach after eating it. However, some guys might find the pasta portion a bit too little for them. But I still think that their pasta is worth a shot to try!

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Sushi Express @ Citylink Mall

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Itadakimasu!

Looking at the meals I’ve had recently, it seems like Japanese food is a popular choice. My friend brought me to try Sushi Express which serves conveyor belt sushi at $1.50++ per plate! The same goes for their desserts and drinks.

It’s no wonder that people flock there since the price of the sushi is affordable. One of the most value-for-money items there was the salmon don, which had a generous serving of sashimi slices with corn, seasoned seaweed and rice. The salmon was fresh and there was a nice combination of flavours from the sweetness of the corn with the seaweed. It is always the one that is snapped up the fastest! Just imagine having 10 plates of that – it would amount to eating a full meal!

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The variety of sushi was a little different from those I have seen in other Japanese places. Some of them looked quite foreign and I wish there had been a menu to explain what it was. It was quite a risk to try something foreign and not knowing what it was made of. One of them which I tried was the boiled octopus with seaweed that tasted light on the mouth.

Overall, I think that the sushi is good but the variety got a little similar after a while. I was told that there were many others but they probably ran out. However, there was one thing that I was so happy to see, and that was the free flow of green tea teabags! How generous of them!

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Sun with Moon @ Wheelock Place

sunwithmoon6Salmon Chirashi Don

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Sun with Moon is a restaurant cum café that serves a wide range of Japanese food and even modern dishes. From sashimi, sushi and rice bentos, to steak and foie gras. Their speciality is the kamameshi, which is rice placed on a hot stove. A special soup which is given is then poured on the remaining leftover rice.

Upon arriving, my colleagues and I were surprised that our pre-ordered food for our team lunch had already been laid out. The food comes in a bento set with fruits and if you have a big stomach, you can even top it up with chawanmushi (steamed egg) or sashimi!

I had ordered the salmon chirashi don ($23.80) which comprises of salmon sashimi, roe and grilled fillet. To top it off, the set also came with salmon cheek soup, fruits and jelly. I was literally getting an Omega 3 boost from the food! The best part was that the sashimi that was really fresh but there were a tad too few pieces of grilled salmon. However, by the time I tried to finish the soup,  it was “salmon overkill”.

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Sun with Moon does their food with an eye for detail. Each bento is plated beautifully with dainty cutlery and their desserts are no exception! The highlight for me was really the tofu cheesecake ($6.50). Made with bean curd, it came with a bird cage structure. The texture of the cheesecake was so smooth and silky, but their biscuit base was a little on the hard side. Still, I was all smiles after getting to try this.

Although you might need to pay more than $23 for majority of their food choices, it is still value for money considering that you get a set meal and drink. Don’t forget to try their desserts. Even their matcha (green tea) ice cream was a sweet treat!

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sunwithmoon3Hokkaido mill crepe (soft crepe layered with chocolate milk cream)

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Keisuke Tokyo @ Millenia Walk

ramen1Tonkotsu Ramen with Egg ($13) | The seasoned bean sprouts taste so good on its own and it’s free flow!

ramen4 Tokyo Shio Ramen (Original) with egg ($13) | I decided to add the bean sprouts for decorative purposes.

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The chicken broth was originally clear until I added the bean sprouts!

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I read that Keisuke Tokyo is one of the places in Singapore with really good ramen and broth. My friend and I decided to give it a shot and have something soupy, warm and nice. Once you are at your seat, you have to order using a form and can customise how much oil, the saltiness level or noodle texture you prefer. Their free flow seasoned bean sprouts placed on the table was really good, and we made it into an appetiser of sorts because we were just too hungry.

Majority of the ramens that I have tried are always served in a pork based broth (tonkotsu: pork bone). My friend decided to give the rich and thick base a try and found it really delicious. On the other hand, I decided to try their “shio” broth which is a lighter and clearer base made from chicken. At first sip, I felt like I was drinking home-made soup that I would have at home, and that felt refreshing. In general, I would say it is one of the better tasting broths I have tried.

By the time we finished our meal, there was a long queue waiting outside for lunch. Phew! Had we reached the place at a later time, we might not even get seats! If you do not mind the distance, try going to Milliena Walk for food! They do have an enclave of some pretty nice Japanese food places and coffee there.

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