The biggest Shabu Shabu chain in Japan, ON-YASAI (温野菜) with over 300 outlets have landed on our shore with its flagship outlet at Chijmes. ON-YASAI (温野菜) which means boiled vegetables hopes to provide not only meat but also various vegetables together to create a complete dining experience. Targeting women and those who are conscientious about their health, ON-YASAI offerings meets the current needs of healthy eating.
Before starting our Shabu Shabu meal, we began with some appertizers. Have you heard of Jagakara ($8.90)? It is my first time too. This is an interesting or rather unexpected combination of baked potato topped with picked squid. The combination can be acquire for some but I enjoyed it.
Italian Style Tomato 4.2/5 and Quail Egg Marinated with Special Sauce 4.5/5
It may seems strange that a Japanese Shabu Shabu is serving the Italian Style Tomato ($8.90) and Quail Egg Marinated with Special Sauce ($5.90) but I am not complaining as they were really very good. The sweetness of the tomato paired with goat cheese and peso sauce worked for me. The quail eggs marinated with the special sauce were simply popping goodness.
Brown Sugared Broad Beans 4/5
Broad Beans my favourite snack and I was delighted to see this on the menu. The Brown Sugared Broad Beans (3.90) gave it the nutty broad beans a nice coat of caramelized sweetness that is perfect to go with a glass of beer.
Golden Soup Truffled Flavoured and Citron Soup with Collagen
Seaweed and Soya Milk
Moving on to the Shabu Shabu, at ON-YASAI there are 8 different types of soup base. They are Sichuan Spicy, Secret Sukiyaki, Tomato, Citron Soup with Collagen, Japanese Style Spicy Soup, Golden Soup Truffled Flavoured, Seaweed and Soya Milk. We tried four different soup bases during our visit. It is very interesting to know how the different soup brought out the flavours of the meat. For beef it goes well with the seaweed if you like to enjoy the natural flavour of the beef to the fullest while the golden soup and citron soup enhanced the beef flavour. To my surprise, the soya milk was the best combination for the pork
Oyster Mushroom, Brown Shimeji Mushroom, King Oyster Mushroom
Part of the whole ON-YASAI brand is about their offering of the different vegetables on their menu. They have more than 20 types of fresh produce.
Japanese Momoiro Pork Collar 4.5/5
Australia Wagyu Chuck Roll 4.5/5
Japanese Wagyu Chuck Roll 4.5/5
Of course not forgetting the main stars for Shabu Shabu is thinly sliced meats. We tried a couple of the meat in the Japanese Momoiro Pork Collar ($18.90), Australia Wagyu Chuck Roll ($23.90) and Japanese Wagyu Chuck Roll ($34.90). The quality can be ensured as ON-YASAI has strict controls of breeding place, feed and rearing process of the meats they used. Among the meats I tried, I could not decide which is my favourite as they were all as good with their own characteristic.
Chicken Tsumire 4.2/5
Another popular items on the menu is these Chicken Tsumire ($6.90) a type of Japanese chicken meatballs. Different type of tastes is available.
Soya Milk Cheese Risotto 4.2/5
I have never know that there is another way of enjoying Shabu Shabu until my visit to ON-YASHI. One can complete their meal by cooking rice in the flavoured soup after absorbing all the essence from the different ingredients. Add Soya Milk Cheese Risotto Set ($5.90) which comes with the condiments, cheese, rice and egg to fully enjoy the shabu shabu experience at ON-YASHI.
Golden Soup Truffled Flavoured Risotto 4.2/5
Besides the creamy soya milk cheese risotto, we also cooked the rice in the golden soup which gave us a very earthy Golden Soup Truffled Flavoured Risotto. Thumbs up for this method of appreciating hot pot to the fullest at ON-YASAI.
Season Sherbet, Peach 4/5
ON-YASAI Ice Cream 4/5
Complete the meal with a selection of desserts. For ice cream lovers, one can choose between the Season Sherbet ($6.90) and ON-YASAI Ice Cream ($7.90). The season sherbet during my visit was peach flavour that was light and refreshing. The ON-YASAI ice cream itself was sweet and creaming but the star is the fragrant of the brown sugar and kinako spreads that lifted the enjoyment.
Vanilla Warabimochi Ice 3.5/5
The Vanilla Warabimochi Ice ($7.90) is a classic Japanese dessert with mochi, red beans and ice cream. One gets a bit of everything in this dessert to wrap up the meal on a sweet note.
Homemade Pumpkin Pudding 4.2/5
Mango pudding has been too common but what about Homemade Pumpkin Pudding ($8.90)? If you have not the tried this before, then it is a must try here. The lovely pumpkin and wobbly pudding combined with the brown sugar was an excellent idea and combination that will be well received by many.
I tried the ala carte menu but if you are that is indecisive then I would suggest going for the buffet (Per adult $49.90 weekday / $54.90 weekend and Children under 12, $29.90) which comes with 40 different types of vegetables and appetizers. Each customer also has a selection of a tray of meat, a minced chicken in bamboo stick and a dessert. However do take note that there is a time limit of one and half hour per table for buffet.
30 Victoria Street
Tel: +65 63364002
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW Line, NS Line), Bras Basah (CC Line)
Daily: 12pm - 11pm
1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Cut across Raffles City Shopping Centre to Bras Basah Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road, cross the road to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk southwards towards Victoria Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and Victoria Road, cross the junction to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]