With the opening of Orchard Gateway, many new restaurants have also sprout up in the new shopping mall. Located on the fifth floor of Orchard Gateway @ Emerald is Tburu, the latest concept by restauranteur, chef and self taught designer Calvin Yeung. Whisked away from the busy shopping belt, the beautiful restaurant is spacious and comes with panoramic view of the busy shopping street below.
Kanpachi Carpaccio with Truffle Oil 4/5
The lunch started with the Kanpachi Carpaccio with Truffle Oil ($22). I thought the truffle oil was a bit on the heavy side masking the clean taste of the hamachi. I would enjoy it more if it is kept simple allowing the ingredient itself to shine.
Sake lovers will rejoice over the selection of premium sake from the Kyushu prefecture, made exclusive to Tburu.
The special beer mug at Tburu caught my interests. It helps to keep the beer chill and very delicious. Kanpai!
Tempura Salad 3.5/5
Next is a healthy dish of Tempura Salad ($14/$16). The vegetables are only very lightly battered, not losing the natural freshness of the greens.
Iberico Pork Jaw from Spain 3.8/5
The Iberico Pork Jaw from Spain ($18) was flavourful and has a chewy bite to it. I understand it was a priced cut of meat but it was too delicately sliced for a more substantial enjoyment.
Hotate Chawanmushi 4.2/5
The Hotate Chawanmushi ($12) may look simple but the steamed egg was light, smooth and flavourful. The addition of the scallop gives a luxurous lift to both the texture and flavour.
A4 Japanese Wagyu from Gunma Japan 4.2/5
Served in a rosemary smoked funnel, the A4 Japanese Wagyu from Gunma Japan ($22) comes with a nice hint of smokiness on top of that layer of fatness, which literally melted in the mouth.
Hotate Foagura Maki 3.8/5
These Hotate Foagura Maki ($32) is quite interesting with the raw scallop in the middle topped with a piece of foie gras. It may be a luxurious treat for some but I thought the maki did not hold together as a dish.
5 Kind of Aburi Sushi 4.5/5
Last but not least, we have 5 Kind of Aburi Sushi ($38). Lightly torched on the surface to give it a nice aroma and charred taste, this is well complemented with the delicious sushi rice. Definitely ending the night on a high note.
Wash down the greasiness with a bowl of Traditional Green Tea, made the traditional way by whisking it. It is a real experience.
As part of the opening promotion, Tburu is offering 50% discount of their 8-course omakase menu from now until end of September at $50 (usual price $100) for reservation before 730pm only. Do note, reservation is required to enjoy the promotion.
Orchard Gateway @ Emerald
218 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 62210004
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit C. Take the underground walkway leading to Orchard Gateway @ Emerald. Take the lift to level 5. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]