Newly opened at the basement of 313 Somerset is Sora Boru, a new Japanese fast casual restaurant that offers a variety of delectable one-bowl meals. These one-bowl meals come in the form of DonBoru, CurryBoru, ChirashiBoru and Noodles, offering diners a quick, tasty and wholesome meal that is wallet friendly.
Crispy Salmon Skin with Egg Mayo Dip 3/5
Start the meal with some delectable snack bite such as the Crispy Salmon Skin with Egg Mayo Dip ($8.50). Other sides available on the menu includes Salmon Sashimi, Chicken Gyoza and Yasai Corn Tempura with Tartar Sauce.
Volcano Beef Don 4/5
The highlight here has to be their Volcano Beef Don ($7.50/$11.90) and Snow Beef Don ($7.50/$11.90). The rice bowls come with a base of steamed rice and a choice of either stewed cabbage or seasoned beansprouts, followed by a pile of flame-grilled beef slices.
Snow Beef Don 3.8/5
The Volcano Beef Don looks like a active volcano in eruption with lava (red spicy sauce) flowing down on its side. On the whole hand, the Snow Beef Don looks like a snow-capped mountain covered with grated parmesan and a sweet-savoury sauce made from whipping cream. The thinly sliced beefs were tender with hint of smokiness. What I like is the bed of vegetables that helps to cut those richness.
The ChirashiBoru ($6.50/$11.90/$16.90) here comes in 3 sizes (mini, regular, large) and diners have a choice of either sushi rice or mixed greens for their base. We went to the greens instead. Next you get to choose the one sashimi for your bowl out of the five (salmon, scallop, tuna, octopus, swordfish). You can have extra sashimi for an additional $3.50 per serving. Then you pick your toppings at $1 per extra serving. A total of eleven different toppings are available such as shrimp, corns, hanjuku egg, chicken ham, sliced tamagoyakia and more. Last but not least, you pick your dressing (shoyu, sesame, spicy) and garnish your bowl with tempura crumbs, spring onion and roasted sesame seeds to complete you DIY bowl.
Cha Soba Soup 4/5
Cha Soba Chilled 4/5
For Cha Soba lover, you will be glad to know that you can have it served either chilled or in a bowl of hot soup. Make it a complete meal with accompaniments such as Ebi Vegetable Tempura ($7.50/$12.90), Chicken Karaage ($6.50/$10.90) or Vegetable Tempura ($6.50/$10.90)
Chicken Katsu 4/5
If you want something more filling, you can go for the CurryBoru which can be paired with a choice of deep-fried meat or seafood, such as Chicken Katsu ($6.50/$10.90), Breaded Ebi ($6.50/$10.90). Those that have a big appetite, there is also two combo options such as Breaded Ebi with Shabu Beef ($12.90) and Breaded Salmon with Shabu Beef ($11.90).
Breaded Ebi with Shabu Beef 4/5
What won me for the CurryBoru is their homemade Japanese curry which is mildly spicy that carries a hint of fruity acidity. It is rich, robust but not cloying.
Overall the food here is pretty good and friendly to the wallet. Hardly one can find a hearty one-bowl meat that is less than $12 along Orchard road.
Note: This is invited tasting.
313 Orchard Road
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)
Mon-Fri: 11am - 10pm
Sat-Sun: 11am - 11pm
1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]