Recently I am back at Boruto Sake and Tapas Bar along South Bridge Road to celebrate its 2nd anniversary. In conjunction with its 2nd birthday, Chef Angus has created a new menu to celebrate the occasion as well as refreshing the menu to entice the palate of the regulators as well as new diners.
Nature of Boruto 4/5
Besides the sake selection at Boruto, the bar also shakes up some interesting cocktails too. I started with the Nature of Boruto which is a concoction of midori melon liqueur, kuromaru shochu, the 1872 Clipper Tea Co. Healing Garden (Tisane) infused Vodka, triple sec, yuze sake and egg white. A light and refreshing pre-dinner drink to kick start the night.
Oyster with Ponzu 4/5
We started the dinner with some Fresh Oyster ($18.80) paired with ponzu granite, momeji oroshi and herb cress. I like the idea because the lightness of the ponzu sauce allows the appreciation of the oyster, and not overpowering it.
Tori "Charcoal" Karaage 4/5
The chicken karaage is given a hipster tweak coating it with bambo charcoal. The chunky Tori "Charcoal" Karaage ($10.80) is tender and juicy. Dip it with the accompanying mentaiko mayo for lifted enjoyment.
Tuna with Caviar 4.2/5
Next we had the Tuna with Caviar ($22.80) with yellowfin tuna topped with avruga caviar with a final touch of olive oil crumble for finish. The torched tuna has a nice smoky aroma while the avruga caviar gives it a salty contrast.
Taraba Kani Salada 3.5/5
A light and refreshing dish on the new menu is the Taraba Kani Salada ($22.80). The beauty plate comes with king crab leg, avocado, cherry tomato and greens. Mixed everything with a free drizzle of the ponzu sauce and gives it a good toss to blend everything together. There is also a bit of heat from the wasabi that is used in the salad.
Kani Croquettes 4/5
Fried to golden brown is the Kani Croquettes ($12.80), using blue swimmer crab and topped with sweet corn for some extra crunch. The used of the garlic aioli coupled with the crispy bread crumb coating, made this a delightful dish.
Gindara Pumpkin Miso 4/5
It is rather an uncommon combination to pair pumpkin with cod fish. The Gindara Pumpkin Miso ($18.80) sees Chef Angus pairs black cod with roasted pumpkin and married them with yaki aged miso. The combination of savoury and sweet is well balanced on this plate.
Ebi Niniku Yaki 4.5/5
Among the new dishes, I probably adore the Ebi Niniku Yaki ($18.80) the most. I like how the huge and crunchy white prawns are cooked to perfection in a sake broth with dried pepper. The execution kind of resembles the drunken prawn dish for me.
Ika Gyoza 4.2/5
Good for sharing is the Ika Gyoza ($18.80) that is stuffed with a mixture of minced pork, tofu, rice, green chilli and water chestnut. A multi textures dish that is dressed in a bak chor mee inspired vinegar chilli sauce.
Charcoal Hiyashi Noodles 4/5
If you feel that you need some carbo to fill you up, there is the Charcoal Hiyashi Noodles ($15.80), topped with Nama hotate and tobikko. It is dressed in a katsuo dashi sauce with a tad of wasabi. The homemade charcoal noodles has a firmer texture. It is more chewy compared to others. The dish is served chilled.
Uni Truffled Somen 4.5/5
A popular and signature dish at Boruto is their Uni Truffled Somen ($35.80). The somen is topped with Bafun uni, sakura ebi and truffle caviar. A multi sensory dish of sight, smell and taste. No wonder it has been a crowd favourite.
Chuleton De Buey 4.2/5
With the new menu introduction, Boruto has also included big plate items in the menu which is good for big group to share. We tried the Chuleton De Buey ($98.80) which comes with mesclun salad, tomato salsa and basil pesto on the side.The top notch piece of steak is cooked perfectly with a beautiful charred bone-in. Besides beef, the big plate also offers a choice pork or chicken. Do note that you need to order a day in advance for the big plates.
Overall I have enjoyed the new menu at Boruto. Compared to its previous menu which felt more like omakase dishes catered for individual diner, the new menu feels more communal. This allows for more choices and sharing over a few sakes.
Boruto Sake and Tapas Bar
80 South Bridge Road
Tel: +65 65320418
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay (NE Line), Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)
Mon-Sat: 430pm - 12midnight
(Closed on Sun)
1) Alight at Clarke Quay MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to North Canal Road. Turn right and walk down North Canal Road. At the junction on North Canal Road and South Bridge Road, turn left onto South Bridge Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Raffles Place MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk down Battery Street onto North Canal Road. Continue on North Canal North. At the junction on North Canal Road and South Bridge Road, cross the road and turn right onto South Bridge Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]