Chirashi and beef don was the food trend in 2016 and it has also made its way into the campus of National University of Singapore (NUS) with the opening of Waa Cow at NUS UTown, Stephen Riady Centre. Even though it is near my place, I did not visit the place until recently.
Aburi Bara Chirashi 4.2/5
I had the Aburi Bara Chirashi ($16.90) which comes with a medley of sashimi tossed in aged soy sauce and topped with both ikura and tobiko, placed on a bed of sushi rice made with house-blend vinegar.. It is then garnished with spring onions and diced cucumber. Besides the fresh sashimi, I like the addition of the diced cucumber giving it a refreshing and crunchy touch.
Mentaiko Wagyu Beef 4.2/5
The other rice bowl I tried is the Mentaiko Wagyu Beef ($18.90). Using Yamagata Haenuki rice from Japan, the bowl is topped with sliced wagyu beef torched with special beef sauce which has a peppery kick to it with the richness of the mentaiko mayonnaise, lending a nice balance to the bowl. The rice bowl is further accompanied by a 62 degree Celsius egg.
To make it a set meal, one can add $3 for a drink and a chawanmushi. I would not recommend going for the set meal because the chawanmushi was too watery and lacked a good stock base for flavour, even thought it was topped with sesame and bonito.
While the rice bowls were good and the price point was comparable to outside. It does make me wonder how the students can afford to have this regularly especially when there are many cheaper options in the campus.
Stephen Riady Centre
2 College Avenue West
Tel: +65 81688777
Nearest MRT: Clement (EW Line), Buona Vista (CC Line, EW Line), Kent Ridge (CC Line)
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 730pm
Sat: 12pm - 230pm
(Closed on Sun)
1) Alight at Clementi MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop at Clementi MRT station (Stop ID 17179). Take bus number 183. Alight 3 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Clementi MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Clementi Bus Interchange (Stop ID 17009). Take bus number 96. Alight 3 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Buona Vista MRT station. Take Exit D. Walk to bus stop opposite Buona Vista MRT station (Stop ID 11369). Alight 6 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]
4) Alight at Kent Ridge MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at Kent Ridge Station (Stop ID 18331). Take free NUS shuttle bus D2. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]