Minka at Oxley Tower is a cosy Kaisendon restaurant that has recently took over The Timmis. A challenging spot to be I would say, given that I was just at The Timmis barely one and a half year ago in 2017. Its neighbors are now different too.
Omakase at night, the lunch menu is fairly straight forward. For lunch, you can choose from a selection of rice bowls, from $13 onwards for a mini Sashimi Bowl to $39 for a Premium Sashimi Rice Bowl, served with a complimentary bowl of miso soup. I was tempted to have the latter but I went for their specialty instead - Seafood Rice Bowl with Seafood Soup ($29). There is a cute illustration on the table, guiding you on how to consume this dish. So traditionally, the seafood soup will be served towards the end of your meal when you have finished all the raw fish, and from there pour the piping hot soup into the bowl to mix with the remaining rice and enjoy that comforting warmth in your tummy.
Premium Seafood Rice Bowl 3/5
From the illustration, I was expecting my rice bowl to have more variety of seafood actually, instead of just fish. The Negitoro was my favourite in the bowl because it adds much of the fats and sweetness into it, which brought back fond memories of the bowl I had at Koji. Other than that, I feel there was a lack of plumpness and sweetness in my kaisendo.
I finished my meal with the seafood soup. The soup was all right but could definitely be sweeter as it tasted more like just fish soup.
River Eel Rice Bowl 3/5
We also had a River Eel Rice Bowl ($24) with an Onsen Egg ($2.50). For that price, our expectations were definitely high. The eel tasted quite tender and flavourful, though too 'boney'. Overall, the quality of both the fish and even the egg could be better for this pricing.
Ice Cream 3.5/5
Rounding off our meals were their Green Tea and Black Sesame ice creams. Both were quite rich in flavour, especially the latter.
Words and photos by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.
138 Robinson Road
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)
Mon-Sat: 1130am - 230pm, 6pm - 10pm
(Closed on Sun)
1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit F. Turn left onto Robinson Road. Walk down Robinson Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]