Saturday, October 22, 2022

Wagatomo @ Guoco Tower - New Japanese Grill Restaurant By Ex-Akira Black Chef


New at Guoco Tower is Wagatomo, helmed by Chef Tomoyuki Kiga, formerly from Akira Black. The new restaurant focuses on cooking quality ingredients over grill fire using binchotan charcoal and oak wood. Drawing from his previous experiences, he now lends his culinary ingenuity and his multi-cultural background to cook up modern renditions of Japanese cuisine.

Momotaro Tomato 4.2/5

Whetting the appetite is the bright and invigorating Momotaro Tomato ($16) tossed in fuji apple vinaigrette, sweet corn puree, and finished with a dash of amazu and sweet Japanese vinegar.

Hokkaido Scallop 4.2/5

For the cold bites, we had the Hokkaido Scallop ($27) served raw with mango sambal and yuzu oroshi. The nanbanzu sauce, which comprised the marriage between ponzu and amazu, lifted the taste profile.

A5 Wagyu Pizza 4/5

The A5 Wagyu Pizza ($32) may look familiar to a similar dish served at Akira Black, but Chef Tomoyuki has replaced it with A5 Wagyu, giving it a luxe touch. It is generously topped with slices of A5 wagyu and complemented with ponzu mayo, pickled myoga (ginger flower) and yuzu kosho cream before finishing with a drizzle of truffle oil.

A5 Tri Tip 4/5

Beef lovers will adore the A5 Tri Tip ($98) that has been slow-cooked for six hours. It is rubbed with sansho spice for a deepen taste profile, paired with charred onion puree and vegetables to complete the dish. In my personal opinion, I thought the flavour was too rich to appreciate the beautiful piece of red meat fully.

Ume Miso Glazed Pork Chop4.5/5

The non-beef eater can opt for the Ume Miso Glazed Pork Chop ($42). I enjoyed the rub of ume miso, giving the succulent pork a delectable sweetness, served with an apple fennel slaw to cut the richness.

Scampi Ochazuke 4.5/5

The Scampi Ochazuke ($35) is the Chef's rendition of the traditional ochazuke green tea over rice. Smoke is infused into the bowl before serving. Diners will be greeted with a beautiful aroma upon lifting the lid. Savoury scampi dashi replaces the traditional green tea, finished with smoked pickled daikon, hana ho flowers and caviar.

Don Tomo 4.2/5

There are several donburi dishes on the menu for those looking for a quick meal. The Don Tomo ($32) is a delicious choice, brimming with slow-cooked wagyu topped with a hearty daikon steak and bamboo shoots.

Monaka 4/5

Wrapping up the meal on a sweet note is the Monaka ($9). Underneath the shiratama mochi wafer is a scoop of housemade matcha ice cream paired with yuzu azuki beans.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Guoco Tower
5 Wallich Street
Singapore 078883
Tel: +65 83136622
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 1030pm
(Cloed on Sun)

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Walk to Guoco Tower. Walk to the open air square. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

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