Showing posts with label Tonkatsu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tonkatsu. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Tonkatsu ENbiton @ Vivocity - First Ever Yuzu Pork Tonkatsu Restaurant


EN Group has made a remarkable debut in Singapore's culinary scene with the launch of VivoCity's first-ever "yuzu pork" tonkatsu restaurant - Tonkatsu ENbiton. This 46-seater restaurant showcases the unique utilization of yuzu-infused pork sourced from Kagoshima. The pigs are thoughtfully fed with local yuzu as part of their regular diet, resulting in a nutritious pork rich in vitamin C, pectin and citric acid, which holds a higher melting point of fat.

Ume Shiso Hiyayakko

We started with the Ume Shiso Hiyayakko ($5), a delightful arrangement of silky-smooth cold tofu crowned with pickles. The combination provided a clean and invigorating taste, with the tangy zest from the pickles perfectly elevating the flavour profile.

Suntory The Premium Malt’s Pilsner Beer

Given the sweltering weather, we sought solace in a glass of Suntory The Premium Malt's Pilsner Beer to quench our thirst and complement the forthcoming deep-fried tonkatsu selections.

Oroshi Yuzu Rosu Katsu Set 3.8/5

Our attention then turned to the Oroshi Yuzu Rosu Katsu Set (S$24), which showcased the pinnacle of deep-fried excellence. The crispy and succulent yuzu-infused pork loin katsu was accompanied by grated yuzu ponzu daikon, Japanese white rice, cabbage and arugula, pickles, and tonjiru (pork miso soup). The refreshing touch of radish helped cleanse the palate after indulging in the rich, deep-fried delights. While the pork exhibited juiciness, we found it to be lacking in robust porky flavour. However, it's worth mentioning that the rice and cabbage offerings were delightfully free-flow.

Miyazaki Gyukatsu 3.8/5


For those seeking a touch of luxury, the A4/A5 Miyazaki Wagyu Katsu ($39) served with a hot stone grill captured our attention. Adorned with a light coat of crispy panko, this gyukatsu experience allowed diners to grill the wagyu to their desired doneness on the teppan hot stone. While Miyazaki is renowned for its high-quality wagyu, its premium quality didn't shine through in texture and flavour. While it may originate from Miyazaki, it likely wasn't from the top-tier cuts. Additionally, it's important to note that this option is limited to one order per person.

Miyazaki Wagyu Katsu Sando 3.5/5

Lastly, we encountered what could be described as one of the most visually unappealing sando. The chunky presentation made it challenging to bite into, even though it featured the same A4/A5 Miyazaki Wagyu ($37) as the previous gyukatsu dish. Nonetheless, the meat retained its succulence, potentially due to the utilization of a thicker cut.

Despite our observations regarding the premium quality of the cuts, it's undeniable that the dining experience offered excellent value for money.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Tonkatsu ENbiton
1 HarbourFront Walk
Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 62648633
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront (CC, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

1) Alight at Harbourfront MRT station. Take Exit C or E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Maji Curry @ Square 2 - Award-winning Japanese Curry Restaurant From Japan Impresses With Their Grandprix Winner Cheese Fondue Hamburg Curry Rice

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Award-winning brand Maji Curry opened their very first outlet in Singapore, located within Novena Square 2 mall, alongside their current three outlets in Japan and another two worldwide. Their Japan store has made waves for having won the 2018 Kanda Curry Grand Prix the same year it opened, and now Maji Curry is bringing the very same award-winning dish to our shores.

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Cheese Fondue Hamburg Curry 4/5

We tried the Cheese Fondue Hamburg Curry ($18.30), which has propelled the restaurant to fame. It comes with House-special Curry topped with a tender handmade Hamburg Steak and cheese fondue sauce on the side to pour atop the dish. Who knew that cheese and curry could pair so well together? Adding cheese to the dish helps amplify the curry's flavour, giving it a creamier and wholesome finish. Every order also comes with a saucer of the brand's take on fukujinzuke, a Japanese-style pickle, and a heap of crispy deep-fried shallots to sprinkle onto your rice.

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Kushikatsu Curry Rice 3.8/5

The Kushikatsu Curry Rice ($16.50) features 5 kinds of deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers atop Japanese rice doused in a savoury curry sauce. Kushikatsu is a classic delicacy from Japan, and if you love your deep-fried skewers, you'd love this dish. The meats are fried with a slightly thicker breaded exterior to a crunch on the outside while retaining their soft, tender texture within. You can dip the skewers into the curry to enhance its flavour.

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Tonkatsu Omelette Curry 3.8/5

The Tonkatsu Omelette Curry ($18.50) comes with a panko-coated pork katsu atop a blanket of velvety omelette over Japanese rice, all in a huge plate of Maji Curry's signature gravy. Though a tad dry, the tonkatsu is tender with a nice crisp exterior. Like the rest of the dishes, the thick curry tasted moderately savoury with a mild sweetness. The spice aroma was strong, with a slight spice kick as well.

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The humble restaurant is small and fuss-free. Customers can order from the electronic vending machines outside, take a number plate, find a table, and wait for their food which will be served relatively quick to your table. Sets are also available for the main dishes, which come with a salad and drink.

Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Maji Curry
10 Sinaran Drive
Singapore 307506
Nearest MRT: Novena (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 930pm

1) Alight at Novena MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, May 14, 2022

SIRI HOUSE @ Dempsey - Breathtaking Garden Dining Experience In Partnership with Veuve Clicquot


In partnership with Veuve Clicquot, Siri House at Dempsey presents a stunning new outdoor dining experience at their outdoor terrace. The new open-air garden trellis comes with a ceiling of greenery and light bulbs complemented by dreamy hanging glass baubles filled with candles and florals. It is a romantic setting for the night. During the day, fabrics are draped over the structure, providing shelter from the heat and excessive light.



We visited Siri House for dinner to experience the Dining at Dusk - An Outdoor Dinner Experience. Diners can indulge in an exquisite 4 or 6 course menu complemented by Veuve Clicquot Champagne. The 4 course menu is priced at $98++ per pax, and 6 course menu is $128++ per pax. Each menu includes a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne per person.

Amuse Bouche

The 4 or 6 Course Menu starts with an Amuse Bouche that will be changed daily. Pop the bite-size morsel for a burst of flavours.

Doenjiang Glazed Beef Short Rib 4.5/5

For the Appetiser course, diners have the choice of Doenjiang Glazed Beef Short Rib and Stracciatella. The Doenjang Glazed Beef Short Rib is cooked to tender to a beautiful pink, marinated in soy, nashi pear, apples, garlic and onions. It is paired with pickled napa cabbage and pickled daikon for a refreshing touch to cut through the richness. On top of that, it is served with celeriac and parsnip puree to go with the 36 hours sous vide beef short rib.


The Stracciatella is light yet flavourful appetiser with a sweet aburi amebi. The prawn head is deep-fried to crispy, which can be eaten.

Crumbled Pork Ribeye 4.5/5

Moving to the mains, diners can choose from the Crumbled Pork Ribeye, Lobster Miso Carbonara and Chilean Seabass with Sauce Vierge. Starting with the Crumbled Pork Ribeye that uses Iberico pork ribeye, it is served with a house blend of smoked chillies mixed with honey and Dijon. It also comes with shredded pickled cabbage, drizzled with an umami-rich nori mayo. Usually, tonkatsu can be pretty dry if not done correctly, but I have to admit this is one of the best I have eaten. It is succulent and yet not greasy.

Lobster Miso Carbonara 4.8/5

If you have been following me, you will know that I like my pasta to come with a lot of sauce. So though the Lobster Miso Carbonara is not that saucy, flavours come with depth and robustness made with egg yolks, 3 kinds of cheese and white miso. Noteworthy is the housemade pappardelle with a delectable textural bite paired with a whole maine lobster tail that has been bincho grilled and glazed in chicken fat.

Chilean Seabass with Sauce Vierge 4.2/5

The Chilean Seabass with Sauce Vierge is paler in flavour than the other two mains. Though so, it allows the fresh and buttery flavour of the Chilean seabass to shine through.

Orange Chocolate 4/5

From savoury, we moved on to the sweets, starting with the Orange Chocolate infused with preserved orange peel. It even comes with a scoop of hazelnut ice cream, shaved candlenut, and dehydrated chocolate mousse for added texture.

Jasmine 4.2/5

The Jasmine is a pretty dessert in which a scoop of Jasmine tea ice cream sits atop layers of puff pastry sandwiched with jasmine chantilly cream, further sweetened with a drizzle of chamomile syrup. Toasted buckwheat is scattered for extra texture.

Sicilian Pistachio 4.8/5

A must-have is the Sicilian Pistachio. The whole block of pistachio ice cream is served with brown butter crumble base, topped with shavings of cured egg yolk.


Outdoor Private Dinner bookings are available, Tuesday to Sunday Evenings, 6.00pm to 8.00pm. To complement the dinner, guests can order bottles of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label, Rosé or La Grande Dame at special promotional prices, starting at $120 per bottle.

Outdoor Brunch Private Dining is available to book for 5 to 10pax, Saturday and Sunday Afternoons, 11.30 am to 1.30pm. Priced at $70++ per pax with a minimum of 5 pax to book, SIRI HOUSE outdoor brunch feast includes a list of 13 brunch plates to share, a bread and pastry platter and a selection of seasoned butters and jams.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Siri House
Dempsey Hill
8D Dempsey Road
Singapore 249672
Tel: +65 96670533
Nearest MRT: Napier (TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 1130am - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm
Sun: 1130am - 4pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Napier MRT station. Take Exit 2. Walk to bus stop opposite Singapore Botanic Gardens (Stop ID 13011). Take bus number 7, 75, 77, 105, 106, 123 or 174. Alight 2 stops later. Walk up to Dempsey Hill. Walk right to the back of the cluster. Walk to destination. Journey time 12 minutes. [Map]

Friday, January 3, 2020

Tamoya Udon @ Plaza Singapura - Relocates to Its New Location


Bidding goodbye to its first outlet at Liang Court, Tamoya Udon celebrates the opening of its new outlet at Plaza Singapura with the introduction of Truffle Tonkotsu Udon and Sukiyaki Udon.


Tamoya's Truffle Tonkotsu Udon easily outshines many tonkotsu ramens out there with its rich and creamy pork bone broth, tender and well-marinated chashu slice, and a really good ajitama egg. Although infusing truffle oil and truffle paste into the udon elevates its X-factor, it is just as satisfying with these condiments.


Fans of its sukiyaki udon, fret not. They are here to stay. The Beef Sukiyaki Udon ($12.80) and Pork Sukiyaki Udon ($11.80), both comes with a soft boiled egg. Like Shabu Shabu, beat the egg and dip your meat and vegetables into the beaten egg mixture for a complete sukiyaki experience.

Written and photography 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.

Tamoya Udon
Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
Singapore 238839
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut (CC Line, NE Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 930pm

1) Alight at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. Take Exit D or E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Shiokoji Tonkatsu Keisuke @ Paya Lebar Square - Unique Tuna and Salmon Rare Tonkatsu


Ramen Champion Mr Keisuke Takeda, known for its multiple ramen concepts in Singapore, has launched first-of-its-kind Tonkatsu dining for health-conscious diners. The new concept, Shiokoji Tonkatsu Keisuke, is located at Paya Lebar Square incorporating a mini salad bar and sauces for both rice and katsu.



Most tonkatsu restaurants come with free flow of cabbage, and Shiokoji Tonkatsu Keisuke has brought it a notch up with the mini salad bar, giving diners more varieties. On top of the black vinegar and olive oil dressing, there will be four other seasonal salad dressings each day to pair with the salad.



Unlike other tonkatsu restaurants, diners can create their own blend of Tonkatsu sauce from a spread of over 10 different sauce bases. It is like those hot pot places whereby diners can mix and match their own dipping sauce. Shiokoji Tonkatsu Keisuke aims to cater to different taste profile and create a different experience for diners.

Shiokoji Pork Loin Katsu Set 4/5

Inevitable I have to order the classic Shiokoji Pork Loin Katsu Set ($16.90  for 120g / $19.90 for 200g) to check out whether it is the real deal. Every tonkatsu set meal here comes with a fried half-boiled egg, rice, miso soup and Japanese pickles. The restaurant also positioned itself in serving a healthier version of tonkatsu, thanks to the state-of-the-art fryers with Water Molecule Control technology. Apparently, 50% less oil is absorbed into the meat during the frying process as compared to tradition deep-frying methods. I would say taste the texture are not comprised in the new method of cooking,

Rolled Pork & Vegetables Tonkatsu 4.2/5

Compared to the pork loin, I would prefer the Rolled Pork & Vegetables Tonkatsu. The pork is more tender due to the used of layered pork, rolled up. The mixed and match concept allows the diner to choose up to five vegetables of their choice, from over twenty different vegetables. This also gives the tonkatsu an additional crunchy texture.

Tuna Rare Katsu Set 4/5

Great news for pescatarian. Now you can also enjoy tonkatsu at Shiokoji Tonkatsu Keisuke with Mr Keisuke new creations - Tuna Rare Katsu Set ($19.90) and Salmon Rare Katsu Set ($17.90). Uniquely, the fish is still soft and rare on the inside while the outside is crunchy.

Assorted Seafood Katsu Set 4.2/5

If you have difficulty making a decision what to order, I would recommend the Assorted Seafood Katsu Set ($20.90), which you get a bit of everything.

It is incredible to see Mr Keisuke expanding its food empire in Singapore with yet another new concept into his group of restaurants. Instead of just introducing the classic tonkatsu to Singaporean, he also gives it a healthier take with a new experience to enjoy the tonkatsu.

Note: this is an invited tasting.

Shiokoji Tonkatsu Keisuke
Paya Lebar Square
60 Paya Lebar Road
Singapore 409051
Tel: +65 62143345
Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar (CC Line, EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 10pm
Sat-Sun, PH: 1130am - 10pm

1) Alight at Paya Lebar MRT station. Take Exit A or E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Imakatsu @ Tanjong Pagar Centre - Special Hokkaido Pork Set For Limited Period


Awarded Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2015, Imakatsu at Tanjong Pagar Centre has recently launched a Special Hokkaido Pork Set for a limited period, from 1 November to 31 December 2019. The special set menu will only be available during dinner, and it is limited to first 15 customers each day.


The Special Hokkaido Port Set ($23++) comes with 120g of Hokkaido Pork Katsu, Hokkaido Pork Stewed, Salmon Miso Soup, Hokkaido Rice and Cabbage.

Hokkaido Pork Katsu

What makes the pork cutlet at Imakatsu so tender and juicy is their cooking method. Instead of deep-frying in hot temperature, the restaurant takes its time to fry it at low temperature. It ensures the pork remains tender and juicy. It is then allowed to rest longer than usual, cooking in its own steam. By doing so, excess oil is dripped off and allowing the juice of the meat to settle, enhancing the texture. The other highlight of their katsu, is the light and airy breadcrumb. It gives the pork katsu a delightfully crunchy bite.

Hokkaido Pork Stewed

The beauty of the set is that it allows diners to enjoy the Hokkaido pork in 2 ways. Besides deep-frying, you have it stewed.

Salmon Miso Soup

Fresh Cabbage

The value for money set comes with a bowl of miso soup with chunks of salmon in it. That is quite a sell as most restaurants serve their miso soup without any ingredients in it. Not to forget the free flow fresh cabbage that comes along with the Special Hokkaido Pork Set too.

Unatama Don 


It is not just all about katsu at Imakatsu. The restaurant also offers several rice bowl dishes, katsu curry and udon on their menu. One of my favourite items, when I am not in the mood for fried food, is their Unatama Don Set ($18++). The rice bowl comes with tender pieces of unagi and a poached egg. Completing the set is free refill fresh cabbage, miso soup and pickles.


Last but not least, hitting the home run for me is the Japanese premium Koshihikari rice. The beautifully cooked fluffy short grain rice is soft and goes perfectly well with the tonkatsu.

Note: This post is brought to you by Imakatsu Tanjong Pagar

Tanjong Pagar Centre
7 Wallich Street
Singapore 078884
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
1130am - 230pm (last order)
530pm - 9pm (last order)

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Tonkatsu Ma Maison @ Jewel Changi Airport - The Gold Standard For Tonkatsu


The opening of Jewel Changi Airport welcomes a number of new restaurants at the airport. One of these new restaurants is Tonkatsu Ma Maison, located on level two of Jewel Changi Airport. Known for its breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet, this is my go-to place whenever I am craving for some tonkatsu. On top of that, I can eat to my fill with the free flow serving of cabbage, rice and tonjiru

Rosu Katsu Set 4.2/5

My usual order is the classic Rosu Katsu Set ($20.80++ for 120g / $22.80++ for 160g). The deep-fried pork loin set consists of tender pork cutlet with cabbage, rice, tonjiru and pickles. Depends on your appetite, the rice comes in three sizes; small (150g), medium (200g) and large (300g). You also have the option of plain steamed rice or the healthier multigrain rice. Besides the rosu katsu, there is also the hire-katsu, the leaner pork fillet. I prefer the rosu for its fattier and juicier cut.

Mameton Set 4.2/5

If you find that everything in the menu looks good and can't decide what to order? I would recommend the Mameton Set ($25.80++). It consists of deep-fried pork loin, pork fillet and prawn. You can try each of everything. The set comes with cabbage, rice, tonjiru and pickles.

Cheese Mille-feuille Katsu Set 4.5/5

There is always a reason to re-visit with its seasonal items. Currently, the seasonal item is the Mille-feuille Katsu Fair. There are 3 items - Mille-feuille Katsu Set ($25.80++), Umeshiso Mille-feuille Katsu Set ($26.80++) and Cheese Mille-feuille Katsu Set ($26.80++).


I decided to try the Cheese Mille-feuille Katsu Set, which comes with layers of sliced pork cutlet with a cheesy core, encased in crispy breadcrumb batter. This is my new love now. The texture from the layered pork slices is even more tender than the rosu, complemented by the molten cheese. I really hope they can keep this permanently on the menu.


Tonkatsu Ma Maison has never disappointed me, and it has always maintained its quality and standard. The tonkatsu is thickly cut around 2-3cm with crispy breadcrumb batter that is delightful but not greasy. It definitely sets the "gold' standard for a good tonkatsu!

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Tonkatsu Ma Maison
Jewel Changi Airport
78 Airport Boulevard
Singapore 819666
Tel: +65 62429322
Nearest MRT: Changi Airport (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

Alight at Changi Airport MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Walk to the link bridge to Jewel. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]