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Boru Boru X Candour Coffee | A Lunch-Only Pop-Up Concept Serving Japanese Bowls

As its name suggests, Boru Boru (a pop-up Japanese café sharing the space with Candour Coffee) offers an affordable selection of Japanese rice bowls using the freshest seafood and ingredients. The fishes are sliced in-house with a pair of well-practiced hands to guarantee thick, uniform cubes of oceanic bliss that become sweeter the longer one chews. Diners are also free to decorate their bowls with add-ons – such as salmon roe (ikura), flying fish roe (tobiko), and caviar – at the cost of $1-$3 more per ingredient.

The space of the café is relatively small, barely fitting two adult elephants, and one may wish to come earlier to avoid the lunch crowd. Bar seats are also available for those who are unable to secure a table or would like to catch the baristas performing their coffee rituals amidst the lively atmosphere.

Our first bowl, Boru Chirashi ($13.90), features a lively mix of assorted seafood – diced salmon, tuna, octopus, shrimp, and salmon roe – atop a warm bed of sushi rice. The toppings were undeniably fresh and felt alive at times, in a good way of course, but what sealed the deal for us was the chef’s generosity with his ingredients. Moreover, the cook on the octopus and shrimp was textbook – soft, succulent, and so delectable!

Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant by TEPPEI Group @ 1 Keong Saik Road

The TEPPEI group is no stranger to our Singapore food scene and has made waves for the affordable Omakase sets they offer in their hole-in-the-wall space in Orchid Hotel, which by the way has a three month long waiting list. Apart from that, they are also known for their Chirashi Dons that are brimming with thick slices of fresh raw fish at Hanare, a few doors down.

Fast forward a few years later, Chef Teppei Yamashita will be creating long queues again with his new venture- an Unagi speciality restaurant that will be opening its doors today, 12 Oct 16, along Keong Saik Road, walking distance from the original Teppei Japanese Restaurant in Tanjong Pagar.

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The eel served here is imported directly from Japan, from the Mikawa Isshiki region. They are so fresh that they are still swimming in the makeshift tanks at the corner of the restaurant before being slaughtered live in front of diners who choose to sit at the open concept kitchen. Not for the faint-hearted because it gets bloody, real bloody but no worries about any oil or splatter because there is a glass screen between you and the Chefs. However, I would personally not recommend that you sit there unless you really need to catch some live action and watching your dinner prepared in its rawest form.

Hokkaido Izakaya @ 95 Tanjong Pagar Road

Tanjong Pagar has always been a melting pot of culinary culture. From hipster cafes to ‘atas’ restaurants, Korean BBQ, Japanese ramen houses and booze-loaded bars, this food-centered district located within the Central Business District caters to almost every diner’s cravings. Joining the food scene this year is Hokkaido Izakaya, a casual Japanese gastropub which serves authentic Japanese dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients from 4 different cities in the prefecture of Hokkaido – Yakumo, Akkeshi, Furano and Kamishihoro.

Dinner was off to a promising start with 4 different appetizers to appease our rumbling bellies. The Scallop Liver with Sesame Oil $9 and the Cheese Marinated with Miso $7 were the first two appetizers that arrived shortly after our orders were taken.

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Despite its raw and not too aesthetically-pleasing appearance, the scallop liver exuded beautiful oceanic flavours which were concentrated in the tiny organ within the shellfish. A thin coat of sesame oil helped to boost the richness of the liver whilst mellowing out the fishy odor. The miso-marinated cream cheese too was an uncommon yet pleasant combination, although the tiny portion might not be worth its price tag.

Celebrate Hina Matsuri from 1-10 March 2016 @ Mikuni, Fairmont Hotel

Hina Matsuri (Doll’s Festival or Girls’ Day) is a day for families to pray for the happiness and healthy growth of their daughters. Celebrated every 3rd March in Japan, families would commemorate this day by setting up a display of dolls within the house, and present food offerings to these human look-alikes.

Running for the fourth year in a row, Chef Moon of Mikuni has once again applied his magic to conjure up an exclusive set menu to celebrate the special occasion of girls in the world. Having said that, the male counterparts are equally entitled to have a taste of Chef Moon’s culinary creations!

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Dinner started off with an inviting bowl of fresh green salad, topped with chunky pieces of sweet snow crab. Within the colourful assortment, you can find lettuce, tomatoes, beetroot, blueberries, tangerines, and meat from the 8 legged ocean beauty. Although it may seem a tad simple, this appetizer was extremely light and well-balanced which prepped us perfectly well for the luxurious feast coming up next.

Tsukeru Shabu-Shabu @ Emporium Shokuhin, Marina Square

Covering over a total of 34,000 square feet at Marina Square’s new lifestyle and dining wing, Emporium Shokuhin is Singapore’s first integrated Japanese emporium with a live seafood market, beef dry-aging facility and 8 dining concepts, including Tsukeru shabu-shabu, Gyuu+ yakiniku grill, Umi + Vino seafood and wine bar, Senmi Sushi sushi bar, Burosu Honten gyoza and ramen, Kohi-Koji cafe and bakery, Takujo fine dining, and a Ready-To-Eat section for quick take-away meals. These dining concepts are a natural extension of the brand, showcasing the pristine ingredients and food items that are sourced and brought in by Emporium Shokuhin.

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For the shabu-shabu lovers, you can head on down to one of their dining concepts named Tsukeru, where you can choose a range of Japanese or Asian soup base, served up in an individual hotpot, with a wide selection of seafood and premium meats of your choice.