The place looks plainly rustic.
The chair looks very 80s.
The Japanese lantern looks as if it has been hanging there for a decade.
The door looks worn out.
And most importantly, the lighting shucks and we had a hard time taking pictures of the food.
We ordered both of the restaurant's signature bentos -- their Nijumam bento ($18) and Unajyu set ($ 20). Nijumam comes with tempura, grilled fish, sashimi, braised dish, miso soup and rice. A pretty good deal to sample a wide variety of food.
Braised Pork Belly from the Nijumam bento
The pork belly was topped with mustard which I find the taste abit funny. Texture wise, I only had the lean meat part. The cholesterol laden bit was left to the lard lover.
The Unajyu set came with two big slabs of unagi kabayaki. Again, a good deal for that kind of pricing.
This Salmon wrapped with Bacon dish ($12) was recommended by the waitress as the star dish of the day. The combination sounds interesting but taste wise it still lacked the surprising element. Aiks...picky eater + food blogger are plainly hard to please.
All in all, though the deal is good, the food was not memorable. Perhaps the initial expectation placed on this place for authentic japanese food was too high.
Feeling unsatisfied, the picky eaters moved from the run down eatery to the high end Paragon @ Orchard Road and made another stop at this well known dessert cafe -- Project Shop.
I had the Homemade Steamed Lemon Pudding ($12.90) which smells terribly seductive with intense buttery and milky flavour.
The lard lover had their G3 (Green Apple + Ginger + Green Lime) Cheesecake, priced at $ 7.90.
Luckily the desserts saved the day and the disappointments from the Japanese meal.
And I ended the meal with a sweet note...my masterpiece...
Now don't you agree that girls have better sense of creativity?
Cuppage Plaza #02-10
Tel: +65 62356693
Project Shop Cafe
Paragon Shopping Centre
#03-41/44 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 67356765