Saturday, June 21, 2008

Izakaya Nijumaru and his authentic Japanese Food

I wouldn't have stepped into this place if not for the positive reviews and the feedbacks i got from my colleagues on their authentic Japanese food.

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...


His masterpiece...


Now don't you agree that girls have better sense of creativity?

Hmmm...


Locations:

Izakaya Nijumaru
Cuppage Plaza #02-10
Tel: +65 62356693

Project Shop Cafe
Paragon Shopping Centre
#03-41/44 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 67356765

17 comments:

Kok said...

xiulongbao,
The decoration of this Japanese restaurant looks like the one I went before in Perth! Very authentic. And the unagi don looks exactly like the one I had there! haha! I haven't written a post on that. Maybe will write one soon for your comparison. :P

Cokeworld Citizen said...

Ohhh thats a lot of unagi...if u look closely, its half of the huge unagi slab...Somewhat I felt Spore unagi is thicker...no?

Have you tried the Japanese soba noodles place at Paragon? (I think) Loads of ppl and you can see the painstaking process of making soba noodles.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

how come u stopped after the pork??

haha subjective question u got at the end..only question to add is; did u put back the sugar in the jar!?

Big Boys Oven said...

the pictures look like you were in typical japanese food dinner . . . the dessert look awesome too! wow!

Nic (KHKL) said...

his masterpiece looks bad because of the camera. wait for the final (and best) of that pic.

the slabs of unagi were really huge. the sauce was nice but too bad it was not that soft.

Xiu Long Bao said...

kok:
Really??? Hope you had a good dining experience over there.

cokeworld citizen:
Agree on the unagi bit. The unagi back in msia is thin like skin leh. Next stop gonna be the soba place then, what is the name oh?

joe:
Did I???
Hmm...and bout the sugar cube...wat u do think? heheh

BBO:
I though the place is worn out.Food wise, didn't have the authentic feeling though. Still feel commercialised. The desserts, on the contrary, was good though :)

nic:
Hmm... my masterpiece looks nice from every angle with any camera though :) The unagi was not tender enough, or else i would have taken a big chunk of it.

Cokeworld Citizen said...

eh lupa ady wat name but if not mistaken it should be the only place which prepares fresh soba.

I am not sure but have a feeling its at Paragon. I think can google around for it cuz I remember I confirm its the shop after reading some sporean's blog.

actually there is a bunch of information things to take note for good unagi. There are optimum weights and age for unagi. Which is why Msian unagi are smooth although its paper thin. Eat more unagi now, its in season. Abundantly available during summer.

Steam unagi would be a nice alternative to grill. However steaming them allows us to enjoy the smoothness. It's much fluffier too. But of course they just use balik the pre-teriyaki-ed unagi and steam lah.

Simon Seow said...

I'm a lard lover. Give me the lard. Muahahaha.

Precious Pea said...

Ahem...i don't called a bashed up piece of lime an art. HAAHAA!

Wah..this place really run down wor.

jason said...

Hey, sometimes surprises hidden within these rustic walls. But too bad this is not really a good one :P

wmw said...

What a post...Hahaha....

Xiu Long Bao said...

simon seow:
Another lard lover @_@

precious pea:
kakaka...agree :) but someone insists that it's the quality of the photo that matters woh.

jason:
that's what we thought, aiks...maybe initial expectation was too high :I

wmw:
hmm...dun u agree??

joycy said...

nice plain and authentic jap deco

daphne said...

haha. Can't see the photos well but as long as it tasted good..... that is what matters.

kampungboycitygal said...

heard so much about ps cafe from friends n cousins..i wana go!@

JeromeFo 令狐冲 said...

Lolx.So many complaints from you =)
But the desserts look really nice to me...=)

Xiu Long Bao said...

joycy:
yeah,homey feeling..too bad the food is not up to the mark.

daphne:
Can't see the photos? Too dark ah?

citygal:
Guess u will like it. If not enoh you can still go for the famous tiramisu from da paolo, also in Paragon :)

jeromefo:
No lah, just constructive critism...hehe...the desserts are good. Do give it a try!