Over the past year, many new Japanese restaurants have sprung up in the Mohamed Sultan area. The fact that you see so many Japanese eating here says something about the quality and authenticity of the food...
First up, if you ever do come here to eat, call ahead and reserve a table in the air-conditioned part of the restaurant. If you end up on a table outdoors, you'll have to bear with the smell of grilling and have that horrible smell cling to your clothes and your self... Yucky! So much nicer to enjoy the food in air-conditioned comfort :)
The menu here is pretty varied and they have all the usual suspects (sashimi, sushi, handroll, noodles etc)... but what is a must try here are the grilled items.
Everyone is familiar with yakitori - bite-sized pieces of chicken skewered and charcoal-grilled... but what is really popular at the Japanese restaurants in this area is all types and combinations of meats and vegetables skewered and cooked over a charcoal grill. If I'm not mistaken, it's called sumiyaki.
Thrown by the variety, we decided to make life simple and just order the assorted platter. This consisted of one yakitori, one chicken wing, one stick of five tiny green peppers, one stick of enoki bacon and one stick of five pieces of chicken cartilage.
The enoki bacon was yummy yummy yummy! So glad we added an extra order :) I'm a total sucker for anything with enoki mushrooms in it. I decided to be adventurous and try the chicken cartilage - it was plain bizarre! It was so tough I couldn't even bite into it! It was very quickly abandoned...
The other dishes were pretty good too - Salmon Sashimi ($10 for 5 pieces) was very fresh, Agedeshi Tofu was very nicely fried with a crispy exterior. Look out for the Unagi Fried Rice $12 - it's a really big portion and can easily feed two.
There's something about charcoal-grilled skewers that's just very... comforting. Also, the small portions make me feel like I haven't eaten much and I'm so pleased with myself for not over-eating... but really the "small" portions add up to quite a full meal :)
This place opens till 2am on weekends so it's definitely a good option after a late night out.
En Japanese Dining Bar
207 River Valley Road
#01-57 (UE Square)
Tel : 67352212