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Nemesis's Reviews

       07 Jan 2010 at 11:11 pm
    Just been to this Japanese eating place at Illuma. This was an eating outlet which consisted of several small Japanese shops housed under one roof. On the outlook, it looks pretty much the same as most other Japanese eating places. But the most fascinating in this place was not the food (thou it was nice), but rather the way one orders their food.

    Each table comes with an electronic pen, which is a scanner to scan the food codes on the electronic menu. This saves much time as the waiters need only serve the food and clear the table accordingly. As I went with a group of friends, we managed to taste a variety of food. These includes the hotpan rice set, which consists of a hotpan of beansprouts, beef and salmon, coupled with miso soup and white rice. We also tasted their Maki and curry rice, as well as pork ramen and bento sets. The food was generally tasty and portions were about right. We also tasted their desserts, which were some slices of cakes. They were not sweet , but were quite average in terms of taste and looks.

    Nonetheless, the pricing was fair and it is indeed a great place for groups of friends to gather for a nice meal. However, the place can be slightly small and thus it would be wise to get there early or make a booking should you have a big group going there. So do try it out and see for yourself!
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         27 Jun 2009 at 1:30 pm
      Category: Japanese
      Was brought to this place by my gf, who had been to this place a couple of times with er colleagues and found it not bad.

      The shop is located opposite to the Singtel Building at Somerset, along a row of shophouses. The shop is a relatively small one, so advice is to make a booking before going down, to avoid waiting, since its a ala-carte buffet and people can stay in their seats for quite a while.

      The variety of food is quite reasonable, but wished that the grilled food section could be more. Nonetheless, the quality of food was reasonable and the service was prompt. As for the pricing, it was quite comparable to those at Hanabi, Hoijin and Minori (My Fav!!!).

      So for those wanting to look for new places to try out Japanese food, do give it a try.
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      1. Jeslyn Tee
        Jeslyn Tee said:
        whats the price like?
        10 Jul 2009 at 1:07 am
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         27 Jun 2009 at 12:31 pm
      Category: Japanese
      Recently been there to give it a try after all the supposed hype I have heard in the past. However, sad to say, it was quite disappointing. When I got there, there so so many empty seats. And yet the staff were busy calling the guests to confirm their reservations, with no one paying any attention to us . That was one down, two to go.

      Next, instead of giving us a table, we were given counter seats, which was a bit kinda cramped as compared to the other Japanese restaurants I have been before. That was Strike two,one last one to go.

      Nervertheless, we settled down and started ordering the food. And like what Polarbear had said in his review, the portions of some of the food were really a tad too little and the service was slow as well. Even though the food was tasty, it was not enough to pacify me. And that was it, Strike Three!!! I would rather choose to go back to Minori anytime than this, where the variety is more and the service is much more better as well.

      So all in all, this should be the first and last time that I would be coming to this Japanese restaurant to eat.
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           18 May 2009 at 11:24 pm
        Passed by this shop when having my meal at Aston's Prime Ribs. from the outlook, looks tempting so decided to give it a try on the next day.

        The shop sells mainly dishes in claypot, which have the prok ribs with a mixture of the pigs internal organs (house special), pure pork ribs, sesame oil chicken, pig trotters etc. Decided to order the house special and the pig trotters. Serving wise, the portions were fairly reasonable and each piece of rib was also very meaty and huge by its own.

        As for the trotters, the taste was nice and fairly large piece as well.

        For an XL special claypot, there were abt 9-10 pieces of the ribs whereas for the normal one, there would be abt 10-12 pieces, accoring to the waiters. Price-wise, for the former it cost $28 while the latter cost $26.

        Therefore, it is quite reasonable and worthwhile to give it a try if you like Bak Koot Teh. Also, there is a private car park in front of the stall, sepcially reserved for the customers. Business there can be quite good, so it is advised to make a reservation before you head down there to avoid waiting.
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             18 May 2009 at 11:06 pm
          Been to this small stall in the coffee shop a couple of times. Basically it serves the normal Tze Char fare such as fried bee hoon, fried rice, as well as dishes such as Shrimp Paste Chicken , Sweet and Sour Pork. Their specialty is a fried tofu, which is similar to the yam ring that we eat at wedding dinners at times. That is something that I would recommend you guys to try.

          As for the service, they serve the food pretty fast without compromising on the taste of the food. Lastly, the prices are quite reasonable and is comparable to the average found in other coffeshops. You can call the number to reserve the seats as the bigger tables are quite limited if you intend to bring a fairly large group there for a meal
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