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Rakuzen (Tampines)

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Rakuzen offers a nice, soothing and casual environment for you and your friends to dine in. They have a wide variety of delicious Japanese cuisine to choose from. Their rice is specially imported, unmilled, so you could enjoy it like you would in Japan.

Mon - Thu: 11:30 - 15:00

Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 22:00

Fri - Sun: 11:30 - 22:00

$30 based on 13 submissions
Lunch (4 votes), After Work (3 votes), Business Dining (3 votes)
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SMU Gourmet Club

For the full review with photos, visit:

http://www.smugourmetclub.com/articles/rakuzen/

Located in the bustling Tampines central, Rakuzen, offers a delectable spread of authentic Japanese cuisine, and at extremely affordable prices for the quality that they give. Rakuzen – which aptly means ‘to enjoy eating’ – opened on the 14th of September, and is the newest addition to its other outlet at Millenia Walk. Led by a Japanese chef, the restaurant boasts only the finest ingredients imported directly from Japan, including its sashimi, Japanese rice, and even dried goods like corn. Your palate won’t be the only thing that will be satisfied here – the pyrotechnics provided by the blowtorches for their flame-broiled dishes are show-stoppers themselves.

Should you crave something crispy, try the Mame Aji Tsunami ($8), fried small horse mackerel. These mackerels are named after Edamame beans for their miniature, pod-like shape and are succulent and juicy on the inside. The batter is amazingly thin as well.

he Fire Mackerel ($16) is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes and is a definite must-try. Marinated with rice wine vinegar for at least two hours, this saba fish teases the palate with its refreshingly zesty flavor. A wait staff will sear the tops of the mackerel with a blowtorch, carefully browning and crisping them right before your very eyes. This is the aburi style of searing, which partially cooks it while melting the fat slightly. Pair it with the Ponzu sauce (citrus juice mixed with soy sauce) for a zingy finish.

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17 Feb 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Worst experience ever!

I purposely create this account to warn you guys...This is the worst Jap restaurant in Singapore. The service standard is way below any restaurants. They maybe under staffs but the waiters cannot even perform simple thing like taking orders even when the restaurant has not reach it full capacity. Many people left without having their full order serve that night of Valentine's Day! Worst experience ever!
04 Feb 2013 • 54 reviews • 2 followers

SMU Gourmet Club

For the full review with photos, visit:

http://www.smugourmetclub.com/articles/rakuzen/

Located in the bustling Tampines central, Rakuzen, offers a delectable spread of authentic Japanese cuisine, and at extremely affordable prices for the quality that they give. Rakuzen – which aptly means ‘to enjoy eating’ – opened on the 14th of September, and is the newest addition to its other outlet at Millenia Walk. Led by a Japanese chef, the restaurant boasts only the finest ingredients imported directly from Japan, including its sashimi, Japanese rice, and even dried goods like corn. Your palate won’t be the only thing that will be satisfied here – the pyrotechnics provided by the blowtorches for their flame-broiled dishes are show-stoppers themselves.

Should you crave something crispy, try the Mame Aji Tsunami ($8), fried small horse mackerel. These mackerels are named after Edamame beans for their miniature, pod-like shape and are succulent and juicy on the inside. The batter is amazingly thin as well.

he Fire Mackerel ($16) is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes and is a definite must-try. Marinated with rice wine vinegar for at least two hours, this saba fish teases the palate with its refreshingly zesty flavor. A wait staff will sear the tops of the mackerel with a blowtorch, carefully browning and crisping them right before your very eyes. This is the aburi style of searing, which partially cooks it while melting the fat slightly. Pair it with the Ponzu sauce (citrus juice mixed with soy sauce) for a zingy finish.
13 Apr 2012 • 168 reviews • 11 followers

Rakuzen @ Tampines NTUC Income Building

For the complete review with uploaded pictures and quoted prices, please view:

http://www.thefoodnomads.com/2012/04/13/rakuzen-ntuc-income-building/ 

A restaurant serving Japanese fare set at wallet- friendly prices within the heartlands? Rakuzen’s second outlet that is situated right opposite Tampines Sports Stadium, has been gathering a sizeable following since her opening just last year. Committed to offering high quality creations with many of her ingredients imported directly from Japan, a couple of friends and I decided to a pay a visit to check out the hype about the restaurant.

Fire Mackerel; a signature item under Rakuzen’s Special broiled dishes, I must say that we were initially deceived by its unremarkable appearance, until the local Chef whipped out his blowtorch and starting searing the diagonal cuts that sizzled while releasing a pungent yet mouth-watering aroma that caused our hungry stomachs to growl. My absolute favourite of all the numbers I had tried- the first mouthful of the mackerel had definitely caught me by surprise. Retaining a slight hint of rawness and iciness, the delicately flavoured dish that has been accented by a significant taste of tangy rice wine vinegar, was extremely enjoyable and memorable. Not only did the Fire Mackerel serve to whet our appetite, it left us craving for more of it.

Moeyo Beef Roll; yet another of their stand- out house specialities, we watched on in anticipation as the chef walked into our private dining area again and started searing each piece of the well- sized treats with his blowtorch. We were rather intrigued by how the slices of raw beef transformed from a vibrant red to a slightly brownish hue. A considerably chewy slice of grilled beef settled atop in addition to the tiny wedge of creamy avocado and slightly crisp tempura batter held within the comforting grains of rice, the Moeyo Beef roll had certainly offered lovely textures with each bite.

Sashimi Zen; a few (if not, many) of us might often opine that when it comes to fresh Sashimi, what you pay is what you get. Thankfully, Rakuzen offered elegant slices of Sashimi that were of decent- quality; which are definitely worthy of the price tag.

Sakura Chirashidon Zen; served on a bed of warm, lightly vinegary al- dente Sushi rice, I was glad that my personal order (of the assorted Seafood Sashimi slices) delivered a good balance of taste and texture as well. Not the slightest bit of fishy, I was able to taste the natural sweetness of each and I must admit that they did quell my cravings for the time- being.

Chicken Teriyaki Zen; reasonably- sized chunks of Grilled Chicken that were well- marinated and juicily tender, the set meal was gratifying enough to bring about a nod from my friend.

Gyuniku Houba Yaki Zen; with plenty of bite, the chewiness of the Grilled Beef pieces was rather pleasant and comforting. The meat could have fared a tad better on the taste buds since it was not exactly thoroughly cloaked with flavour.

Unagi Zen; the Grilled Eel hit the right notes with its deeply savoury profile and the deliciously tender texture. Without being too soft, the Grilled Eel was just slightly crisp on the outside while being smooth on the inside. It is probably quite uncommon in many casual Japanese eateries but the servings were noticeably generous, very much to my friend’s joy.

The Yakiniku Zen was the most popular set meal on our table. Cooked just right and rich enough in flavour, the Grilled Beef Set was not mind- blowing, but it was satisfying enough when what some of them wanted was a good, simple Japanese standard meal done well.

We had to remind the service team of a few of our orders on several occasions while during the day of our visit, the restaurant were unable to accept cash payment. In addition, I thought that some of the waiters and waitresses could have been a little more friendly and approachable since a couple of them appeared to be a little stern.

The Special Broiled numbers are certainly must- tries should you patronize Rakuzen while the set meals are definitely reasonably priced. Comprising of a spacious main dining venue and a few small private rooms, Rakuzen might be a worthy option to hold sizeable gatherings, corporate or family dinners. All in all, I would give thumbs up to the wallet- friendly prices and the decent quality of creations offered by Rakuzen.

06 Feb 2012 • 34 reviews • 2 followers

Good Japanese food in heartlands

We dropped by Rakuzen Tampines for early lunch since Baby just finished her activity nearby. The restaurant opened at 1130am on Saturdays, but they had seats outside for people who want to wait.

We were avoiding raw food, which is a shame anytime one visits a good Japanese restaurant (and Rakuzen does have quite a few tempting raw food), but fortunately there were enough selections of cooked food. Our appetizer was grilled shiitake, which was very simply done but yet wonderful. Just the mushroom skewered, lightly salted and grilled, and they came out wonderfully flavoured with a little smokiness - no sauces or others needed.

I had the Hamburg (burger) set for the main while The Wife had the tempura set. My burgers actually looked more like meatball - two spheres rather than discs of clumped minced meat. They were juicy and tasted alright, and the sauce drizzled on the burgers was hardly enough for the two burgers. The chawanmushi stood out among the rest of the accompanying side dishes (salad, miso, some preserved fish appetizer, and jelly dessert).

The Wife's tempura set came with the same side dishes, and she found the fish appetizer taste to be too strong. Her tempura though was OK, with the tempura asparagus catching her attention since it is not so common to find this vegetable in tempura.

I also ordered the catch of the day that the waitress recommended, grilled shitaburame (which I later found out to be sole). Again like the shiitake, the grilling was done simply with sump salt to flavour at the edges of the fish, leaving the taste natural. The fish flesh was firm and didn't taste fishy, but we found it a hassle to eat unfortunately because the flesh was thin and either difficult to pinch off the bones (it's a flatfish after all) or ended up having bones in my mouth (The Wife is much more skillful with her chopsticks). No issues with the taste, though.

Ambience was quiet with soft Japanese music in the background, befitting a slow relaxing weekend. Service was uniformly friendly from the four staff members whom we got to interact with. Our server was polite and attentive to Baby's needs, offering warm water for her consumption, in a plastic-sealed cup with straw, to minimise spillage.

A good place for some simple yet refined Japanese dining - we'll likely be back since we will be in the neighbourhood regularly and there are many other items in their extensive menu that we have yet to try.

17 Dec 2011 • 1 review • 0 follower

I NOT HAPPY

I went to tis restaurant a month ago.. i like e food, very nice. better then millenia walk. the tast n flavor all just nice to me.. the service is good.. price abit exp. only. i heard sushi tei n this rakuzen is the same boss.. but y its totally diffent?? Y i saw a service staff hair so massy, wearing a hand band when serving people n food?? shirt no tuck-in. (is a male or female??) what i know is in restaurant all staff is not allow to put on any thing even wedding ring or earring or other things.. I DONT FEEL SAVE EATING E FOOD WIF THE STAFF LIKE TAT.. isti the boss allow tat?? or MOH allow tat?? and its so nosiy i DONT feel i m like in japan. Y i saw a kitchen staff at sushi counter drinking wine or sake wif costmer and making so much nosie??? i have been to so many restaurant, tis is my first time seeing tis staff doing tis n is tat not neat at all.. is there any rule in tis restaurant???? i hope i wont see this things again..next time if i see tis again i wont go anymore.