04 Feb 2013
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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.