Mon - Fri: 11:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri: 17:00 - 23:00
Sat: 11:00 - 23:00
Sun: 11:00 - 21:00
Sandaime Bunji is a Japanese restaurant from the Sendai prefecture, specialising in grilled beef tongue (gyutan), oden and handmade umen.Diners having lunch should opt for its lunch sets that are priced at $9++ only.
I love the ambiance at Sandaime Bunji. We had the outdoor seat this time round and it feels just at good. They give you a authentic Japanese restaurant feeling. The staffs are very attentive and polite. The layout of the restaurant, the Japanese words on the menu, the number of Japanese customers just make you forget awhile that you are in Singapore.
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Had a voucher and so decided to try out this not-so-new-already Japanese restaurant at Millenia Walk. It serves Sendai food, with specialities like beef tongue and oden. Definitely worth trying for a change of the usual kind of Japanese grilled fish, sushi or ramen. The service there was very good and the foreign waiteress made the effort to explain how to eat, what kind of food we ordered, etc.
1) Gyutan Stew Set ($29.90) :Ox Tongue Stew , Ox Tongue Grill, Salad, Tororo, Salad, Tofu, Ox Tail Soup
The gyutan was chewier and slightly harder than the usual grilled beef, but nonetheless nicely cooked. The thing that caught our attention was the Tororo. Slimy, gooey, grainy and was salty enough to pair with rice.
2) Aburi Shimesaba (Seared Saba) $19.80
fresh and "live" fish searing show performance provided=)
3) 12 pieces oden ($45.90)
There were many different items inside: for eg, the white triangle fish cake at the top, ç¼ãã¡ãã roasted fish cake, å¤§æ ¹ radish hidden below the fish cake, etc. The fish cake is not like our chinese yu bingas this one is softer and has less of the fishy smell. I like it very much because the texture is like pillow.
4) Shiroishi noodles with Kitsune ($12)
The soup was so good....slightly different from the oden. The noodles are thinner than soba but more chewy. Kitsune is the strips of tau pok like thingy that soaks up the soup.
5) Sanriku's Bakurai Seasoned Shell ($12.80)
6) Eihire Stingray fin ($12.80)
7) Yamagata Dada Chamame Ice Cream
For more info and details , pls visit : http://dairycream.blogspot.com/2011/08/sundaime-bunji-eye-opener.html
Overall, this is a place that serves good quality, unique Japanese cuisine. Both the ambience and service score high marks as well. But of course for the price, just try once will do.
A slightly different kind of Japanese restuarant. Not the usual sushi and sashimi. Try the grilled ox tongue - an accquired taste. I like it; my wife does not. The oden (japanese yong tau foo) is very good, although a bit pricey - about $45 for 12 pieces. The oden soup is very light, yet tasty. The oxtail soup looks like plain water, but is actually quite tasty. I do not know why the oxtail soup is colorless- quite a mystery actually. The rice is cooked with barley, so it tasted really flavorful. Most of the customers are Japanese; so must be quite authentic. Service is attentive and quick.
I've been here twice and both times was drawn in by the lunch set promo of Harami Steak set for $9++, which seems quite a bargain.
The set includes a starter salad and tofu. Then the main has the steak, oxtail soup and mugimeshi rice (a barley/rice combo which seems a healthy option). The oxtail soup is surprisingly clear, well for me anyway I was expecting something more like a beef stock colour. However the taste is good and easy to drink. I wonder if the colour somehow affects the taste to make it more neutral, some psycho-effect perhaps. The steak is quite good and goes well with the mugimeshi rice.
Overall it's definitely good value for this set at 50% discount. I like the atmosphere sitting at the counter and watching the chefs go about their business. I guess this menu might be an acquired taste that doesn't suit everyone, but it's probably worth a try at least once for the experience.