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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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.