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Yakitori Enmaru

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This Japanese restaurant specialises in a wide variety of yakitori or Japanese BBQ skewers ranging from chicken, beef, pork, vegetables such as mushrooms and asparagus to more exotic choices such as buta kimchee ($3.80), pork belly wrapped in spicy kimchee.

Daily: 11:30 - 15:00

Daily: 15:00 - 22:00

+65 66367282
$41 based on 16 submissions
Dinner (3 votes), Lunch (3 votes)
Jael Ayano

My current to-go place in town for Japanese lunches!

I've probably had the Grilled Fish Set at Yakitori Enmaru a dozen of times in a few months now! Lovely lunches and great service.

I like how the set is presented as a traditional Japanese meal, i.e. ichiju sansai (One main dish and 3 sides).

The main would be Shioyaki, or salt-grilled fish (recently uses saba fish, which I love) with a slice of lemon, always grilled to perfection. Oh right,its a yakitori!

Cue Miso soup (not bad, but not as good as Tatsuya), pickles, and an amazing sesame paste topped salad (sesame dressing is indeed traditional Japanese!) for the usual sides. The cherry on top being a cold dish of stewed beef with carrots, daikons and onions. Perfect, complete meal with a bowl of rice (I usually hve only half of it) that's always moist enough.

Oh yes! Best mini chawanmushi - chokeful of ingredients including chicken bites, fish roe and crab meat :)

Also, the unagi rice set always looks & (sample)tastes great, so a thumbs-up there too!

Dessert

I would say that they have the best sesame and green tea ice cream. Beats Shin Kuriya (Raffles Place).

Ambiance is quite perfect for me - the staff are all pleasant and setting reminds me of this yakitori restaurant I frequent when I'm in Tokyo.

Service is awesome, my request is memorized each visit by the lovely waitresses("sans pickles,extra salad, minimal grilling") plus my hot green tea gets refilled without my asking. Most importantly, the tables are well-spaced.

One of the best Japanese restaurants in town for quiet and sumptuous lunch, other than Tatsuya (a bit too cosy) and Aoki!

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10 Jan 2014 • 80 reviews • 0 follower

Very nice service and ambience but overpriced food and slightly salty

Great service and izakaya ambience.
But all skewers are quite overpriced, and the robatayaki was very salty. 
More pics and details at http://www.eatprayflying.com/yakitori-enmaru-ion-orchard/
15 Mar 2013 • 51 reviews • 2 followers

misses and few hits

Some dishes were just wrongly seasoned in my opinion. The Caesar salad was wayyyyy over dressed. Could hardly swallow. Mediocre yakitori. Liked the chicken balls though!
12 Dec 2012 • 1 review • 0 follower

Tasty yakitori, but not at this price

My partner and I dropped in for dinner after having gone over the menu at the entrance- the selections looked interesting enough.

We had 2 sticks each of the pork belly, basil chicken, wagyu tongue and scallop skewers, sea urchin sushi, and a glass of plum wine on ice. Unordered but provided as part of the 'cover charge' (more on this later) were 2 servings of potato salad, and a bowl of raw cabbage with a large spoonful of miso that you mix in to your liking.

The skewers were tasty, if on the salty side (but not unpleasantly so). The wagyu tongue was not bad, but unremarkable for the price. The scallops were good, and I enjoyed the doneness though my partner found them on the tough side. The rest of the skewers were pretty much as you'd expect; cooked well and tasty, but nothing exceptional. The sea urchin sushi was very good indeed, tasting fresh and flavourful.

Pricing seems oddly unbalanced- certain items like the pork belly skewers came in at roughly under 4 dollars per skewer, but items like the scallop, wagyu skewers and sea urchin sushi ran into approximately 12-13 dollars per skewer/piece. Serving sizes were average, with 3 scallops per skewer, a rather skimpy serving of wagyu tongue per stick, and 3-4 small pieces of sea urchin per sushi piece. The scallops were large and plump, so that's a mitigating factor. Also, most items on the menu can only be ordered in pairs... so the tally quickly runs up; you'll be paying ~25 dollars for those 2 skewers of tongue! One might think that a place with these prices wouldn't need to nickle and dime customers- but you'll be greeted with a 5 dollar 'cover charge' per person when the bill arrives, presumably to pay for those salads and hot towels you were presented with earlier. A cheap cover charge for a club, but unwarranted for an already pricey restaurant.

Service was below average. The older waiter taking our orders reeked of cigarette smoke, and was matter-of-factly going through the motions of order-taking. He didn't accurately convey the amount of plum wine that actually gets served per order, first stating it was a "small bottle", but shortly afterwards (and after the order had been placed) mentioned this was in fact a single glass. Attempts to pass him back the menu were met with a pen pointing at the other half of our table, accompanied by a 'suggestion' that we leave the menus there. I get it: you think we might want to order more at a later time, but there are ways to say that without seeming like you're just too lazy to do your job.

Our order of sushi was forgotten, and did not arrive till after my partner reminded a waitress. This was made up for somewhat by the very apologetic waitress/manager who hurried over and apologised, followed by two complimentary cups of hot tea (not amounting to much in value, but a nice gesture nonetheless).

All in, an unremarkable experience at much too high a price.
12 Jul 2012 • 4 reviews • 13 followers

My current to-go place in town for Japanese lunches!

I've probably had the Grilled Fish Set at Yakitori Enmaru a dozen of times in a few months now! Lovely lunches and great service.

I like how the set is presented as a traditional Japanese meal, i.e. ichiju sansai (One main dish and 3 sides).

The main would be Shioyaki, or salt-grilled fish (recently uses saba fish, which I love) with a slice of lemon, always grilled to perfection. Oh right,its a yakitori!

Cue Miso soup (not bad, but not as good as Tatsuya), pickles, and an amazing sesame paste topped salad (sesame dressing is indeed traditional Japanese!) for the usual sides. The cherry on top being a cold dish of stewed beef with carrots, daikons and onions. Perfect, complete meal with a bowl of rice (I usually hve only half of it) that's always moist enough.

Oh yes! Best mini chawanmushi - chokeful of ingredients including chicken bites, fish roe and crab meat :)

Also, the unagi rice set always looks & (sample)tastes great, so a thumbs-up there too!

Dessert

I would say that they have the best sesame and green tea ice cream. Beats Shin Kuriya (Raffles Place).

Ambiance is quite perfect for me - the staff are all pleasant and setting reminds me of this yakitori restaurant I frequent when I'm in Tokyo.

Service is awesome, my request is memorized each visit by the lovely waitresses("sans pickles,extra salad, minimal grilling") plus my hot green tea gets refilled without my asking. Most importantly, the tables are well-spaced.

One of the best Japanese restaurants in town for quiet and sumptuous lunch, other than Tatsuya (a bit too cosy) and Aoki!

19 May 2012 • 218 reviews • 2 followers

pretty good spread

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i had some misunderstanding with the pricing of this place! :/ on a food blog that i saw it, and when i called to make my reservation, i was told that the set for 4pax was priced at $120. but i got a shock when i finished my dinner that day - the price for the set was $130! so yup, just take note of that. but the food was pretty good though!

when i called to make my reservation for mothers' day, the staff asked me whether i would be ordering the set since i enquired about it. when i told them yes, they said they would prepare it for me beforehand. and so when i arrived at my table, there was this steamboat all set up and ready! :)

okie here's what's included in the set:

caesar salad

chicken minced hot pot

sashimi - tuna, salmon, yellowtail, swordfish, prawn

enmaru roll

kushiyaki - wagyu beef with oroshi ponzu, chicken thai with leek, chicken minced with plum pulp, asparagus wrapped pork belly, enoki mushroom wrapped bacon

there were lots of ingredients in the chicken minced hotpot. besides the minced chicken (which the waitress helped us roll and put into the pot), there were also chicken slices, tofu, an abundance of veggies and mushrooms. the soup was absolutely delicious - plus the fact that it's supposed to have collagen inside ;) hehe bonus!

there was a complimentary appetizer, which was fresh cabbage with a fragrant bean paste sauce. it was so clean and refreshing and felt so healthy!

the caesar salad was tasty and i loved the bacon chips that came sprinkled on top! they were crispy, bursting with flavour and complemented the salad perfectly.

there was a pretty wide selection for the enmaru roll toppings, and the filling was so interesting! it was filled with pickled beetroot and other stuff, and it had a very refreshing taste. all the sashimi was nice and fresh too!

the kushiyaki was a set of five different grills, all interesting in their own way :) i liked the wagyu beef the most, which was bursting with a strong meaty flavour. the chicken minced with plum pulp came in the form of meatballs, that were succulent, savoury & sweet at the same time. the asparagus and mushrooms wrapped in bacon provided each other with a good contrast that was well balanced on the palate.

overall, the set provided a good selection of the restaurant's offerings. and for the five of us, it was more than sufficient to fill us! the service was pretty good too - the staff were super friendly and even gave mummy a flower for mothers' day! :) the set is available till the end of may/june if i'm not wrong, so you can try it out! :)