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Review for Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant (ZhongShan Mall)

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Address: #01-16, ZhongShan Mall, 20 Ah Hood Road, 329984
07 Mar 2014
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Decent Japanese Food, But Rather Expensive

Full Kotobuki review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2014/03/kotobuki.html


Master chef Yanase Ryo of Kotobuki is dedicated to ensuring that only ingredients of the finest quality are served in his restaurants, by a team of well-trained staff. And while I certainly commend the fantastic service of Kotobuki, I feel that I didn't really get enough value for money.

Ambience at Kotobuki is styled after a casual Japanese home, with themes of wood and dark muted colours, contrasted by bright, warm lighting. Furniture is functional and comfortable, and tableware and serving plates are well designed.

The service at Kotobuki is among their high points; staff are professional, polite and courteous, quietly assisting to clear empty plates and top up drinks. However, I find their menu knowledge to be decent at best, having only a surface knowledge of menu items.

Food at Kotobuki is decent, with taste being above average because of the use of quality ingredients. However, I find prices at Kotobuki to be expensive, with a meal for 2 costing well over SGD $100, and we mostly had side dishes / appetizers. Kotobuki won't be my choice for Japanese food, as I can get similar quality at more competitive prices elsewhere.
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$52 for 1 pax
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Fine Japanese food but rather expensive

We did have good experience at Kotobuki Zhong Shan Mall. 
Ordered Salmon Sashimi and Salmon belly sushi to try and it turns out really good. But price is a bit deep if compare to others like Salmon belly sushi (contains 2 pcs) is $10. I tend to try Ramen but just ended up with Yellow Tail Sushi. 

Ambience wise, it's nicely decorated, quiet and waiters are serving well quietly. 

They have 10% Discount on UOB Card when I visited. 

I would love to go there again to try Grilled and Ramen. 
 
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Decent Japanese Restaurant

I really liked the overall ambiance in the restaurant and the service was alright. 

Although prices of the food and drinks were a little on the high side, food tasted alright! Not a bad place for dinner!

They also have some promotion at the time I visited, so look out for promos on their website!

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Full review with pictures, prices and ratings at - http://zacbhl.blogspot.sg/2015/12/kotobuki.html

Zacbhl : Born and raised in Singapore. Foodie, blogger, critic.
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Surprisingly good Japanese food. Better than benchmark

For pictures: http://hungryinsingapore.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/kotobuki/

I am usually skeptical of Japanese restaurants like this but this proved otherwise. It was quite authentic to true Japanese style and the cooking was homely and good. The selection of raw fish isn't big but they are adequate and fresh.

I usually order the sashimi don and the best fish is the hamachi (yellow tail) which was fatty enough. 

I do like their cooked dishes too and they used to have a daily bento but not anymore.

Generally I think the standard here is better than sushi tei and is a hidden find!


There's 20% off during lunch on weekdays and before 7pm.

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A good option if you're in Zhongshan Park

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A good option to dine at if you're in Zhongshan Park

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