Jon Yongfook C •
25 Sep 2012 • 1 review • 40 followers
As a 10 year veteran of Tokyo, I'm fairly well attuned to when Japanese food in Singapore has been slightly Singaporean-ized. Either through the choice of ingredients, the preparation (wrong kind of tempura batter, using condiments wrongly, non-Japanese rice etc) or just outright made up dishes that don't actually exist in Japan.
Raku Raku is a breath of fresh air, in that sense.
The menu is exactly what you would get in a mid-range izakaya in Japan, with quality to match. Compared to aforementioned local efforts, that puts it in the top 10% of Japanese dining places in Singapore, in my opinion.
Both times I've had the Saba Shio Yaki set. The fish was moist and the skin crackled, just perfect. It was served with a small side of cold nimono, excellent quality Japanese rice, sukemono (I think they might be making their own, they taste homemade) and miso soup. To the average person perhaps this wouldn't raise any eyebrows but to me it was wholly much more familiar to authentic Japanese teishoku than anything I've previously had in Singapore. No fanfare, just honest & simple Japanese food.