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(Closed) Santaro Japanese Restaurant (The Amara)


Santaro Japanese Restaurant offers a wide range of delectable delicacies made from fresh seasonal Japanese imports, with dishes from the Head Chef's own culinary creations.

Daily: 11:30 - 15:00

Daily: 18:30 - 23:00

+65 63248388
$100 based on 14 submissions
Dinner (4 votes), Quiet (3 votes)

Please bring me there again.

You know the place is owned by a Japanese Chef who does the cooking as well?

I'd the opportunity of trying their super authentic Tempura Soba (most japanese outlets really let down on this wheaty noodle). Soba has to be Q enough and also it has to retain that grainy taste with a salty hint (take it that it's spaghetti done al dente)

And I absolutely love the shoyu based soup, that I just couldn't stop drinking. Fresh chives in it (those large oval kinds) and the soup was oh-so savoury (still can't find that taste anywhere else)

Tempura was good (haven't had the chance to go to Tenshin) but this was light and fluffy and it wasn't oily nor too dry. In fact, you could just discern the orange hue of the ebi and the batter was this really light lemon yellow(perfect combination of colours), unlike those thick yellow batters you get with no sign of the orange hue visible.

And being a kid in Secondary school when I first stepped in, yes, I love Japanese as a kid, and Hisatomo was one of the best places Mom could bring you to, Santaro is definatly a place to be remembered. And please bring me there again. I want to reminiscence the wonderful Tempura soba.

Note though: can't really remember the price nor the service (all i know is that service staff is scant there)

Ambience: dark and cosy place. (no recollections of the decor)

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Based on 14 votes
22 Feb 2013 • 13 reviews • 5 followers

everything was fine except for the cigarette smoke ...

Had dinner an ordered the mini-Kaiseki menu... The food was creative and above average, but was good value... What was a real put-off was the cigarette smoke that seemed to come from the private dinning rooms at the back....
04 Sep 2012 • 1 review • 0 follower

Really bad service.

I went to Santoro for a weekday lunch. It did not have very many customers, only about 2 other tables were occupied. As mentioned in previous reviews, the decor and ambience is nothing to shout about, but we didn't mind - as long as the food and service would prove good.

We ordered from the lunch bento sets, which are not cheap by the way - at about $45 each. The first sign of dodgy service was when we were ordering. The waitress grabbed the menus out of our hands even before we had a chance to order, and was very brusque in answering simple questions like : "Is this fried tempura vegetables?" The really awful trend in service was continued by another waitress who tried to whip away a bento box when we were nearing the end of the meal without checking if we were done, and then proceeded to try and grab the miso soup bowl out of my friend's hand! She had to actually pull the bowl away and say :" Excuse me, I'm not finished with this yet." The last straw was when we asked for the bill - instead of bringing the bill, the waitress came to the table and very brusquely said :"CREDIT CARD??" while gesticulating for us to hand it over. We asked to check the bill first and she looked annoyed.

I'm really not sure what was going on that day, maybe they had just been given a pay cut or a bad scolding? But in any event, given the so-so food, decot and this type of service, I'm never going back there again!

26 Jul 2012 • 1 review • 0 follower

Pricey Edamame

Had set lunches for 8 at Santaro today. Ordered Edamame to share while waiting for food. Cost of 2 plates of Edamame came up to be $30 :( ... My most expensive Edamame ever!!!

16 Sep 2011 • 1 review • 0 follower

Delicious Sashimi, But too many faults

Went this past Tue evening.

Service: had to wait a while (around 5 mins) before the chef noticed us and asked the waitress to attend to us. Upon reaching our table, the table cloth was not laid and say no need to lay a new one! The waitresses/waiter did not refill the ocha even when requested by us for several times. They had also forgotten/mixed up dishes for the Set A/B combos.

There were a total of 3 waitresses/waiter plus a lady manager.

Ambience: The atmosphere could be brighten up if they played Japanese music in the background.

Food: The sashimi and oysters were simply delicious and fresh. However, the overall satisfaction gained from the 2 Set meals: A & B weren't that great, in terms of food portions, and each cost $85++. Unagi rice tasted funny and the soup served for Set A was actually just ordinary Udon soup and insignificant

When dining there, it is more worth it to order Alca Carte and not the Set Menus!

16 Jun 2011 • 1 review • 0 follower

BAD experiece.

I had a dinner at the Santaro Japanese Restaurant with my friend, and the experience was utterly terrible at all levels. We made reservations for 2 at 8pm on Wednesday.

We were first served the à la carte, the tempura shrimp and unagi at the same time.

It consisted of 2 glistening, oily, small pieces of unagi and 5 pieces of small tempura shrimp. The taste wasn't extraordinary. It definitely wasn't worth $60 of hotel standard food. It was food court-ish

We also ordered the matsu set. It was really good overall It seems like anything from the kitchen was soso but food from the bar had great exquisite taste.

Service was terrible on one hand but is made up by another waitress.

Throughout service of the remaining dishes, ambience at the restaurant wasn't wonderful. It was a really unsettling dinner experience especially for us which was to be a relaxing, ambient dinner after a long's day work. You could hear loud screams of orders in chinese and hokkien as if on purpose, ( not from the customers).

The bill amounted to:-

- matsu set $120

-ebi tempura $30

-unagi $32

-tofu sides $3

-tea $2

gst + BAD service

total of 220.10

Both of us had life- threatening diarhhoea immediately, repeatedly after we left the restaurant. Sadly, I wouldn't return even for the great taste of selective foods.