Daily: 11:30 - 15:00
Daily: 18:30 - 23:00
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.
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)
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....
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!