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Tamaya Dining (たまや)

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Tamaya Dining offers both classic and contemporary Japanese cuisines, as well as charcoal grilled dishes and western fare. There is also a wide selection of drinks from beer and wine, to shochu and sake.

Mon - Sat: 18:00 - 23:30

Sun & PH: 16:00 - 22:30

+65 68353539
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Pleasant No Frills Japanese Dining

I was in the Cuppage Area and decided to try out some Japanese food - hence chanced upon Tamaya Dining and off we go. Seeing Japanese clientele, I felt even more comfortable entering the premises.

I started with the 5 Kind Sashimi ($49.80), which had slices of salmon, tuna, red snapper and two varietals of yellow-tail. The fish were very fresh and served at room to slightly chilled temperature, although I would not exactly call this "five kinds", more like four maybe.

From the grilled menu I then had the Tebasaki ($6), consisting of two lightly grilled tasty chicken wings as well as the Chicken Liver ($5), which was slightly grilled so it still had the slight mushy bite to it.

I also tried the Saba Yaki ($11.80), which turned out as expected.

My favourite dish for the night though had to be the Mentaiko Pasta ($18.70). The cod roe sauce was well mixed into the boiled spaghetti and topped with salmon roe - really addictive.

Overall, food was above average and prices were reasonable. The only gripe I had is that the entire second floor was manned by just one service staff - and it did not help that she was rather inexperienced and could not answer questions about the menu. Thus, even calling for assistance or even the bill was a chore as I had to leave my seat several times to figure out where to get help.

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• 10 Feb 2012 • 2042 reviews • 261 followers

Pleasant No Frills Japanese Dining

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I was in the Cuppage Area and decided to try out some Japanese food - hence chanced upon Tamaya Dining and off we go. Seeing Japanese clientele, I felt even more comfortable entering the premises.

I started with the 5 Kind Sashimi ($49.80), which had slices of salmon, tuna, red snapper and two varietals of yellow-tail. The fish were very fresh and served at room to slightly chilled temperature, although I would not exactly call this "five kinds", more like four maybe.

From the grilled menu I then had the Tebasaki ($6), consisting of two lightly grilled tasty chicken wings as well as the Chicken Liver ($5), which was slightly grilled so it still had the slight mushy bite to it.

I also tried the Saba Yaki ($11.80), which turned out as expected.

My favourite dish for the night though had to be the Mentaiko Pasta ($18.70). The cod roe sauce was well mixed into the boiled spaghetti and topped with salmon roe - really addictive.

Overall, food was above average and prices were reasonable. The only gripe I had is that the entire second floor was manned by just one service staff - and it did not help that she was rather inexperienced and could not answer questions about the menu. Thus, even calling for assistance or even the bill was a chore as I had to leave my seat several times to figure out where to get help.

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• 12 Dec 2009 • 20 reviews • 12 followers

Tame Tamaya

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This place was recommended by a Japanese friend of mine when I asked her to recommend a nice Japanese "izakaya" (Japanese pub, basically) for a first date (with someone else).

You get to choose to sit outside, by the sushi bar or upstairs. We chose upstairs, which was quite quiet.

We ordered the angelfish liver appetizer, which was quite appalling: there was an incredibly strong fishy smell, which in my mind just triggers a screaming midget running around shrieking "UNFRESH, UNFRESH! STALE STALE!" It tasted like foie gras that was left to age in a fishmonger's trash bin. (Can you tell that we didn't like it?)

But the other dishes that came redeemed the place somewhat. The 3-type sashimi set was fresh, and had very good texture, especially the salmon. We also had the tamago and cold tofu appetizers, which were very good if bland. The nigori sake was superb: slightly sweet, served chilled, and was a good conversational lubricant. Like some other places, Tamaya allows you to choose the sake cup, which comes in various pretty shades and colours.

Overall I'd say this was a pretty decent experience, but nothing too mind-blowing.

Which is perhaps just as well for a first date, as the focus shouldn't be on the food anyway.
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• 18 Nov 2009 • 39 reviews • 12 followers

Friday night meal at Tamaya - Izakaya

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Introduced by my friend, we head there for our dinner last friday for some Oden 「おでん」, Yakimono 「焼き物」. Tamaya is one of the urban Izakaya 「居酒屋」 in Singapore. Their menu boasts a wide range of variety from classic japanese treat of oden 「おでん」, sashimi 「刺身 」to kamameshi 「釜飯」(Japanese’s version of claypot rice – i love it) 。

Just like any other Izakaya places, Tamaya is popular with the Japanese.

But the menu is pretty user-friendly with the use of brief description of the various Japanese dishes.

My friend did the ordering while i just seat back, relax and enjoy my dinner for the day

Being a Izakaya Japanese cuisine place , the Otooshi 「お通し」is automatically servied before a meal (I’m not sure whether could you decline that, but just be reminded that the Otooshi costs $3/plate).

In some places, Otooshi can be a plate of pickles, dried snacks. At Izakaya, their Otooshi is a simple plate of cold fried fish with some pickles . It’s pretty appetizing but i can certainly do without it since it cost me $3 a plate. And with 3 diners, it came up to $9 on a bill. -_-. I could have another stick of Kurobuta 黒豚.

We had our dosage of Oden 「おでん」- Japanese’s Version of our local Yong Tau Foo.

The only difference is probably the soup base and the use of some other special ingredients like cabbage roll (Cooked Cabbage wrapped with eat), konnyaku 「蒟蒻/菎蒻」(Japanese loves to use this as Konnyaku is low in calories, practically no fat contents, prevents high blood pressure etc).

I seriously think i need to eat more Konnyaku.

We had the Oden Mori - Oden with Assorted Ingredients of Konnyaku, Boiled Egg, Satsuma age (Fish Cakes) , Daikoh Radish, Kabocha (Japanese Pumpkin), vermicelli. ($13.60)

The ingredients are simmered together and are served with karashi (hot mustard).

It wasn’t enough so we ordered another bowl of Oden. This time round, we chosed the Ingredients ourselves.

We had Ganmo -$3.80 (fried tofu dumpling that included vegetables, egg white, and sesame) , Kinchaku - $3.20 (It’s abura-age (thinly sliced deep fried tofu) stuffed with a small piece of mochi (rice cake) and tied into a little purse with kampyo (dried strips of gourd). These are great, because the abura-age absorbs the broth while the mochi inside gets all melty and soft – Source from noreceipes.com . and Roll Cabbage – $3.80.

We love it! Definitely some comfort food as it was pretty cold on friday night.

Besides that, we also had their 3 Kind Sashimi 刺身- $29,80 (Salmon, Tuna, Yellowtail). No doubt, the sashimi was definitely fresh. I love the tuna.

After our healthy choice of Oden, you thought that’s the end of it? Nahz. We continued our night with some sinful indulgences.

黒豚Kurobuta – $6.80

It was really good. Nicely done. But of course, it’s a bit pricey at $6.80 for two sticks but its alright since we don’t do it that often :p

Thank god we only ordered two sticks to share, if not, we probably have to jog more rounds during the weekend

And our next choice of meat includes the Wagyu Steak.

Wagyu Steak – $27.20

The Wagyu beef was nicely done. It was perfect as it wasn’t overcooked or burnt. The taste was good. I could taste the good fair bits of fats. Three of us happily devoured the sinful Wagyu steak.

It was a good meal that night. The weather was great. The company was good.  :)

For more of my humble food journey : http://sittingwishingeating.com/2009/11/18/tamaya/#more-2570 :)
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