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Tamaya Dining

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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
$51 based on 8 submissions
Dinner (3 votes)
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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 • 1909 reviews • 258 followers

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.

12 Dec 2009 • 20 reviews • 13 followers

Tame Tamaya

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.
18 Nov 2009 • 39 reviews • 13 followers

Friday night meal at Tamaya - Izakaya

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 :)
08 May 2009 • 103 reviews • 7 followers

Tamaya Dining

The two-story Tamaya Dining is tucked away discreetly in a long row of restaurants and bars in Cuppage Terrace. The whole place was filled with native Japanese, all laughing loudly and downing what seemed to be copious amounts of sake.

 We promptly asked our friendly server for some recommendations and thankfully, she made good suggestions. Two amuse bouches (otoshi) then came quickly and we gobbled them up. A note though: These are chargeable, so tell the staff way in advance if you don’t want it. Although we didnt see why we had to pay, at least they tasted good.

In typical izakaya style, we decided to order a whole bunch of sides to share--the ebi cream croquettes ($12), tonpei-yaki (egg omelet with pork and cabbage, $9), tskune (chicken meatballs, $8) and the pirikara (spicy Kurobuta pork simmered in wrapped paper, $18).

 The food arrived fast and furious, and boy everything was yummy. The croquettes were crispy and tasty; the egg omelet was an enormous mountain of yumminess; the tskune were sweet and juicy; and the Kurobuta pork, which arrived with an egg, was the bomb--with soft layers of fat and lean meat and loads of droolsome gravy. It was one of the most fun dining experiences we’ve had, and you bet well be back.
05 Apr 2009 • 153 reviews • 11 followers

Tamaya Dining

We were quite "lost" with the varieties in the menu, but it did help with the english subtitles, but I though more pictures in the menu would be more helpful. Anyway, after like a very very long time, we finally decided on the items to order to share among us. Gals mah, just cant make up our minds! Hoho

While waiting for our dishes to come, we were served tea & appetizer. Mind you, they came at a price not cheap.

The tea was not free-flow like other Japanese restaurant, but was priced at $3 per pot. The appetizer, which we though was free ( since we dint order it), was priced at $3 each. So if you dun want the appetizer, make sure that you do let the waitress knows before the bill comes... For us, it was "water under the bridge" ... too late! SOB SOB.. What to do? Pay lah...

We ordered the following to share among us:

1)Buta Shoga Yaki - $12

This was a nice dish, which should go well with rice... Haha. But the best had yet to come...

2)California Maki - $10

Me ain't fan of california maki but serving was really huge with avocado & springy roe! A good substitute if you dun wan to order any rice/noodles dish...

3)Nigiri Mori - $10

One of my favorite -> Sashimi!!! Dun ask me how to differentiate them, coz other them salmon, I dunno which is which... But if my memory works well, there should be yellowtail, mackerel, tuna etc in the platter.

4)Wagyu Steak - $22

This was the best, unanimously agreed by the whole gang. The steak were nicely diced such that it did not end up being overcooked, yet small enough to place the whole cube in 1 mouth. It was important because, this would prevent the meat juice from oozing out. A must try indeed!

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