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Served great food but of course it is come with a slightly high price. I had a wonderful meal with them. It is still worth it with the great ambience and good location. After that, there are lots of nearby places to chill out. Highly recommend you to try!
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We all know that the Clarke Quay, River Valley and Robertson areas are big on Japanese food. But little did i know i've been missing out on the biggest in-plain-sight gem, Z'en Japanese Cuisine, for so long. I've walked past (and even through) this restaurant at UE Square too many times and i can't believe i never considered going in.
Z’en is run by executive chef, Masashi Yasui from Kyoto. You'll be dizzy with choices just looking at the a la carte buffet menu (64 items in total) and there are a lot more in the main one. I would highly recommend the buffet for the quality items and reasonable price.
I was looking forward to lots of Shabu shabu after a recent authentic meal. Z'en serves both the beef and chicken shabu shabu. Needless to say, we went for the Australian Wagyu beef (200g for $39). The meat isn't sliced very thin and that took a while to cook on the portable stove but it was quite delicious with the ponzu sauce. Remember to ask for the peanut one too! We had at least 10 plates of this. Very nice and not too bad marbling.
Other than shabu shabu, other items include some sushi and salmon sashimi. The pieces of sashimi are very small (1/4 the regular size). It's easier to order a few more sets at a go. I wasn't expecting very high quality sashimi anyway so it met my expectations. The Aburi salmon sushi was nice too with small amounts of rice and the salmon was nicely torched. We gave the rest of the sushi a miss to save our stomach space. Of course the rice and noodles section was left unordered. If you must, try the Zuwai Chahan with gravy (Crab Fried Rice, mui fan style, S$23).
From the Grilled Dishes, you mustn't miss the Sirloin Steak with ponzu sauce (200g for S$32). This was perfectly grilled to a tender pink and when it was served, we simply ignored the shabu shabu. This is THE DISH to eat. The fried garlic at the side were irresistible and went well with the meat. For moo moo lovers, do order the Stir Fried Tenderloin Beef cubes with mashed potatoes as well (we forgot about it)
The boys loved the Grilled Squid (S$13) and Baked Oysters as well. Not too rubbery, nicely grilled and rather fresh. There are some skewers and grilled fish on the menu but we gave that a miss.
From the fried section, i adored the Cream Crab Croquette (4pcs for S$10), Ebi Tempura (3pcs for S$13) and Age Gyoza (5pcs for S$10).
Everytime i come here i always order their grilled salmon with buttered soya sauce. My ultimate favorite! I also love the asparagus with blue cheese sauce. And their sushi menu is quite good too! one of my favorite japanese resto in singapore. Although a bit warm, its perfect for a after-work dinner and drinks. おいしいかった！
Wagyu Beef Shabu Shabu was pretty good and ambience is pleasant. Salmon with cream is not bad for those that like butter.
However, other a-la-carte dishes can be improved and disappointing for the price. E.g. Mixed yakitori plate were well grilled but some of the meats were either not flavourful, not tender, had strange hard bits in it or just lots of fats. Cod fish was surprisingly dry.
Also, rather limited selection of dishes that can be used under the Entertainer App.
good quiet place, away from the big crowd. The buffet sashimi and wagyu beef is really good and will go back to eat there again. And a good range of Japanese sake to choose. I prefer the outdoors and a good place where friends can eat , enjoy and talk.
I have walked past this place many times and finally decided to make on online reservation for lunch. The setting is a dark, cozy one with the vibe of a mid to fine dining environment which is popular with Japanese tai tais.
Looking at the different options, I decided to indulge myself with the Business Set Lunch ($35), which was the most premium of the options available.
The meal started with a pork belly salad. It was a generous portion of pork belly and was tasty, but definitely defied the word "healthy" being associated with "salads".
I then had the sushi and sashimi course, which consisted of salmon, tuna, prawn, swordfish and squid sushi together with slices of salmon, tuna and white fish tuna. Fish was fresh and the rice had a good level of vinegrette in it. Nice
Next was the Dobin Mushi, a tea pot soup that was also quite tasty itself.
This was followed by some prawn and vegetable tempura (tempura moriwase). The oil used was quite fresh and the prawns had a nice firm bite to it.
The main course was some beef and cod slides and finally for dessert, some light sorbet to end it all.
At this price point, I must say that portions are generous and one cannot complain.