Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal Grill Restaurant [Review]

Food Review

Alright, if you have not eaten or are feeling hungry now, I suggest that you should not read on. Cos the food I am going to recommend will only make you regret why you are not at the restaurant right now.

Organized by OpenRice Singapore, a group of food lovers were gathered to try out the newly open Japanese Grill located at Boat Quay – Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal Grill Restaurant.


One thing that usually deter us from having grill is the smoke and probably the smell that lingers on our clothing after meal. However, at Arashi Yakiniku they uses a brand new grill from Japan that is smoke-less. With it, there is practically no trace of the BBQ smell when we left the place. Superb!


So what you expect in this restaurant? Let me bring you through what we have enjoyed.

À la carte

Appetizers – Namuru (Side Pickled Vegetables) - $7.80


Salad – Arashi Kaisen Salad (Seafood Salad) - $15.80
Don’t be too eager or hungry to finish up all the entire plate of salad, cos you would probably enjoy it even more after having all the meat. The refreshing  prawn and salmon with the lemon-based sauce will be your saving grace from a night of ‘heavy’ meat.

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Soup – Asari Miso Soup (Clam Miso Soup) - $7.80
One of the best miso soup I have ever tried, usually we have the plain miso soup but the Asari Miso Soup is so much tastier with the fresh clam in it.

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Fish – Gindara Nitsuke (Japanese Cod Fish) - $18.80
I’m not a fish lover, so initially I have decided to skip this dish but finally gave it a try and like what the other friends mentioned, there isn’t much ‘fishy’ taste and when dip in the sauce, the fish is pretty sweet too.


Tempura – Tempura Moriwase - $23.80
Oh, this is good! Hailed as the speciality of the Chef, I can understand why it was so highly recommended. The failure of tempura is when you can taste the oil after the frying. But this prawn tempura is done to perfection, no stale oil taste and at the same time, not losing out on the freshness and sweetness of the prawns.


Rice – Ninniku Gohan (Garlic Fried Rice) - $4.80
First time I tried Garlic Fried Rice, and since I am a lover for garlic, I love this fried rice. One thing to note, this fried rice is only done when you order, so it will take some time to prepare, but you definitely taste the best.


Dessert - Arashi Mango Pudding
Not on the menu, this is a special dessert prepared just for us. Nice personal touch from the restaurant.


Charcoal Grill

“Ohmi" grade A4 wagyu beef. Beef are usually graded from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best and highest grade. So at Arashi Yakiniku, you will be paying for premium beef. If you would like to try grade A5 beef, you can call earlier to reserve and make your order.

Japanese Tenderloin - $68.80
This part is with the least fat, hence it’s the perfect meat to start off your grill. But don’t for a second think that it is not going to be good. You will not be disappointed by how well the taste is. Just less than a minute on the grill, you can take it up and savour the delight in your mouth.


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Japanese Ribeye - $68.80
One look at the meat you know it’s not going to be the common Ribeye you have tasted usually. Even the lines and grains on the meat looked so fresh and well prepared. You can either grill it after you have dipped into the sauce given or personally I prefer the original taste of beef, without any sauce, just the meat.

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Before I go on with the rest of the grill, one thing to specially mentioned is the type of grill we are using. As you may already have noticed, this restaurant does not use gas but actually charcoal. And the staff will regularly heap in more charcoal to maintain the heat for grilling.


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Japanese Sirloin - $88.80
My favourite pick when it comes to beef steak. The combination of meat and fat is to me the best in this cut. Put in on grill and immediately you wish to have more. One other thing to mention besides the meat, on every plate of meat ordered, there will always be a slice of pumpkin or mushroom to go along. If you have never tried grilled pumpkin like me, I would highly recommend it. It’s so sweet and fragrant.



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Japanese Kurobuta (Belly) - $19.80
This is a total surprise for me. I thought the pork will surely lose out when compared to the beef but I was so wrong. The pork belly was one of the best meat for grill of that night. With its high in fat, we were told to not grill it right in the middle of the grill plate but leaving it on the side will suffice. Oh, how fragrant was the grilled meat and it was indeed a melt-in-your-mouth type of experience. Highly recommended!



Japanese Kurobuta (Collar) - $20.80
Just as good as the belly cut, the collar cut gives you more meat to chew on, and with the sauce given just for the pork grill, it brought the taste to a better flavour, with the sweetness and freshness of the meat and also the refreshing taste of the slightly ‘lemon-taste’ sauce.


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Seafood (Squid - $6.80 / Tiger Prawn - $12.80 / Scallop - $12.80)
If you are tired of having meat, then you can always choose to grill some of the seafood selection.


Chicken – Momi Tare Chicken - $9.80
Chicken is usually the most common meat we have daily, however still give it a try, for the price I am sure you won’t be disappointed. I regret not asking for some chilli if possible. I’m sure will go even better with this Momi Tare Chicken.


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Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal Grill Restaurant
No. 48 Boat Quay Singapore 049837
Contact: 6535 2841 / 8118 6383 (call or sms for reservation)
Opening Hours: 11:30am-3pm (Lunch) / 5:30pm-11pm (Dinner)
Closed on Sundays

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