The hardest thing about leaving Japan at the end of my holidays there is saying goodbye to her rich food culture – there’s something about its freshness and keen attention to detail that can only be replicated by authentic Japanese chefs or the most well trained in Singapore.
Thanks to ANA – yes, that same Japanese airline that brought us the iconic Stars Wars themed aeroplane late this year – shoppers at Suntec City get to sample 7 popular Japanese concepts at the aptly named Eat@7, located on Suntec City’s top level. One of them being Enbu, Singapore’s first warayaki and charcoal grill izakaya.
Food here is cooked using the traditional method of warayaki – straw roasted cooking, which explains the smokiness and oh-so flavourful morsels!
Unlike the other food concepts, Enbu is located outdoors next to Indochine. Perfect for a quiet, laidback meal with your partner or colleagues if you appreciate the city view and proximity of drinks and merrymaking!
Enbu dishes up the usual suspects of starters, sashimi platters, even hotplate and steamed items. I went with Sugar’s recommendation of the Tsukune Ibsen Tamago ($13), which consisted of an onsen egg atop a chicken patty. Oh – and that’s shredded red chilli around it, in case you were wondering. Doesn’t it look like a bird’s nest?
The patty itself is rather flavourful, complimented by the tasty sweet sauce and runny egg yolk. Having had one too many onsen eggs that turned out to be half cooked or even worse, hard boiled (especially by a renowned ramen chain, *cough cough*), I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the yolk oozed out of its gelatinous casing!
Lunch goers at Enbu get to dine on their donburi with miso soup and choice of drink (Hot or Cold Green Tea) – the Salmon Ikura Don ($18) was a hearty bowl of rice, grilled salmon slices and the biggest ikura I’ve seen. Was quite intrigued by the mint leaf and lettuce in there, too. Gave the bowl an extra crunch and freshness.
And don’t get me started on the salmon slices – so heavenly! Enbu’s method of grilling them definitely paid off as they had that perfect, melt-in-your-mouth consistency. If only I could have food like this everyday.
Food at Enbu carries a heavy price tag, but it’s worth indulging in once a while – or whenever you’re craving good Japanese cuisine. Thanks to Sugar for helping me discover this gem of a place in Suntec City! 😉
Address: Suntec City 03-307
Contact: 6268 8043
Opening hours: 11am – 0.30am daily
Nearest MRT: Promenade MRT Station.