Nestled among the lively, boisterous bars in Far East Square is a traditional Japanese eating establishment by the name of BOTAN Japanese Restaurant. Helmed by Executive Chef Thomas Kok, who spent an extensive period leading several F&B-related ventures in Japan, BOTAN prides itself on serving authentic Japanese dishes that emphasize good-quality ingredients.
Japanese cuisine has come a long way since its introduction to Singaporean diners, and BOTAN’s menu is testament to that. With prices starting from $10++ per starter, $35++ per main course, and $7++ for dessert, diners can be assured of a fulfilling meal with premium elements. Omasakse sets are also available at $68++ per person.
For starters, tantalise your tastebuds with some flavourful Pitan Tofu ($6++), which features a mix of chopped spring onions, century egg and ebiko atop . Between the pungent, sharp notes of the century egg and spring onion, and the popping texture of the ebiko, diners will be treated to a promising feast for the senses at the start of their meal.
The Fugu Mirin ($15++) is one for the books, with its unique texture and flavour rendered by the marinating and grilling of the dried puffer fish. The result of this cooking process is a taste and texture similar to bak kwa. Sweet and slightly hard to the bite.
Enjoy a mix of smooth, umami flavours in the next starter of choice, an Ikura Onsen ($15++). By combining the silky smoothness of the soft boiled egg yolk with the smaller ikura, BOTAN presents a dish that is simple, yet rich and interesting for the tastebuds.
The Monkfish Liver ($18++) is another hearty starter that boasts wholesome flavours and vibrant colours.
Savour more treats from the sea as you make your way to BOTAN’s menu of side dishes and mains. The Assorted Sashimi 3 Kinds ($48++) serves up mouthwatering slices of otoro (tuna belly), nama hotate (scallop), and salmon belly. The sashimi is generously cut, with an umami punch that cuts through the freshness of the fish. The fattiness of the otoro and salmon belly make this dish extremely satisfying!
Aside from undeniably fresh sashimi, BOTAN appeals to the hot-food loving masses with dishes like Ebi Mentaiyaki ($18+). The plump, fresh meat of the kuruma ebi (king prawn) is coated with a generous layer of rich, savoury mentaiko that adds a world of flavour to the shellfish.
The A5 Miyazaki Wagyu Beef ($80++) offers a decadent indulgence for beef lovers. Tuck into perfectly seared beef cubes with rich marbling, accompanied by an assortment of toppings like garlic and salt.
For non-beef eaters, the Hokkaido Pork Honey Black Pepper Yaki ($18++) is a worthy substitute, with rich, fatty pock slices that boast a sweet aftertaste from the honey.
BOTAN returns with more flavours of the sea with a trio of Premium Sushi ($24++), consisting of botan ebi (prawn), hirame (flounder), and kanpachi (amberjack). Each piece of sushi is expertly pressed, to bring you the best flavours and textures you can enjoy in one bite. The hirame and kanpachi will appeal to most tastebuds, with the appetising freshness lingering long after your last bite.
Last but not least, tuck into familiar comfort food in the form of Nagasaki Sara Udon ($16++). The deep-fried, thin noodles coated with thick gravy bring to mind our beloved local crispy noodles, with a mix of seafood, pork, and mixed vegetables to complete this wholesome and satisfying dish.
Diners looking for an authentic Japanese meal without all the pretentious bells and whistles, will find respite at BOTAN. Enjoy a mix of hot, cooked food with fresh, raw seafood when you dine here!
Address: Far East Square 01-01
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer DT18
Monday to Friday: 11.30am – 2.15pm, 5.45pm – 10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11.30am – 2pm, 5.45pm – 9.30pm
Contact: +65 6536 4404