Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rakuzen (樂膳) @ Millenia Walk, Singapore (Food rating: 3/5)

If you have cravings for Japanese food, perhaps you can consider dining at Rakuzen at Millennia Walk. Though the menu was not kids-friendly, the restaurant is definitely family-friendly. 

My family and I had lunch there on a weekend and the crowd was manageable. 

Tairyo SSM Mori, priced at SGD95 (10 kinds of sashimi) Salmon, Salmon Belly, Squid, Tuna, Scallop, Prawns, Roe, etc. The sashimi platter was very fresh and enjoyable.  (Food rating: 4/5)

We ordered a plate of Salmon, priced at SGD15, and were delighted that the fish slices were extremely fresh. Each mouthful was heavenly. I was busy eating the salmon that I forgot to take pictures. (Food rating: 4/5)

Surumeika Sugata or BBQ Squid, priced at SGD14, was delicious but was a little overcooked. The squid was a little tough and chewy. I don't think there was any marinade on the squid but the taste was superb. (Food rating: 3/5)

Asparagus with Bacon Yakitori, priced at SGD6, was a little disappointing. The asparagus was thick and fresh but the bacon strip was a little bland. The asparagus would take great with the salted bacon strips grilled till it was a little charred. But this dish lacked that ommph feeling. (Food rating: 2/5)

Tatami Iwashi or Whitebait, priced at SGD6, surprised me. From the menu it looked like a piece of grilled cuttlefish. But when the waitress explained that it was made of white bait fishes grilled together to form a tissue-like paper. There was a very nice fragrance from the tatami (or sheet) as the tiny tissues were grilled till it was golden brown. In local terms, it was like eating anchovies grilled into sheets. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Eihire or Grilled Stingray Fins, priced at SGD9, really got me dumbstruck. I wonder exactly which part of the stingray were the fins taking out from. Instead of biting the fins (Food rating: 4/5)

Deep-Fried Soft Shell Crab, priced at SGD14, was a little oily. However, the crab was fresh. I hope that they could drain off the excess oil. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Yakinikujyu or Beef Don, priced at SGD16, was delicious. The rice were chewy and grainy. The beef slices were tender and moist. Eating the pearly white rice with a beef slice was heavenly. I loved it immensely. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Banana Chocolate, or Banana Tempura, priced at SGD8, was a refreshing way of having dessert. The banana fritters drizzled with chocolate syrup was nice. However, the banana slices in the fritter were bland and the fritters tasted oily as if they were not drain off well. (Food rating: 3/5)

Yuzu Sherbet, priced at SGD3, was refreshing. I love the sourness and sweetness of the Yuzu dessert. (Food rating: 4/5)

Ice Zenzai, priced at SGD8, was refreshing. The mildly sweet red beans and green tea ice cream were an excellent combination. Eating them together was a great balance. The red bean were not mushy too. (Food rating: 3/5)

Goma Ice Cream or Black Sesame Ice Cream, priced at SGD3, was very rich in taste and texture. Black sesame was believed to enhance black hair.  (Food rating: 3/5)

Strawberry Ice, priced at SGD3, looked very cute and the kids love it. Fresh strawberry stuffed with ice cream was not only innovative but also cute. A balanced combination of sour strawberry with sweet ice cream. (Food rating: 3/5)

Siratama Zenzai, priced at SGD5, was the hot version of Iced Zenzai. Similar to the cold version, you have two mochi balls.  With the size of a marble, it was very chewy. Together with the red bean and matcha ice cream, the chewy ball tasted better.  (Food rating: 3/5)

Sukiyaki, priced at SGD18, was a Japanese style hot pot. I was furious with myself for not taking the photo before eating. The broth was sweet with vermicelli, beef slices, Chinese lettuce and carrots. The soup was just nice - neither too sweet nor too bland. The vegetables were generous but the beef slices were sparse. You could easily count the slices within 5 seconds. (Food rating: 3/5)

Preserved Ginger Slices

Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard #01-14/19, Time2 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Price per pax: $
Rating: 3/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4.5/5

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