Sunday, 31 August 2014

[Food Tasting] Saboten, the World's largest tonkatsu chain

With so many Japanese eateries booming, sometimes choosing what to eat becomes quite a headache. Here's one great option you can include in your list; SABOTEN!

Some of you may have already heard its name, for it is voted by HungryGoWhere as Singapore's best tonkatsu restaurant and is known to be the world's largest tonkatsu chain with more than 50 outlets worldwide! Establised in 1966, Saboten emphasises on simple yet elegant food preparations that highlight the unique flavour profiles of their ingredients. Thanks to the team made up of finest chefs and experienced staff, guests get to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisines prepared and served to the highest standards.

An outlet was freshly opened at 313@Somerset level B2 (Relocation from its Parco outlet), with exclusive offerings to its menu and a whole new different concept. An inviting vibe it exudes, the new Saboten outlet has a peaceful feeling permeates the restaurant. A recurring motif you will find is the top view of a cactus, which lends symbolism and inspires the restaurant's name. "Saboten" means "cactus" and the Japanese admire the plant's ability to survive for long period without water. It embodies endurance and its thorns and flowers are the symbol of growth and vitaltity.

To celebrate its opening of this new outlet, Saboten from 313@Somerset outlet added Iberico Loin Katsu, Fried Jumbo Prawn and a few grilled items into their menu, exclusively only at this outlet!

The Iberico Loin Katsu Set (S$28) is Saboten's first and only exclusive creation! Native to the Iberian Peninsula, acorn-fed black Iberian pigs have an ability to store fat insde - not just around - their muscle tissues and thus their meat is wonderfully marbled. The meat is delightfully unctuous and tender in every bite!

A plus point is that the pork contains unsaturated fats, which help to reduce the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol level. So put your worries behind and enjoy this dish of goodness!

The full set;

Next, the Fried Jumbo Prawn Set (S$26), featuring a mammoth, ocean-fresh prawn sprawled on a plate.
This king of Shrimp is enveloped in a crispy exterior that is crunchy to the last bite with superior soft meat inside!

The full set,

All set menus come complete with side dishes: free refills of the light and fluffy Japanese imported rice, miso soup and Saboten's most raved about shredded cabbage. On top of these, diners also get to enjoy a serving of silky smooth chawanmushi, pickles and refreshing Yuzu sorbet respectively. Awesome isn't it?! I think its all worth the price with all the yummy goodness in a set! Their rice especially, is one of the best rice i've ever tasted!

Other than doling out a gamut of special Japanese Katsu, Saboten has also introduced two grilled items for locals to enjoy. The Grilled Chicken Set (S$18) and Grilled Salmon Set (S$21) are hearty offerings and the ingredients are enlivened by a hint of woodsy smoke!

Saboten provides only high-grade ingredients. Every side dish is created to match the quality of their lauded tonkatsu. The insistence to use only premium ingredients translates to the creation of a memorable set meal each and every time;

Rice: Specially imported from Japan, their fluffy rice boasts an enticing aroma and al dente texture.

Pork: Only grain- and baley-fed pigs are used. Hence, explains the reason for their juicy and tender cutlets.

Tonkatsu Sauce: A Saboten's pride and joy. Their sauce is developed by Saboten's very own R&D team with over 10 different types of spices, fruits and vegetables - all simmered to extract the flavours.

Sesame: We grind premium sesame seeds slightly to release their fragrance and in turn they help to brighten the flavour of our sauce.

Breadcrumbs: Saboten's freshly-made breadcrumbs which gives their tonkatsu the crispy yet not cloying oily.

Cabbage: Served Chilled. The crunchiness attests to its fresh quality.

Goma Dressing: Following their very own perfected recipe, they created a dressing that is creamy and velvety, yet still carries the natural aroma of the sesame.

Diners can mix their own sauce in a unique way,

Overall, had an awesome dining experience at Saboten!!
Would definitely love to go back there to dine again!
Had Matcha Ice-cream to end the night..
you can tell from the picture its all chilled with icing bits all over, Not the rich kind but still loving it!

Asked Fif to join me that night, so here's a picture of us!
To Fif: Thank you for making your trip down to join me even with your cramps and all..

Address: Saboten 313@Somerset; 313 Orchard Road #B2-02/03 (S) 238895
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10:00pm
Contact number: 6333 3432

Sunday, 24 August 2014

[Food Tasting] FATTY CHOO INTERNATIONAL STEAMBOAT [Update: Please be informed that their operation have ceased!]

Feeling all happy after receiving a text from Jessie, asking me to join her for an afternoon brunch with her good pals. The main intention was also to try out the newly opened Steamboat buffet at West Coast Plaza - Fatty Choo International Steamboat Buffet as introduced by Jas and her partner. It was a total satisfying experience for us and i am more than happy to share it here with you! =)

Weekend Lunch Steamboat Buffet started from 11:30am and ends at 3pm. All of us agreed to meet up at Clementi bus interchange at 11:15am, and took a bus down to West Coast Plaza.

Opened on 2nd June 2014 by one of Singapore's very own celebrity chef, Chef Choo, who was formerly the Executive Chef of Rendezvous Hotel Singapore. Chef Choo, who is best known for his vast experience and exceptional cooking skills, brings over his expertise in creating a sumptuous spread of local dishes. No doubt on the serveral news and magazine articles spotted on the front of the restaurant.

About Chef Choo and his passion in Culinary,
 Features on i-Weekly Magazines,

We had the opportunity to take a group photo with Celebrity Chef Choo,
thank you Chef Choo for being so friendly!

Its not even 12noon yet there were already groups of families there, starting to fill up their stomach!

There were four different types of soup broths in the menu and each table can get to choose two types! We tried all four and i personally like both the Tom Yum and the Japanese Bonito as their flavours are richer. While the Bak Kut Teh soup broth have to be boiled longer in order to have the ingredients infused with the taste. Nevertheless, having Bak Kut Teh is a rare sight in a steamboat restaurant. I guess, Chef Choo wanted to incorporate Singapore's flavour into their soup broth option too! This is something really interesting!
Katsuobushi (Dried Bonito Flakes) will be served if customer ordered the Japanese Bonito soup broth.
Sprinkle a little portion of it at a time to add greater taste to the broth!

While waiting for the four different broth to be ready, i walk around to check out their ingredients.
Ingredients are placed neatly and categorised into vegetables, meatballs, meat, noodles and raw items. When it comes to buffet, I actually like the trays to be small which make the number of trips to refill them higher.. in this case, food will always be served clean and fresh! =)

They offers a wide variety of in-house, freshly handmade meatballs, cheeseballs, sotong/ prawn balls, and fishballs!

There are different types of noodles available - Maggie, Yee Mee and handmade noodles!
And they also provide Salads! I love their Potato Salad!

This restaurant really knows how to satisfy people's palate with their specialities that include one of the yummiest food on earth - Salmon Sashimi on ice, Tiger Prawns on ice and Snow Crab (Served during dinner only);

They also have stations for Rojak and Laksa;


They also serve delicious cooked food too!
At the time of our visit, there were Tempura, Pork Belly, BBQ Fish with Sambal Chili and Bao;
I was surprise when i tasted their Char Siew Bao and got to know that their Bao are specially handmade by them as well!
The outer skin were thin and fluffy while the fillings tasted just right!

Now, let's put all things together and feast in..

Over at one corner, placed a range of different sauces and some of the unique ones can be found here..
such as..

and this - Sesame and Peanut Dip! I tried and am really like its texture and sweet taste, really yummy and appetising!

Moving on to desserts..

Their signature dessert and one of the highly-raved dessert are in these glass cups, Durian Pengat on ice!
Made with highest quality Durian, people who love Durian will definitely go for more than a cup of these sweetened Durian pulp!

Freshly prepared fruits;

Ice-cream section;
Very unique sweet flavours they have, such as the Tutti Fruitty in Rainbow colour, the Lemon Sherbet, the Tropicana, and Green Tea.

I took a bit of every flavour to try! ^ ^
Group photo with the girls, thank you for inviting me over with you all! 
They were all so lovely and nice to dine with! =)
Another Group photo! Thank you Fatty Choo for all these happy food!

You may want to know,

Location and directions,

They are also currently having a half-year opening promotion on their buffet price which will last till December 2014. Check out this link:

For other updates/ promotions, visit their Facebook Page: