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181 Orchard Road
#01-16 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896

Friday:
12:00pm - 12:00am

Saturday:
12:00pm - 12:00am

Sunday:
12:00pm - 11:00pm

Monday:
12:00pm - 11:00pm

Tuesday:
12:00pm - 11:00pm

Wednesday:
12:00pm - 11:00pm

Thursday:
12:00pm - 11:00pm

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~$20/pax

Reviews at En Sakaba (Orchard Central)

Reviews of good food at En Sakaba (Orchard Central)
Kurobuta Pork

Grilled Black Pork Cheek with Wafu Sauce.
Pork is juicy and melts in the mouth, great combination with the egg! The sauce goes very well with the rice, i wished there's a little more sauce on the rice.

A casual bistro bar at the corner of Orchard Central. Few tables seating too. Nice ambience. If you're indoor, you'll get to see the Chef grilling the food. While for outdoor, you'll get to people watch.

Not a lot of selection on menu like some Japanese restaurant. This is something i like as they're focused on the few signatures items. Love to be back for more.

Zuwai Kani Miso Kourayaki [$13]

This has crabmeat, innards and roe all mixed into that creamy paste there, then topped with more crabmeat, ikura and a quail egg.
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Strong briny taste here with a subtle sweetness, and definitely very crabby. Half way through this, I beat the quail egg into the paste to enhance its taste and consistency. It was really salty though, so it works better as a side dish if you're having their chirashi or foie gras wagyu don.

Sake Food Pairing

Food and drink enthusiasts would be thrilled to find 5 informative workshops at the OC Food Festival. From chocolate to extra virgin oil and balsamic vinegar appreciation, I had a great time particularly at the sake food pairing workshop!

[Left to Right]

1. Sake & Butter-Steamed Japanese Clam paired with the refreshingly elegant Honjozo Yamadanishiki, also known as the "King of Sake Rice".

2. Grilled Jumbo Scallop paired with the Junmai Daiginjo that has a nice influenza tea ginjo fragrance.

3. Miso-Glazed Eggplant paired with the more refined, fragrant and intricate Junmai Nigori.

Located on the ground floor of Orchard Central, the OC Food Festival is ongoing till 14 August 2016. Email your details and preferred workshop to [email protected] should you wish to participate.

This was a hosted event by Orchard Central; many thanks to Whistler Wine & Spirits for conducting the Sake Food Pairing Workshop and Saffron Communications for the invitation!

Jumbo Hotate Yaki, Grilled Jumbo Scallop ($8.00++) with additional topping of Foie Gras ($5.00++).

One of my favourite foods, I'll always choose scallop if I see it on the menu. Love the fact that you can add extra toppings, from rich Foie Gras to Uni or even Mentaiko Cheese! It's like build-your-own-scallop! Delicately flavoured with light sauce, we were lucky enough to try this with Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 sakeβ€”which I wouldn't mind having again for it's sweet, fruity flavour. A good sake for noobs like myself.
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Japanese Lunch Bowls

Training My Chopstick Skills To Be On Point? πŸ˜‚ Using chopsticks all the way for set lunch which come along with a Salad,a bowl of Miso Soup and ice cream. Prices start from $15++. Satisfaction derived from Rice topped with fillets of Char-Grilled Eel.

Lunch Set

Kaisen Chirashi ($20++)
10 kinds of chef selection of sashimi (Ikura, Amabi, Hotate, Unagi, Anago, Hamachi, Maguro, Aburi Salmon, Salmon, Tamago Yaki) on En's Pink Sushi Rice (created with a special mix of Japanese condiments)
The set lunch was served with Salad, Japanese Appetiser, Asari miso soup and Ice-cream.
Available daily from 12pm - 3pm in @OrchardCentral
First time having pink colored rice with sashimi. Slightly flavoured, but would prefer it with a sweeter taste. |
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En Sakaba
Address 🏠 : 181 Orchard Road, # 01-16 Orchard Central, Singapore πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬ 238 896
Tel ☎️ : 6634 1018
Open πŸ’ˆ : 12pm - 11pm
MRT πŸš‡ : Somerset (NS23)

For Affordable Japanese Lunch Sets in Town

It's hard to miss this homey, cosy Japanese izakaya on the first floor of Orchard Central. Resembling the entrance of a Japanese home with its wooden fixtures and stacked sake barrels, this is a great place to head to for affordable lunch sets and pocket-friendly drinks at night. Available daily from noon to 3pm, set meals start from just $15, and each comes with complimentary salad, appetiser, miso soup with clams and ice cream. Go for the tasty Yakiniku Onsen Tamago Don ($15) β€” simmered beef slathered with yakiniku sauce and served with a wobbly onsen egg, or the Kaisen Chirashi ($20) β€” 10 kinds of sashimi served freshly sliced or grilled, atop a bed of En's pink sushi rice that "has been mixed with a special Japanese condiment". Drinks start from $8 for a glass of shochu and $10 for cocktails all-day β€” a pocket-friendly way to let loose after work, with some grilled-to-order skewers to munch on, of course!
Avg price: $15 per person
Photo by Burppler Ice Blossom

Kaisen Chirashi Don Set ($20)

With 10 kinds of sashimi for a donburi set lunch at just $20, it is definitely worth a try! Especially when it is not just normal sushi rice, it is LIGHT PINK sushi rice! According to the staff, the chef steams the half-cooked sushi rice with flowers and stirs with a mix of Japanese condiments.
😍 So pretty ~

However, as a sashimi addict, En Sakaba is not the place to curb my withdrawal symptoms. I find the sashimi rather dry and too thinly cut. I don't mind paying a few more bucks and take the lift up to Sumiya for better food.

Nonetheless, the staff were prompt in service and friendly as they explained the food items to us.πŸ‘ En Sakaba changes appetizers and desserts for the set lunches on a regular basis. They import ice creams from Japan and the chefs make the tofu cheesecakes on their own. Wow, talk about sincerity.

For a restaurant that is just about a month old, I hope to see improvements when I visit again. πŸ˜‡

Yakiniku Onsen Tamago Don Set ($15)

Let it flow~ Let it flow~ The runny onsen egg compliments the savory and sweet simmered beef. Decent yakiniku don and it is definitely on our list of affordable set meals in town! πŸ˜†

Also, we like that En Sakaba serves refillable Genmaicha ($2) which tastes similar to matcha but with extra fragrance from the roasted brown rice. 😘

Kaisen Chirashi Set ($15)

New Japanese restaurant next to Cold Stone Creamery at Orchard Central. Been craving for Japanese food for a while now and I'm glad this satisfied my belly! Ordered the Kaisen Chirashi Set that comes with appetizer, salad, Asari clams (!!) miso soup and the BEST Yuzu ice cream πŸ˜‹ While most of the other bowls had regular white rice, my Chirashi bowl came with pink sushi rice, supposedly mixed with a special Japanese condiment. Love how fresh the sashimi slices were and the torched + glazed slices were so tasty! Great value for money πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

Set Lunch

Cozy little Japanese restaurant where mummy and I had quite an enjoyable lunch. Set lunches are served from 12-3pm daily, ranging from $15-20. Each set comes with salad, Japanese appetizer, asari miso soup and ice cream. We had the Wakatori Don & Yakiniku Onsen Tamago Don, both of which were quite tasty and they certainly did not scrimp on the ingredients. Price & quality wise, pretty value-for-money!

En Kaisen Chirashi Don from En Sakaba, newly opened next to Cold Stone Creamery on the first floor of Orchard Central.

The unagi exudes the most personality amongst the aesthetic heavyweights, while elsewhere the boiled scallop plays conspicuously like Khong Guan in a sea of Henri Charpentier and the pink sushi rice fusses up the kitchen sink proceedings. 3.4/5
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On a completely, absolutely and definitely unrelated note, it has come to my attention that there are unscrupulous business owners out there who explicitly pass themselves off as being formerly from or previously owning an established rival's restaurant to steal the latter's shine and instantly gain credibility on a fraudulent basis. It's dirty pool and I cannot condone it.
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It pains me tremendously to see these mercenaries successfully exploit trusting and unsuspecting individuals by feeding them in exchange for their regurgitation of scripted spiel on social media channels in manner of daytime TV presenters reading off autocue or similar, and these individuals unwittingly end up abetting the mercenaries' murky agenda when all they intended was to reciprocate and spread the word in exchange for the free meal. It's a fairly sad state of affairs.

Foie Gras Yakiniku Onsen Tamago Don

The name's a mouthful, but think of this as a truffle sliced beef Don with Foie Gras with an Onsen egg in the middle. A pretty enjoyable bowl at $22 where all comes with a savoury sauce and Furikake for better flavour β€” the Foie Gras was melt-in-the-mouth and smothered in the savoury sauce so it doesn't come too gamey and quite enjoyable in my opinion, though the beef requires a little more consistency for a more even texture (some were a little overdone and gamey though some are fine), not forgetting that whiff of truffle that is enough to taste without running into the beef or rice. Overall a bowl I don't mind having and would pay for, especially if anyone is in for their $8 per glass Shochu or $10 cocktails after dinner!

En Sakaba is located at Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #01-16

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