Game for Yatagarasu Yakitori


Author: Alex Chua

Strong, juicy and meaty, just the thought of having yakitori never fails to bring up the joy in me. And Yatagarasu Yakitori is no exception in conjuring this gastronomic pleasure. If you’ve dined at this quaint-essential Japanese yakitori restaurant before, you would’ve noticed a common principle behind the skewers – the uncomplicated simplicity of ordering and food presentation with no shortage of flavour. As a lover of barbecued Japanese skewers, especially authentic ones with beer, I can’t wait to join in for a culinary adventure.


The 36-seat restaurant in Circular Road is helmed by Chef Kota Tanabe, who has over 12 years of experience, including working at a Japanese izakaya (gastropub where after-work professionals dine and drink sake) in Singapore. Chef Kota is friendly and knowledgeable, and he enjoys interacting with diners, surprising them with nuggets of information on the ingredients and preparation methods. The interior exudes the Japanese izakaya vibe, with its red paper lanterns inscribed in Japanese letters, wooden furnishing and lacquered bamboo tracing along the ceiling.


Yatagarasu has one of the widest pork wrap skewers selection in Singapore, with our 15 types of pork belly wraps to choose from, each skewer is unique in presentation and taste. The ‘lollipop’ Shiso Leaf Pork Wrap is among the many skewers I craved in this establishment. The light, mellow flavour of the shiso leaf complements the meaty, juicy wraps, barbequed to a perfect whitish pink with glistening grill marks. Chef Kota lets me try the shiso leaf itself and I am surprised how a bland ingredient commonly found in Japan can elevates the meat taste.


Next, the Enoki Mushroom Pork Wrap gives a texturized bite to the meat. The barbequing process also helps to enhance the enoki mushroom flavour, balancing the meat profile. This is a good skewer companion for a glass of cold, chilled beer.


Perhaps the most creative/ experimental pork wrap skwer of all, the Yakisoba Pork Wrap is also the most visually arresting. With the yakisoba sauce pouch placed on top of the meat, you have to slightly squeeze the pouch end to emit sweet delicious straight into the sauce.


Besides the unique pork belly wraps, Yakitori also doles out an array of barbecued skewers featuring chicken and vegetables. Try the popular chicken wings, soft bone and the fillet skewers ($2.50 each) with the restaurant home-made yakitori sauce to kick the indulgence up a notch.


For lunch, the restaurant has a special meu featuring Oyako-Don (chicken and egg rice bowl). Both chicken and egg are summered in a flavourful dashi sauce. Only 50 bowls will be served each afternoon and the lunch service starts from 11.30am.

Yatagarasu Yakitori
72 Circular Road
#01-01 Singapore 049426

FOOD: Eat At Seven’s Maguro-Donya Miura-Misaki-Kou Sushi & Dining collaborates with renowned Japanese Unagi Wholesaler Yamada Suisan


Author: Alex Chua

Unagi connoisseurs would be pleased to note that Yamada Suisan, the famed Japan’s unagi wholesaler and top eel breeder, is collaborating with a Singapore restaurant: Eat At Seven’s Maguro-Donya Miura-Misaki-Kou Sushi & Dining (Maguro-Donya). These unagis (eels) are bred in clean, fresh underground water that runs to a depth of 70 metres underground, employing a 24-hour monitoring system to ensure that the quality of these eels are not affected.

The collaboration is made possible thanks to the matchmaking efforts of All Nippon Airways Group (ANA). This means that the restaurant can procure premium, top grade unagi at wholesale cost, and offer customers at exceptionally affordable prices!

An extremely popular haunt amongst the Japanese community, this fish specialist is wooing local fans with its prices and attention to taste. Helmed by Chef Takuya Matsumoto and Takayoshi Shishido, the restaurant has its own fleet of fishing trawlers and hence able to curate the freshest maguro and sashimi around the world and fly them directly to Singapore via ANA air freight. Maguro-Donya also imports Hokkaido rice directly from Japan, and each grain of rice served is al dente, moist and simply unforgettable!

The affordable Una Jyu Set (U.P. $35.80) came with grilled Unagi eels and 4 usual side dishes. Presented in a beautifully lacquered wooden box, the unagi, glazed with Teriyaki sauce, is tender, succulent and tasty, and you can literally taste the light, fluffy texture of the rice. One special mention is the green tea kanten, the mild green tea flavour emits gradually in the mouth without being overpowering or too bland.

Top up just $7 and you could enjoy the fresh and thick slices of the Premium Maguro, to be served alongside the Unagi bowl. The Una Jyu Sashimi Set (U.P. $42.80) is ideal for working professionals who wants a taste of quality fish and a wholesome meal.

Ala carte option is also available if you want to order just this delightful fish. Overall, I am sold by the texture, the combination of creamy fall-apart flesh with crisp skin and the interplay of sweet nodes from the Teriyaki sauce. Definitely a must-try for the unagi lovers.

Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard #03-314
Singapore 038983

Operating Hours: 11am – 2.40pm
5.30pm – 11.30pm, Monday – Sunday


Japanese Cosmetics – SANA


Do you want long lashes like this? Okay, I cheated here. As you can see, fake eyelashes are sticked on.

But to have it so curvy, you need to curl it after you paste the eyelashes on. Remember to also apply some mascara after the curls.

The two items that I will be review are

– SANA EX-LASH Curl & Volume Mascara ($24.90)

– SANA Powerstyle Eyelash Curler ($17.90)

I like the mascara a lot because it is not as cloggy as the other mascara outside and neither is it hard to remove despite being waterproof.

I hate it when the entire eyelid becomes heavy and black due to the application of some mascara. But for EX-Lash, the fiber are ultra light weight, so you can keep applying them again and again but you can’t feel a single thing. It can lengthens and add volumes to your lashes. I love the lengthening part!

Look at the slim glamour brush. It makes application easier and smoother. Just one brush onto your lashes makes it look more volumized and longer.


After the application, remember to curl it up to give your eyes a more dolly look. Because EX-lash contains W-Peptides, the curls can last longer as it firmly keeps the lashes upwards. Just curl it with Powerstyle Eyelash Curler and the curls can last up to an entire day. The curler has a spring that helps the lashes to curl without the need of you applying strength and the silicon rubber is specially molded in a way where it will not hurt the eye.

No lumpy lashes, no heavy lashes, no hard-to-remove mascara!


Without application:


With application:

With a single stroke, I can see obvious lengthening effect already! Of course, with more strokes, come longer and thicker lashes!

The mascara also contains 2 types on serum – Biotin Tripeptide-1 and Olio Peptide-24 which has repairing and protection properties. By the way, they also provide the lashes moisture and keeps the lashes healthy. What we want last is unhealthy lashes from all the makeup, right?

It is already available in stores if you are interested. SANA EX-Lash Curl & Volume Mascara is exclusively available only at SASA stores but you can find the curler at Tokyu Hands, BHG and John Little as well 🙂

When you spend more than $37 on SANA’s products, you can get the curler at only $3.70!! While stock lasts!

For more information, find them on their Facebook Page!

Japanese Skincare – SANA sheet masks

I was recently introduced to a new brand in my list. When the parcel reached me, I have colleagues telling me “Hey, this is one of the most famous brand in Japan!”

This famous brand is none other than SANA – I have tried it for 2 weeks and I am loving how easy and instant the effect is. It keeps my skin moisturized and supple. Take a look at the picture below for evidence:


My most most most favourite product from them is their SANA NAMERAKAHONPO instant sheet mask!

Top: Anti-aging (Wrinkle) Moist Sheet Mask $24.90
Bottom: Moist Sheet Mask $23.90

Remember, nobody is too early for anti-aging. You can start using anti-aging products as early as mid twenties.


I have my reasons to why I love these mask sheets!

1. They are very easy to use and convenient. Take them out like some facial wipes and spread it around the face. So clean and neat!

2. The elasticity of the mask is 188% where other mask stands between 107% to 133% only.

3. They are very affordable and SASA Singapore is currently running a promotion on them where you can get the 2nd buy at 50% off! (So affordable that I stocked up a few packets myself for my mom and James)



The security seals make sure that the masks are clean. Don’t even put those opened ones on your skin. It’s the face we are talking about yo!!



When you open the masks, you can see all the goodness inside. Be very very amazed by the amount of essence you can find in each piece of mask.

It contains vegetable collagen, fermented liquor of soybean, Hyaluronic Acid and Derivative of Vitamin C.

As for the Anti-aging Sheet Mask, it contains Fermentated liquor of soybeanxRetinol. People have experienced anti-wrinkle efficacy effect after 4 weeks of application!

You can use them on a daily basis for 5 minutes before bed time, or before your usual make up routine.



Look at the dear boy enjoying himself. Soaking his face with the essence. But this was taken 10 minutes after the application so the mask was a little drying up already. I tend to mask a little longer than the time stated cause I am a typical Singaporean. Kiasuuuu. Lol



The Moist Sheet Mast can be found in all SASA, Tokyu Hands, BHG & John Little Stores while the Anti-aging Sheet Mask is new and currently only exclusive to SASA Singapore stores.

Check them out on their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram at @sanasgp for more awesome products ahead! 🙂


Saboten Set Menu

World’s largest tonkatsu chain launches brand new dining concept.

The Saboten at IMM now has 18 brand new set menus!

With over 500 brances worldwide, Saboten has become the MUST-GO place for katsu aficionados, doling out heavenly breaded, deep-fried pork and chicken cutlets. Now, it is adding even more verieties such as shabu shabu and teppanyaki items to its katsu set meals to up the indulgence.

However, do take note that the rice and cabbage will no longer be free flow because of it’s unbeatable affordable prices. The lunch menu ranges from $14.90 to $21.90 only!!

Every set (no matter the price), comes with a set of cabbage and chawanmushi.

The chawanmushi is silky smooth omg. I gotta admit that I had 3 cups that night. There are real crab meat in there as well.

This is just one part of a set meal.

Look at the color of the salmon sashimi.

You can literally tell the freshness of it by looking at it.

Ebi Mentai and Scallop Menti were the highlights for me that night (other than the chawanmushi and their white rice). I think I had 5 prawns that night :X

The prawns span the size of a serving plate and they crowned with ebi mayo!!!

Scallops were pillowy and juicy!!

This is my set – Scallop and Aka Ebi Mentai and Mini Tenderloin Katsu Set at $20.90!! (Remember, all set comes with a chawanmushi and a bowl of cabbage)

I wasn’t kidding about the rice. They were so good as every serving of rice is tender and fluffy as the rice were imported from Japan to ensure it’s quality.

Saboten promises you an excellent Tonkatsu experience with the finest and freshest ingredients!

Their tonkatsu are voted number 1 in hungrygowhere!

I seriously have doubts with how they keep the profits rolling in. So much good food and they were priced so low.

Delicious is an understatement -full stop-

I am going to bribe you with pictures of the food.

The soup base of the shabu shabu is good tooo!!

As usual, Nic and me.

They had a promotion on 18 April where some of the sets were 50% off! The most expensive set only cost $10.45! Seriouslllllyyyyyy. I knew I had to go back there. I went with another 14 pax of friendly colleagues for lunch!

There are so so much more promotions. You have to visit their page to check them out!!

Please goooo!! :

Momiji Japanese Buffet – GOOD!

I have long heard of Momiji Japanese Buffet but have never been there personally because I like to stick to my usual buffet place, which, surprisingly, also belongs to the same group of company as Momiji!

Being a vivid fan of japanese food, I wouldn’t allow myself to miss out on food tasting like this. The restaurant I went to is located at 55 Newton Road, Revenue House.

A King Crab feast was also taking place during the visit. The feast was supposed to end some time later but due to overwhelming response, the crabs are running out fast!! So while stock lasts! The king crab feast is available with a promotion price of $37.80+++ for an adult. I was expecting the price to go over $50 but no. It is this affordable!!

Although it is called the King Crab Feast, you can also find yourself indulging in the freshest sashimi, wagyu beef, kurobuta, shabu shabu, Teppanyaki and seaaafooooooodddddd.

While indulging in the food, you can also enjoy free flow of Sapporo beer….. yes, this is also included in the buffet…. Free flow of beer… Mmmm… How do they even make profit?!

If you want cooked food, you can always go for other options. They have a variety of premium items. You can have fresh, to grill, to steam and so much more!!

No japanese buffet is japanese if they don’t serve chawanmushi.

Guilty but not sorry, I had 4 cups of chawanmushi that evening.

Some local delights can also be found in the buffet. This suits my family so much. My mom and brother prefers local delights while my dad and me prefers Japanese food. What a good place for a family buffet dinner. And the entire meal for the table would only cost us less than $200!

Char siew.

Deep fried tofu.


Mouth watering teppanyaki.

For dessert wise, you can to choose from a huge variety as well!! There is free flow of Haagen-Dazes ice cream, cakes, moji, chocolates, cream puffs and fruits!

They are all of better quality – expensive ice creams, thick creamy chocolates, sweet fruits and chilled cakes!

Visit their Facebook for more information on the buffets available! –

On TV again!: Ramen Kagetsu Arashi

I believed this is not some new news to the readers because you guys might have already seen it before me. Yup, the TVC interview for Ramen Kagetsu Arashi is out on national TV already. If you haven’t watch it, I think you can catch it in the evening on either Channel 8 or 5.

They are ranked third most popular ramen chain in Japan with more than 290 outlets worldwide. And within a short span of 6 months, Ramen Kagetsu Arashi had already opened 3 outlets in Singapore! – Star Vista, Cathay and Tampines 1.

You can customise the flavours and add oomph to your dishes with the add-ons they have. One of it which caught my attention was the garlic where you can crush the garlic yourself with their unique garlic press tool.

The most popular broth is the Garlic Tonkotsu which bought fame to the restaurant. Now, they have done it again.

Two new exclusive dishes were introduced – Ginjiro ramen and Itameshi dry curry rice.

The Ginjiro ramen is a laborious dish but is well worth the effort. Pork bones are simmered over long hours so that their natural sweetness can be extracted, Dried bonito (the flakes that you can find in your Tako Balls), kelp and several ingredients are then tossed to achieve that flavoursome goodness.

Overall, this Kagetsu Ramen original is rich in collagen and a definite must-try.

I like the broth so much that I wouldn’t mind a second bowl. I don’t even care about the calories anymore. I asked about the egg, it wasn’t served with runny egg because it might affect the taste of the broth. For people who love runny eggs, you can order the egg as a side, just like what I did.

You know, I am feeling all hungry again as I type this. Or maybe… I just need to sip a few spoonful of the broth..

Itameshi dry curry rice. Although it says curry, but it is not spicy at all.

A blend of spices lends a moderately spicy punch; even those who cannot take spicy food will relish the perfumed mixture. The rice is slightly scorched to create a crispy texture and smoky aroma.

Resting atop the rice is a wonderfully prepared egg, fragrant and cooked to perfection.

Nic, my partner for the TVC shoot. We loved the food so much that we just had to order everything on the menu.

I ordered 2 bowls of ramen for myself that day. Not kidding yo! Besides that, other side dishes were ordered which the rest of them on the table happily finished them because I could no longer take in anymore food.

T commented that he really love this.

Gyoza, which was mixed with a DIY sauce dip that night.

The gyoza was filled with juicy meat filing on the inside and crispy pastry skin on the outside. The skin is specially imported from Japan and even after frying, it retains its crispiness and chewy texture.

T, Nic and me!

Happy boys and girl with happy tummy.

Good food! New found ramen stall…… added to my list of favourite restaurants.

Miam Miam Singapore

Newest French-Japanese Cafe kitchen offers delectable dishes made from scratch with top-grade ingredients and the prices are pocket friendly to the highest priced item only at $18.80.

Miam Miam, the French-Japanese fine casual cafe kitchen is a labour of love globetrotting friends with a passion for food. Marrying French techniques with Japanese inspired flavouries and ideologies, the team at Miam Miam is engineered to deliver a consistently excellent experience.

As you can see, it is located near BHG (level 2).


The dining space is casual and warm with the busy percussion of the kitchen playing in the background. The open space gives a full view of their centerpiece kitchen, living up to its cafe kitchen name.

For me, I am a noodles person rather than a rice person. I would pick ramen or pasta anytime in replacement of rice.

Talk about pasta, what I loved about them is the consistency of the pastas and Miam Miam pasta is definitely one of the best that I had tried so far.

The speciality is their Miam Miam Spaghetti which is priced at $15.80. I really gotta praise them on their generous servings of food. What you see in the picture is also what you will get when you dine there. Value for money!

Squid Ink Pasta at $16.80

Lobster Bisque Pasta ($18.80) was served with a grilled tiger prawn. It was the most expensive item in the entire menu but trust me, you can’t find this main outside for just $18.80.

My favourite main for that night was their Carbonara at $15.80. Unlike the usual carbonara you eat outside, the sauce is more watery than the creamy kind. The taste is very dependent on the egg yolk you see right in the middle.

Now for the rice, the Riz Au Curry ($15.50) is also one of the highly recommend. It is actually baked rice served with homemade Japanese Curry, pork frankurters, cheese, broccoli and egg. We all know that Japanese Curry ain’t really spicy, so the same for this, not exactly spicy at all!

The Souffle De Nauge ($15.50) was something that I wanted to try long ago. This top is made of egg and cheese. Like the Riz Au Curry, you can find bake rice underneath the richness.

A meal isn’t complete without desserts.

You gotta try Miam Miam Souffles. There are three flavours to choose from – Vanilla / Matcha / Chocolate.

Caramelised Apple Pancake ($12.80)

I was taken aback by the taste of the pancake because I had imagined the pancake to be bland and fluffy, but to my surprise, it was actually sweet and addictive (for me). I like it when the ice cream melts and made the entire pancake soggy 🙂

Chocolate Molleaux ($9.80). This is one really sinful devil! Chocolate and Ice cream. I think I can have 2 servings at one go!


Food: 4/5 stars
Services: 3.5/5 stars
Ambience: 3.5/5 stars


Miam Miam is currently located at:
#02-14 Bugis Junction (Outside BHG) 200 Victoria Street Singapore 188021

Tell: +65 6837 0301


Their second outlet in Singapore is also opening soon! Where? Westgate mall!

I can’t wait!

LP+TETSU, 2 affordable & world class cuisines

Featuring LP-TETSU, whose chef is a One Michelin Starred Chef, Chef Laurent Peugeot who deftly executes both authentic Japanese and French styles with precision and ease.

Now, the lauded chef has created a variety of Japanese as well as French menus that are bound to wow his guests. These menus are the most affordable ones ever offered by a Michelin starred chef!

One example is the Japanese Bento Box ($28) shown above. Dig into the freshest selection of sashimi, breaded pork loin that has a crunchy exterior and tender inside.

How many fine dining places can you find at such prices (moreover, with a Michelin Chef)?

Surprisingly, the rice was my favourite item in the bento. It was so good that I don’t even mind having it plain.

Diners can look forward to Chef Peugeot’s unique ability to awaken all five sense during a meal. Not only do his creations smell and taste good, they are visually appealing as well.

Let’s go through some of the food that was in the menu that night.

My favourite course was the Tempura, Tofu, Mini Legumes, Dashi Consomme. The tofu was soaked in warm miso soup with fried tempura on the other plate. I really liked the miso soup so I had an extra serving of it that night.

Miso Red Fruits. Chiogga Beetroot with Duck Breast.

This was really tender and good. A nice blend of flavours and the meat was so soft and chewy.

My dessert was the refreshing Blood Orange Sorbet with chocolate, beetroot. You gotta finish it fast before the sobert melts!

With “Encounters”, the consummate chef turns everyday ingredients such as damon and duck breast into haute cuisines. If you prefer the french menus, you can choose to have either the 2 course or 3 course meal at $35 and $45 respectively.

The menu will change monthly so patrons can expect new surprises every month. They are available from 6 November onwards and from lunch to early dinner (7.30pm) daily.


LP+Tetsu is located at 163 Tanglin Road #03-18 Tanglin Mall Singapore 247933.

They are opened daily from:
Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.30pm

For more information, please visit: