That was the first time in our lives together that we were so extravagant with food. The bill came up to a whooping S$301!

Okay, laugh, snigger or scoff at the amount all you want. But with our meager salaries and otherwise, that was to us a hefty sum to pay for a single meal.

But what a wonderful experience it was for us! We tried out this new Shabu-shabu restaurant at Mohamed Sultan Road, and it was really an eye-opener.

If you walk into a Japanese restaurant and you see more Japanese customers than locals, that means something about the quality of the food right?

Firstly, the service was excellent. The friendly staff patiently explained the dishes and procedures when asked, and they were attentive to our needs. They left us alone for the rest of the time to enjoy each other’s company and the ambience of the place. I tried sake for the first time in my life, and not surprisingly, patches of red broke out on my face and arms. The sake tasted good though, it had a mild taste compared to beer or other alcohols. Quiet but potent nonetheless.

The sake and the refreshing green tea.

We  tried their Wagyu beef shabu-shabu course, which also comes with appetisers, sashimi, ramen, dessert and tea. The pictures, unfortunately, stopped at the main course. The beef tasted so out-of-this-world that I forgot to come back to Earth to snap more shots after that.


From left: Appetisers comprising spinach in soy sauce and vegtable-tofu; juicy and succulent fish-cakes. Yummy…

Something I cannot do without: fresh sashimi. The portion was a little small, but the slices were very fresh, thick and satisfying.


The highlight of the meal: Wagyu beef shabu-shabu! (Applecow, kindly ignore all these pixs. Everyone else, kindly focus on the beef please. )

The Wagyu beef was unlike any type of beef we have ever eaten (if you recall, we are only average wage earners). The marbled beef became silken-soft and juicy when cooked, and it melted in the mouth with minimal chewing. And the taste was fabulous: rich and buttery and lingering.

Looking forward to the next time I can sink my teeth into high quality Wagyu beef, which will be a very, very, very long time from now…


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