Offering menus with healthy choices and vegetarian options, this Orchard Central outlet boasts in its raw dishes and drinks. There is also a Happy Hour Cocktail menu at 5.00pm to 8.00pm daily. The restaurant has an Al fresco balcony overlooking Orchard Road and a large indoor bar.
The Menu can be found here, under the Orchard Central Menu.
We ordered the FOIE GRAS TRUFFLE YAKINIKU ($23.00), TANUKI KAISEN CHIRASHI ($24.90), NEGITORO DON ($18.00) and the SUPERSTAR ROLL ($12.90) from the a la carte menu.
- FOIE GRAS TRUFFLE YAKINIKU
The chunk of Foie Gras is amazing. Extremely soft to the touch, this piece of delicacy just melts in your mouth with the accompanying flavours. Prepared with truffle soy and black garlic, both the taste of the US black angus soft ribs and the Foie Gras envelopes our mouth with the rich well-spread flavour of the truffle, sweet and savoury taste of the burnt garlic and soy. The Onsen egg further enriches the flavour of the dish.
Thoughts: The flavours are rich and the meats were tasty. The Foie Gras absorbs the flavours really well, and this dish was the most tastiest among the 4.
- TANUKI KAISEN CHIRASHI
Their signature name dish, Tanuki’s bowl of sashimi mixed donburi, is totally for sashimi lovers. It offers the taste of more than 10 kinds of sashimi including tunas, salmons, uni, sea bream, swordfish, etc topped with tamago and fish roe. The sashimis are fresh and juicy, and has a smooth and rubbery feel. Due to its freshness and non oily nature of the dish, it is marked as a healthy option. It is a must try for sashimi lovers!
Thoughts: Who doesn’t love a donburi with a great variety of sashimi? We want more!
- NEGITORO DON
Comes with fresh chopped fatty tuna, black garlic and roasted leek soy and an onsen egg atop the rice. Make sure to mix all of the ingredients together so as to infuse the raw tuna with those great flavours.
Thoughts: It will taste better if the garlic and soy flavours are stronger. The tuna was fresh you will have to mix it well to bring out the good taste.
- SUPERSTAR ROLL
Sprinkled with Tanuki sauced tempura flakes atop a slice of salmon and rolled with thick mozzarella cheese in the center, this maki tastes deliciously awesome. Chewing through those crispy flakes, succulent salmon and soft cheese brings about an amazing sensation.
Thoughts: Fresh salmon and cheese, the amount and taste of cheese is just right without overwhelming the maki. The flakes gives it a good fragrance too.
Overall, the restaurant is a casual dining and drinking area with a nice balcony and view, and is great for a relaxing night with friends after a busy day of work. It has a special lunch menu too, for those whom wants something affordable in the afternoon. The staff seems quite busy when we were there, but otherwise they were professional and we have been served with politeness. Those Tanuki sauce and black garlics were savoury and was what made all the dishes so good, while the raw sashimi and tuna are fresh and delectable.
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181 Orchard Road
04-01 Orchard Central
Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM. Food from 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM, last call for drinks at 10:15 PM. Happy Hour: 5.00pm to 8.00pm.
Notes: This restaurant does not allow reservations.
Directions: Take the MRT to Somerset station (Red line NS23). Walk into Orchard Central and use the escalators to go up to Level 4. Once you cross towards Genki Sushi, walk away from it and you will see Tanuki Raw.