Ever tried before PUFFERFISH? Now you can at Guenpin Fugu Singapore, a new Japanese restaurant that brings you Torafugu (Tiger Puffer Fish) and snow crab dishes in a 32-seater cozy restaurant setting located at Maxwell Chambers (Tanjong Pagar)!
About the restaurant: Guenpin Fugu is Japan’s largest Fugu restaurant chain with 96 outlets, and now this outlet in Singapore is their first ever outlet to be opened outside of Japan! Guenpin Fugu is helmed by Chef Tomita, who has 30 years of experience in handling fugu cuisines; So don’t worry you are in safe hands.
Before the fish can be air-flown to Singapore from Japan, all the poisonous parts of the fish are removed and cleaned by qualified chefs. These fish are also strictly checked and authorised by AVA Singapore before it can be served in Singapore.
Torafugu is considered the highest grade of fugu in Japan, and it contains rich amounts of collagen and protein as well as lesser fats and calories. This means it is a great dish for beauty and health and it is also the most prestigious type of pufferfish to be consumed in Japan.
The Menu and Pricing:
At Guenpin Fugu, you can either dine on A la carte menu or you can go for their course dish such as the puffer fish course, snowcrab course or the ultimate Zeitaku course.
- The ZEITAKU COURSE:
Zeitaku course is the ultimate 9-course dining at Guenpin Fugu, where you will be able to enjoy most of the items this restaurant has to offer. Below is a rundown of what you will expect from this course menu:
1) PARBOILED PUFFER FISH SKIN SASHIMI
A la carte cost: $14.00
First we have the starters; a small bowl of thinly sliced puffer fish skin with scallions and daikon seasoned with their ponzu sauce. The skin feels jelly-like, you can taste the freshness of the fish which is further enhanced by the sauce. A delightful start to a long meal.
2) THIN SLICED PUFFER FISH SASHIMI
A la carte cost: $28.00
Next is Guenpin Fugu’s signature dish, thinly sliced torafugu sashimi! Torafugu fish meat is known to be thicker than usual, therefore it is sliced so thinly. It has a much more chewy texture and it is mildly-tasted, hence it is served with ponzu sauce which gives it a citrus feel.
3) THICK SLICED PUFFER FISH SASHIMI
A la carte cost: $32.00
The thick slices are typically rarely found as the making process is quite complex in order to make it soft enough. This involves a patented technique known as aging process and the resultant texture becomes perfectly soft and much pleasing chewiness.
4) SNOW CRAB SASHIMI
A la carte cost: $32.00
This crab meat is very unlike the usual ones from elsewhere as the snow crab flesh is extremely soft and rich in taste. It is served in a peeled state and you can eat it with ease. Likewise, this sashimi tastes great with ponzu sauce.
5) SNOW CRAB TEMPURA
A la carte cost: $32.00
The tempura dish consists of snow crab, mushrooms and long beans delightfully fried to the perfect tempura state. Just like the usual tempura, consume with tempura sauce and it tastes just perfect! The meat is soft and easy to eat too!
6) FUGU FISH / SNOW CRAB FOR GRILL
A la carte cost: $48.00
For this dish, the food will be brought to your table and masterfully grilled by the chef. Extra detail to precision is given to ensure the meats are grilled for a duration just nice without it sticking to the grill. The grilled fugu still has its chewiness with the tasty grilled essence. The grilled snow crab meat is so soft that it melts in your mouth with fragrance. This grill dish comes with three different dipping sauces: sweet miso, chili and minced garlic.
7) FUGU FISH / SNOW CRAB FOR HOTPOT
A la carte cost: $55.00
The chef will come over to cook this as well! The hotpot is served with a bowl of dipping ponzu sauce mixture. The fugu fish and snow crab are mixed in with a variety of vegetables and glass noodles to cook. The nice and soft cooked items tastes just heavenly with the ponzu dippings. This is perhaps one of those dishes that makes you eat non-stop. (Hint: it’s really due to the ponzu sauce)
8) PORRIDGE SET
A la carte cost: $12.00
You need to have consumed the hotpot dish to have the porridge. The chef will use the fragrant soup left from the fugu hotpot to make the porridge, with added salt and egg. This porridge is to be eaten with the ponzu sauce as well. The resultant taste is a good mix of components of seafood and egg fragrance with the ponzu kick! Eating porridge can be this joyful too!
Finally, there will be ice cream desserts to end the meal with.
We were given some Japanese sake to go with our course, and this particular award winning sake, ATAGONOMATSU TOKEBETSU JYUNMAI (Cost: $250/1.8L bottle) is rather smooth and lacks that burning sensation that you would get from certain alcohol. A drink that is nice to have with this fine dinner.
- New Set Lunch: SNOW CRAB TEMPURA RICE BOWL
The large rice bowl is combined with all the great tasty tempura items including the epic fugu kaki-age, prawn and crab. This set also comes with soup and vegetable sides. It is the most worth it lunch set with the delightful taste! Only available during lunchtime.
Eating pufferfish and having Japanese fine dining is something that we will not normally do, so we felt very privileged to be able to taste this delicacy and have this experience. Visit this restaurant if you are ready to try out these exotic seafood from Japan!
Opening Hours: Weekdays 12NOON – 3PM; 6PM – 12MIDNIGHT, Weekends, eve of PH, PH 5PM – 12MIDNIGHT
Contact Number: +65-6634-2916
Facebook Website: https://www.facebook.com/guenpinsg/
Directions: Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (Green line EW15) and exit at Exit B to the surface. Turn left towards a traffic light, cross it to Maxwell Chambers building and walk along the front walkway adjacent to Maxwell road until you see Guenpin Fugu.