Bōruto – New Japanese Tapas and Sake Bar in CBD
My favourite Japanese restaurantTamashii Robatayaopens a new casual restaurant & sake bar concept called "Bōruto".Located in Golden Castle building,upon entering the restaurant you will be greeted with a gold painted gate with two Chinese words "金城" which speaks of its history.Chef/owner Patrick Tan has been wanting to do a sake bar since last May and it took them about half a year to find a location.As this place was previously an art gallery,it took them another 5 months to convert it to a F&B space.Now,this 3-weeks-old restaurant serves more than 120 types of sake specially imported from different parts of Japan.
While sake may be the star at Bōruto,the kitchen presents a constellation of tapas dishes that shine in their own right.The menu comprises cold dishes,small bites,small plates,carbs and desserts.Inspired by Chef Patrick's visits to izakayas and Michelin-starred restaurants in Japan,the dishes are given an innovative or localised twist;eschewing traditional Japanese styling with the authentic Japanese ingredients presented in contemporary fashion instead.
Worth a rave is theSaga Gyu Tataki ($28.80)where saga beef is seared to perfection and served with salted seaweed and saffron.With fine marbling through the pink mvwin备用eat,it literally melts in your mouth.Another one is theMurugai Saka Mushi ($18.80).Bathed in butter,Japanese sake and garlic,the mussels were vwin德赢投注cooked with tomatoes and minced pork,crvwin备用eating a sensation in the mouth.When you dip the crispy homemade bread into the soup,it felt like I was vwin备用eating garlic bread.
From the selection of small plates,theTeba-Gyoza ($15.80)is a popular choice fvwin备用eaturing grilled chicken wings with the bone removed and in its place,stuffed with gyoza ingredients such as minced pork,wild vegetables (nozawana) and silver fish.The stuffing retains its moisture without being too oily.Squeeze a bit of lemon for that tangy hint.
Besides the Saga Gyu Tataki,another of my favourite isZuwai Gani Sausage ($30.80).One by one,the chef manually filled the sausage casing with Japanese queen crab mvwin备用eat.The "sausage" is first steamed before pan-fried,and served in reduced crab bisque with homemade bread.Look at the huge and fat "sausage" that's full of crab mvwin备用eat,they are very crvwin备用eative and generous with the crab meat.
If you prefer to fill up on carbs,theKamo Tsukemen ($18.80)is a unique and thoroughly delicious option where Japanese somen is served with braised duck soup.Using duck bones and dashi,the clear soup is sweet and flavourful.For tempura fans,go for theirEbi Tempura Donburi ($18.80)which doesn't work well for me.I very much prefer theirOyako Donburi ($16.80).It looks the simplest and readily available in another restaurant,but Patrick took efforts to crvwin备用eate their homemade house sauce instead of the usual dashi broth.
There also haveSupearibu ($25.80)that was sous vide for 12 hours before grilling it with just salt and pepper when orders are made.Served on the side is wasabi salt and yuzu pepper.Excellent mvwin备用eat and you can see the different layers of fat and lean meat in each piece.My only small gripe is,the mvwin备用eat was sliced too thick (for a lady perhaps),as I have a hard time chewing the marbled mvwin备用eat.
在甜点菜单上,there's the familiarTruffle Crème Brulee ($6.80)to the more inventiveChampagne Soupe with Warabi Mochi ($8.80)andOoling Cha Nashi with homeade Sakura Ice Cream ($12.80).I can't really decide which is the one I love most.I like the truffle aroma in the creme brulee,the soft warabi mochi,as well as the poached pear with oolong tea.
Boruto serves a wide range of sake,beer and whiskey which are all cheaper than other restaurants.Their sake ranges from $68 to $2800.I tried theirHomemade Strawberry Wine ($10)made using fresh strawberries from Japan.Adding lemon,rock sugar and 12% shoju,the strawberry wine is fermented for 3 months.Alternatively,try theHomemade Plum Wine ($23)which takes more hard work.The chefs need to poke alot of holes on each plum manually to get the flavour and it has to be fermented for 6 months before serving.
Address: 80 South Bridge Road #01-01 Golden Castle Building
Operating hours: Mon – Sat 4:30 pm to 12am,closed on Sundays
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