Tuesday, the 15th of September, marks the day in which Watami Singapore will be opening the doors of its new outlet located at the Japanese Food Hub (my own naming), The Central. Compared to its sister restaurant at ION Orchard, it provides a much more comfortable dining experience with a more spacious and relaxing dining concept, especially with those seats overlooking the river.
I was invited by Kit (Asst. Manager of Watami Singapore) to attend a Food Tasting Session and a sneak preview (ok not entirely a sneak preview as I was dining there) of the new premises. In total 7 dishes and 2 drinks were indulged in, most of them I have never tasted before in their first outlet. (Click here to see my review of the outlet at ION Orchard)
Ishiyaki Bibimbap : Stone Pot Rice with Beef & Kimchi ($8.80)
J2K3 Award Winner : Ishiyaki Bibimbap
This is one award winner which I must give my full adulation. The Ishiyaki Bibimbap, though not exactly a Japanese dish (it has roots in Korea), is still presented excellently at Watami.
The dish arrives as a sizzling hot stone pot, warmed to a scalding 300 degree celsius before serving, and with ingredients such as tender beef, kimchi, egg yolk, spinach, sprouts, carrots and the sweet spicy bean paste sauce.
The dish was literally smoking throughout my entire photoshoot with a digital camera!
Smoke was literally rising from the pot itself as the rice at the bottom continued to crackle in charred delight.
As bibimbap per se, one has to mix it all up prior to eating. The results? A fragrant rice mix of a well rounded taste, giving off a slightly sweet, spicy and smoky aroma. It was basically comfort food for any day! And that is not forgetting getting your way through that savoury bits of charred rice found at the bottom. Though, one comment which I have is that the kimchi pieces are a little large and a little, just a little tough to scoop into the mouth.
Hotate Butter Yaki : Hotplate Scallops with Butter ($5.80)
The dish of Hotate Butter Yaki was also a quaint marvel for the scallop lovers. Very juicy and savoury, with that gentle hint of the fresh sea scent in each piece, it was very addictive.
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