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Monster Curry conquers the east with its latest outlet at bustling Parkway Parade. Beat the hunger pangs with the Combo Curry ($25) that packs enough pork katsu, fried fish, pork shabu shabu, shrimp tempura and cheese for two, or opt for your fave seafood or meat plates. The natto and egg curry ($13) is ideal for a protein-packed meal, while the cheese pork katsu ($14) makes us belly happy with fresh mozzarella stuffed into the crispy pork. There are five flame levels, from zero to ’monster hot’–which are you? Daily 11am-10pm. #01-11 Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road. Tel: 6348 6171
Although known for Hakata-style ramen, Uma Uma Restaurant & Bar steals the show with kushikatsu, or deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables. For now, the Osaka speciality includes pork loin, prawn and juicy scallops ($2-5, min. order 2 sticks). Other finger foods include addictive eihire or stingray fins ($10), brussels sprouts ($10), and charcoal-grilled yakitori ($2-3, min. order 2 sticks). Popular tonkotsu ramen ($14) aside, we really enjoyed the mazesoba (dry-mixed ramen with onsen egg, $14) and well-balanced bushi tonkotsu ramen ($16). Add also the tasty cocktails and drinks by Horse’s Mouth such as The Black Pearl ($14/18; dark rum, lime, gula Melaka, peach) to your tab. MonSat 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-12am; Sun 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm. #02-06 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6837 0827
Can you take the heat at Shin-Sapporo Ramen? Latest offering Fire Ramen ($15.80, advanced order recommended) is a visual spectacle of noodles set aflame after sizzling oil is skillfully poured into a nondescript bowl of ramen. After your eyes (and camera) eat, your tongue gets the full punch of hot garlic and creamy pork bone broth. Making a comeback is Tonkotsu Sake Ramen ($15.80), joined by new addition Abura Sake Ramen ($15.80), in which a vinegar base is balanced with Japanese rice wine, and served with miso curly ramen noodles, ajitama and shimeji mushrooms. Only at orchardgateway (#B2-04A/05, 277 Orchard Road. Tel: 6702 4906) and Century Square (#B1-10/11, 2 Tampines Central 5. Tel: 6783 6304)
Men-Tei Ramen, known for its consistent Japanese noodles and scientific cooking methodology, has new menu items. We fell in love with mazemen ($13), a chilled dry-style ramen with a unique sauce of scallops, clams, kelp and dried sakura shrimps, and an onsen egg to mix in, and addictively al dente wheat noodles. The gyoukai ramen ($14), which pairs zatsubushi (dried premium fish) stock with a special shoyu blend or infused Japanese sea salt, is perfect for wet weather days. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm. #01-01 Robinson Centre, 61 Robinson Road. Tel: 6438 4140
Meat lovers take note: Emporium Shokuhin’s dry-aged beef from its onsite aging cabinets can also be enjoyed at Gyuu+ @ Emporium Shokuhin. This yakiniku grill offers premium picks at affordable prices, over the customised Japanese ’smokeless’ grill tables. Start with an appetising hamachi ($15) or sea bream ($16) fillet, marinated with shoyu and topped with a cube of butter to be slowly cooked over the heat in an aluminium boat. Go big with USDA Prime sirloin steak cut (from $58 for 14-day age) if you want a meaty bite, or save yourself for the A5 Miyazaki short rib (from $48 for 21-day age)–the juiciest cut in our books. End with a chilled and springy Gyuu+ Reiman ($14) in bonito broth with the unexpected freshness of watermelon and cucumber. Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10pm. #01-18 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6224 3433
Affordable A5 Japanese wagyu also features at the famed NikuNohi yakiniku grill–you’ll find its only overseas branch in Singapore. Fill up the smokeless grill on the table with 23 cuts ranging from familiar to the deliciously exotic. We couldn’t get enough of the Premium Rare Plate ($48 for 150g)–showcasing three cuts such as bottom flap (flank breast with a sweet layer of fat) and tri-tip, but the Kiwami Ultimate Plate ($138) is worth the splurge for Chateaubriand, beef tongue, chuck eye, finest ribeye, skirt, and sukiyaki. Daily 11am-10.30pm. Eat at Seven, #03-316 Suntec City North Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6837 0263