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Full Review:http://dairycream.blogspot.jp/2014/10/botan-japanese-restaurant-homely-affair.htmlI thought I would find Botan Shrimp on the menu but I didn't. Hah...but this Japanese restaurant serves up pretty delicious dishes that taste very close to those you find in Japanese homes. On the dinner menu, you'll find a list of Dinner Sets, ala carte sashimi, Yakitori, porridge, soba, sushi, tofu, tempura, etc. The Gyunikyu Jagaimo is a flavourful simple beef stew with the caramelized sweetness of
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Full Review:http://dairycream.blogspot.jp/2014/10/botan-japanese-restaurant-homely-affair.html
I thought I would find Botan Shrimp on the menu but I didn't. Hah...but this Japanese restaurant serves up pretty delicious dishes that taste very close to those you find in Japanese homes. On the dinner menu, you'll find a list of Dinner Sets, ala carte sashimi, Yakitori, porridge, soba, sushi, tofu, tempura, etc.
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The Gyunikyu Jagaimo is a flavourful simple beef stew with the caramelized sweetness of onions and carrots. Soft, creamy yet not spammed with too much mayonnaise. The Tamago yaki takes semblance after dashi-maki, served warm and significantly less sweeter. I felt short-changed on the Stir-fry Beef with Leeks as the greens were in shortage and the dish was too oily. And I'm sure most Japanese housewives would raise opposition towards this.

Though being cruelly severed into slices, the Unagi Kabayaki ($15) remained a crowd pleaser with its fatty tissues that gave a full, tantalizing mouthfeel. If you love potato salad, then you should try the version here at $8 as it is probably the best I've come accords in Singapore. Not to forget the light low-calorie supper food Tofu Mentaiko; anything hardly goes wrong if you throw in some mentaiko and this is no exception
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Unagi Kabayaki (BIG LOVE)
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2014-03-02 395 views
For full review and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2014/03/botan-japanese-restaurant-thumbsforfood.html I have been to Botan on two separate occasions- once for lunch and once for dinner. On both times I was there, the restaurant was not packed but had a fair amount of patrons dining. I actually enjoyed the fact that the place was not overcrowded so I could dine comfortably and at my own pace. Botan has a variety of set meals for lunch and dinner. If I did not remembe
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I have been to Botan on two separate occasions- once for lunch and once for dinner. On both times I was there, the restaurant was not packed but had a fair amount of patrons dining. I actually enjoyed the fact that the place was not overcrowded so I could dine comfortably and at my own pace.

Botan has a variety of set meals for lunch and dinner. If I did not remember wrongly, the set meals are priced the same regardless of whether you are there for lunch or dinner. Prices range from $22 to about $35.

I had the Ladies Set which is one of the more expensive sets (about $30+). It came with California Maki Roll, Chawanmushi, Sashimi, Ramen, Tempura, Salad and Icecream. This set really has a little of everything. Usually, you would think that Ladies Set is probably smaller in portion but, the Ladies Set here is otherwise.
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The Chirashi Set is pretty alluring as well with not only fresh sashimi but a mixture of sides such as Oden that provides a good balance with raw sashimi. The best thing of the Chirashi Set I would say is the generous portion of roe on the rice.
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The Tempura in Botan is also another must try as it is fried to perfection. Even when the tempura was not eaten piping hot, it was crisp and delicious.

Overall, I feel that Botan is a hidden gem amidst the CBD area. This place serves value-for-money, authentic and quality Japanese food. It is suitable for business dinners as well as large group gatherings. For those who are looking for a place for good Japanese food yet want to avoid the crowds, do give Botan a try!
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2013-12-02 271 views
For those who work around the vicinity of Raffles Place would be familiar with Botan Japanese. Conveniently located at Peking Street or Far East Square, it was with some asking around that we eventually found the place, discreetly tucked away while being surrounded by the buzz during lunch time.Upon reading some good reviews about the place, I decided to make an advance booking the evening before. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were warmly greeted by the servers who promptly showed us to
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For those who work around the vicinity of Raffles Place would be familiar with Botan Japanese. Conveniently located at Peking Street or Far East Square, it was with some asking around that we eventually found the place, discreetly tucked away while being surrounded by the buzz during lunch time.

Upon reading some good reviews about the place, I decided to make an advance booking the evening before. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were warmly greeted by the servers who promptly showed us to our table which was neatly prepared with the menu laid before us.

We had barely five minutes to go through the menu before the enthusiastic waitress came over to take our orders and we had to send her away. While I understand that high turnaround of tables is desired especially during peak lunch time, it would actually be ideal if diners have the luxury of enjoying a slightly relaxed meal without being pressured to place their orders.

The menu consists of the usual lunch sets, sashimi platter, ala carte dishes such as karage and maki rolls. Spoilt for choice and not the best performer when it comes to making food decisions, we both decided to take the easy option of lunch sets.

Unagi set (S$25/++)
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Each of the lunch sets comes complete with an appetiser of marinated fish niblets, serving of sashimi, chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), bowl of rice, miso soup, potato and chicken cutlet. Not forgetting two slices of orange, of course.
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The sashimi was almost melt-in-your-mouth quality with the tuna and salmon being the more impressive protein. We would have preferred it better if the serving portion for the sashimi was slightly more generous but the plus of having the lunch set was that you could have a taste of all the various types of culinary techniques that the chef has to offer.

The cutlet dishes were also above average in standard and the marinade had a good touch of salinity. Chawanmushi was also silky smooth and you could taste the shiitake mushroom in whole which was firm and complemented the texture well.

Moving on to my selected main of unagi (grilled eel), it was smooth, soft and had a beautiful coating of that unami sauce that would make you go oomph. Overall, the dishes suited my palate and the hot tea surely complemented my lunch.

My only complaint was I felt excessively thirsty after the meal when I returned to office. Not sure if it was the unagi or the miso soup but that certainly made me revise my verdict and it suffered some penalty points.

Tempura sashimi set (S$28/++)
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The only distinct difference with my dining companion's lunch set was his tempura in place of my unagi. It was crispy and the batter coating the prawns and vegetables was light, without giving an overly greasy touch.
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I would recommend making reservations in advance, especially if you are dining in group of four and above. Tables are rather limited and the restaurant seems to be popular with Japanese clientele. For the prices paid and the quality of food served, I would certainly consider it to be fair and reasonable.

Despite the queue for tables which extended to the outside of the restaurant, the servers did not pressure us to leave and we were left to dine in comfort. It is also a decent place to meet up with business associates over lunch as one can expect to converse at ease with dining companions without having to shout across table.
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P.S: It would probably be easier to spot Shin Kushiya, another Japanese restaurant that is located right beside Botan since the former has a large signboard on the outside of the restaurant.

For review in full, please visit http://www.makeyourcaloriescount.com/2013/11/sg-botan-japanese-quality-food-at.html
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2013-06-08 226 views
The best Unagi that I have ever tasted is from Botan.This is the Unagi meal found at Botan. The whole meal costs around $27. Totally worth the price tag! The Unagi is really soft and the sauce is really good with the Unagi. I would highly recommend Botan to all Japanese food lovers. The fresh sashimi and restaurant setting will bring you to feel like you are in Japan!
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The best Unagi that I have ever tasted is from Botan.
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This is the Unagi meal found at Botan. The whole meal costs around $27. Totally worth the price tag! The Unagi is really soft and the sauce is really good with the Unagi. I would highly recommend Botan to all Japanese food lovers. The fresh sashimi and restaurant setting will bring you to feel like you are in Japan!
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2013-06-08 56 views
I head heard about Botan for awhile now. Hence, me and my friend decided to head down to Botan to give it a try.This is the Yakiniku set that my friend ordered. The set is very value for money as it comes with sashimi and appetizers and soup. The sashimi is really fresh and thick and the beef itself is nicely stir fried with good sauce.In addition, the whole layout and service is a replica of a real Japanese restaurant found in Japan
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I head heard about Botan for awhile now. Hence, me and my friend decided to head down to Botan to give it a try.
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This is the Yakiniku set that my friend ordered. The set is very value for money as it comes with sashimi and appetizers and soup. The sashimi is really fresh and thick and the beef itself is nicely stir fried with good sauce.

In addition, the whole layout and service is a replica of a real Japanese restaurant found in Japan
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Came for my farewell lunch here and it isnt the first time we came here to botan for lunch. I would say for a normal day lunch botan is not cheap.. but in terms of fullness and value for money this is it. There are many bento sets available.. and since i dont like raw stuff, i ordered the teriyaki chicken set. The bento has rice, soba, miso soup, chawanmushi, teriyaki chicken, slices of orange and some sashimi. Costs around $16++. I would say quality of food is ok.. and i would say sashimi is ab
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Came for my farewell lunch here and it isnt the first time we came here to botan for lunch. I would say for a normal day lunch botan is not cheap.. but in terms of fullness and value for money this is it. There are many bento sets available.. and since i dont like raw stuff, i ordered the teriyaki chicken set. The bento has rice, soba, miso soup, chawanmushi, teriyaki chicken, slices of orange and some sashimi. Costs around $16++. I would say quality of food is ok.. and i would say sashimi is abit above sake standard. Menu lacks variety and I would say there are many more jap restaurants around the area that i would rather try.
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2012-07-23 56 views
Was here with a big group of friends to try out this Japanese restaurant recommended by one of them. As we were having a rather big group, so we actually made reservation in advance (in case not enough seatings for us, heard that the restaurant is not very big) and we were happy that we were given a private VIP room! I have ordered a Tempura Sashimi set which i liked. The sashimi were very fresh and delicious. and the portion was rather big! Was really happy for a big eater like me. The tempura
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Was here with a big group of friends to try out this Japanese restaurant recommended by one of them. As we were having a rather big group, so we actually made reservation in advance (in case not enough seatings for us, heard that the restaurant is not very big) and we were happy that we were given a private VIP room!

I have ordered a Tempura Sashimi set which i liked. The sashimi were very fresh and delicious. and the portion was rather big! Was really happy for a big eater like me. The tempura and chawamushi were both nice but it was rather average lah..

One thing to mention about their miso soup. Hmm.. It tasted quite nice, just a liittle saltish. The tofu that they used was rather different and special. The tofu's texture wasnt like those smooth and soft tofu that we normally had. Their tofu's texture was more firm, it tasted something in between a tofu and a tau kwa. So it was rather special in a way. We were told by the staff, the tofu was specially made by their restaurant so it tasted different.

Overall, It was a nice dining experience as the food is nice and fresh, portion is big and the staffs are all rather nice and friendly. And most importantly, their pricing is reasonable. Would see myself coming back for more in the future.
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