Danro Japanese Hot Pot is Ministry Of Food (MOF) first Japanese Hot Pot buffet restaurant in Singapore. They serve hot pots from different regions in Japan, with 8 different soup bases that are unique to each region. continue reading
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Mon - Fri
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
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11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:30
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Being a fan of steamboat cuisines, I just had to check out Danro Japanese Hot Pot Buffet. Danro Japanese Hot Pot Buffet opened by Ministry of Food (MOF). Although Japanese hot pot buffet is not new in Singapore, Danro is the first to offer eight broths (soup base) from different regions of Japan.The prices range from $17.90++ for weekday lunch to $25.90++ for weekend dinner (for adults).Left to right: Chicken & Milk Broth, Chicken Spicy BrothCustomers can choose up to 2 different soup base in 1 pot. We chose the Chicken & Milk Broth from Asuka Nabe and Chicken Spicy Broth from Danro Nabe. Now's the best time to taste the original taste of the soup as the refills would dilute your soup base (will explain more on that further down the post).Handmade KiritanpoDanro Japanese Hot Pot comes with handmade Kiritanpo. However, this is limited to one per person. The Kiritanpo, a specialty dish of Akita Prefecture is essentially grilled rice skewer. Japanese cooked rice are pounded until they are mashed before being hand formed into cylinders around wooden skewers. They are then lightly brushed with special sweet sauce or miso for flavour before being toasted over an open fire. The Kiritanpo can either be eaten on its own or dipped into the hot pot.Soup Refill StationThere was a Soup Refill Station, an innovative way to cut down on the manpower and increase productivity. There were small pots of Chicken or Wafu soup in it which customers could get anytime. These soup were a 'one soup fits all solution'. Since both our soup were chicken broths, we had to use the chicken soup refill. Even when e were to ask a serving for a refill, they used just chicken soup for both our soup bases. The problem with this was that it resulted in a diluted and not as fragrant soup base compared to when we just started.Hence, our Chicken & Milk Broth became less milky and less fragrant while our Chicken Spicy Broth became less spicy. In addition, there was no attempt to stock up the soup refill station. Midway into our meals, there were no more pots of soup at that station as the were too few staff and these staff were all busy clearing the tables.Condiments and sauce dipsA wide variety of condiments and sauce dips.Onsen EggThe Japanese Onsen Egg in light soy sauce was very well executed. Not only did it looked good, it also tasted good too. I liked it so much that I went for an additional helping of it.Left to right: Japanese potato salad, Somen with soba sauceThe Japanese potato salad and Somen with soba sauce were quite decent too.SushiThere's a wide variety of food available ranging from Sushi, Bak Kut Teh, Japanese Yong Tau Foo, Cooked food and the typical steamboat ingredients such as corn, meat, seafood, vegetables.Left to right: Bak Kut Teh, Japanese Yong Tau FooLeft to right: Homemade Hot Dishes and VegetablesLeft to right: Seafood, shabu shabu beef and pork slicesThe seafood corner was just average. The clams and prawns were not fresh especially the latter which stuck to its shell and meat was not firm. The shabu shabu beef and pork slices fared much better. We ate so many plates of it.It was easy to control the temperature of the hot pot with the electric induction cooker.Desserts and cakesLeft to right: Drinks, Soft Serve Ice creamThe DIY Soft Serve Ice Cream was fantastic. Its the same as what you get when you order ice cream dishes in MOF. Even though we were very full, we still went for this and it was oh just so shiok! There's always room for dessert! Although there were hits and misses (seafood was not fresh, one size fits all soup for refills, service), Danro Japanese Hot Pot Buffet is really value for money! I certainly enjoyed most of the food here. http://foodiefc.blogspot.sg/2014/01/danro-japanese-hot-pot-buffet-serangoon.html continue reading
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Level4 2014-01-09
Danro is a Japanese hotpot buffet restaurant opened by MOF and is located at Serangoon NEX mall. Basically you get to take as much food as you want at the buffet table which consists of a mix of raw food items (meats, seafood & veggies), cooked food, sauces (they have a row of different sauce which you can mix and match to create your own 'customized' sauce) and other ingredients to add to your meal like rice, noodles and eggs. Do note that I saw a sign that says they will charge if you have too much food wastage so only take what you can finish. The beef and pork comes in these black bento boxes shown in this photo. But frankly I prefer the pork to the beef as I felt the beef was a bit tough (even though I cooked it till it was barely done). Other items like chicken are pretty normal stuff that you find at most buffet lines. They have several broth for you to choose and the pot can hold 2 types of broth. I think the miso broth is not bad for cooking. It's quite salty but adds nice flavour to the meats when you cook them in it. I do not like the spicy broth...it tastes kinda muddy and wasn't very pleasant. continue reading
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Level4 2013-12-13
This is my 3rd visit to Danro. I remembered first 2 visits was pretty good and my favourite scallops were available. Don't know why but i really enjoyed the scallops in the various broth i've tried before.For this recent visit, scallops was not available!! Was kind of disappointed but it also divert my attention instead to the cooked food which i usually hardly touch at all. I personally like the cold soba and special Onsen eggs. Very appetizing and refreshing! Tried some sushi and i like =)But i'm not sure if i be going back again. May only consider due to it's location. Would prefer Suki-Ya! continue reading
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Level3 2013-12-10
We arrived pretty early at the restaurant and were ushered to a table almost right away. That probably marked a good start to a supposed good meal. Once we got seated, we were then left alone even though the restaurant wasn’t even crowded yet. No one came forward to take order of the broths we would like for our hotpot. I assumed it was still early as they just opened doors and probably needed more time to prep so we patiently waited for about 5-8 minutes and then saw some service staff scurrying around. When we gestured and caught the attention of one of the staff, the lady actually looked away and walked to another table to take order for another family who arrived later than we did.We managed to take our order with another service staff (who looked like she was in a big rush). It would be helpful if the staff could run through the various broths available or probably give a quick introduction on how the dining system works so we would know where to start as first timers here. There wasn’t a list or menu provided on the table that we could refer to.Apparently, there were nine soup bases to choose from, each representing a different prefecture in Japan. We could select two for our double soup pot and we decided on Nara (chicken and milk broth) and Akita (wafu/miso broth) which were their most popular picks.Besides the standard ingredients of assorted vegetables, seafood, meats and yong tau foo you’d get at most hot pot buffets, Danro also serves a small selection of sushi, cooked food like bak kut teh, chilled onsen egg, oden (Japanese style yong tau foo), soba and an assortment of fried items too. Shabu Shabu Pork and Beef were also available in individual portions, stacked in bento-style boxes.The bak kut teh was surprisingly good. Nice fragrant broth with tender soft-bone pork and sweet chunks of white radish. The onsen egg was well executed too. The fried food were overly greasy like most fried food in buffets anyway but the crispy salmon was quite a treat.While the parents preferred the lighter Akita broth which was miso-flavoured, my husband and I liked Nara better because of its milky appearance and richer flavour. The Nara broth went very well with chicken and seafood whereas the Akita broth was good for yong tau foo items. If you’re a big fan of rich flavours like cheese, cream and the like, then you will enjoy the Nara broth too. The parents got a little sickly of it after a while but I thought the soup was extremely flavourful, the more you cooked things in.We wanted a refill of the Nara broth when it almost ran out but the service staff said it would be chargeable at a couple of dollars more. Well, no one highlighted this surcharge to us at the start so it was quite unexpected that we needed to pay to get a refill of this ‘premium’ broth. We opted for some complimentary standard broth that we could help ourselves to. No loss at all as the ingredients soaking in the remaining broth in our pot had already added lots more flavour to the soup. We cracked an egg in and enjoyed the soup as it was.If you’re a fan of kiritanpo (grilled rice on skewers), you can purchase each stick at $1. This is supposed to be Danro’s speciality. We weren’t aware about it as the service staff who took our order didn’t mention it so we didn’t get to try. Oh well.My husband and I had a bit of fun at the sauce section trying to concoct our own special dipping sauces. I thought the sambal chilli tasted best.We ended the meal with some fruits, cakes and soft serve ice cream. Nothing impressive to really rave about.For full review and pictures, please visit http://springtomorrow.com/2013/09/27/danro-japanese-hot-pot-buffet-nex-serangoon/ continue reading
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Level1 2013-09-16
We went without booking as this was a last minute gathering for farewell dinner on a Friday nite and was told that restaurent was full house. But staff are very helpful to help us to get table of 6 without waiting. Food : buffet steam boat with 2 different soup basedSelection : food selection was great especially the thinly sliced beef and pork , seafood was fresh , suggest cuttlefish to be smaller in size. They served finger food like fried wanton , suggest to include chicken wings. Suggest to provide hot drinks like coffee and tea. Food station are clean and well organised. Ambience : place are very well organized as there's no blocking to food stationMoney : SGD 27 /paxOverall , very satisfied with the food as value for money. continue reading
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