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6734 8850
Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant takes pride in having created and preserved, for the past 32 years as an original Japanese dining experience in Singapore giving Japanese food connoisseurs the enjoyment of typical Kanto cuisine delivered in a casual yet elegant Izakaya style setting. continue reading
Opening Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Mon - Sun
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Payment Methods
Restaurant Website
Signature Dishes
Yaki Udon
Review (5)
Level2 2015-04-01
The restaurant is extremely quiet for a lunch hour (actually the whole Zhong Shan Mall is) with only 4 tables occupied, including ours. A flip through the menu (HERE) was pretty impressive with the relatively large selection of choices, even with Chinese/Korean fusion such as Mabo Tofu and Kimuchi Buta Itame (shallow fried pork with kimchi). I was really tempted to get the Kimuchi Buta Itame set but decided to stick to my original craving of ramen in the end, and ordered their recommended Spicy Ramen (spicy pork bone base ramen). The server asked if we would like to have the chilli served separately, and we just nodded our head without any apprehension of her question. Should I say, thank goodness we did. Spicy Ramen, $15. And that's the chilli that was served separately on the small dish, which kind of resemble a watery otah paste. I was all about to dump the entire lot of the chilli into my ramen when I suddenly decided to test out the spiciness. Once again, thank goodness I did, because it's ridiculously spicy for a calm orange paste! And so, I became extremely cautious, picking up minute amount of the paste and stirring it into my ramen before tasting the soup, making sure that the spiciness is still within the acceptable level before going for the next bit. The end result of the spicy ramen looked just like a normal tonkotsu ramen, it looked exactly like the picture on the right, no tinge of the spicy redness at all. But I can assure you, it taste just as spicy, or even spicer (because I always dump a lot of tongarashi nanami powder) than any other red hot spicy looking ramen we find elsewhere. And this two picture shows you the amount of chilli I've added into my ramen in total. It really wasn't a lot at all!The ramen itself was kind of mediocre, with a badly done job for the noodles. The noodles still have the very distinctive taste of 'kee', the characteristic put-off taste of the yellow noodles we find in our prawn mee and lor mee etc. My colleague and I immediately made a face upon our first bite, and we immediately did the same thing. Added more chilli. Lucky us, we both decided to opt for the spicy ramen. I'd say the scary spiciness of the chilli covered up the 'kee' taste splendidly. The noodles' texture itself also has a lot of room for improvement, for I find it a little too tough and not Q (chewy) at all. I know some people prefer harder noodles, but not me. I've yet to go for my root canal and I can't chew well, alright?Within the ramen were two pieces of charsiu, half of a flavoured boiled egg, menma (bamboo shoots), a handful of greens (I think they're spinach), and a generous topping of bean sprouts.The charsiu was, OMG, friggin tough! I had a hard time battling with it, which left my colleague clearly amused and slightly bemused. I bit into the meat, hard, 3 times. All I've done was to left my distinctive bite marks on the piece of meat. After more biting, tugging, and chopstick twisting moments, I decided to give up and stuffed the entire piece of meat into my mouth for a long chew down. The meat itself was flavourful, slightly salty, which really wasn't too bad.But oh please, I was expecting charsiu in my ramen, not bakwa! The menma and flavoured egg was less disappointing, with the surprise find of a few extremely soft and tender pieces of menma in my bowl of ramen. The menma, although not chilly cold like straight out of the refrigerator, wasn't exactly as piping hot as the rest of the ingredient in the bowl either. So, I can't really decide if the chef has dumped the ready cooked menma straight from the fridge and directly into the ramen. Oh well, I hope not. The flavoured egg, although not as well done as Ippudo and Santouka, was still acceptable after the scare of the noodles and the bakwa charsiu. The outermost rim of the yolk has been cooked through to hard boiled standards, but the insides still remain watery crumbly, while the whites was fully cooked through. Not that bad.Now to another most important aspect of the ramen, the soup base. I've tasted the soup prior to adding the chilli, just for a better gauge of the taste. I would say, it reminds me greatly of the ramen soup I had when I dined at places like Ajisen and Ramen Play. Tasty, yes. But truly good? Hmm, I can only say I merely drank up less than half of the soup and my glass of Calpis wasn't enough to quench my thirst thereafter.With this as my first dining experience at Kotobuki, I won't say that I'll never visit this place ever again. But the next time I have a ramen craving, I probably won't choose to go there. continue reading
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Full Kotobuki review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2014/03/kotobuki.htmlMaster chef Yanase Ryo of Kotobuki is dedicated to ensuring that only ingredients of the finest quality are served in his restaurants, by a team of well-trained staff. And while I certainly commend the fantastic service of Kotobuki, I feel that I didn't really get enough value for money.Ambience at Kotobuki is styled after a casual Japanese home, with themes of wood and dark muted colours, contrasted by bright, warm lighting. Furniture is functional and comfortable, and tableware and serving plates are well designed.The service at Kotobuki is among their high points; staff are professional, polite and courteous, quietly assisting to clear empty plates and top up drinks. However, I find their menu knowledge to be decent at best, having only a surface knowledge of menu items.Food at Kotobuki is decent, with taste being above average because of the use of quality ingredients. However, I find prices at Kotobuki to be expensive, with a meal for 2 costing well over SGD $100, and we mostly had side dishes / appetizers. Kotobuki won't be my choice for Japanese food, as I can get similar quality at more competitive prices elsewhere. continue reading
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Level3 2014-02-14
It was a weekday when we decided to try Kotobuki for dinner.As a start, we ordered serving of the Unagi Roll ($20) to share. Portion was generous, and I liked that the Unagi placed on top of the roll was still warm. Very tasty.Next, we ordered Salmon Sashimi. 5 pieces that were well cut, and very fresh, but slightly pricey ($20).Finally, we had cold soba with tempura ($18). Generous serving again, and tasty.I will be back again to try other dishes, but will attempt to order before 7pm, as they offer 20% discount for orders placed before 7pm. continue reading
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Level1 2014-01-27
is me n my hubby annivesary day.went to have lunch at the kotobuki @ balestier.must say the ambience and atmosophere is very good. we tried the salmon sashimi don and sashimi don. as usual the salmon don was the best!!hubby tried the sashimi don. hamachi, maguro, ebi was fresh. the only thing not nice is the ika. but it did not spoil our mood to have a nice food over here.food here is pricey! but some of the food is definitely nice! continue reading
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Level3 2013-10-06
Thanks openrice for giving me the one day hotel stay here,today i come to this hotel and come to this mall for dinner,this restaurant not much food to choose from,price range also very expensivebut we saw that they having promotion,before 7pm,there's 20% off for all item expect chef recommend itemi wanna try their curry but it contain beef stock so i give it a missand tried their pork ramen instead,the bowl was so huge but inside portion not muchsoup base was nice,egg just nice,but char siew not nice,very hard....ika was very fresh,their tempura was nice too but it cost $21 for just 6piecesservice is good,the auntie keep automatic come to refill our drink ,food wise is nice but price too expensive continue reading
(The above review is the personal opinion of a user which does not represent OpenRice's point of view.)