Waraku Japanese Casual Dining philosophy revolves around creating a casual and relaxing environment for diners to enjoy Japanese food at affordable prices. Waraku Japanese Casual Dining attracts businessmen and families due to its wide variety of imported udon, ramen noodles, soup base and sauces, as well as the kaminabes (or mini hot-pots). continue reading
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Mon - Thu
11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 22:00
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Level3 2014-12-31
WARAKU Japanese Casual Dining has a wide range of Japanese cuisine. I was there for a ramen fix, and found what I was looking for in the huge steaming bowl of Tempura Tonkotsu Ramen.The bowl was indeed eye-catchingly huge, monstrous enough to swallow my entire face. The quantity of ramen itself, alas, was way less impressive, filling only half the bowl at most. At least it tasted good. The ramen was springy and chewy, albeit a little clumpy. The pork broth in which it was soaking was deliciously umami and addictive.The star of the show for me was the assortment of tempura items, including nori, ebi and sweet potato. They were well battered and delightfully crispy. The taste of each item also shone through the thick batter.Overall, WARAKU is a nice place to have some authentic, delicious Japanese cuisine by the picturesque Singapore River.  continue reading
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Level3 2014-02-25
Very nice river view from the restaurant. You can see boats sailing byThis is delicious The tuna sushi is fresh and delicious There's a lot of beef and I love the onsen egg Pork cutlet is a bit too thinly sliced. But the taste is okThis is yummy. Initially thought it is cold dish but was serve warm continue reading
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Level4 2014-01-31
Located near the escalator lies a popular well-litted restaurant called 'Waraku'. Located at the same mall as 'Pasta de Waraku', Waraku focuses on a variety of Japanese cuisine instead of pasta alone. The view from the restaurant is really beautiful. You can chill out watching the boats on Singapore River. The tranquil setting is really relaxing.This is how the restaurant looks like (you can't view it when you're outside). I love the privacy we can get, away from passersby who may be curious to know what we are eating.Agedashi Tofu - SGD4.80For starter, it is a must-try to get Waraku's Agedashi Tofu. Soft on the inside and gooey on the outside, it has flakes on the top and I love the tofu soaked with the sauce. Do eat it quickly because it becomes soggy after awhile.Potato Mentai - SGD9.80This potato mental has a really oily sheen and strong buttery taste. Waraku is really generous with their cheese, making sure every bit of potato is covered with delicious sticky cheese! The cheesy blend is definitely worth the calories... just walk up and down the Singapore River to shed off the fats.It's a portion large enough to be shared among two people!We also ordered a bowl of Shoyu Ramen (SGD10.80).. it tasted great without any ingredients. There was a slight hint of soya bean, which isn't too surprising because most Japanese uses soya bean for their soup base. The ramen was really bouncy and I loved twirling it before chewing on the springy texture.Katsu Curry Don - SGD10.80The Katsu Curry Don was too heavy for any person. I wasn't used to the ultra thick Japanese curry sauce, and the Katsu was quite a small portion. The japanese rice on the other hand, was fluffy and moist! Do mix it well if you want an even taste, because the rice at the bottom tasted quite plain without curry. The chicken was really fresh and had a slightly pink texture.How's their service?Apart from friendly staff, I would have to confess that it may be rather slow when the restaurant was very crowded with business people. DO be patient with them and try to go early if you want to avoid waiting.Recommended Tips for OpenRicers1. If you go in the afternoon, the staff would put down the blinds. If you are sitting at the window seat and desire to watch the view outside, just simply ask them so!2. It is very difficult to ask them to refill your cup of green tea, so just forget about getting that because it tasted quite diluted.3. Do order some starter to accompany your main. Waraku does sell really delicious starter and appetisers ! continue reading
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Level4 2014-01-14
If not for the mocked big black bowls of ramen in the display cabinets along the 3rd level passage way, we would not have known its existence as it is hidden in one passage of The Central. Under the family of Waraku there are two kinds of dining available, pasta de waraku, selling fusion Western Japanese pasta and Waraku Japanese Casual Dining, focusing more on the common Japanese cuisines.Simply love the windows view by the side of Singapore River, however most of the seats have taken up. For walk in customers, there were no piority seats given. Thus, remember to do your homework before visiting if you want such a view.It's causal and relaxing environment were all what we were looking for after a hard week of work.The drinks came just right in time clearing our thirst and creating a good passage way in the system before "pouring" the heavy dinner down.The sweet Japanese Egg Roll was our sweet start of the night. Love its sweetness and the soft layers rolled up. For a refreshing treat, tag some white radish along.The bowls were as big as what was in the displayed cabinets, perhaps as big as it could fill up one's face. It was filled with Ramen Noodles, roasted pork, seasoned bamboo shoots, vegetables with soya base ramen soup.With a good few pieces of tender roasted pork to go along with the hot bowl of soup. Nice!I like the presentation of the sukiyaki wazen especially when it was so appetizing. Love the thin sliced beef & tofu suki hot pot that comes with egg, mini udon, chawanushi, potato salad, white rice and pickles.Dip these thin slices of pork into the hot pot to cook the meet, thereafter dip them into the egg to enjoy the taste.Yakitori lovers, this is your take. Enjoy assorted sticks all in a plate.Consist of Uzura Bacon, Grilled quail eggs wrapped with bacon, the Aromatic Asparagus Bacon whereby grilled asparagus is wrapped with bacon too. All was good except the fried chicken wing which had too much of salt rubbed on. Weight conscious diners might want to give the pork belly stick a miss.All in all, the ambiance was great just that service was a bite lacking. Regarding the dining space for table of 2, it was rather squeezy as well especially when we ordered quite a number of dishes. Having dined in both outlets (the one in East Coast), I would say both places have their hits and misses. continue reading
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As it was nearing the end of the year, I had to clear the vouchers with expiry dates Dec 2013 (Do I hear gasps and running to check your vouchers collection?) On the list was Waraku Japanese Casual Dining, and why wouldn't I be excited - it's easily my favourite cuisine! Tempura Tonkatsu Ramen - $16.80++Ah, ramen. Waraku's tonkatsu ramen comes in a huge bowl, the size of a face basin. The gratification you get from just gorging at good ramen is awesome. While it is not the best, it can be considered better than average as it is not too salty and the soup base is flavoursome, rich - simmered with pork. Ramen noodles remain springy and firm while thoroughly cooked, plenty in quantity. About the quantity that two girls can eat. Not as generous with the egg though, with only half of an egg floating in the huge bowl. The tempura was quite a failure to me, too much flour batter and too little real prawn substance - had to physically remove the bulk of the flour batter before eating. The oil that was used to fry the tempura tasted reused and stale. Sukiyaki Udon - $18.80++The sukiyaki udon had a beef soup base which is not as thick but much more fragrant. Personally I would prefer this to the tonkatsu ramen as it is lighter on the palate. The udon noodles are very chewy and had bounce in each bite. Recommended dish if you are dining at Waraku! Ichigo Milk - $6++I'm always proven wrong whenever I try to venture into the unknown, especially when it comes to drinks. Ichigo refers to strawberry, and I am guessing it might be just be me but I don't like this combination. At least, to their credit, the strawberry taste is from the real fruit rather than syrup (which will taste like cough medicine). Go for the others, like the Azuki Milk.One of the best parts about this restaurant is that it's located on the exterior bend of The Central... which allows you to overlook the beautiful stretch of Clarke Quay from Waraku too! For more photos and full review, please visithttp://spherepiece.blogspot.sg/2014/01/food-feat-waraku-japanese-casual-dining.html continue reading
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