(Also reviewed on: http://gilmangirl.livejournal.com/539494.html)
Last week, I was invited by Openrice SG for a food tasting at Boruto Singapore, a Japanese sake and tapas bar located along South Bridge Road.
Upon stepping into Boruto Singapore, I was marvelled by the rows of Japanese sake barrels that made the bar looked grand and impressive.
Never knew that sake containers could serve as decorative purposes too.
We had our tasting on the 1st floor at their tapas bar and initially, I thought that the seats on that level were rather limited.
That was when the staff decided to bring us to the 2nd floor for a tour where there was a sake bar and plenty of seats.
In my opinion, Boruto is a great place to chill out with friends if you want some peace and quiet from the crowd.
If you're looking for a place to have a business meeting and you want to impress your clients at the same time, Boruto is definitely worth checking out. In fact, they have comfy rooms like these if you require more privacy.
Boruto was previously a bank, as could be seen by the safe boxes that the bar owners had retained in their sake store. Ingenious eh?
Time for the feasting!
Our first sampling dish was this photogenic plate of Saga Gyu Tataki ($28.80).
The Japanese beef was seared with saffron and was bursting with flavours. Personally, as much as I adore its taste and soft, chewy texture, I'd have to admit that it gets very salty if you consume more pieces of beef so share this dish if possible and eat moderately!
The flowers on the plate were edible but they were tasteless to me, possibly because the beef was already overpowering in terms of its taste so I couldn't taste anything from the flowers. At $28.80, this dish was admittedly on a pricier side but I supposed you're paying for expensive and quality ingredients.
Another cold dish we've tried was the Ahi Tataki ($12.80), which was basically tuna with olives, chilli, Japanese leek and wasabi yuzu.
It was superbly tasty and delicious. For someone who cringes at the taste of wasabi, I actually found the wasabi used very mild and tolerable.
Crispy Rice Cracker Tacos ($12.80) were lovely to indulge in even though I had to pop the entire taco into my mouth in a very unglamorous way to avoid dropping the ingredients.
That said, this was a yummilicious treat indeed. Think a crunchy cracker layer topped with chilli salsa and guacamole of such creamy and smooth consistency. I absolutely adore this snack and was tempted to go for more except that there were no more left because my fellow tasters have already finished them. HA HA!
My ultimate favourite was the Tori-Take Roll ($15.80).
It was a Chinese inspired dish of crispy chicken stuffed generously with shitake jam (oooh yes, I love shitake mushrooms!) and drizzled with Chinese dark sauce. Being addictive and irresistibly yummy, I loved it so much that I decided to be thickskinned and announced to all that I was going for a second piece.
Unfortunately, Uni Pasta V.1.1 ($35.80) wasn't to my liking even though it was an improved version and came with a hefty price tag.
This Japanese pasta was topped with sea urchin roe and Hokkaido white wasabi and I honestly didn't fancy the overwhelmingly strong taste of the sea urchin. It was too much for me so I had to stop after a bite of this.
We were also treated to desserts which made us all excited because there's always room for desserts in our stomach.
Warabi Mochi ($8.80) was incredibly soft and was accompanied by a 'melt in your mouth' texture. In fact, the taste was so memorable that I could still remember how it tasted till now. Definitely a must-try, in my opinion!
Chocolate Surprise ($12.80) was another dessert that all of us enjoyed, mainly because you cannot go wrong with vanilla ice-cream over a warm and sinful chocolate base.
The generous amount of peanuts gave the dessert an additional crunch too. I had to remind myself not to indulge too much in this.
Lastly, we had Truffle Creme Brulee ($8.80) which was pretty interesting, especially when I've never eaten a truffle-flavoured creme brulee before.
This dessert was pretty much a hit or a miss - if you can't stand the taste of truffle, then you wouldn't be able to appreciate this. Fortunately, I enjoy creme brulee and can take truffle so this was okay for me. It would be great if it was less watery though because after a while of sharing, it just looked like some wet, milky mess. Ha ha!
Ended the night with a group photo taken with my fellow food tasters.
Oh yes, it was a cosy gathering of only a few of us and we thank Openrice SG and Boruto Singapore for hosting us!
tori-take roll,crispy rice cracker tacos,ahi tataki,saga gyu tataki,warabi mochi
Date of Visit: Feb 16, 2016
Dining Offers: 試食活動Other Ratings: