Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cozy Japanese Dining @ Barashi Tei (Middle Road)

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Barashi Tei - is a traditional Japanese restaurant located along Middle Road. What I was surprised and delighted to learn is it opens till quite late through the night and if you are thinking of grabbing a good meal in town, this would definitely be one to consider.

My children and myself are big supporters of Japanese cuisine, particularly salmon sashimi. It isn't easy to find a restaurant serving affordable and quality Japanese food and I would say Barashi Tei offers that option.  

Denver & Gladys sipping their hot tea while waiting for the food to be served. One thing I like about bringing the children to dine at Japanese restaurant is we usually do not go for cold fizzy drinks as hot green tea still taste way better and it aids in digestion.

We tried 2 maki and personally I prefer the Unagi Salmon Mentai Maki as it has my favourite juicy slices of Salmon. You need to stuff one piece of maki and let the entire fragrance and aroma fill your palate.
Unagi Salmon Mentai Maki (Eel, Salmon, Egg, Cucumber) : $14.80

If you like a bit of spice in your maki, this might be your pick. Paired with crispy tempura prawn and broiled salmon, it gives the maki a fuller taste and flavour.

Spicy Salmon Maki (Crispy Tempura Prawn, Broiled Salmon with Special Spicy Sauce) : $14.80

Chawanmushi is a must order in our meals as children love steam egg. Barashi Tei offers pretty good Chawanmushi which is soft and smooth. Though it is a simple dish but takes a lot of skill to master to ensure the entire cup is nicely steamed and it is not too watery or overly firm. Giving a thumbs up for the additional touch of Salmon Roe on our chawanmushi. Original flavour tasted just as good.

Ikura Chawanmushi (Chawanmushi with Salmon Roe) : $6.80

Chawanmushi : $4.80

We seldom go for fried food but a little change is nice. Tebasaki Gyoza is acutally chicken wing dumplings with fillings within. Nice finger food appetizer to share.

Tebasaki Gyoza (Pan-fried Chicken Wing Dumplings) : $12.80

Deep fried softshell crab is another fantastic popular starter as children like the crispy crust. The batter is not too thick and I like that it is crunchy and not too hard when bite.

Deep Fried Softshell Crab : $12.80

This is the first time we tried Goose Liver and definitely a lovely surprise for us. Hubby said its very sweet (probably due to the teriyaki sauce) and taste a little bit like luncheon meat. This is definitely higher grade than our usual luncheon meat! The texture is much more refine and its so soft and tangy that I would not have guess it was liver. Worth a try if you have not tasted it before.

Foie Gras Sushi (Goose Liver Sushi) : $15.80 (for 2 pieces)

I can never resist thick slices of salmon which melts in my mouth and this is definitely one of my favourite dish as well. 

Aburi Sake Sushi (Broiled Salmon Sushi) : $9.80 (for 2 pieces)

Our family shared the hotpot and I like the soup broth being sweet and flavourful. Dip the thin slices of beef into the egg mixture or simply pour some into the hot. Every ingredient is fresh and tasty. A comfort food to warm our tummies and hearts.

Sukiyaki Set (Beef & Vegetables Hotpot) : $22.80

Pot filled with slices of beef, mushroom, toufu and other assorted vegetables. 

Barashi Tei is best known for their Chirashi and how can we give it a miss!? I was told that their tamago is home-made and that adds on to the extra sweetness to each bite. Generous serving of thick sashimi slices of salmon, tuna, mekajiki and mackerel on top of the rice, top with salmon roe and tamago slices is awesomely heavenly! Sashimi is fresh and every bite is chewy and flavourful! Despite filling full, we finished off every grain of the sushi rice in the Chirashi Don! Denver and myself love the vinegar rice so much that we could not help taking turns to scoop every grain up till its emptied.

Chirashi Don (Fresh Sashimi over Sushi Rice) : $26.80

The interior of the restaurant is kept down to earth, homely and cozy. A nice place for families and friends to gather for meals on weekends and maybe even for a drink.

Barashi Tei is within walking distance from Rochor MRT and Dhoby Ghaut MRT. If you like to have a good and value-for-money Japanese cuisine, you may wish to pop by and give it a go.

Barashi Tei
Address: 266 Middle Road, Elias Building, Singapore 188991

* Disclosure:Our family was invited to the food tasting session at Barashi Tei. All comments and opinions are personal and no monetary compensation was received

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