Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Saboten : 313@Somerset

Said to be Singapore's best Tonkatsu restaurant, Saboten has recently expanded to a more centralised location, following their first outlet at IMM. Their new outlet however, does not offer some items such as the Ebi Mentai Set which we particularly raved about during our visit to Saboten at IMM.

Serving up what they do best, we had a go at the Iberico Loin Katsu which was crispy on the outside and tender moist inside. We also tried the Fried Jumbo Prawn Set which features a king prawn crusted with golden brown breadcrumbs. Our only no-no to it was that the prawn wasn't filling, and did not exactly justify the price point.

A few other dishes which we particularly enjoyed was the Fried Salmon, as well as the Grilled Chicken. Saboten offers a selection of grilled dishes for those who do not exactly enjoy deep-fried stuff. We have to admit though - that most of the fried stuff tasted way better than the grilled.

For people who like variety, they also offer a platter with a variety of fried stuff such as prawns, pork and chicken, which is good for two to share. There were however, the good and the bad on the platter. The prawns felt more like we were eating breadcrumbs, and the pork was a tad dry as compared to the Iberico Loin Katsu.

Each set comes with free-flow salad and chawanmushi (steamed egg). The salad dressings were extremely addictive, and we definitely recommend the sesame dressing. That being said, with some yes and a few no(s) on the menu, it just might be the best Tonkatsu place in Singapore given the variety, but definitely not on our list as one of the best Japanese places in town.

313 Orchard Road
313@Somerset, #B2-02/03
Singapore 238895
+65 6333 3432

This was an invited media tasting. 

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