Japanese food and beverage group En Holdings Pte Ltd has opened its latest En Sakaba outlet in the heartland of Orchard. En Sakaba is a small eatery on the first floor of Orchard Central serving creative small plates and hearty Japanese rice bowls.
The relatively new Japanese eatery marries the concepts of tachinomiya and izakaya together. The entire dining place is chic-looking with a casual bistro setting. Expect a wide selection of Japanese small plates, including beer truffle carpaccio, zwai kani and unagi kabayaki. However, we realized that their Japanese rice bowls like their En Kaisen Chirashi are most memorable.
We start the meals with indulgent Japanese small plates like their beef truffle carpaccio ($13). The thinly sliced sirloin beef are drizzled with fragrant truffle citrus soy sauce. They are so savory to taste.
The kurobuta niko ($10) is smeared with wafu sauce- we like how the pork is only lightly seared on the outside, leaving the meat tender in the middle. Most of the small plates tend to be more savory but they pair well with Japanese sakes.
If you love to explore more unique Japanese small plates, do try their zuwai kani ($13) that’s simply crabmeat with roe and gut grilled in shell. Alternatively, go for their jumbo hotate yaki ($11) that is served with very cheesy mentaiko cheese.
Here come their signature Japanese rice bowls that will blow the mind of a Japanese away! Endearing with 15 types of chef’s selection sashimi on En’s special pink sushi rice, this En kaisen chirashi is filled with fresh and quality Japanese sashimi – all coming in a bowl that’s just $28. Totally worth all your calories.
Another favorite is the foie gras yakiniku onsen tamago don ($22).
It’s Japanese rice galore at this casual eatery inspired by Tokyo’s izakaya bars. Not to mention, we totally believe that their Japanese rice bowls will make any Japanese proud. Do visit during lunch as they offer affordable set meals that are so fulfilling.
Review Rating: 7/10
181 Orchard Road, #01-16, Orchard Central
Tel: (65) 66341018
Operating Hours: Sun – Thur: 12:00pm to 11:00pm / Fri – Sat & Eve of PH: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Nearest Station: Somerset MRT
En Sakaba @ JEM
50 Jurong Gateway Road #01-04 JEM Singapore 608549
Tel: (65) 6262 0238