Kuro Maguro – Maguro (Tuna) Speciality Donburi And Sashimi Restaurant At Tanjong Pagar Centre
Correct me if I am wrong, but Singaporean diners generally prefer salmon for sashimi and sushi. Therefore, a maguro (tuna) speciality restaurant opening at Tanjong Pagar Centre got me curious enough. (It’s next to Hattendo.)
Kuro Maguro, which translates to “bluefin tuna”, is sister restaurant to Maguro Donya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining (I know it is a mouthful) located at Eat At Seven Suntec City. Both specialise in sashimi and sushi grade Maguro (tuna).
Maguro Donya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining is headed by Chef Shuji Sawada, regarded as one of the most renowned maguro and sashimi wholesalers in Japan.
The brand uses the technique called ‘super frozen’ to freeze its maguro at minus 60 degrees Celsius, and also ships the freshest maguro from the trawler directly, and hence is able to keep prices competitive.
Lunch focuses on 18 different donburi, with options such as Otoro Meshi ($32.80), which features marbled tuna belly; Salmon Oyako Meshi (S$20.80) with salmon chunks and juicy roe; Salmon Toro Aburi Meshi ($24.80) in which salmon is flame-seared upon serving.
I had the classic Barachirashi (S$18.80) with an assortment of cubed sashimi.
Compared to the other brands in Singapore, I find that this bowl had a cleaner, somewhat more delicate taste without going too heavy on the marinate.
Ingredients wise, the bowl had proportionally more maguro pieces, complemented with fluffy Japanese rice which was tasty on its own.
My qualms with some other barachirashi bowls is that the short-grain rice used may not be of the best quality, and diners had to depend on (too much) seasoning. This had no such problem.
The dinner offers both donburi and sashimi.
There are offerings of Maguro ($38++ for 3-cut, $38++ for 5 cut), Chūtoro (medium fatty tuna, $38++), Otoro (lowest section of tuna belly, $58++), Kamatoro (collar bone of bluefin tuna, $18++), Amaebi (sweet shrimp, $12++) and Hotate ($24++).
If you are not a fan of Maguro, perhaps you were disappointed with previous less desirable experiences with dark-red coloured tuna sashimi. Give this a chance, and you would be greeted with pinker, fresh tasting sashimi with rich, buttery flavour.
My main qualm about Kuro Maguro was the serving time. It took a while, say about 20 minutes for a bowl of donburi to be served during lunch, which could be considered relatively long for CBD workers in a rush.
Tanjong Pagar Centre, 7 Wallich Street #01-04 Singapore 078884 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6386 8561
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2:00pm, 5.30pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Last Order 10:00pm (Mon – Sat) Last order 9:00pm (Sun)
Maguro Donya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City North Wing #03-314 Singapore 038983 (City Hall MRT, Promenade MRT)
Tel: +65 66545054
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm
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