Chikuwatei Nishi – Fun Japanese Concept By Chikuwa Tei At Holland Village. Barachirashi At $9.80
A bright yellow and fuchsia pink signboard is up at one end of Holland Village. The vibrant colours got me interested enough for a visit, then I realised it was the sister outlet of Chikuwa Tei and Manzoku by Yoi Group.
Chikuwatei Nishi at 48 Lorong Mambong is a new izakaya-style concept by the group, but has younger, more casual vibes. (Prices are more ‘casual’ downstairs than upstairs though.)
Both Chikuwa Tei and Manzoku have been popular for their chirashi bowls and thick-sliced sashimi, so one should come expecting similar this newest outlet.
There are two levels.
(Photo credit: Chikuwatei Nishi)
Level 1 is a “Momo Bar” dining and retail concept, offering quick fuss-free Japanese street food and bowls.
Food is ordered via a vending machine, with most items below $10. There is Barachirashi ($9.80), Curry Tempura Don ($7.80), Unagi Tamago Don ($9.80), Sashimi Soba ($8.80), and Salmon Ontama Don ($8.80).
The upper level is a sit-down dining concept with a sake bar, with Japanese fare with starters of Tempura Moriawase ($11), Fried Oysters Kaki ($9), Steamed Pork Buns ($8.80), Tori Karaage ($9) to Fugu Mirin ($15) – that is grilled puffer fish.
Signatures include Chirashi Kou ($35), Truffle Salmon Aburi ($18), Sashimi Soba ($16), Mixed Nigiri Set ($18), Kurobuta Nishi Bowl ($16) and Nishi Tendon ($12).
I had their star dish of Chirashi Kou ($35) with salmon, sweet prawns, medium fatty tuna, scallops, swordfish, unagi, tamago and ikura.
Quite a bountiful bowl a variety of ingredients. Sashimi slices were generally fresh-tasting, though I think those at Manzoku were more thickly cut. A tad expensive in comparison to the rest of the items.
The US Wagyu Don ($22) was drizzled in sweet Nippon sauce, topped with onsen eggs and garlic chips.
I thought that the pieces were tender with the right amount of fattiness, and made quite a satisfying bowl.
Note: As the restaurant is just starting out, and there are two levels, they may not be THAT operationally ready.
48 Lorong Mambong Singapore 277699 (Holland Village MRT)
Tel: +65 6734 4436
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
August 17, 2017