The BetterShip – Sashimi Don In A Wooden Ship Bowl, Donburi Shop Sails Into The Cathay
Does The Bettership reminds you of The Betterfield at The Treasury?
While they might be owned by the same parent company with the same objective to provide “better” food (and hence its name), The Bettership offers an entirely different menu, focusing on Japanese don instead.
Will their next shop be called BetterGround, BetterFront, BetterWagon?
I liked the interior with a total of 20 seating capacity, a bar table designed in the shape of a ship.
Diners can actually sit at the circumference and witness the chefs in action as they prepare the food “on board”.
3 main categories are available on the menu, namely Sashimi ($8 – $21), Sashimi Don (top up $3.90 for the Sashimi to get a Basic Don/ $5.90 for a Premium Don) or Special Don ($17.90 – $40).
The Basic Don (additional $3.90) comes with rice, cucumber, furikake (dry Japanese seasoning), seaweed, ginger and wasabi.
On the other hand, the Premium Don (additional $5.90) comes with Ebiko (shrimp roe), Inari (beancurd), Tamago (egg) and Jelly Fish, an option to torch it on top of the ingredients present in the Basic Don.
Not all the rice bowls comes with the ‘ship’, with exception such as the Truffle Beef Don ($21), Aburi Wagyu Don ($40) and the Executive Set Lunch ($9.90 – $19.90) available on weekdays, 12pm to 6pm.
For the Executive Set Lunch, it comes with complimentary miso soup and a choice of hot/cold green tea. Choices include Bara Chirashi Don ($15.90), Truffle Beef Bowl ($19.90) Flamed Terriyaki Chicken ($9.90) and Burnt Mentaiko Salmon Don ($13.90).
Don’t Say Bojio, students get to enjoy $1 off when they flash their student card upon making payment.
SMU, SOTA, Kaplan, Lasalle, and NAFA students, are you reading this?
I ordered the Bara Chirashi Don ($15.90), exclusive to the Executive Set Lunch.
The bowl came with diced Salmon, Yellowfin Tuna, Swordfish, Yellowtail, Tamago, Nori (seaweed) on top of Akita Japanese rice.
Each diced sashimi was marinated with shoyu, with slices that was a tad too thin. I preferred my diced sashimi to be thicker with more texture to it.
Not too shabby or tasted too fishy, it could do with a lighter marination to bring out the natural freshness of the sashimi.
I preferred the Kaisen Don ($17.90) from the Special Don menu, which was similarly priced as the Chirashi Don ($17.90) but with a thicker slices.
More worth it right?
Coming with thicker slices of Salmon, Tuna, Yellowtail, Swordfish, Scallop and accompanied by jellyfish, inari (beancurd) skin, tamago, radish, and ginger slices, this Kaisen Don ($17.90) was presented in the “ship”.
The scallops were my personal favourite – soft and sweet in each bite.
I only wished that the rice was less clumpy and each grain was firmer, eliminating the weakest link in the entire combination.
The Bettership will probably face stiff competition from its competitors in the vicinity.
These includeTeppei Syokudo at Plaza Singapura and Barashi Tei next to Rochor Original Beancurd, whereby the latter provides cheaper, affordable and tastier options.
The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, #01-03, Singapore 229233
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon-Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.
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