Friends working around the CBD can look forward to some Truffle Beef Yakiniku and Chirashi Rice Bowls at Yuki Onna Far East Square
“Yuki Onna” is literally translated as “snow woman” which is also a spirit or yōkai in Japanese folklore. Kowai?!
Thankfully, there is nothing scary about Yuki Onna. The restaurant describes itself as “a quaint izakaya dishing up Japanese-inspired comfort food in the heart of CBD”.
It is also the sister outlet to Ice Queen, which some of you may remember as the shop selling liquid nitrogen ice cream at the basement of One Raffles Place.
The intention is to sell ice creams at Yuki Onna as well, but until manpower issues are worked out, patrons will have to do with the current selection of mainly donburi.
Some of Yuki Onna’s signatures include Truffle Beef Yakiniku Don ($16.90), Pork Belly Don ($13.90), Chirashi Don ($16.90), as well as Cold Truffle Somen with Hotate ($14.90)
We were told that the Japanese-inspired poke bowls were popular with the health conscious regulars too.
There is also the option of MYOB – Make Your Own Bowl ($7.90 – $19.90). Just tick tick tick all your favorites (salad base, fish, carbs and toppings) on the order chit provided.
Add on small sides like Ikura Onsen Tamago ($2), Oden ($2.90) or Salmon Sashimi ($4.80) to make the meal even more substantial.
Isn’t this Teppei?
My dining companion wondered aloud as he looked at his bowl of Bara Chirashi Don ($14.90) topped with salmon, tuna, hamachi, tobiko, ikura and tamagoyaki.
Can’t help comparing the two, I guess.
Overall, the bowl felt it needed more sauce of some kind – I reckon the CBD folks might have preferred something lighter and healthier, thus the decision.
Although the assortment of fishes was adequately fresh, the pieces would need more boost on the marinate for a more satisfying meal.
The Truffle Beef Yakiniku & Foie Gras ($23) was one of the pricier rice bowls on the menu. We replaced rice for quinoa (+$1), but similarly, the “superfood” could do with more seasoning to become super in taste.
I also noted that the next table of OLs left their rice almost untouched. Let’s just hope it was for diet reasons.
Quality of the beef and foie gras might not be of the most premium kind, but at least it was cooked just about right without being overdone.
The offerings at Yuki Onna seem to be rather well-received, judging by the lunch crowd during our visit.
What it needs is perhaps a stronger identity to differentiate itself from the other rice bowl places, since there are so many of them in close proximity.
There are already plans to launch a dinner menu, as well as an All Day Happy Hour Menu which will feature very affordable drinks (Think Sapporo Draft full pint for only $6.80). Diners can also look forward to special deals like Uni on Toast for $2 per piece from 5pm onwards.
No. 3/4 Amoy Street (Far East Square) Singapore 048775
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun