In this new casual Japanese dining spot at Icon Village Tanjong Pagar, it is as if you are eating at home.
That is what AmiYaki intends, as the restaurant stands for traditional and home-style cooked food.
“Ichijyu Sansai” is the principle behind the menu, which translates to “one soup, three dishes”. It goes that a meal that follows this layout has good nutrition and ensures healthy eating.
What this means is that your set meals come with three sides and a soup for extra value. Neither will you have to pull your hair out over what to get.
This is a small eatery though, and may get rather cramped during peak-meal hours.
The main dish in the set meals can be either meat or fish, depending on your choice.
They are prepared according to a Japanese cooking method, where the protein is grilled in a wire net over high flame to take on a smoky flavour.
In terms of meat, there are the Pork Belly Set ($16), Chicken Thigh Set ($16), Beef Short Plate Set ($16), Lamb Leg Set ($16), and even Beef Tongue Set ($20).
Beginning with the Pork Belly Set ($16), the meat remains tender after grilling and is easy to bite through.
It is seasoned well, thanks to a secret homemade marinate sauce that the meat is put through before grilling.
However, I thought that distinct smokiness and char that would bring it to another level – like what you would experience in a yakiniku restaurant. Perhaps they are indeed going more for a ‘home-cooked’ taste.
The grilled meats also come with a homemade dipping sauce that is only made from natural ingredients. It gives the meat an extra flavour if you need it.
As promised, the side dishes are aplenty with the set. The miso soup is your usual fare, but with a good amount of kelp and radish in it.
The Chikuzenni side dish is a stir-fry of chicken, lotus roots, carrots and long beans, which is surprisingly flavourful.
The leafy vegetable side dish and the pickles serve as healthy companions to your meal. The eatery assures customers that they can enjoy different types of miso soup and pickles weekly.
For seafood, your best bets are either the Salmon ($18) or the Premium Toro Saba ($18).
I wished that the Toro Saba had a more thinly-charred and crispy skin.
But putting the fish and the side dishes together, you do get a comforting, healthy-tasting meal with your bowl of rice.
If the meat is not filling enough, you can top up with one of the side dishes ($2.50 – $4) or Special Handmade Gyozo ($4 for 3pcs).
With the portion size more than covering for its price tag, AmiYaki and its simple home-style meals can be for those looking for a heart-warming and quick meal in the busy CBD area.
12 Gopeng Street, Icon Village #01-16, Singapore 078877
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 10pm (Sat -Sun)
* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.