Japanese Chirashi Bowls topped with mixed medley of seafood has always been a favourite among Singapore diners.
Omote at Thomson Plaza has been one of the go-to-places for many families.
It has just opened new outlets at Raffles City basement and Novena Square Velocity as well.
Other than its value-for-money pricing, I think one of the reasons is its myriad of options from Tamago Mentai Chirashi ($21.80), Spicy Lobster Triple Chirashi ($24.80), Salmon Booster Chirashi ($25.80), to Umami Soy Chirashi ($19.80).
Not just the conventional bowls.
Previously known as “Sushiro”, they have fine-tuned its menu and is now more known for its progressive Japanese cuisine with an Asian influence.
Other than the signature “iconic classics”, there are dishes with “Korean notes of inspiration” at this new outlet.
There are also Croffles available at a limited time from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
Is this Japanese? Is this Korean? I cannot quite pin-point after a quick scan of the menu (I find that the Korean-ness can be more pronounced if you intend to pursue this direction.)
New items you can expect include the Black Pork Kimbap ($15.80), Asari Garlic Flambe ($19.80), Char-grillled Unagi Kabayaki ($32.80), Cosmo Classic Strip Steak ($38.80), Crispy Chilli Crab ($28.80) to Grilled Salmon Belly Teriyaki ($32.80).
Call this the “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” effect, and I was keen to try the Black Pork Kimbap ($15.80).
It was unliked other typical Kimbap I have tried, included with char-gilled Kurobuta and Yachae Danmuji – vegetables and pickled yellow daikon radish.
The roll was sliced thinner than usual and you do not get the conventional aromatic roasted sesame oil fragrance.
There was a lot going on in a single piece, and would appeal to those who love heavier tasting profiles with a lot of flavours in one bite. And, there is a spicy dip on the side.
Signature bowls include the Umami Soy Chirashi ($19.80), Truffle Roasted Garlic Chirashi ($23.80), Tamago-Mentai Chirashi ($21.80), Spicy Lobster Triple Chirashi ($24.80), to Grilled Unagi Chirashi ($25.80).
For non-chirashi type, there are the Garlic Yakiniku Don ($19.80), Unagai Kabayaki Don ($25.80), Grilled Salmon Belly Teriyaki Don ($32.80) and Spicy Yakiniku Don ($19.80).
Omote is best known for its take on Bara Chirashi with its Omote Chirashi ($17.80), with salmon, tuna, octopus, prawn and salmon roe in a palm-sized sushi rice bowl.
Fresh sashimi cut into small bite-sized cubes for easy consumption, while fragrant sesame oil, umami-ness and sweetness, made this a comforting bowl.
After trying Omote a couple of times throughout the years, I noted that they have upped the use of various seasonings to better cater to their customer base.
The sauces used tend to be on the richer and sweeter side, which might have also resulted the rice to be clumpier.
I know there are those who would prefer their chirashi bowls cleaner-tasting with less seasoning going on so that they would better savour the flavours of the fresh fish cubes.
Omote – Raffles City
Raffles City #B1-44C, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 8:45pm (Sun – Thurs)
11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9pm (Fri – Sat)
Omote – Upper Thomson
Thomson Plaza #03-24A, 301 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574408
Tel: +65 9450 1020
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm (Mon), 11:30am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 9pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Omoté – Novena
Velocity @ Novena Square #03-09/10, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)