Hailed as serving up the freshest tuna in town, Japanese restaurant Kuro Maguro in Tanjong Pagar is well worth paying a visit. All their tuna and seafood is imported directly from Miura Misaki Port in Japan by renowned tuna wholesaler Maguro Donya to bring patrons a variety of tuna dishes as well as other seafood dishes at very affordable prices.
I was invited there today courtesy of JPassport to try some dishes on their current Festive Seasonal Menu which included O-toro Yu Sheng and Kaisen Chirashi Meshi. For those who don’t know, Yu Sheng is a dish that is eaten in Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries during Chinese New Year to bring good luck, health, prosperity and abundance. It is usually eaten as an appetiser and consists of strips of raw fish (usually salmon) that is mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments. Diners are expected to toss the ingredients high into the air with chopsticks whilst saying auspicious wishes to bring good fortune. Since Kuro Maguro specialises in tuna dishes, their Yu Sheng of course had tuna in it, specifically delicious, oh-so-good, melt-in-the mouth raw slices of extra fatty toro (tuna belly) hence the name O-toro Yu Sheng. This together with shredded carrots, radish, two types of crackers, peanuts as well as slices of akami maguro (lean tuna), kanpachi (yellowtail) and salmon with a sakura sour plum sauce poured on top made for one hell of a delicious Yu Sheng!
The Kaisen Chirashi Meshi was basically a huge bowl of rice seasoned with vinegar and topped with anago (salt-water eel), slices of raw salmon, maguro (bluefin tuna) and kanpachi as well as negitoro (minced fatty tuna), crabmeat, ikura (salmon eggs), raw prawn, mussel, cucumber and a shiso leaf. The seafood was all extremely fresh as expected and beautifully displayed in the bowl.
The Kaisen Chirashi Meshi came as a set with some hot, crispy, lightly flour coated karaage (deep fried chicken), silky smooth chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), miso soup and slices of orange to finish off the meal. All-in-all a very gratifying meal that was more than enough for one person and probably one of the best Chirashi Don and Yu Sheng that I’ve ever had.
Service at the restaurant is extremely polite and attentive and although small, the restaurant has enough space to accommodate small groups or it’s good for family meals, catchups with friends and has counter seats too for couples and solo diners.
The O-toro Yu Sheng is available for dine-in and takeaway until the 31st January 2020 at $59.80++, good for 4-6 people and the Kaisen Chirashi Meshi is only $19.80++ (usual price $29.80++) until the 29th February 2020 during dinner time.
For more information, check out the JPassport Kuro Maguro page.
Address: Tanjong Pagar Centre, 7 Wallich Street, #01-04, Singapore 078884
Tel: 6386 8561
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 11.30am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 10pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11.30am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 9pm
Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Kuro Maguro, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!