Owned by Japanese chef Haruhiko Yamamoto who also owns two Michelin star kaiseki (traditional multi-course Japanese meal) restaurant Seizan in Tokyo, Nabe Seizan is Chef Yamamoto’s first venture overseas specialising in nabe or Japanese hotpots. When Nabe Seizan first opened in Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria shopping centre last year, the menu consisted of only 3 options with a choice of either wagyu with rice, seabream with rice or a hotpot set menu which included appetisers and dessert but recently the menu has expanded to include a range of donburi (rice served in a bowl with fish, meat and/or vegetables) and noodles.
Currently Japan Food Town is having a Spring Lunch Fair until the 21st May in which all the restaurants within Japan Food Town have a special lunch menu item for only $11.80++. I was invited to Japan Food Town courtesy of JPassport to try Nabe Seizan’s Spring Lunch Fair lunch which is their Special Dashi Sauce Pork Bowl. The Special Dashi Sauce Pork Bowl consists of Japanese rice topped with very thin slices of raw onion and thinly sliced pork with a shiso leaf on top. It’s served together with Japanese chilli paste on the side and a pot of dashi (Japanese stock made from dried kelp and dried fish flakes) broth. The dashi broth can either be drank as a soup or it can be poured into the bowl with the rice and pork which is known as a “dashichazuke”.
The meal was amazingly good, it exceeded all expectations and left me craving for more. The thin slices of pork which were fried and slightly crispy were flavoured with a delicious sweet and slightly citrusy sauce. The pork wasn’t too fatty and it was perfectly cooked and tender, great paired with the slices of raw onion and Japanese rice.
The Japanese chilli paste which had hints of ginger, garlic and yuzu had an intense flavour but went well with the pork if you like to spice things up a bit although personally I preferred the pork without. The dashi broth had a light smoky flavour, full of umami goodness and was nice as a soup as well as when I poured it into my leftover rice at the end.
Service at Nabe Seizan was polite and efficient, typical of Japanese hospitality and you could see that the food had been prepared with the utmost care with simple but quality Japanese ingredients. The restaurant itself although small had a very relaxed ambience and did not feel cramped. Judging on the quality of the food that I was given when I went, I will definitely go back there again to try more of their donburi and of course their nabe.
Address: Japan Food Town, Wisma Atria #4-44, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877 (Nearest MRT: Orchard)
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
For more information on Japan Food Town visit the JPassport Japan Food Town page.
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