Monday, December 12, 2011

En Japanese Dining Bar, River Valley, Singapore

Monday, December 12, 2011
Sashimi Platter at En Japanese Dining Bar
En Japanese Dining Bar
Trio Sashimi Platter, $24.50 $12.25

Yesterday, M and I headed to En Japanese Dining Bar for a light dinner. We were early birds (read: half priced sushi and sashimi from 6-8 pm) and so what we had for dinner should come as no surprise! We started off with the Sashimi Platter of Salmon, Tuna and Yellowtail. We really enjoyed this one - the sashimis were wonderfully fresh and sliced pretty well!

Soft Shell Crab Handroll at En Japanese Dining Bar
Soft Shell Crab Temaki, $6.00 $3.00

Next, we had a Soft Shell Crab Temaki. The soft shell crab itself was really crispy, but the entire assemble came across as a tad dry. Some cucumbers or sauce thrown into the mix would probably make this a whole lot better.

California Maki and Salmon Avocado Maki at En Japanese Dining Bar
California Maki and Salmon Avocado Maki at En Japanese Dining Bar
California Maki, $10.00 $5.00, Salmon Avocado Maki, $11.00 $5.50

The California Maki and Salmon Avocado Maki came next. They were much larger than I expected and filled us up quite a bit. They were pretty tasty, actually, but I did wish that there were more ingredients and less rice.

Mekajiki Sushi at En Japanese Dining Bar
Mekajiki Sushi, $6.00 $3.00

We had to order some Mekajiki Sushi. As you can probably tell, one slice was a lot better than the other. As luck would have it, I had the one which had a small, hard bit inside but M's piece was perfectly great. This was pretty disappointing for me.

Aburi Mekajiki and Ebi Sushi at En Japanese Dining Bar
Aburi Mekajiki and Ebi Sushi at En Japanese Dining Bar
Aburi Mekajiki Sushi, $6.00 $3.00, Ebi Sushi, $5.80 $2.90

We had another order of Mekajiki in the hope that the slip up was an isolated incident. This time we had it aburi style and it was perfect. It tastes a little different from Aburi salmon in that it doesn't melt in your mouth given the harder texture of the fish itself, but the torched part lends a lot more flavour and aroma. The ebi sushi was surpisingly good - the prawn was relatively large and had a good bite.

Aburi Hotate and Aburi Salmon Sushi at En Japanese Dining Bar
Aburi Hotate Sushi, $7.00 $3.50, Aburi Salmon Sushi, $5.20 $2.60

The Aburi Hotate and Aburi Salmon sushi were our favourites! The huge scallop was fresh and sweet and the contrast in textures due to the torching worked very well. But it also comes packed with a huge dollop of wasabi so watch out for that! I love aburi salmon because it literally melts in your mouth. In this case, the sushi was still incredibly tasty, but the melt in your mouth effect wasn't so pronounced.

En Japanese Dining Bar
En Japanese Dining Bar

Overall, except for the slip up with the Mekajiki Sushi, En Dining serves up fresh goods at a compelling price if you're in time for their early bird special. I would stick to their sashimi and nigiri sushis since their makis are a little too rice-heavy for my liking. The early bird special happens everyday and drinks are 30% off too during those hours, so En Dining is definitely worth a shot!

Have you been to En Dining? Was there anything fantastic you tried that I missed? I would love to know!


En Japanese Dining Bar
207 River Valley Road, #01-57
UE Square, Singapore
Tel: (65) 6735 2212

Opening Hours
Sun – Thu: 6pm – 12am
Fri – Sat & PH Eve: 6pm – 3am


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