While I had been writing plenty of overseas entries lately, I didn't stop exploring places in Singapore either! Let's take another break from foreign indulgence and look at the Sakae Teppanyaki within reach!
Admittedly, I had been opting for other brands over Sakae Sushi in the recent years, but I was rather curious about their teppanyaki branches, with a particular item in one of their sets that interested me the most!
The branch at Bugis Junction was about 3 counters full on a weekday, but I felt that they could have spaced out a bit more as it was rather cramped when more food arrived. Service were efficient and prompt, while I actually liked the stylish black utensils with sakura pattern!
Tomato Salad, Miso Soup
Girlfriend and I shared the Seafood Set ($18.99++) and Beef Set ($17.99++), with both of the above items served before the teppan dishes. Salad was rather appetising with cold, sourish tomato slices and the soup was well, as ready-made as it could be.
Bamboo Clams, Prawns
Fried with garlic bits (in fact most of the dishes were), the clams were thoroughly cooked while retaining a juicy texture. Apologies about the blurry prawn shot, it came in generous sizes but was unfortunately not fresh enough, with the meat being damp and soften.
Beef Cubes, Cuttlefish
I wasn't expecting any well-marbled beef, so the lean ones here were still acceptable that did require more chewing. Cuttlefish wasn't marinated beforehand, thus the thick pieces were rather bland within. While they tend to be a little rubbery, it was still better than eating slimy, undercooked ones!
Foie Gras, Half-shelled Scallops
Now this was the reason why I'm so keen on trying the beef set! Foie gras at this price? Got to try it out! While it was thin and slightly overcooked, I'm quite happy with the cheap thrill of buttery aftertaste. They could do less with the sweet teriyaki sauce though.
The scallops were probably the frozen type and shrunk an awful lot after pan-frying, still it tasted alright for us with the same teriyaki sauce.
Vegetables were nicely done, while we topped up one of our plain rice to fried rice, satisfied with its fluffy texture and garlicky taste. However, the additional order of chawanmushi was not value-for-money at all. Though I did like its smooth egg custard, the serving was really small and easily finished within a few spoonfuls.
Frozen Strawberry and Cream
Finishing off the meal with bite-sized desserts! Used to love them at Mos Burger, somehow the novelty had worn off now.
Bill for two was $51.17 after taxes. Nothing spectacular, but a decent meal if you are looking for something different. I feel that unless you know the chef well, teppanyaki is better enjoyed among two person, else it could be really difficult to shout across the table with all the actions happening in the middle!