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Hello, I'm Cliff Anderson, a resident of Singapore and a diluted 'ang moh'! Why Cliff(y), you ask? Well, a lot of people I've met since primary school till now have always called me Cliffy!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

SIN: Kuru Kuru Japanese Restaurant

Melt-in-the-mouth salmon belly!

Kuru kuru means round and round in English, which one will soon understand the meaning behind the name when one notices that they use daruma dolls (Japanese roly-poly toys which will go round and round when tilted to one side to eventually attain an upright position) as their logo. Let's see if this particular eatery with optimism, persistence and strong determination in running its business managed to make me satisfied.


Sake Belly S$12.00
Taste: 8.5/10

The first dish to arrive at the table was the awesome salmon belly which was truly melt-in-the-mouth delicate. The fatty goodness was contrasted by the crispy and crackling skin with a nice hint of burnt aroma. I requested the salmon belly to go with the adequately sweet teriyaki sauce instead of salt.


Agedashi Tofu S$5.00
Taste: 6/10

The deep-fried tofu cubes were no doubt smooth, but it was a pity that the sauce was leaning on the bland side. A spike of mirin (a kind of Japanese rice wine) would perhaps do the job. They definitely couldn't beat the surprisingly good ones I had in Noboru, France during the European Immersion Programme last year.


Kuru Kuru Maki S$7.00
Taste: 7.5/10

When this particular recommended item was served, I was a bit put off by the appearance. Having salmon, avocado and cheese topped with katsuoboshi (Japanese dried bonito flakes), each of the bite-sized sushi was actually not bad, especially due to the melted cheese. The problem lied in the rice grains which were lacking in rice vinegar and weren't nicely, let alone perfectly, bound to one another.


Unagi Yakimeshi S$8.00
Taste: 8/10

The eel fried rice was pretty much savoury, having a surprisingly good wok hei, or 'breath of the wok'. The smoky aroma was enhanced by the aromatic chopped scallions on top of the rice. While there could be more eel slices, there were enough eggs. Hmm, perhaps the rice could be fluffier.


Gyuuniku Udon S$8.00
Taste: 7.5/10

A bowl of udon (Japanese wheat-flour noodle) was a great comfort food on such a rainy day when I patronised the eatery. While the texture of the udon was nicely chewy and fatty beef slices were yummy, the beef broth wasn't as sweet as I expected it to be.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 7.5/10
Ambience: 6.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall: 7/10

I have to say that since the eatery isn't a big one, the tables are placed very close to one another. Oh, they've just recently revived their website, and their menu isn't up yet for now. Pika's advice: The eatery is offering buffet for those who're interested!

Kuru Kuru Japanese Restaurant

491 River Valley Road
#01-07 Valley Point Shopping Centre
Singapore
(Daily: 11.30am - 10.00pm)


*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Have a nice meal,
Cliff(y)

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