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Saturday, March 30, 2013

SIN: Box n Sticks {MOVED}

Tiramisu with Japanese whiskey!

UPDATE (20/08/2014): The eatery has moved to 28 Kandahar Street.

We often hear that the Japanese are nice people. Well, it seems that the owners of the restaurant strives to be like the Japanese haha... It's written on the window of the restaurant: "We are nice people. No GST. No service charge." Anyway, I went there for the weekday Lunch Promotion (11.30am - 4.00pm). By topping up S$3.80 with any order of a main course, you'll get two side dishes and a drink to complete your meal.

Hiyayakko (Set Menu)
Taste: 7.5/10

The first side dish that came to the table was the cold, smooth tofu in soy sauce broth, topped with katsuoboshi (Japanese dried bonito flakes) and fried garlic bits. While it was refreshing and definitely a healthier choice, I found that the broth was a tad too salty for my liking.

Chawanmushi (Set Menu)
Taste: 8/10

In contrast to the cold tofu, the other side dish chosen was the piping hot egg custard with shiitake mushrooms, crab sticks. The egg was smooth and appetising, and the mushrooms were pretty juicy. Too bad there weren't any, say, chicken meat inside that would otherwise make it more savoury.

Curry Katsu Don S$9.80
Taste: 7/10

For the main course, I chose the pork cutlet with curry and rice. The curry had a bit of carrots and potatoes in it, and I was quite surprised that it was much spicier than most Japanese style curry I've eaten in Singapore. It was a pity that the pork cutlet wasn't that crispy, and they didn't use short-grain rice. Besides that, the miso (Japanese fermented rice, barley and/or soybean) soup was so-so.

Carbonara S$10.80
Taste: 7.5/10

A friend of mine, a small eater, decided to order just a main course. We've heard people saying that the cream pasta with a poached egg, bacon bits and seaweed is good, but I felt that it wasn't truly creamy. I've  had better elsewhere, for example in The Spaghetti House. Having said that, the egg was poached perfectly.

Koohii Tiramisu S$5.80
Taste: 8.5/10

A cup of tiramisu wouldn't harm, would it? Homemade with what's claimed to be Japanese whiskey as written in the menu, I truly enjoyed the wet, coffee-infused cake with quite a strong alcoholic taste. I'd definitely love to give a higher score for this one if they were to use a much creamier mascarpone cheese.

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

Anyway, the drink that I had was cold Japanese green tea which was a bit diluted, but I better not complain since I kept asking for refill haha... Pika's advice: Just for fun! They have their own way of saying that the consumption of outside food and/or drinks isn't allowed in the restaurant. Do look for the sign when you happen to dine there!

Box n Sticks

14 Aliwal Street
(Mon-Thu: 11.30am - 11.00pm; Fri: 11.30am - 12.30am; Sat: 6.00pm - 12.30am)

*Prices quoted are nett prices.

Have a nice meal,

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