Craving for contemporary Japanese cuisine infused with Western elements in Chinatown Point? Look no further than Wa Café, a relatively new eatery offering value-for-money lunch sets that come with a cup of soup. Boasting its selection of food using ingredients flown directly from Japan, the café is a hit among Japanese expatriates.
Omu Rice Meat Sauce Set S$14.80
Instead of the usual brown sauce, we chose the fried rice covered with omelette in meat sauce. The egg was pretty fluffy, but it could definitely be even more so. The sauce was thick and savoury with an adequate amount of minced beef.
The tomato fried rice encased within the dome of omelette was sweet. I believe kids are going to like it very much.
Japanese Spaghetti with Cod Roe Set S$14.80
I'm always interested in fusion pasta, and so I took quite some time to decide which one to order. The combination of tangy cod roe and butter was truly addictive. However, as delicious as it was, the dish was way too dry. Otherwise, I'd highly recommend the dish.
Japanese Hamburg Steak with Wafu Sauce Set S$17.80
The minced beef patty was pretty juicy, served with garlicky sauce based on soy sauce and rice vinegar. Not only could the sauce be a bit sweeter, but also the rice fluffier. The shredded egg on top of the rice did remind me of that commonly found in nasi uduk (Indonesian rice dish cooked in coconut milk).
Mushroom Soup & Minestrone (Set Menu)
Mushroom Soup - Taste: 8.5/10
Minestrone - Taste: 8/10
Since there were three of us, it was possible to sample the two different types of soup offered. I had a preference for the warm cream soup with lots of juicy mushroom bits in it. Having said that, the tomato-based soup was hearty too with a nice balance of flavours.
Japanese Matcha and Ogura Honey Toast S$17.80
As expensive as the hamburg steak lunch set, the recommended honey toast was worth it. Featuring aromatic green tea ice cream and earthy red bean paste from Hokkaido, the mildly sweet and crispy bread was tasty, even though I could have more honey. The rice flour dumpling were enjoyably chewy too.
Service was warm, but I had to wait for a long time to get my spaghetti. Pika's advice: The lunch sets are available from 11.30am to 2.30pm. Make sure to come down early before the queue gets really long!
133 New Bridge Road
#B1-51 Chinatown Point
(Daily: 11.00am - 9.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,