Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Raku Raku Japanese Dining

Raku means "Enjoy" or "Happy" in Japanese and it is interesting to note that there are already quite a few Japanese restaurants here whose name start with Raku. But Raku Raku is the little Japanese 居酒屋that is in the Tanjong Pagar area and not the Raku Restaurant in Greenwood or the Rakuzen or Rakuichi in other parts of Singapore.
 
Located in Duxton Hills which is very very quiet during the day, this shop actually receives many Japanese customers during lunch time (near full house) , much to my surprise.
 
While it actually markets itself as an izakaya, the lunch menu only consists of set meals and no sight of a single skewer. The recommended dish was pork and miso eggplant set rice but I chose the Teriyaki Salmon ($15) 
 


The grilled salmon glazed with the shiny brown sauce was slightly tough and not impressive. However, the rich sauce is enough to go with the Hokkaido short grains served here. The sweet marinated cold daikon topped with white miso was much attractive than the pickles.
Others include the pomfret fish with tofu. According to a Japanese colleague, it is rare to find this fish served in Japanese menu. Well, this reminded me of steamed Teochew pomfret with tofu but a generous portion to be served as an individual set.
The Ebi Tempura Set
 
The deep fried pork cutlet set
 
Excellent Quality Japanese Rice :)

This place also serve staples such as curry rice, udon, unagi dons and soba. The door slides open and the indoor is just simply two rows of seats with no fuss brown walls. Simple layout and food but very close to those in Japan.

Raku Raku Japanese Dining
Mon - Thu: 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 23:00
Fri: 12:00 - 15:00
Fri: 17:30 - 00:00
Sat: 17:30 - 00:00
 
No website ( Of course!)
but facebook page with great food pictures @ https://www.facebook.com/RakuRakuJapaneseDining 



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