Saturday, April 2, 2011

Taira Izakaya

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Sometime back TheHungryCow and I had dinner with the HungryGoWhere folks at Taira Izakaya, this little place at the ground floor of Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre. Given the number of hungry people, we had quite a feast of many little dishes!
 

Gobo Karage (S$3) - deep-fried burdock Taira-style
APPETIZER: GOBO KARAAGE S$3
DEEP FRIED BURDOCK TAIRA’S STYLE
I'll say this is one of the best ways to have burdock! Razor thin crunchy strips sprinkled with seaweed and chili pepper!


Radish skin spring roll S$5
APPETIZER: RADISH SKIN SPRING ROLL S$5
This is one of the chef's original creations, served with a mildly spicy sauce. Certainly more healthy than most spring rolls!


Negitoro Otsumami - chopped tuna belly S$10
APPETIZER: NEGI TORO OTSUMAMI S$10
CHOPPED TUNA BELLY
This is like carb-free negitoro sushi. You roll up the chopped tuna in the seaweed and pop it in your mouth. The chef designed it to be eaten that way.


Tako Su - vinegared octopus S$5
APPETIZER: TAKO SU S$5
VINEGARED OCTOPUS
Traditional Japanese appetizer


Assorted Sashimi - o-toro, kanpachi, mekajiki, ika somen, salmon trout
ASSORTED SASHIMI S$35
O-TORO (SUPREME TUNA BELLY), KANPACHI (AMBER JACK), MEKAJIKI (SWORD FISH), IKA SOMEN (SQUID WITH FLYING FISH ROE & LADY FINGER), SALMON TROUT
Taira Izakaya is run by Fabio Lee, a chef who was formerly in the wholesale business of importing fish from Tsukiji. He gets his stock in three times a week, so things are pretty fresh.


Stewed beef tendon with Devil's tongue
STEW ITEM: GYU SUGI NIKOMI S$8
STEW BEEF TENDON W/DEVIL’S TONGUE(KONNYAKU)
Double chewiness may mean double happiness to some!


Kurobuta misoyaki S$15
GRILL ITEM: KUROBUTA MISOYAKI S$15
MISO GRILLED BLACK PORK LOIN


Soft shell crab tempura S$8
DEEP-FRIED ITEM: SOFT SHELL CRAB TEMPURA S$8



Gyu Saikoro Steak
STIR FRY DISH: GYU SAIKORO STEAK S$15
DICE CUT BEEF W/SHIMEJI MUSHROOM
This was quite good...suddenly you don't want to share!


Somen champuru S$6
NOODLES: SOMEN CHAMPURU S$6
STIR FRY ANGEL HAIR NOODLES
This is one of the highlights here. Beautiful somen (it's like mee sua but not soggy) with a gorgeous broth that was smoky and savoury. Definitely brewed with lots of bonito and pork bone.


Sliced pig's ears!
When you're at an izakaya, you need to be adventurous! Have some sliced pig's ears. But this doesn't count as an exotic dish for me, because I already love pig's ears, and coveted this dish the moment I saw it on the menu. It is chewy and crunchy heaven!


Asari Osuimono - short-neck clam clear soup S$5
SOUP: ASARI OSUIMONO S$5
SHORT NECK CLAM CLEAR SOUP
Clean-tasting and comforting.


Yuzu sorbet
We finished off with some yuzu sorbet, which perked up our palates with refreshing tang.

I love the izakaya concept of communal snacking, and great variety of things to try. While most Japanese go to izakaya to drink rather than eat, I prefer to fill up my calorie quota with food. Besides, my friends will no longer recognise me with too much alcohol. Anyway, thanks to Taira Izakaya and HungryGoWhere for the dinner!

By the way, Taira Izakaya also has S$8 lunch bento sets, which seem to be a total steal. Must go back and try...

And just a totally spurious tidbit: the Taira clan was a major samurai clan in Japan's history and offshoots of the imperial family. Along with the Fujiwara, the Tachibana, and the Minamoto, they were one of the four important clans that dominated the Heian period political scene. (The izakaya itself is named after Taira-san, the master from whom Lee learnt Japanese cuisine.)


TAIRA IZAKAYA
11 Cavenagh Road,
#01-16 Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre,
Singapore 229616
Tel: 68365298
Open daily
Mon to Sat: 12.00pm – 02.30pm, 06.00pm – 12.30am
Sun: 06.00pm – 12.30am

4 comments:

  1. Wow this post is making me hungry. The Gyu Saikoro Steak looks tantalising! Thanks for sharing. Somehow, that part of Orchard was out of my scanning radius :)

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  2. Looks great but no one drank any booze? ;)

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  3. I love izakayas and this looks particularly welcoming... and piggy ears? Hehe.

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