I'm sure by now everyone has heard of Eat at Seven, the new cluster of Japanese eateries brought in by Global Retail Partners (joint venture by ANA Trading, Komars Group and local restaurateur Mr Andrew Tan who owns Tomo F&B Group).
Basically, seven of Japan's most popular food concepts will find a home under the Eat at Seven umbrella, which is located at the new Sky Garden at level 3 of Suntec City, Eat at Seven is being populated gradually, with Enbu (warayaki and charcoal grill izakaya), Maguro-Donya Miura-Misaki-Kou Sushi & Dining (tuna sashimi specialist), NikuNoHi (yakiniku) and Nigiro Cafe. I can't wait to see the rest.
NikuNoHi - meaning the Day of Meat - celebrates meat, and in particular, A5 kuroge wagyu from Kagoshima. There are over 20 different cuts of meat, which is great because there is life beyond ribeye and sirloin.
They also have pork, chicken and seafood for those who don't take beef.
The Kiwami Ultimate Plate above (S$138) gives good value and variety, as it has six cuts. Grill sukiyaki, finest chuck eye, finest ribeye, chateaubriand, finest thick sliced skirt, and beef tongue.
They serve housemade Assorted Kimchi (S$10). This is apt since yakiniku is a concept borrowed from Korean BBQ. These are pretty good, and I normally don't even like kimchi.
But once the meat comes...ooh la la. Let the BBQ porn begin.
It's fun to try so many different cuts; they each have their own signature taste. It's hard to top the ribeye still though.
The sliced skirt is surprisingly well marbled. Look at the veins of fat.
Chateaubriand is such a premium cut. By itself, it's S$50 per 100g.
The meat is best grilled just for a few seconds on each side, keeping it medium rare.
At the heart of NikuNoHi is their secret east-meets-west marinade.
Here are some cuts that are more unusual - the Tomo Sankaku (tri-tip), eye of knuckle, and Kainomi (bottom flap). This trio is the Premium Rare Plate (150g, S$48).
Someone at my table said "bottom flap sounds vulgar..." Haha, but hey, don't knock it til you've tried it. Kainomi is not bad actually, a nice mix of fatty and lean, so you have a good balance of beefy and fatty flavours.
But my favourite of the trio is still the tri-tip. Granted, this is wagyu tri-tip which tastes like a completely different animal from regular tri-tip (more chewy).
Sizzle away and enjoy!
Finish off with some Hokkaido Milk ice cream (S$4.50). It's feathery soft and creamy, and not too sweet. If you prefer fruity flavours, go for the Yuzu Sorbet or Yubari Melon ice cream.
NikuNoHi also offers affordable lunch sets that let you have a taste of the BBQ without going full hog into a yakiniku meal (that's best enjoyed when you have the luxury of time).
The whole Sky Garden itself is a foodie destination with 13 restaurants in a manicured garden setting. Besides Eat at Seven, there's Arn Nan Bistro & Bar, Dallas, Kuishinbo, Saint Ma, and Sumiya. The main entrance is from an outdoor escalator near Tower 5. You can also enter through the mall or Convention Centre (level 3).
With the completion of the Sky Garden at the North Wing (between Towers 1 and 5), it looks like Suntec City Mall's longdrawn renovations are coming to an end. Meanwhile, check out NikuNoHi - it's already drawing the crowds, but I'm sure it will be even more packed once the remaking of the mall is complete.
3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City Mall #03-310
Monday-‐Friday 11:30 ‐ 15:00 (last order 14:30)
17:30 - 22:30 (last order 22:00)
Saturday‐Sunday 11:00 - 22:30 (last order 22:00)
Thanks to Nikunohi and Suntec City for the invitation
Photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II kindly loaned by Canon Singapore