I believe grayness has unraveled. Perhaps it’s a daily ritual, as darkness falls. If the walls could talk, they would have asked to be repainted with livelihood. And the escalators would love to dance once again.
Nagomi, Nishiki, Kushigin, Kazu.
This must be a Japanese enclave.
None of those neon vivacities of Shinjuku nor Shibuya but rather, dim lighting from small restaurants that almost coincides with the fatigued spirits of salarymen, after a hard day’s work. Offering opportunities for baseball talks, Nihon Shimbun and a hearty meal, this is where the heart should be. Home.
We wanted to be a part of home. For a taste of home. So, we referred to the best and just let the beaten soul rest. Hence, Izakaya Nijumaru.
The two thick slabs of grilled eel; though slightly tough, were worth coming home to. With a dense, sweet soy based dressing to coat the rice, every bit was as flavourfully moist as ever. It was part of the Unajyu Bento Set (S$20.00) which also consisted of a mini sashimi platter, miso soup, side salad and preserved radish slices.
When enjoying the freshness of the sea bream, salmon and tuna slices as they melt in the mouth, we should smile and say.....umai.
And when a taste of home calls for commonness, the Nijumaru Bento Set (S$18.00) clearly represents it all. There’s the braised pork belly. The main attraction that definitely did not gain our affection. Soft it was not and the braising sauce could have been slightly saltier. Even a touch of mustard couldn’t perk up the tastebuds.
The grilled mackerel, tempura prawn and mini sashimi platter completed the proportionally satisfying bento set.
Perhaps something that can be done at home, these thick pieces of flaky Salmon Wrapped With Bacon (S$12.00). A solid special of the day.
Nijumaru was home for the generous portions, coziness, authenticity and regularity.
And maybe that’s the reason why we need to eat out sometimes.
5 Koek Road
#02-10/12 Cuppage Plaza
Tel: (+65) 62356693/62354857
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