Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar, a month old Japanese restaurant, is located at Faber Drive, next to Buck Tile St. Cafe. The range of items available on the menu is quite wide, with everything from fresh seasonal sashimi air-flown from Japan to noodles and tempura. Also, Chef Kikuchi has a special blackboard where he updates it with weekly specials.
Sashimi Salad ($14), served with nori (seaweed) and wasabi, is a chef’s recommendation. This mixed sashimi salad, is deceptive because the fresh sashimi is buried under all the greens! It was only when we tossed it that we realised how much sashimi there was! This made me wish that there were more greens to even it out a little (this is a good “complaint”).
Sashimi Platter ($50), featuring six kinds of sashimi. The sashimi is indeed fresh and nicely presented, just that it was not as thickly cut as some other Japanese restaurants in Singapore.
Negitoro Maki ($18), tuna belly roll with scallions. This was average not because it was not nice but due to the fact that my family prefer sashimi to sushi.
Wagyu Tataki ($40), another chef’s recommendation. The seared beef was so juicy and fatty that it literally melted in my mouth! I would recommend this if you like beef. By the way, this does not normally come in a set. I asked for the addition (cannot remember how much it was) because it would not be filling otherwise.
Other than food, the Japanese restaurant also carries over 50 labels of sake, including Japanese whiskys and Suntory Premium Malt Draught Beer. This can be accompanied with the bar snacks that they serve. At the moment, Nobiro does not serve dessert which makes it really handy that Buck Tile St. Cafe is located right next door.
This is my first visit to the cafe and I ordered Mr Bombastic Neapolitan ($7.90) because of how pretty it looked. Sadly, while it did look really good on camera and had the three flavours (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla) as advertised, it was just average. On the other hand, Legendary Ondeh Ondeh ($7.90) lived up to its name of being fabulous.
Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar
108 Faber Drive
Tel: 6873 0095