In recent months, JEM has quickly expanded and more and more F&B brands are opening their outlets at the mall. One of which opened next to Marche on the first floor, taking over the space vacated by MADO Cafe. The restaurant, En Sakaba, which is also located next to one of the entrances of the mall, has a combination of indoor and alfresco seating areas.
Kaisen Salad ($13). An assortment of sashimi on a bed of mixed greens with wasabi vinaigrette. The bowl was pretty small compared to other Japanese restaurants, but there were sufficient amount and a variety of sashimi. I did wish that there were more greens.
Foie Gras Yakiniku Onsen Tamago Don ($22). What a mouthful! Premium beef tataki and foie gras with onsen egg on rice. While the serving might seem little, it was quite filling. The meat was cooked perfectly, and the egg had a runny yolk. Also, the portion of foie gras appeared to justify the price of the dish. Not the best steak don I have had, but it was not too bad.
En Kaisen Chirashi Don ($28). En Sakaba’s pink sushi rice with 15 kinds of chef’s selection sashimi: zuwai kani (crab), uni (sea urchin), caviar, negitoro (tuna roll), ikura (salmon roe), aka ebi (shrimp), hotate (scallop), unagi (freshwater eel), anago (saltwater eel), hamachi (yellowtail), maguro (tuna), aburi salmon, salmon, tobiko (shrimp roe) and tamago yaki (Japanese omelette). It is no wonder why this took quite some time to serve and you do get your money’s worth.
Overall, some tweaking is still needed. However, if you can, try their lunch sets available from 12 to 3pm daily. For $15, you get a rice bowl, salad, Japanese appetiser and a miso soup!
50 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-04,
Nearest MRT Station: Jurong East Station (North South Line and East West Line)