Official Website: http://www.marugotoshokudou.com.sg/
Address: Broadway Plaza, 4190 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-07, Singapore 569841
Tel: 6451 2822
Opening Hours: Daily 1130hrs – 2230hrs (Last order at 2200hrs); Closed during lunch on Mondays
Budget: We spent about $56 for 2 people (10% Service Charge)
Contributed by London Girl
I grew up hanging around the Ang Mo Kio area. Whenever I fell ill/wanted an MC for skipping school, I would head to the AMK Polyclinic. On random weekday afternoons, my mum and I would visit the AMK library (together with my classmates and their mums), and then go for afternoon tea at the now-defunct A&W at AMK central. Whenever my mum was lazy to cook, the hawker centre at AMK central was where we would go to dabao our food. In short, like many of my primary school friends, Ang Mo Kio is the place where we idled most of our childhood days away.
Due to its secluded location, Marugoto Shokudou is probably one of those restaurants which you would pass by, steal a few curious glances since it looks pretty new, then continue on to buy your food from the hawker centre located next to it. Admittedly, I’m one of those who has always passed by Marugoto Shokudou but never bothered to take notice of it because I’m used to eating cheap hawker fare from AMK. Nevertheless, SG Boy and I decided to be adventurous one evening and try it out since it was listed on the Restaurant Week website.
First up, we ordered the Marugoto Chirashi Don ($20.90). The set came with pickles, miso soup and creme brulee dessert. Upon placing our order, the waitress asked for our preferences on the type of sashimi to be included. The fact that the Chirashi Don is customizable is definitely a plus point because it shows their effort in trying to accommodate picky diners. As non-fussy eaters, we didn’t make any special requests.
The portion of the don was MASSIVE. It came with a mountain full of sushi rice topped with almost never-ending slices of sashimi. Even SG Boy, who usually has a humongous appetite and claimed that he was hungry, left half of the rice untouched. Our expectations of the dish were raised because we had read previously that their fish was imported every Tuesday and Friday. We were there on a Tuesday, so we were looking forward to the fresh sashimi. The yellowtail and salmon definitely did not disappoint. The tuna, on the other hand, was slimy and wasn’t as fresh. According to SG Boy, the sea urchin was also very fresh and savoury. Ahwells. But for the generous portion at that price, the dish is definitely worth ordering.
We also tried the Yosenabe (Assorted seafood and vegetables cooked in bonito broth) ($17.90). Unlike the MSG-laden hotpots in some Japanese restaurants, this version was light and I don’t suppose much MSG was added to the hotpot since I didn’t really feel thirsty after the meal. The seafood selection was a little pathetic though, since it only came with two huge prawns and a few slices of salmon. Nevertheless, considering the price and the portion size (it was quite huge), I’m not gonna complain.
Unfortunately, the Unagi Temaki ($5.90) was a letdown. Despite the generous portions of Unagi found in the handroll, the fish came with scales and bones. I had a difficult time trying to pick out the bones/scales (had to spit them out, so unglam!!!! :X) so don’t order this dish!!!
Overall, I guess Marugoto Shokudou is definitely worth a visit (there’s 30% off for students on weekdays from 1130-1730!) if you are craving for a decent Japanese treat and want somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the town area. The restaurant was pretty empty when we visited at dinnertime on a weekday, so it definitely suits those who hate having to wait for seats. The service is also commendable because the staff was polite and prompt in refilling our green tea. Despite the few hits and misses in the food, we had an enjoyable meal there and will probably be back again (to exploit the student discount hehe).
Overall rating: 3.5/5
PS. POSB/DBS cardmembers get a $5 voucher for their next visit. And I got a complimentary Mordecai Skin facial treatment voucher from them too!