Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tampopo Japanese Restaurant, Singapore

James and I were in the mood for some Japanese food, so after going around a mall to scout for some choices, he decided to bring me to Tampopo restaurant. It was pretty crowded, considering it was not strictly lunch hour (It was around three in the afternoon already), so they told us we could only be seated immediately if were willing to stay in the counter (bar?). This was fine with us, and it also gave us a front row view of the busy chefs.

According to the menu, as well as some blogs that James read, one of the specialties of the restaurant was what they called "Maguro Head Meat", or sashimi made out of the meat of a tuna's head. We had some of that, and I was surprised to find out that the taste of the very red meat was quite bland compared to regular tuna sashimi. I guess I was expecting it to taste different, partly because it was much brighter red, and also because it came from the head, the meat of which usually tastes different from the rest of the body, at least in my opinion.

Maguro Head Meat

I also ordered their Baked Scallops with Cheese, mostly because I like both scallops and cheese, and having both in one dish is always a treat. There was an egg on top of this dish, and as you can see from the photo, the whole thing looked like one giant sunny side up egg. I liked the taste of it, but I thought the scallops were a little too small. There weren't very many of them either.

Baked Scallops with Cheese

We also had some agedashi tofu, which we ordered to take the place of rice. We avoided any more carbs (only for that late lunch) given the fact that we had been eating and eating and eating lots of carbohydrates for the past few meals.

Agedashi Tofu

Rice or no rice (except for that which was in the sushi), we still ended up with the usual distended stomachs. In fact, we no longer had any dinner that night because we were just too full from our late lunch at Tampopo.

Tampopo Japanese Restaurant
#B1-50 Liang Court Shopping Center
(basement, off Meida-Ya)
Tel: 6338-3186