Orchard Gateway @ Emerald (note: it is OG @ Emerald not OG; the block across the street from 313 @ Somerset) is the place to be for a value-for-money Omakase meal. Tburu (pronounced as tay-buru), Japanese for table, is a spacious contemporary Japanese restaurant with French influence perched atop the shopping mall at level 5.
Like a penthouse of a condominium, the perk of being on top is usually a stunning view to boot. That, together with a high ceiling, exudes an especially tranquil and peaceful experience amidst the not unfamiliar busy streets of Orchard Road. Unfortunately, there are no alfresco seats due to permit issues, otherwise I would not mind dining at the balcony area in a chilly evening. However, it is available for pre-dinner drinks.
What I adore about this space is not only the super worthwhile Omakase (more to come below), but also the fact that from the food, to the interior design, to the placement of furnishings and dishware, Chef, Restaurateur and Designer Calvin Yeung, also owner to Kiku @ Duxton, has a part to play. Choose the sushi bar (t-bar) to interact with the Chef, pick a corner of the restaurant if you want to have a quiet meal, or at the charcoal table where you can watch the grilling take place through a panel.
The private dining room (aptly dubbed the arts room) is also open to reservations for all, with no minimum spending. It can take up to a party of 12.
From now until the end of September 2015, Tburu is matching up to the steep competition all around the F&B industry. They are offering an 8-course Omakase set menu at only $50+ (usual price $100+), available during both lunch and dinner, in view of SG50 celebrations. If you work it out, each course is only at an average of $7 – $8 after tax. With the quality and type of ingredients you get from this Omakase, I say it is a steal like no others.
I must admit, I haven’t been to a whole lot of Omakase, but I could tell right off the bat that this is a value-for-money experience. The menu changes every 5 – 7 days, according to the availability of fresh seasonal ingredients flown in directly from Japan.
I especially adore the Truffled Kanpachi Carpaccio, a refreshing touch to the palate, the Braised Pork, a mouthful of melt-in-your-mouth well-balanced portion of meat and fat, and the Yaki Platter, of which I was surprised to find myself in love with the grilled vegetables more than anything – the freshly grilled and charred taste and smell won my heart over. I also like that all the dishes were simplistically marinated / prepared; nothing too heavy on the palate. I did not find any of the dishes below average, in fact. It is a meal I will strongly recommend to anyone who is looking to splurge on an Omakase meal.
I know nuts about sake, or any alcohol for that matter, but we were fortunate enough to have a try at their sake pairing. I shall abstain from any attempt to describe them. The sake ranges from sweet to dry. The Sake Pairing Set ($38+) comprises Junmai Kamenoi, Kuncho (House Pour) and Hunjozo Kamenoi.
What’s worth paying for:
8-Course Omakase Set
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: Orchard Gateway @ Emerald, #05-01, 218 Orchard Road, (S) 238851
Telephone: 6221 0004 (takes reservations)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Sat); Closed on Sundays.
This was a media session.