Monday, 5 October 2015

Appare Udon & Tempura Japanese Restaurant

I couldn't remember when was the last time I stopped by Novena MRT, less talking about visiting Square 2. I was a little confused with the conjoining malls of the Velocity, Novena Square and Square 2. Well, at least I think they are linked?

In any case, I was brought to the Novena Square 2 to try out the Appare Udon & Tempura Japanese Restaurant, and the alluring point is their cartoonised sushi.

Appare Udon has shop space of 3 units, but I was surprised at the amount of tables the restaurant can accommodate. With a rough estimate, it could be less than a 100 pax or less. Its kitchen is probably already occupying almost a whole unit by itself.

If you are person who likes to admire how chef prepare your food, you may choose to take a seat at the counter, where separated by a low-rise window panel.

Appare Udon & Tempura Japanese Restaurant has limited variety in their menu. Basically there 3 main types of food you should be looking at, which are their udon, tempura, and interestingly-presented sushi.

I did not order their tempura, even though it comes also with ala-carte option, but it seems a goal too if you ordered that as most tables I've seen around me have a plate of the gigantic tempura.

Tonkatsu and Fried Prawn Curry Udon ($15.80 for regular portion). Thick curry base, thick and chewy udon which makes me like what I've ordered. Japanese curry is never too spicy for me, and both the pork cutlet and prawn tempura is quite meaty too.

Nabeyaki Tonkotsu Udon ($16.00). Initially the soup tasted kind of clean and bland to me, but as it keep brewing, the soup become thicker and tastier.

Bear Inari Sushi ($8.50). This is the cartoonised sushi I've talked about earlier. It used to be a panda-like presentation, which you can easily searched in Instagram. Apparently, they have changed a bit of their menu, and had the panda replaced with bear.

It look interesting too, where Appare Udon uses teriyaki sauce to mark the face features, barley seeds as the ears, and the milk-biscuit (reminds me of wan-wan snack) to make the nose more evident. Sushi taste quite normal though.

I visited during the weekend for lunch, and it seems to be pretty short-handed as getting the attention of the crew takes quite an amount of patience and understanding. There isn't a lot off diners, and I wasn't surprised because the entire mall itself is already quite quiet.

But despite the almost-scarceness of people in the mall, Appare Udon & Tempura Japanese Restaurant still deserve a visit for a casual Japanese udon meal.

Accept Reservation: Yes

Appare Udon & Tempura Japanese Restaurant

10 Sinaran Drive
#02-65 Novena Square 2
Singapore 307506

Tel: (65) 6397 6780

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 1100 - 2200 hours

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