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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Lunch at Beppu Menkan Restaurant (别府面馆) @ China Square

3 Pickering Street #01-32 / 33 China Square Central, Nankin Row, Singapore 048660
Tel: 6438 0428 

Beppu Menkan has a rather long-standing history in Singapore. I remember eating here, as well as their now-defunct Tiong Bahru Plaza outlet since around a decade back. Besides the usual rice, seafood and other Japanese dishes, Beppu Menkan is famed for its spicy ramen - where diners could select the various levels of spiciness they preferred.  They had this concept since back then, when very little restaurants had this offering.

There were three of us lunching, after Saturday's event.

We started with Chawanmushi (SGD$4.80) which was just typical Japanese steamed egg and rather non-descript here.

Then a Garden Salad (SGD$6.80) with tossed vegetables, Japanese dressing and shredded strips of crabstick.  This was refreshing and a delicious start to the meal.

The Assorted Sashimi for 4 pax (SGD$28.80) was very reasonably-priced, made up of salmon sashimi, squid sashimi, swordfish sashimi, octopus sashimi and tuna sashimi with some salmon roe. The composition was rather colorful, and tasty. It was not the freshest or thickest we'd eaten, but enjoyable all the same.

Following that, we had the Soft Shell Crab (SGD$8.00), a crackling yet tender dish served with dressing on the side. We also enjoyed this item immensely.

The Grilled Mayo Prawn (SGD$7.30) was so good we ordered 2 sets of this in all. The prawn was luscious and firm, topped with creamy mayonnaise sauce and grilled to smoky succulence, scoring full points for texture and taste.

Last but not least, Grilled Squid (SGD$11.80) which looked so tantalising on its own. The long sea creature was sliced expertly into even strips, and every strip was succulent and chewy. Natural sweetness of squid was combined with a slightly charred hint as well as the sweet soy sauce doused over it.

Finally, Tsukimi Ramen (SGD$8.80) -  in a creamy Kyushu broth and without chilli, because the other two guys didn't take spicy. There were also half-boiled egg (not flavoured egg), sliced chashu, spring onion and fried garlic. The ramen was normal and nothing to boost about, except that the broth was delicious.

It was overall a satisfying lunch where we got to eat lots of our favorite seafood items at Japanese restaurants and price was very reasonable. Service was very attentive because on a Saturday afternoon,  there were only a few tables.

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