The Duxton estate quietly welcomed a grilled meat restaurant originating from Ebisu, Tokyo – Niku Katsumata Singapore. The restaurant pride themselves in offering quality Wagyu beef grilled over a crystal hotplate. During our visit they were having a $38++ A4 Wagyu beef set menu (wine in my picture is not included).
As per Japanese hospitality, warm towels were served upon being seated. We started our meal with an assortment of appetizers: Japanese pork prosciutto, kimchi and seasoned bean sprout, pickled cucumber and Chinese cabbage salad topped with seaweed.
While we were enjoying our appetizer, the staff heated up the crystal hotplate. Out of curiosity, I asked the staff if the plate would be blazing hot since crystal does not seem to be a good conductor of heat. She actually asked me to feel it for myself gently. The plate was at most lukewarm when I touched it, but the low heat was warm enough to cook the beef without drying it out. Another advantage of grilling beef over crystal plate? You can be assured that you would not leave the restaurant with the greasy smell.
The staff were there to help us grill the delicate wagyu to ensure that they were cooked to perfection. It would be a waste for inexperienced guests to spoil the beef by overcooking it. To me, the juicy and tender beef could be enjoyed on its own without the need for the condiments.
We also tried the ala carte A4 Wagyu Donburi with Urchin and A4 Wagyu Donburi with Ikura – both at $25++ each. The thinly sliced beef tataki had a melt-in-your-mouth texture which paired well with the rich buttery urchin.
For a lighter taste, pair the tataki with the savoury ikura which pops in your mouth. I must say the wagyu don is pretty value-for-money as we could enjoy the don in 2 ways: as it is or you could add a broth to turn it into Ochazuke.
Admittedly the beef portion was pretty small, but we were really satisfied with the quality of beef served. The beef here is making me miss Japan…
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