For some reasons, I found Aburi-EN to be rather familiar but could not pinpoint the reason. It was until I googled about this place while writing this post then it dawn on me that they opened their first outlet in Vivocity. Oddly, it never crossed my mind to eat at their Vivocity outlet.
While looking for food at an odd timing in a Saturday afternoon, I chanced upon their outlet in Tanjong Pagar Centre and gave them a try.
The place specialises in Buta Don (pork bowl) but we ordered two types of don to see if there is a difference in the type of meat. All the mains comes with a bowl of miso soup and pickles during lunch from 11am to 5pm.
First was the Wagyu Karubi Don drizzled with generous sweet sauce over the sliced beef that had rich oil seeping into the rice beneath.
Next was the Iberico Hoho Don Grilled Iberico Pork Jowl on Rice, add $1 for Onsen egg.
While both types of meat were rather tender, I found the sauce to be slightly too sweet for me. Thank goodness for the pickles and miso soup that helped to counter the sweetness.
Given the prevalence of places offering gyudon over butadon in Singapore, my personal thoughts: Singaporeans seem to prefer eating Roast Pork Belly with a crackling skin than grilled pork?
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