Bimi Kaiho Restaurant – Udon Even Know, But I Felt Soba-lessed After This Meal!
Tucked away in a cosy corner on the 2nd floor of International Plaza is Bimi Kaiho Restaurant. That’s right, their food isn’t the only thing that’s authentically Japanese! The moment I passed through the traditional Japanese fabric dividers hanging over their doorway, it felt like I was stepping into another world.
While I was there on a Friday evening, I noticed a majority of customers being Japanese expats. Apart from the multitude of Japanese decorations on the wall, the presence and greetings of the Japanese customers tremendously enhanced the atmosphere and ambience of the restaurant. Nevertheless, there’s no cause for alarm if you do not speak Japanese because the owners of the restaurant speak fluent English and Chinese too!
I tried two set meals at Bimi Kaiho. The first was their Udon Set ($17)! The Udon Set comes with a bowl of Udon (obviously), Chawanmushi, and a choice of 1 of the following as your side dish — Tempura (prawns), Tonkatsu (pork cutlet), Tori Karaage (fried chicken), Yakiniku (beef), Korokke (croquette)!
This was hands down, not even exaggerating, the most delicious bowl of udon noodles I have ever had. The noodles were perfect in thickness and I found its soft and chewy texture so addictive! The broth was light and flavourful, striking a balance between the savoury tonkatsu sauce that I had with my side dish of pork cutlet. The lady boss of Bimi Kaiho revealed that bonito flakes were used to create the essence of the broth. Moreover, the pork cutlet was thick and lean, with only a thin layer of batter, making it less crispy than other pork cutlets I’ve had, but so much more wholesome and worth the money!
Next up, I had the Sushi Chasoba Set ($18)! I usually prefer a warm main course, but the chilled cha soba was extremely refreshing! Before slurping up your noodles, remember to dip them into Bimi Kaiho’s housemade soba sauce which adds a light fragrance to the noodles!
Be careful not to add too much wasabi to your sushi because their sushi is already served with a thin dash of wasabi sandwiched in-between the rice and the key ingredient. It’s the chef’s recommended amount of wasabi for optimal gastronomical pleasure! I got a pleasant surprise when an overwhelming burning sensation from the additional wasabi I added on came rushing through my nasal passages. The sashimi and raw tuna were fresh and smooth!
This set meal also comes with Tempura and Chawanmushi! Although the Chawanmushi was a little watery that day, my friend who had been patronizing the restaurant since he was a child assured me that it’s usually firmer and more fragrant. Maybe the owners were just having a bad day and slightly overcooked this batch of Chawanmushi.
Apart from the two noodle set meals mentioned above, the restaurant also caters to every palate by serving a tantalizing range of homecooked Japanese rice dishes such as Katsudon, Unagi Bento, and Katsukare (pork cutlet with curry rice)! International Plaza is located directly across the road from Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Do check out Bimi Kaiho Restaurant if you’re interested in an authentic Japanese dining experience!
Bimi Kaiho Restaurant
Address: 10 Anson Rd, #02-28 International Plaza, 079903
Phone: 6220 2262
Opening Hours: 1130am to 230pm and 6pm to 10m daily. Closed on Sundays.
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