Walking around Liang Court, I stumbled upon Butahage「ぶたはげ」, a restaurant which specialises in Buta Don (i.e. a bowl of rice topped with grilled slices of pork) and so I decided to have lunch there.
The main branch of this restaurant hails from Tokachi, Obihiro in Hokkaido and they had just opened their first branch in Singapore in the recent months.
You may find that the menu is quite limited, but this is typical of most eateries in Japan which specialise in a particular food item. In this case, the menu items revolve around the grilled pork which is coated with their special sauce that has a recipe dating back to 1934!
The waiter told us that the cheaper set uses pork from Spain, so we decided to order their Premier Butadon set「プレミア豚丼セット」 as it uses premium Japanese Pork and only 30 servings are available per day! All their rice sets use Japanese Yumepirika rice and that makes it even more delicious! This premier set comes with a tofu salad and we each added on a half boiled egg (Ontama) to our order.
A closer look at the grilled pork bowl – just look at the juicy succulent pieces of meat!:
We first tried the pork on its own, with the rice, then decided to put the half boiled egg on top of the pork and broke the yolk, so that it oozed out and covered the ingredients in the rice bowl…
Both methods of eating (i.e. with/without the egg) are equally good but the egg yolk added a new dimension of flavours. ^_^
Whenever I see Hokkaido Crab Cream Croquette 「北海道カニクリームコロッケ」 on the menu, I simply cannot resist ordering this item! It was a little pricey at $6.50 but well worth the money in my opinion, as it is exactly like those better quality ones that you can find in Japan!
Sorry, this croquette was just too delicious that I ate half of it before remembering to take the picture below! :p
The food here is really good and has the real authentic Japanese taste! Eating here just makes me miss Japan so much and I’ll definitely be back again!!
Liang Court, #02-32/33, 177 River Valley Road,
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30am to 10:00pm (Last Order 9:15pm)
(The restaurant may sometimes close between 3:00pm to 6:00pm)
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay (then walk for about 5 min to get to Liang Court)