Why name a restaurant the Japanese word for ‘table’? That was the first question that crossed our minds. Calvin Yeung, the owner of Tburu explained that it was an invitation for others to join and share his table. With this in mind, Tburu was designed such that when customers enter, they are greeted with an open kitchen concept.
They can watch their food being prepared in front of them, as the chefs prepare maki rolls or grill their meat using binchotan, the finest quality of charcoal from Japan.
Chef preparing Scallop Maki
Video Credit: Zelene Lee
The restaurant is designed with wooden furniture imported from Japan but it does not provide the atmosphere of traditional Japanese cuisine dining. Instead, it gives off this modern feel and as French jazz music wafts in the background, customers can enjoy Japanese cuisine in a different environment.
The menu boasts of a wide variety of premium sushi, sashimi and grill items made from the freshest seasonal ingredients flown in directly from Japan. Besides the standard sushi and sashimi menu, foodies would be delighted to know that Tburu flies in several kinds of special fish in whole such as Itoyori (Golden Tread), Houbou (Gurnard), Renkodai (Yellow Seabream), and Umaduda Hagi (Horse Leatherjacket) that are rarely offered by other Japanese restaurants in Singapore
So how does the sashimi taste? Ever tried Kanpachi Carpaccio (sashimi with roe)? It looks so delicate and fresh. Interestingly, what adds flavor and fun to this dish is the feeling of roe popping in your mouth and leaving a sweet aftertaste. Saying I enjoyed this dish was an understatement. It was worth every bit of effort taken, as I had to work to get the roe with my poor chopstick skills.
How different? Ever seen grilled wagyu contained in a glass cover? This is just one of the unique dinin experiences to look forward to here at Tburu. The moment the funnel is removed, the fragrant scent of the meat rises and this definitely serves to whet the appetite. Take a bite and as the juices of the meat explode in your mouth, you realize that the meat is grilled perfectly such that it is nice and tender and you will find yourself going for more.
The Dan Dan Somen was created as a result of customers’ requests for a similar Chinese dish. It is a fusion of Chinese and Japanese cuisine, with the Somen being served with a sweet and mildly spicy sauce. It is a special dish that one can’t get in other Japanese restaurants, so if you come to Tburu be sure to try this. Light and refreshing, it makes a good end to your delightful dining experience.
After our introduction of the shiok food at Tburu, we quote Calvin; “I hope Tburu is an oasis to get away yet not getaway. Welcome to my table.”
Tburu, Japanese sushi and grill
Location: #05-01, orchardgateway@emerald, 218 Orchard Road, Singapore 238851
Telephone: +65 6221 0004 (reservations highly recommended)
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday from 11.30am to 2.30pm (lunch), 5.30pm to 10.30pm (dinner), Closed on Sunday