Recently I chanced upon a new Japanese restaurant a mere 10 to 15 minutes drive from my area. The restaurant is nestled within the Dairy Farm Estate. For those who do not know, Dairy Farm estate is not a chicken or a duck farm located in Singapore. It is a residential area within District 23 in Singapore. With the opening of the DownTown Line 2, it is much easier to get to this area. But the lazy us prefer to drive in to this place. SO where exactly is this, do read it on to find out more as I review this restaurant.
This restaurant is located within the Dairy Farm Condo. Yes, it is inside the condominium. I used to think that those eateries inside residential areas were off “nothing spectacular” quality but Tenryu made me change my mind. When we arrived there about 11.45am, we were the first customer. The place is not very big, it probably can hold at most six families of four. My guess is that they primarily serve the residences in the area.
They do have baby chairs if you need one for your kid. This is us goofing around while waiting for our food.
We ordered a Chirashi Don, Chawanmushi, Salmon Teriyaki Don, Salmon Garlic Fried Rice. For drinks we had the Avocado Shake. When the food came, I was expecting it to be food court standard Japanese food but the moment I sank my teeth into the Chirashi Don, I gave the thumbs up. It wasn’t that bad as I thought. The sashimi was fresh and the rice was well cooked. It was better than many other Japanese restaurants that I had. For me, it is a ritual that every first visit to a Japanese restaurant, i will try their Chirashi Don. By tasting their sashimi and ric, I would know whether the kitchen staff are cooking it the Japanese way or just trying to modernize the food.
The salmon garlic fried rice was for my son and he loved it. It had a strong garlic taste but it did not leave a bad after-taste in the mouth. The chunks of salmon inside was pretty generous. If you hate eating garlic then I would not advice you to try it
The teriyaki salmon don was pretty normal. Teriyaki sauce would not go wrong with chicken, beef or salmon unless the cook had a bad day.
The killer dish was the Avocado shake with a tinge of chocolate sauce. The concoction of Avocados and chocolate was just perfect for a hot sunny day. Unless you are allergic to avocados, you got to try this when you are there. You will not regret ordering this drink.
Of course there are other non-alcoholic drinks or even Japanese beers/sake if you are game enough to try.
The best thing about the place is there is a mini outdoor playground just outside the restaurants. It can keep the kids occupied while the food is being prepared. Check out the below pictures. It did keep Reuben occupied for at least 20 minutes.
Would I say it is kids friendly? Yes it is, which Japanese restaurant would have an outdoor playground just outside it’s premises.
Would I come back to this restaurant? Yes I will
For the quality of food that they serve, the price is definitely affordable. The best thing about the restaurant is there’s no GST or service charge to the bill. The main aim of the family-run restaurant is to provide affordable but quality Japanese dining to people.
The only thing that I would find fault with this place is that it does not fit into the bill of a teahouse. I did not see any tea menu and the interior does not look like a tea house. The only thing that is related to tea was the green tea that they served.
So having said
much (not much), below are the details on the restaurant
17 Dairy Farm Rd, #B1-06, Singapore 679043
Tues-Sun (Lunch): 11.30am-3.00pm
Tues-Sun (Dinner): 6.00pm to 10.00pm
Closed on Mondays
By MRT: Take to HillView MRT (Downtown Line) and then take a slow 15 minutes walk in via Dairy Farm Crescent
By Car: Refer to the Google Map below
By Foot: Please open up Google Maps in your mobile and key in the address.
So how does DaddyChow rates this place?
Kid’s Friendliness Factor: 3/5
Willingness to return: Yes