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Food picks: From homey Japanese fare to fried rice that pops

Published on Apr 12, 2014 8:08 AM
Goma Tofu Agedashi from Nobu-Ya. -- PHOTO: ST


Nobu-Ya in Fortune Centre is small and plain. Unceremonious too, my friend says after she dines there. But this Japanese place, which offers small dishes to go with sake and beer, is my current favourite hangout. The food is good, the prices reasonable and it even plays jazz, my favourite kind of music.

It is run by chef-owner Yoshiyuki Nobukawa and sake sommelier Nobuhiko Sano, both of whom worked at Mikuni, a Japanese restaurant at The Fairmont Singapore, for more than a decade. The food is not fancy, but there is a homey feel to it that appeals to me.

On the counter are bowls covered with clingwrap and I like to see what's on offer. If there is Marinated Deep Fried Chicken ($7), order that. The chicken wings are topped with crisp and tangy pickled carrot and onions. The chicken has no crunch but the vinegar cuts some of its richness and the flavours meld perfectly.

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