Like many other travel-deprived Singaporeans, I sorely miss going overseas to stuff my face with food and my number one destination for this was Japan.
So, when I heard that Japanese restaurant Tajimaya Yakiniku had a new omakase menu, you bet I was stoked.
For the uninitiated, omakase means “to trust” in Japanese and that is exactly what the entire meal is all about — leaving everything up to the chef with faith that he will take your tastebuds on a gastronomical journey.
The establishment mostly specialises in charcoal-grilled meats so it was interesting to see them come up with an omakase-style concept.
What also caught my eye was the price point. The eight-course lunch costs just $88++ per pax, while the 10-course dinner sets you back by $128++ per pax.
To me, this is pretty well worth the money, especially since both the sets come with A4 Miyazaki striploin, the second highest-rated wagyu beef grade in Japan.
In general, omakase experiences in Singapore usually cost around $200 to $400 depending on the establishment. To provide some context, fine-dining Japanese restaurant Sushi Jiro charges $220 for an eight-course omakase and $260 for a 10-course omakase. Taking that into consideration, Tajimaya Yakiniku’s omakase is on the more affordable end.
Additionally, as the ingredients used are seasonal and air-flown in from Japan, the menu here is switched up almost every day, keeping things fresh and exciting. If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, feel free to let the chefs know so they can curate a different menu for you.
This means that if you were to visit the eatery yourself, you would probably enjoy a different menu. But read on for our verdict, which might help you decide whether this omakase experience is worth the money.