Japanese Restaurant in Singapore, Singapore: Nadaman

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Nadaman Heart
Restaurants and bars
Open: Lunch and dinner daily
Price: Expensive

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: 7302571
Address: Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road
Singapore, 258350
Country: Singapore
Food Style: Japanese

The Nadaman is one of those special restaurants where you feel relaxed from the moment you walk in (even if it in the middle of the very busy lunch time trade).
We visited at a time when there were some special dishes on the menu for the Cherry Blossom festival - but we were mainly eager to try the regular dishes to see if they were a s good as the publicity suggested.
The staff initially tried to push us towards grilled dishes and tempura because that is obviously what most western clients order. However, once they realised that we preferred unagi and toro they were more than eager to suggest other dishes that we might also like.
We began with a dish of boiled spinach that was very like horenso and was topped with benito flakes. A nice start to the meal and very refreshing.
The toro was absolutely stunning. The large slashes of pure white fat provided contrast both visually and texturally to the plane red flesh. This was some of the best tuna belly that we had ever eaten.
The unagi kabayaki was served without rice, and was accentuated with some pepper cloves that helped overcome the fatty texture of the eel.
A break from tradition came with the chawan mushi, where, instead of the traditional fish, chicken or vegetables, there was a sumptuous piece of velvety goose liver in the centre of the perfectly cooked custard.
We finished lunch by sharing the festival plate that was a dazzling array of bite-sized pieces including some fava beans (called fava, but really are large soy beans), pickled octopus, radishes, prawns, omelette slices and many more.
This was indeed a very good meal served in peaceful surroundings.
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