If there’s a company in Singapore that knows how to deliver great Japanese food at affordable prices, it’s Keisuke. Besides their popular chain of Ramen concepts, they’ve also dabbled in countless other interesting concepts, with the latest being Aburi Kaisen Don Keisuke, newly opened at Bugis+.
Taking over the space of the now-closed Omurice Keisuke at Level 4 of Bugis+, the new concept is focused on serving up fresh seafood in hearty bowls of Japanese rice.
What’s unique about this new Keisuke concept is a mix of raw and aburi ingredients in their kaisen don, as well as offering ochazuke which isn’t as commonly seen as your common chirashi dons when it comes to rice bowls.
The menu here is quite simple, there are only 4 mains — Warayaki Aburi Salmon & Minced Maguro Don (S$11.90), Tokusen Warayaki Aburi Kaisen Don (S$16.90), Warayaki Aburi Kaisen Maze Soba (S$16.90), and Kiwami Warayaki Aburi Kaisen Don Special (S$22.90).
With the cheapest dish at just S$11.90, it’s one of the more affordably priced Japanese restaurants in Singapore.
The basic Aburi Kaisen Don at this Keisuke concept comes with a mix of aburi and raw seafood including salmon, hamachi, maguro, ika, negitoro, tobiko, and ebi soboro. But if you’re bougie and pay for the premium bowl, then you also get to indulge in luxurious snow crab flakes and shoyu ikura too.
Instead of the regular blow torch pyrotechnics you’d see at many Japanese restaurants, they use Japanese rice straw during the aburi process to add a unique aroma to the ingredients.
Of course, don’t forget to add on one of Aburi Kaisen Don Keisuke’s signatures, the Ochazuke Set ($4). The set comes with a set of condiments such as spring onion, rice crackers, seaweed, calamansi and wasabi along with a choice of Lobster or Dashi broth.
To enjoy the ochazuke, just save a quarter of your rice and pour the hot umami soup over it to give it a nice flavour boost. If you haven’t tried the unique dish before, it might be worth a visit to try out this Japanese pao fan.
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