I don’t know about eel, but I’m always in the mood for unagi. Any eel aficionados out there ought to be familiar with Una Una, a speciality restaurant best known for its authentic yet affordable unagi hitsumabushi. They’ve recently opened their third outlet in the bustling VivoCity with both indoor and alfresco seating, alongside a newly revamped menu.
The 48-seater interior is swathed in wood and Japanese-styled decor elements reminiscent of an izakaya. If you prefer breezy outdoor dining, there are also 22 alfresco seats, ideal for those looking to unwind after work with a drink.
The unagi at Una Una is basted with a special in-house sauce consisting of shoyu, mirin, and sugar using a double-dipping technique, and grilled for about 10 minutes over charcoal. It’s flame-kissed eel or nothing at all.
Liven up your day with the Una Una Kaisen Roll (S$24.80), a roll topped with chopped sashimi of salmon, maguro, hamachi, ikura, and of course, unagi.
The Unagi Ikura Don (S$32.80) is a stunner in more ways than one. The combination of signature unagi, diced cucumber, pickled radish, and glistening ikura on rice is a feast for all the senses.
A key highlight of the new menu, the Unagi Hokkaido Pork Hitsumabushi (S$22.80), features both unagi and charcoal-grilled pork. Talk about indulgence!
However, my heart still lies with the original Unagi Hitsumabushi (S$16.80), that’s served with chopped unagi, soup, dashi, pickles, and a trio of condiments (nori, wasabi, and spring onions).
The beauty of hitsumabushi is that it can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Divide it into three portions and eat the first portion on its own. Revel in the sweet and smoky simplicity of unagi on rice.
Next, switch it up by adding nori, wasabi, and spring onions to the second portion. Lastly, add condiments and pour clear dashi into the third portion. Personally, that is hands down the best way to enjoy hitsumabushi.
90 mins free-flow sake
Una Una VivoCity is offering a free-flow sake promo, with a showcase of sake from different prefectures every month. In the month of April, be whisked off to the Yamagata prefecture, and savour sake like Junmai Ginjo Kiyoizumigawa Ginnokura and Daiginjo Iidesan. Enjoy free-flow sake for 90 minutes at an additional cost of S$30 on top of your existing bill. This promotion is exclusive to alfresco diners only on a first-come, first-served basis.
The next time you’re at VivoCity and can’t decide what to eat, take a vote. Let’s hope everyone reaches an una-nimous decision.
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