Nigiro Cafe has proudly launched their second outlet, located at Esplanade Mall. A specialist in Japanese-Italian cuisines, the cafe is helmed by Chef Takashima Osamu who is trained by the lauded Chef Kensuke Sakai in Japan. Both outlets have slightly differing menus – you can read our first Nigiro Cafe post at Suntec City here – and we daresay this new outlet could actually be more outstanding than the first one.
– Gail & Jem
Lemongrass Ceylon Tea – $7Other alternatives include: Hybiscus Mint Tea and Roseberry Tea, also at $7 each.
Organic Blueberry Merlot – $7.50
Cobb Salad – $16 G & J: This is a wonderfully created salad that aims to be well-loved by everyone. Why? Because there is bacon and block bacon for the meat lovers, and hard-boiled egg, tomato, turnip, avocado and cucumber for the veggie-lovers! The matching sauces help to bring out the flavours of the numerous ingredients in there. Definitely a must-order dish.
Hamburger Steak – $25G: I’m not usually a beef patty fan, but this one did not taste processed nor hard. It is accompanied by an onsen egg, rice, and two layers of cheese: mozzarella and emmental. Melted down with white wine.
J: A satisfying slab of beef steak!
Onsen Tamago Carbonara – $20J: Ribbons of al dente pasta soused in a rich creamy sauce, with an onsen tamago as finishing. Best to share or else it might get too heavy!
Mentaiko Potato Pizza – $19G & J: The mentaiko wasn’t prominent enough in this dish, what a pity! The pizza tasted more of potato than anything else, and was a tad too salty. We like that the crust is crispy and thin though.
Hokkaido Pasta – $26G & J: If you like fresh seafood, you’ll love this. This pasta comes with Hokkaido snow crab meat and uni (sea urchin), clams and prawns. Drenched in a prawn-based broth, this is extremely addictive.
Nigiro Cafe exceeded our expectations this time round; kudos to Chef Osamu. Most dishes were well-received, with just a couple of misses. They are a work in progress, so we look forward to more robust and flavourful dishes to come in the future.
Read also: Nigiro Cafe @ Suntec City
8 Raffles Ave
Sun – Thurs 11.30am to 11pm
Fri & Sat 11.30am – 1am
* This is an invited media tasting by Nigiro Cafe.
Average cost per pax: $15 - $30
What you should order: Cobb Salad, Hamburger Steak and Hokkaido Pasta.