Tucked along the back of Duxton Road is a neat little joint that serves healthy, tummy-filling, mouthwatering Japanese-inspired bowls and brunches.
Reminiscent of hipster cafes, coffee shops and bars that are currently trending in Japan, the interior is cosy, warm and welcoming.
The menu has a variety of dishes from their signature bowls to brunch dishes and daily desserts and they also offer tea, freshly brewed coffee and one-of-a-kind drinks such as Ume Ginger Lemonade and Coconut Lemon Mint which are perfect sippers for cooling down on a hot day.
The main attraction are their bowls which are carb-free but you can choose to $2 add-on fillers such as their unique blend of Ninja Rice (a blend of Japanese pearl rice and brown rice with seaweed flakes), Orzo Pasta (rice-shaped short-cut pasta tossed with honey, multigrain mustard, miso and chilli) or Garden Greens. Alternatively, go for their high protein White Quinoa for an extra $3.
Here is our selection of 6 bowls and brunch dishes to devour when you visit.
This yaki-unagi bowl is topped with roasted pumpkin, Korean mung bean sprouts, pickled beets and an onsen egg. Genki ($16) has a nice balance of textures; the unagi fillet is delicate with tender, with almost-not-there bones, the pumpkins are soft and the beets and mung bean sprouts are crunchy.
If you like dishes with a slightly sweeter tinge this one is for you. The sauce that the unagi is basted with has just the right about of caramel-like sweetness without being overbearing.
If you need your fill of healthy white meat, try the Kabuki ($14). The bowl is filled with generously cut pieces of succulent deboned chicken thigh being topped with baby corn, homemade pickled beets, an onsen egg, mung beansprouts and a sprinkling of fried shallots.
The chicken thigh has been marinated in miso, soy sauce, garlic and honey giving it a nice sweet-salty flavour and it is sous-vide and then seared for a moist, yet crispy mouthfeel.
Buta ($14) has thick slices of homemade cured pork belly and a generous helping of balsamic tomatoes, ume-pickled apples, roasted pumpkin seasoned with seaweed flakes and sesame seeds. Completing the dish is a perfectly boiled onsen egg.
The chashu is tender and melts in your mouth the moment you bite into it. It’s the perfect dish for any chashu lover. Plus, tossing the ingredients with the onsen egg gives the dish a delectably smooth, velvety finish – especially when you have it with Ninja Rice or the Orzo Pasta like we did.
The creamy and delectable Ebisu ($18) is named after the owners’ favourite spot in Tokyo and inspired by their favourite creamy seafood pasta that is served there.
The umami-rich miso-cream sauce was the perfect dip for the chunky slices of country bread while the mussels and Hokkaido Scallops were fresh, juicy and tender. This savoury-sweet dish is a great sharing appetizer because you can just tear into it the with friends.
The star of Gyu & Tama ($17) is Ninja Bowl’s signature 24-hour braised beef cheek. It is paired with scrambled eggs dotted with white button and shimeji mushrooms, topped with semi-dried tomatoes and comes with a slice of country toast.
Soft and tender, the beef cheek literally falls apart as you dig in with your cutlery. You don’t even need to use your knife to cut it into smaller pieces before taking a bite out of it. The eggs aren’t watery and just firm enough to stay on your fork when you poke at it. The mushrooms are juicy and the tomatoes add just a touch of sweet-sourness.
The Fancy French ($16) is a thick, fluffy, golden brown slice of homemade broiche that is drizzled with umeboshi (pickled plum) infused honey and stuffed with homemade fig jam, topped with homemade hazelnut butter, slices of fig, plums, green grapes and edible flowers.
This French toast is possible one of these best we’ve ever had. It’s not overly-eggy, the natural sweetness of the honey wasn’t overbearing and the fig jam was fresh and just a little tart. It’s a sweet way to end your meal but don’t wait to order this delightful dish as it can take 20 minutes to make.
Apart from the meat-based dishes, Ninja Bowl also serves vegetarian options such as the Geisha ($14) which has roasted pumpkin, fresh button mushrooms, balsamic tomatoes, buttered carrots, an onsen egg and is topped with furikake seasoning.
Ninja Bowl dishes are sizabe; two bowls with top ups can easily feed three people with smaller appetites or a trio who want to save space for dessert. They are also incredibly pretty – great for all you Instagram-aholics.
They are made to order and served fresh out of the kitchen to your table. Plus, with menu prices that are all nett cost and no service charge, so it’s an ideal spot for the budget and health-conscious busy bee in the CBD.
It can get crowded quick on weekdays between 12.30-2pm, so it’s best to try and squeeze in just before the lunch crowd. While not open for dinner just yet, things may change in the near future (around the end of May), so be sure to check back for updates!
Address: 15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481
Tel: 6222 8055
Hours: 9.30am to 7.30pm (Weekdays), 9am to 6pm (Weekends)
Photo Source: Ninja Bowl
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