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Monday, June 23, 2008

Singapore Adventure: Nihon Mura @ The Cathay

I took my dinner to a lunch date last Saturday. It's sort of a "peace offering" for robbing us of our usual weekend routine since I had to come to the office for work.

I finished at the office around 4pm already, and so it can be consider as a very late lunch or a very early dinner. :D

We went to a Japanese Restaurant at The Cathay. I got acquainted to the place just a day before when our new Development Manager brought us there for lunch on our office's Colleague Appreciation Day. :)

The food place is at the lower ground floor of The Cathay and it is called Nihon Mura, and the restaurant's concept is a breath of fresh air. :)

The self-service concept of Nihon Mura is quite unique and interesting. No menu cards, no queues at the ordering station, and no waiting around waving for a staff to take your order. This is how the ordering process goes. Each table gets two cups with the table number on it. Then the guests with the cup proceeds to the different food sections - the drinks, ice cream, sushi on the conveyor belt, the grill, and the seafood section. At each station, there's a photo of the food and a popsicle stick with the name of the food. The price is also already posted with the photo. Take the popsicle stick with your order and place in your cup. When you have finished picking your order, deposit your cup at the order counter. Then wait for your order to be served.

The sushi on the conveyor belt is self-service of course, and each set charges only 99 cents. :) We finished 9 plates of California Maki and Tamago Maki while waiting for our order to arrive. The California Maki we had to ask from the chef manning the station. Only the Tamago Maki is on the conveyor belt. There's a lot of other stuff that we're really not familiar with. As for me, my only acquaintance with Japanese food is Teriyaki Chicken, California Maki, and Ebi Tempura, oh and Miso Soup. This should explain my ignorance in the field of sushi. :P And so this should give you a hint on what we ordered for. :D

Teriyaki Chicken, Ebi Fry, and some Grilled Shitake. I have always been a fan of mushrooms growing up in a Chinese food loving family. And Nihon Mura's Grilled Shitake revived my strong feelings for mushroom after hibernating for a while. :)

This is how our table looked like after that fantastic and wonderful meal. =P~ And this is a picture of one happy Cookie. Isn't he the cutest? ^_^
We are surely coming back for another round of pigging out at Nihon Mura. There must be some other branches around Singapore, it is probably more convenient if we can find a branch closer to our place so we can help ourselves when crave pangs attack. ^_^

More photos of the place on another blog I was able to Google up. :)

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