After a day of work at Public Garden Flea Market at National Museum of Singapore last night, Hubby Ro and I walked over to Fortune centre which was a short distance away. We were craving japanese food and decided to try Herbivore. We often passed by this restaurant but never once stepped foot in it. This evening around 7pm, the restaurant was fully packed and everyone looked so excited ordering and eating their dishes.
We were spoilt for choice as the menu was extensive and very attractive. After some thought, we ordered the following four items.
First to arrive was stone pot Sukiyaki $18, boy were we impressed by their presentation! The portion was reasonable and we each had about 3 soup fillings. The soup broth tasted like any typical japanese sukiyaki with a tinge of mirin. It came with generous offerings of shimeji mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, cabbages, tofu and some mock pork belly. We both thought this was the best dish of the night.
Next, we had Salmon avocado maki $12. Again the presentation was lovely and came in 8 pieces. The rice was sticky good and topped with mock salmon sashimi, cucumber, avocado and some mock meat floss, the texture was soft and crunchy with some seaweed bites. The only downside to the sushi maki was the mayonnaise which was not vegan friendly. Out of the two maki we ordered, this had a better flavour and texture.
We got Unagi Avocado Maki Roll $14 (8 pieces) and although it looked so similar and alike to the real stuff. The taste and texture was hardly similar. The unagi was made of bean curd skin roll but the sauces they used was too salty and overwhelmed the dish. It had the strangest combination of flavours and we really did not enjoy it. To finish, we have to scrap off all the sauces so that it was much more edible. Texture wise, it was very mushy and not memorable at all.
Last to arrive (which was bizarre) was our warm edamame $4. We thought they had forgotten our order but when it arrived, we were glad it came warm and sprinkled lightly with sea salt. A pretty predictable dish but at that price, I expected more on the plate.
Overall we had a pretty fun dinner at Herbivore and a great place to visit if we crave japanese cuisine. Next on our list, we will like to come back to try their set menus and their tonkatsu curry.
Herbivore Japanese & Western Vegetarian Restaurant
Location: 190 Middle Rd, Fortune Centre, #01-13/14
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm & 5pm-10pm. Sat-Sun 11.30am-10pm