Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Review + Giveaway: Restaurant Hoshigaoka

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I still remember lining up with my family, waiting for our turn to get into Restaurant Hoshigaoka at Shaw Centre. It was a memorable time, when things were so much simpler, when there were fewer Japanese restaurant chains. Restaurant Hoshigaoka was the go to place for decent Japanese cuisine for the family.

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And I'm glad that Restaurant Hoshigaoka has managed to retain its cosy family atmosphere till this day. We were invited to the SAFRA Toa Payoh outlet to try out the new refreshed menu. We were the first to arrive, and for a while, it seemed quiet on a Monday evening, but soon, we saw many families, local and foreign, come to have their dinner there. Restaurant Hoshigaoka has clearly not lost its family charm.

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Decor wise, light brown wood is the main highlight, and together with Japanese embellishments like sake caskets, masks and Japanese characters on dark wood, it's hard not to distinguish this as a Japanese restaurant. It gives a sense of tradition to a restaurant that was first opened in 1972.

The main focus though, has to be the food. After 40 years, how does the food fare?

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We had four mains and two kids' meals that day. The mains were: Mentai Potato Salad, Kurobuta Shabu Shabu, Goma Beef Houba Yaki and Hoshigaoka Zen. The kids' menu ($9.90 per set) is new.

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Both EV and AA chose the same kids' meal: Set D, which included a mini udon, omelette, deep fried prawn, cucumber roll and French fries. I think they chose it more for the aeroplane tableware. Though I was secretly hoping they would choose one of the other three as well, their choice was a good one, because they finished everything, including the jelly, Yakult and Hello Panda snack. You can imagine my happiness seeing them happily slurping their udon and biting into the ebi fry. I generally don't let them eat snacks, but just for that night, I made an exception.

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While the kids were being satisfied, the two adults were also gleefully digging into the mains. I personally liked the Mentai Potato Salad ($7.90). I mean, it's a salad right? So it must be healthy. Well, it is, with a generous serving of greens. But the potato salad topped with spicy cod roe mayonnaise and served with sesame dressing is quite a tasty combination and it's easy to keep having it over and over again. I think I suffered from too much calories that night. :)

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Sukiyaki, shabu shabu. Name it, I like it. The Kurobuta Shabu Shabu ($17.90) was great for that cool evening. Besides the flavourful broth made with shoyu, mirin, sake and fish stock, what gave the thin black pork slices that extra oomph was the dipping sauce. Its tangy, citrusy and mild spiciness comes from ponzu, spicy radish and spring onion slices. What I like about it is it comes with quite a lot of vegetables, toufu and mushroom, which is great with the soup, even after finishing the pork.

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Now one mustn't take too long to dig into the Goma Beef Houba Yaki ($16.90), which is slices of 30-day aged New Zealand Ribeye Beef grilled on a Japanese magnolia 'houba' leaf and marinated with sesame sauce and garlic. The beef must be eaten as soon as it is served for it to be extremely tender. Leave it to grill for too long (like what we did) and the meat will become overcooked, a shame to the beef as well as the flavourful marinate.

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The Hoshigaoka Zen ($32.00) is almost as old as Restaurant Hoshigaoka itself. It's a combination set of all the highlights of the restaurant, in mini sizes. This includes cold tofu with sesame sauce, sashimi, salmon sashimi salad, tempura, gindara teriyaki, beef misoyaki, rice, miso soup, chawanmushi and matcha ice cream. So if one really can't decide what to order, this well-balanced set should settle it. Though we might not be that satisfied with the sashimi; we wish there was more. Still, the tempura was done to the right crispness, and we were surprised by the tenderness of the beef misoyaki. The chawamushi was also cooked well, with little bubbles on the surface and just the right sweetness. No wonder the kids couldn't stop fighting over it. Even the matcha ice cream with red bean was a hit, with me and AA. DaddySay and EV both kept an arm's length from it. More for me and AA, I say.

While eating, we also checked out the other items on the menu, and found the prices quite reasonable. Coming back for another cosy dinner is something we look forward to. Perhaps, without the kids? :)

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For more information, visit Restaurant Hoshigaoka's website.

Disclaimer: We received a meal sponsorship (for two adults and two children) from Restaurant Hoshigaoka for the purpose of this review. We also received a set of dining vouchers worth $43 for giveaway purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All images and opinions are my own, based on my family's experience.

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8 comments:

  1. Four sets on the kids menu.

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    Carol Lim

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  2. 4 kinds of kid's meal set
    Jingxian
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  3. 4 types of kid's set meals
    Cynthia Lau
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  4. Four sets on the kids menu.

    kelvin
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  5. Four sets on the kids menu.

    Adeline / growingwiththetans@gmail.com

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  6. There are four sets in the kids' menu.

    Jiahui - lujiahui@gmail.com

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  7. There are 4 different sets to choose from in the kids' menu.
    sophie
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  8. four sets.
    -Meiyi (littledetour@hotmail.com)

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