As the Lunar New Year holiday feasting came to an end, many might wonder where and what to start eating, and that answer might be the newly opened Kuro Maguro, a seafood Donburi (rice bowls) specialty eatery that promises to offer healthy without making any compromises on taste.
The eatery is owned by Misaki Megumi Suisan, a mid sized fishery which also owns over 20 F&B outlets throughout the Great Tokyo Metropolitan Area as well as across the APAC region. If you have been to the touristy shopping districts in Ueno or Shibuya, chances are you might probably have already encountered one of the many revolving sushi houses under the Misaki Megumi Suisan banner.
As trawler owners themselves, Misaki Megumi basically runs the entire supply chain of the freshest maguro in Japan (they caught) from upstream to downstream. And working closely with Japanese national airline ANA for their joint ventures abroad, the best quality bluefin tuna could be flown overseas at minimal cost and time, sans the middlemen.
I was thinking if hotels, airlines and fashion lines have been offering no frills luxury in recent years, why not gourmet food? Kuro Maguro has been the industry pioneer in doing so, hence the prices here are significantly lower than that of their neighbours’ and more in line with Japan’s average.
As Maguro Master Kamata San cuts through the 75 Kg Hon Maguro caught off the waters of Okinawa, tensions ran high as we waited impatiently for our cuts.
The Maguro 3- Cut Sashimi ($38) gets you a platter of varied cuts and marblings from three different parts of the tuna though I would recommend the Sansyoku Meshi ($32.80) for a more wholesome meal. It is also disproportionately cheaper and comes with complimentary Japonica rice from Hokkaido.
For those averse to raw fish, the Toro Aburi Meshi ($32.80) gets you optimally-torched Maguro strips on a Donburi rice bowl while the Kama Yaki ($34) is a baked serving of Maguro Collar accompanied by a small bowl of vinegared sushi rice.
I am a big fan of Kama which has very flavourful firm texture and oily at the same time but most decent places in Singapore offer them at prohibitively exhorbitant prices. The serving size at Kuro Maguro I would say is generous and tastewise, almost flawless saved for the fact that I prefer to have the meat slightly less cooked.
The Sansyoku Meshi ($32.80) of Akamai, Chutoro and Otoro flavoured with a little shoyu is the best way to sample and savour the different cuts of the bluefin tuna in one wholesome meal, like previously mentioned.
Everyone’s favourite Barachirashi is also available at a wallet friendly $18.80.
But the biggest Deal Maker… From today till thursday February 1-3, the most premium Otoro Meshi Donburi (UP$32.80) (premium fatty cut maguro rice bowl) will be going at 50% off. Limited to one bowl per customer.
Great way to use this as the precursor to embark on our New Year’s Resolution. Huat ah!!!
The above article is written by Guest Writer @ramenking2017. You can find him on instagram where he shares his love for food and travel.