Washoku GOEN @ 1 Harbourfront Walk

Disclaimer: This was part of a food tasting event.

"Not your typical Japanese charcoal grill."

“Not your typical Japanese charcoal grill.”

About a month ago, I did a review on Udon GOEN, the Wisma branch to the entire Japanese Food GOEN brand. I recently got the opportunity to try Washoku GOEN, a Japanese stall located in VivoCity’s Food Republic. Now normally I wouldn’t want to try the same thing twice, but Washoku has a key difference to Udon GOEN and that is – Sumibiyaki. Sumibiyaki, meaning charcoal grill in Japanese, is Washoku GOEN’s specialty; you won’t be able to find this at their Wisma branch.

One of the chefs of Washoku working the grill.

One of the chefs of Washoku working the grill.

Look at those delicious meats sizzle!

Look at those delicious meats sizzle!

Menu of Washoku, with ramen/udon.

Menu of Washoku, with ramen/udon.

The other page of Washoku, with curry rice & Japanese BBQ!

The other page of Washoku, with curry rice & Japanese BBQ!

Food
As mentioned earlier, Washoku offers Sumibiyaki, which you can only find at this branch. The meat of the Japanese BBQ are marinated overnight, giving them an infusion of flavour before being cooked on the grill; right in front of your eyes. The meat is basted with eel sauce or their homemade Japanese BBQ sauce, making the meat tender & flavourful while locking in the natural juices of the meat. To cater to the local palate, they even have a “Singa Style BBQ Menu”. Apart from all the BBQ options, Washoku also offers similar dishes from their Udon GOEN counterpart, such as curry rice & ramen/udon.

Price
Just like Udon GOEN, the highlight of Washoku is their low & affordable prices. Most dishes are under the 10 dollar mark, aside from those “Big-sized” offerings.

Tonkotsu Beef Udon ($7.90) Learning from my past mistake of NOT trying UDON at UDON GOEN, I decided to give their udon a try this time. While the soup is seemingly the same homemade Tonkotsu stock as the one from Udon GOEN, I felt that the one here tasted quite different & unfortunately I preferred the one over at Wisma. My friend who also commented that the soup tasted alright & that she had better elsewhere. Nonetheless, the udon tasted pretty good & the beef was served quite generously.

Tonkotsu Beef Udon ($7.90)
Learning from my past mistake of NOT trying UDON at UDON GOEN, I decided to give their udon a try this time.
While the soup is seemingly the same homemade Tonkotsu stock as the one from Udon GOEN, I felt that the one here tasted quite different & unfortunately I preferred the one over at Wisma. My friend who also commented that the soup tasted alright & that she had better elsewhere. Nonetheless, the udon tasted pretty good & the beef was served quite generously.

Kaisen Donburi ($10.80) Having spotted this on the menu, I immediately knew I HAD to order it. My love for salmon sashimi knows no bounds. I liked the dish, it tasted  quite good for a Kaisen Don in a food court setting. My friend on the other hand, noted that the freshness of the salmon was lacking. (She's a chef... so... yup.) The wasabi on the side was apparently squeezed from a tube & the aesthetic of it definitely left much to be desired. All in all, I'm actually okay with this dish & will order it again given the opportunity. It's also limited to 10 bowls per day! (Goodness, the agony.)

Kaisen Donburi ($10.80)
Having spotted this on the menu, I immediately knew I HAD to order it. My love for salmon sashimi knows no bounds.
I liked the dish, it tasted quite good for a Kaisen Don in a food court setting. My friend on the other hand, noted that the freshness of the salmon was lacking. (She’s a chef… so… yup.) The wasabi on the side was apparently squeezed from a tube & the aesthetic of it definitely left much to be desired.
All in all, I’m actually okay with this dish & will order it again given the opportunity. It’s also limited to 10 bowls per day! (Goodness, the agony.)

Tonkotsu Original Curry Rice ($7.90) As I visited Washoku with a different group of friends, I decided to order their curry rice again to give my friends a taste. One of my friends also wanted to add a croquette, hence we needed a dish for it to add it. The curry rice over here was definitely as good as the one I had at Wisma. Almost all my friends agreed that it tasted pretty great as well. I do recommend giving their curry rice a try, their affordable yet huge portions are not to be missed.

Tonkotsu Original Curry Rice ($7.90)
As I visited Washoku with a different group of friends, I decided to order their curry rice again to give my friends a taste. One of my friends also wanted to add a croquette, hence we needed a dish for it to add it.
The curry rice over here was definitely as good as the one I had at Wisma. Almost all my friends agreed that it tasted pretty great as well. I do recommend giving their curry rice a try, their affordable yet huge portions are not to be missed.

Sumibi Big Rice ($23.80) As always, go big or go home! This huge Sumibiyaki platter is filled with Beef Steak, Sumibi Yakitori & Sumibi Beef. This was pure awesomeness. It definitely made my friends' jaws drop from the sheer size & quantity of the dish. The meats of the Sumibiyaki all tasted quite fantastic as well; delicious seasoned & perfectly barbecued. Highly recommended, especially if you're in a big group of friends!

Sumibi Big Rice ($23.80)
As always, go big or go home! This huge Sumibiyaki platter is filled with Beef Steak, Sumibi Yakitori & Sumibi Beef.
This was pure awesomeness. It definitely made my friends’ jaws drop from the sheer size & quantity of the dish. The meats of the Sumibiyaki all tasted quite fantastic as well; deliciously seasoned & perfectly barbecued. Highly recommended, especially if you’re in a big group of friends!

"Be warned of the huge portion of meats."

“Be warned of the huge portion of meats.”

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Just like Udon GOEN, the affordability versus the quantity of the dishes over here at Washoku are insane & not to be missed. It’s really rare to find Japanese cuisine that’s so easy on the wallet in a food court setting, yet it retains a quality that can almost match restaurants & the like. The Sumibiyaki aspect of Washoku makes it a stand-out for me as well & I really like how they offer such big portions for sharing.

A huge thanks to Washoku GOEN & Fazirah for the invitation and the food tasting event!

RATING

Food
8/10
Aesthetic
-/-
Price
9/10
Service
-/-

WASHOKU GOEN

1 HarbourFront Walk, VivoCity #03-01, Singapore 098585
(Nearest train station: HarbourFront)
Contact: 6420 6392
Email: –
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
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