Boruto

May 15, 2018

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Shop/Food Review

Mr Good Says:

Have you heard of the saying “the more I know, the more I know I don’t know”? Probably yes?

What about the foodie equivalent of "the more I eat, the more I don’t know what I don’t eat”? Among the many things that I don’t like to eat (or don’t dare to eat), one of them is raw seafood. But after visiting Boruto, I am not sure I don't like them anymore!

 

Boruto is a Japanese tapas and sake bar located inconspicuously on South Bridge Road. Dimly lit, the decor here is modern yet cozy, putting you at ease as soon as you enter the shop.

Mini Vault Filled with Prized Japanese Sake at Boruto
Some of the Japanese Sake Located in Boruto's Mini Vault

Taking over the space that was previously a bank, Boruto retained the bank’s mini vault on the second level and cleverly use it to keep their exclusive range of prized Japanese sake; imagine going into a vault to choose the sake you want! For days when you want to keep your bill down to earth, beers, cocktails, shochu and a more affordable range of sake housed outside the vault are available too.

Led by Head Chef Angus Chow, who was named Chef of the Year 2018 at the 18th World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence, Boruto serves a variety of exquisite cold and hot tapas plus small bites and salads. While the prices are slightly high, I wouldn’t mind indulging once in a while since all the Japanese seafood used in their tapas are very fresh and of good quality. Apart from the high grade ingredients imported from Japan, I also like how they pair each raw seafood with the right condiments to bring out their best flavors. While purists may say that quality raw seafood should be eaten naked, I prefer mine to be a complex combination of flavors and textures.

Yellowfin Tuna with Caviar

Take for example, the yellowfin tuna. Instead of simply serving the tuna as plain old sashimi (which I am not a fan of), Boruto chooses to lightly torch the tuna cubes before topping them generously with black caviar. The dish is then finished a splash of balsamic and a sprinkle of melt-in-your-mouth olive oil crumbs. The combination of sweet and smoky tuna flesh with tangy balsamic and savory caviar just makes the tuna more palatable to me.

Oyster Ponzu

That said, the tapas that really changed my mind about raw food is their Oyster Ponzu!

Even though fresh oysters are highly sought after by many, they were never my type of food. My previous encounters with raw oysters were always unpleasant; each time I tried to "deep-kiss" one, I will end up gagging. After many tries, I avoid them altogether.

The Oyster Ponzu at Boruto was completely different. It was gigantic, plump and dressed in a spicy red radish topped with ponzu shaved ice. It looked too irresistible that I could not say "No"!

As I slurped down the cold, firm and creamy oyster (with a few bites in between), I confirmed my love for it. I like how the saltish and citrusy ponzu granita bring out the sweetness of the oyster while the spicy radish lends an interesting spice kick. Even though the oyster is huge, I won’t mind having a few more.

I once read that nobody dislikes fresh oysters so if you are that nobody, you just haven’t met your Mr. or Ms. Right yet. After trying the Oyster Ponzu, I can attest to this! Depending on where they are from, oysters can vary from being sweet to briny to metallic or even a mix. My perfect match is obviously with the sweet variant.

For those of you who have yet to find your Oyster match, give the Oyster Ponzu from Boruto a try. This might just be your Mr. or Ms. Oyster Right!

But don't think that Boruto is just about raw seafood because their hot tapas (for example the Tori "Charcoal" Karaage) are just as amazing! Budget aside, you will certainly have a yummy time here!

 

Food Photos

See photos of food that My Food Story has tasted. Recommended food are marked with ().
New Tapas Menu - 19 May 2017 onwards
Oyster + Ponzu- Ponzu Granite, Momeji Oroshi, Herb Cress (S$18.80++)
Oyster + Ponzu- Ponzu Granite, Momeji Oroshi, Herb Cress (S$18.80++)
Salmon + Ikura- King Salmon, Ajitsuke Ikura, Shio Konbu (S$15.80++)
Tuna + Caviar- Yellowfin Tuna, Avruga Caviar, Olive Oil Crumble (S$22.80++)
Tuna + Caviar- Yellowfin Tuna, Avruga Caviar, Olive Oil Crumble (S$22.80++)
Tuna + Caviar- Yellowfin Tuna, Avruga Caviar, Olive Oil Crumble (S$22.80++)
Ebi Niniku Yaki- White Prawns, Dried Pepper, Sake (S$18.80++)
Ebi Niniku Yaki- White Prawns, Dried Pepper, Sake (S$18.80++)
Tori "Charcoal" Karaage- Bamboo Charcoal, Chunky Chicken, Mentaiko Mayo (S$10.80++)
"Charcoal" Hiyashi Noodles- Nama Hotate, Tobikko, Katsuo Dashi (S$15.80++)
"Charcoal" Hiyashi Noodles- Nama Hotate, Tobikko, Katsuo Dashi (S$15.80++)
Gindara Pumpkin Miso- Black Cod, Roasted Pumpkin, Aged Miso, (S$18.80++)

Dessert
Boruto – Warabi Mochi

Japan Gourmet Mixology 2017 Cocktails (1 – 31 May 2017)
Healing Tamashi (Public: S$24++, Mastercard Holders: S$19.20++)
Nature of Boruto (Public: S$25++, Mastercard Holders: S$20++)
Flores de Mayo (Public: S$26++, Mastercard Holders: S$20.80++)

Outlets

Boruto @Golden Castle

80 South Bridge Rd, Golden Castle #01-01, S058710
Map     Directions     +65 6532 0418     Website     WhatsApp Share
MRT Stations (within 800 metres)

Clarke Quay, Raffles Place, Chinatown, Telok Ayer, Fort Canning

Opening Hours

Tapas Bar (first level) – Mon to Sat: 6pm to 11pm (LO 10.30pm), Sun: Closed

Sake Bar (second level) – Mon to Sat: 4.30pm to 12mn (LO 11.30pm), Sun: Closed

Happy Hour! – Mon to Sat: 4.30pm to 7.30pm

Value Added Service(s)

Free WiFi, In-house Toilet

Payment Terms

Prices Subjected to Service Charge and GST (Cash/Credit Card)



Shop/Food Review

Mr Good Says:

Have you heard of the saying “the more I know, the more I know I don’t know”? Probably yes?

What about the foodie equivalent of "the more I eat, the more I don’t know what I don’t eat”? Among the many things that I don’t like to eat (or don’t dare to eat), one of them is raw seafood. But after visiting Boruto, I am not sure I don't like them anymore!

Boruto is a Japanese tapas and sake bar located inconspicuously on South Bridge Road. Dimly lit, the decor here is modern yet cozy, putting you at ease as soon as you enter the shop.

Mini Vault Filled with Prized Japanese Sake at Boruto
Some of the Japanese Sake Located in Boruto's Mini Vault

Taking over the space that was previously a bank, Boruto retained the bank’s mini vault on the second level and cleverly use it to keep their exclusive range of prized Japanese sake; imagine going into a vault to choose the sake you want! For days when you want to keep your bill down to earth, beers, cocktails, shochu and a more affordable range of sake housed outside the vault are available too.

Led by Head Chef Angus Chow, who was named Chef of the Year 2018 at the 18th World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence, Boruto serves a variety of exquisite cold and hot tapas plus small bites and salads. While the prices are slightly high, I wouldn’t mind indulging once in a while since all the Japanese seafood used in their tapas are very fresh and of good quality. Apart from the high grade ingredients imported from Japan, I also like how they pair each raw seafood with the right condiments to bring out their best flavors. While purists may say that quality raw seafood should be eaten naked, I prefer mine to be a complex combination of flavors and textures.

Yellowfin Tuna with Caviar

Take for example, the yellowfin tuna. Instead of simply serving the tuna as plain old sashimi (which I am not a fan of), Boruto chooses to lightly torch the tuna cubes before topping them generously with black caviar. The dish is then finished a splash of balsamic and a sprinkle of melt-in-your-mouth olive oil crumbs. The combination of sweet and smoky tuna flesh with tangy balsamic and savory caviar just makes the tuna more palatable to me.

Oyster Ponzu

That said, the tapas that really changed my mind about raw food is their Oyster Ponzu!

Even though fresh oysters are highly sought after by many, they were never my type of food. My previous encounters with raw oysters were always unpleasant; each time I tried to "deep-kiss" one, I will end up gagging. After many tries, I avoid them altogether.

The Oyster Ponzu at Boruto was completely different. It was gigantic, plump and dressed in a spicy red radish topped with ponzu shaved ice. It looked too irresistible that I could not say "No"!

As I slurped down the cold, firm and creamy oyster (with a few bites in between), I confirmed my love for it. I like how the saltish and citrusy ponzu granita bring out the sweetness of the oyster while the spicy radish lends an interesting spice kick. Even though the oyster is huge, I won’t mind having a few more.

I once read that nobody dislikes fresh oysters so if you are that nobody, you just haven’t met your Mr. or Ms. Right yet. After trying the Oyster Ponzu, I can attest to this! Depending on where they are from, oysters can vary from being sweet to briny to metallic or even a mix. My perfect match is obviously with the sweet variant.

For those of you who have yet to find your Oyster match, give the Oyster Ponzu from Boruto a try. This might just be your Mr. or Ms. Oyster Right!

But don't think that Boruto is just about raw seafood because their hot tapas (for example the Tori "Charcoal" Karaage) are just as amazing! Budget aside, you will certainly have a yummy time here!


Food Photos

See photos of food that My Food Story has tasted. Recommended food are marked with ().
New Tapas Menu - 19 May 2017 onwards
Oyster + Ponzu- Ponzu Granite, Momeji Oroshi, Herb Cress (S$18.80++)
Oyster + Ponzu- Ponzu Granite, Momeji Oroshi, Herb Cress (S$18.80++)
Salmon + Ikura- King Salmon, Ajitsuke Ikura, Shio Konbu (S$15.80++)
Tuna + Caviar- Yellowfin Tuna, Avruga Caviar, Olive Oil Crumble (S$22.80++)
Tuna + Caviar- Yellowfin Tuna, Avruga Caviar, Olive Oil Crumble (S$22.80++)
Tuna + Caviar- Yellowfin Tuna, Avruga Caviar, Olive Oil Crumble (S$22.80++)
Ebi Niniku Yaki- White Prawns, Dried Pepper, Sake (S$18.80++)
Ebi Niniku Yaki- White Prawns, Dried Pepper, Sake (S$18.80++)
Tori "Charcoal" Karaage- Bamboo Charcoal, Chunky Chicken, Mentaiko Mayo (S$10.80++)
"Charcoal" Hiyashi Noodles- Nama Hotate, Tobikko, Katsuo Dashi (S$15.80++)
"Charcoal" Hiyashi Noodles- Nama Hotate, Tobikko, Katsuo Dashi (S$15.80++)
Gindara Pumpkin Miso- Black Cod, Roasted Pumpkin, Aged Miso, (S$18.80++)

Dessert
Boruto – Warabi Mochi

Japan Gourmet Mixology 2017 Cocktails (1 – 31 May 2017)
Healing Tamashi (Public: S$24++, Mastercard Holders: S$19.20++)
Nature of Boruto (Public: S$25++, Mastercard Holders: S$20++)
Flores de Mayo (Public: S$26++, Mastercard Holders: S$20.80++)

Outlets

Boruto @Golden Castle

80 South Bridge Rd, Golden Castle #01-01, S058710
Map     Directions     +65 6532 0418     Website
MRT Stations (within 800 metres)

Clarke Quay, Raffles Place, Chinatown, Telok Ayer, Fort Canning

Opening Hours

Tapas Bar (first level) – Mon to Sat: 6pm to 11pm (LO 10.30pm), Sun: Closed

Sake Bar (second level) – Mon to Sat: 4.30pm to 12mn (LO 11.30pm), Sun: Closed

Happy Hour! – Mon to Sat: 4.30pm to 7.30pm

Value Added Service(s)

Free WiFi, In-house Toilet

Payment Terms

Prices Subjected to Service Charge and GST (Cash/Credit Card)



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