Aburi-en is in the food court area of Suntec City, and has caught my eye several times, particularly because of the very large lantern in the shape of a pig. After a long day and a good workout, I needed a comforting meal and decided to try it out.
The Ambience, Service and Staff
The staff are very efficient, seating me immediately as I began approaching the entrance. Aburi-en has the atmosphere of a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo. There are compact little cubicles for single diners and couples along a corridor, and larger tables for larger groups in a separate section separated by a pane of glass.
I’ve been here a couple of times. Aburi-en prides themselves on their donburi (rice bowls). During my first visit, I ordered the Premium Butan Don and added on an Ibsen egg and some salad, along with a side of Hokkaido organic potatoes and a drink.
Their service was especially quick with food coming out within minutes. It was well presented. The potatoes totally hit the spot. The donburi was comforting at the end of a tiring day.
On my second visit, I ordered the Kyushu Tonkitsu Karamiso Ramen with a bottle of water. Once again, they were very quick bringing the food out, which was hot, fresh and comforting.
The Price Point
The a-la-carte items are competitively priced, with a meal for one coming in for around $15. When adding sides and upgrades, the meal can go up to around $30. It’s generally good value for a quick and wholesome meal.
The Final Verdict
Aburi-en offers great value for casual meals, and is a place where you can grab a bite while shopping, or casually meet up with a small group of friends at the end of the day, or on a weekend. Their donburi is definitely their strong suit and what I’ll be ordering when I go there next.
Address: 3 Temasek Blvd, #B1-121 Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983.
Phone: +65 6251 7173.