Aburiya Japanese BBQ, Robertson Quay

The BF wanted some Japanese bbq after working out at the gym. He'd read somewhere that it's best to eat lots of protein after a workout to build muscles, which explains our recent protein-centred diet. I thought I'd bring him to Aburiya at Robertson Quay, one of 2 arguably best Japanese bbq restaurants in Singapore. He'd tried Gyu-Kaku before and I wanted to see how it'll compare. This restaurant, like Gyu Kaku, doesn't have a dress code, so we were also able to dine in our sweaty gym gear.

We started off with the Karubi ($7.90), beef short ribs in Tare marinade. This isn't the kind of "smelly" beef that The Professor likes, it's the "clean-smelling" type. I like how the proprietary blend of soy and citrus marinade subtly enhances the flavour of the beef.

As you can see, there's not a lot of marbling so we ended up having to chew through the meat.

We also got the Kurobuta Rosu ($11.90), pork loin simply sprinkled with salt and pepper.

The Pork Loin was served with Garlic Butter sauce on the side, which was brilliantly luscious. We dipped everything in it. A pity Gyu-Kaku doesn't have this particular garlic butter sauce.

The Tori ($7.90), chicken thigh pieces, were marinated in Shio (salt). These were tender and juicy, fragranced by the smoky scent of the charcoal.

We mixed up the meats with some seafood, Hotate ($10.90), scallops, and Ebi ($12.90) prawns, both in a luscious butter sauce. These were succulent, fresh and sweet. I prefer the butter sauce here than the garlic butter one at Gyu-Kaku. More buttery overtones than garlic.

The Sausage Mori ($10.90) was a combination of Cheese Cracker (pork, beef and cheese), German Sausages (pork), Garlic Sausages (pork and garlic), all of which were juicy and aromatic. Aburiya's combination is better than Gyu Kaku's in that they were mostly pork-based, and not like the one lamb sausage Gyu-Kaku had.

I love mushrooms, in particular, the portobello variety, so I wouldn't miss getting the Portobello mushrooms ($6.90) in butter. This was wonderfully woodsy and juicy.

Aburiya Japanese BBQ
60 Robertson Quay
Tel: 6735 4862
Open Mondays to Fridays from 6pm to 11.30pm, Saturdays from 5.30pm to 11.30pm, Sundays and Public Holidays from 5.30pm to 10.30pm
Website: www.aburiya.net

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