Tajimaya Yakiniku, Vivocity

We'd missed out on our January monthly meet-up with Kang because we were all still decompressing from our Phuket hedonism, and also occupied with Chinese New Year festivities, so we met up early in February. Both the Hubs and Kang wanted to stay away from carbs and I wanted to try out this Japanese BBQ place at Vivocity.

Tajimaya, another concept restaurant under the creativEATeries umbrella, is a relative newcomer in the local Japanese BBQ scene. We've only ever been to Gyu-Kaku and Aburiya. Tajimaya differs slightly from the 2 other more established Jap BBQ chains in that there's only one standard marinade for the meats, methinks it's teriyaki (the other 2 offer up to 4 or 5 different marinades). Also, their beef is only available in 2 different types, the more full-bodied US Black Angus range (Gyu-Kaku and Aburiya don't offer US beef) or the highly-marbled more delicate Japanese wagyu variety (whereas the other 2 offer only Japanese beef, but in different marbling grades).

Tajimaya seems to have a better ventilation system though, my hair didn't have any lingering smells of charcoal smoke and cooking marinades. I suppose it's gotta do with its more airy, less-closeted high-ceiling-ed dining space. As a bonus, the outdoors area affords a very pretty view of the Sentosa waterfront.

We got both beef varieties to compare, the US Beef Karubi ($18.90) was up first, using US Black Angus short rib. This was very robust beef, full-on red meat flavour, the kind The Professor will like. This was, despite the juiciness, a little chewy though. We should have done this medium rare.

We all preferred the Wagyu Karubi ($28.90) Japanese short ribs which were more delicate than the US beef. It could also be that this was very much more marbled than the US beef, resulting in very much more tender meat.

The Prawns ($12.50) were lightly seasoned with a brush of butter and a sprinkling of salt and pepper to bring out its natural sweetness. 

The Scallops ($12.90), simply seasoned with a little soy and pepper, were succulent and sweet, too bad we left them a little too long on the grill.

The Kurobuta Pork Jowl ($16.90), long strips of lean pork, also marinated with teriyaki, solid stuff.

The Chicken Sausage ($10.90) had cheese injected for good measure was drizzled with a bit of teriyaki sauce for a wee bit more flavour.

We liked the Chicken ($10.90) very much, succulent juicy chunks dripping with marinade and thoroughly seasoned.

We also got the Kinoko Moriawase ($8.90), a platter of an assortment of mushrooms.

The King Oyster Mushrooms, drizzled with teriyaki, were delectably chewy.

The Enoki, cut in half and pooled with butter and teriyaki was well flavoured.

The Shitake, also lightly drizzled with teriyaki, were the most earthy of them all.

The Shimeiji was my favourite, simply for its texture and mild flavours, also seasoned the same way as the enoki.

Tajimaya Yakiniku
1 Harbourfront Walk
#01-102 Vivocity
Tel: 6377 0070
Open weekdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and 5.30pm to 10pm for dinner
weekends from 11.30am to 10pm
Website: www.tajimaya.com.sg


Shihabcom said...

Stay away from this restaurant if you don't want to ruin your quiet evening dinner. They have the most rude waiters in the world.

Bern said...

sorry for your awful experience at the resto. may I ask in what way were they rude?

Shihabcom said...

Let me tell you in detail (I also wrote to creativeeateries). I went to Tajiyama Yakiniku, Vivocity, with my girl friend to have a quiet evening dinner on Jun 15, 2013. I had a second reason to visit that restaurant, that is, finding a place to arrange a small business dinner for my Japanese delegates. When we got our table in your restaurant, a male waiter in black full sleeve shirt and pant (not like the other staff dressing Japanese uniform) came forward to take our order. As I couldn't find any chicken dish, I asked him to point a chicken dish to me. Instead of pointing to the dish on the menu, he became annoyed and just snatched the menu from my hand to take the order by himself. Then I asked about the drinks menu. In reply, he just asked me to get it from the next table and left without taking my order. The craziness did not stop there. After a while he came back and asked my girl friend to arrange her chair properly. There is a way to say everything politely and, specially in a chain of restaurants like Tajiyama, we expect that politeness. Anyway, I should also mention, after I made a complaint to the restaurant authority, they did a proper investigation and identified the staff. I appreciate this act of the restaurant authority.

Bern said...

whoa that's bad! that guy sounds like he has a serious case of the PMS! clearly, being a waiter is so not for him.

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