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Danro Japanese Hot Pot Buffet January 27, 2013

Posted by gurkhason in food.
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Danro is a new Japanese hot pot buffet restaurant recently opened at nex (shopping mall) at Serangoon Central.  I am invited as a guest of 365days2play and Eat! to have a taste at this Japanese hot pot with a difference.

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Although I love the traditional chinese steamboat, but when dining with friends, I have a preference to choose japanese hot pot.  Maybe because it always seems more sterile to me.  Most of the meat dishes are sliced thinly and served in small portions.  Hygiene is an important factor when dining from a common pot when in a big group.

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I am spoilt with choices when eating at Danro.  This is because unlike the usual few soup base to choose from, Danro provides 8 exciting soup broths, each representing a different prefecture in Japan.  I choose the popular chicken milk  broth and tonkotsu broth; the earlier for the extra calcium and vitamins and the latter for the broth thick and rich with collagen from boiling pork bones from hours!O

Other then the soup broth, there is so much variety at the buffet spread that if you have a bite of everything you will be very full at the end of your meal.

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Seafood Galore.  They have a wide variety of seafood such as salmon & hamachi kama, crab surimi, squid, shrimps, white shell clams, fresh fish (no dory as traditional Japanese hot pot don’t have dory fish) and fish balls.

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For those who love vegetarians, they have japanese leeks, white radish, carrot, spinach, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, mushrooms, onions and sweet corn cob.  Really plenty to choose from.

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There is also an onsen egg as starters at the buffet spread.  Eggs have been gaining a lot of popularity since the opening of coffee joints selling eggs and toast set and resturants serving all-day breakfast.  Danro has this really awesome half boiled eggs like poached eggs but only better that is dashed with some light sauce.  Egg white is just nicely done with a runny yolk served chilled.  Absolutely heavenly.

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They also have this chilled noodles that I have at least 3 helpings.  Unlike other Japanese restaurants that have their noodles all entangled into a lump at the buffet table, Danro is very thoughtful to have them put into small individual portions so that each is chilled when eaten, nicely sprinkled with spring onions and dashed with just a right amount of ginger and sauce.

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Another speciality is a rice skewer – kiritanpo.  While the kiritanpo we have is adapted to local taste because they contain more ingredients, but they certainly are a “must-have” because without them, a Japanese hotpot will not be considered Japanese as it is ingrained in the Japan culture and tradition to have one.  These kiritanpo are painstakely made by hand by their chef; whom have to manually pound and mashed the rice, form the shape on the skewers and brush a special sweet sauce and miso for flavour and toasted on open fire till it is slightly crisp outside.  The traditional way to eat them is to soak in the soup broth for a good 5 minutes and viola!  It’s enjoyment time.

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End the fulfilling meal with a great variety of dessert and fruits.  My favourite is their matcha cakes as it is flavourful and fluffy.  The watermelon and starfruits helps clean the palate after the intense savoury meal.  They also have soft served ice-cream for those with an ache for something chilling sweet.

DANRO Japanese Buffet Hot Pot is available at Ministry of Food at Serangoon nex Level 2.  Available for both lunch and dinner.  Adult lunch $16.90++ (weekdays), $20.90++ (weekends) and Adult dinner $22.90++ (weekdays), $24.90++ (weekends).  Children pays $9.90++.  Currenly 1 child dines free with every 1 paying adult during weekdays.  So go for it.

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