Tsuta Japanese Dining has new menu items at 313 Somerset
Tsuta, the world’s very first Michelin-starred ramen eatery, has revamped their menu! This expanded menu features new additions such as their Tsujihan-inspired kaisen don, ebi soba, nami maki, rice paper tacos and more.
Tsuta Japanese Dining is a spin-off of the ramen eatery Tsuta, originally founded by Chef Yuki Onishi, which features menu items that extend beyond just ramen. They pride themselves on using only natural ingredients, with no MSG and artificial flavouring in any of their food. Expect rich house-made broths brewed meticulously for hours, and noodles made fresh daily here.
Inspired by Tsujihan, a restaurant in Tokyo which draws hours-long queues for their kaisen don, Tsuta has launched a new menu item, Tsujihan Don ($21.80++). Like the famous kaisen don at Tsujihan, Tsujihan Don is topped with a mountain of sashimi, and finished with a chicken broth.
In your Tsujihan Don, you’ll find salmon, negitoro, hotate, kani, tamago, and diced avocado, topped with tobiko and fried tempura bits over a bed of fluffy Japanese rice. I really enjoyed the mix of the different textures and flavours in this don, with the little bursts of tobiko, sweetness of the crab meat and tamago tying all the fresh flavours together.
You’re encouraged to savour the Tsujihan Don in two parts. The first is to dash some wasabi ponzu sauce over your bowl, after which you mix it all together.
Then, when you’re halfway through, place an order for chicken broth ($1.80++) which will be poured over, forming a bowl similar to ochazuke. As a big fan of all things soupy, I recommend adding in the broth sooner, rather than later!
Moving on, zhng up your ramen game with the Premium Ebi Soba ($18.80++), which stars a huge bowl of fresh soba, topped with thick slices of premium Kurobuta pork loin and Iberico belly, a whole tiger prawn, Kuruma ebi wonton, and fresh corn in Tsuta’s house-made prawn broth.
The Kuruma ebi wonton stood out for me, with just the right amount of bounce, although the wonton skin would have benefitted from being less thick.
I appreciated that the tiger prawn came butterflied, making it a breeze to eat!
Prawn lovers would absolutely adore the house-made prawn broth: a super-concentrated flavour bomb that was incredibly rich and umami-laden, thanks to having the prawn heads simmered for over three hours to create this. It was a tad too heavy for me, but my colleague loved it.
If you find the Premium Ebi Soba too big a portion, there’s also Ebi Soba ($14.80++), a version with fewer ingredients, and Ebi Soba (Light) ($12.80++), which is an even smaller portion that’s perfect for those with small appetites.
If you’re looking for something to share, get their Truffle Salmon Carpaccio ($18.80++). This dish features beautifully plated, thinly sliced smoked salmon sashimi with cherry tomatoes, drizzled in a tangy truffle dressing, and crowned with Japanese mizuna, dill, and amaranthus.
Otherwise, there’s also their Nami Maki, AKA open-faced seaweed rice rolls, which come in six different flavours: Negitoro Nami Maki ($4.80++), Ebi Fry Nami Maki ($4.80++), Spicy Salmon Nami Maki ($7.80++), Avocado Ebi Nami Maki ($7.80++), Kani Nami Maki ($6.80++), and Salmon Nami Maki ($6.80++).
An interesting new snack to try is their wafer-thin Rice Paper Taco, where you can build your own taco with your choice of filling. Choose from two different fillings: Avocado Ebi ($6.80++) or Mentai Salmon ($7.80++). If you can’t choose between the two, opt for their Rice Paper Taco Set ($11.80++) which has both instead.
Their Avocado Ebi is an ebi salad with cubes of fresh avocado in a wasabi ponzu mayo sauce.
Mentai fanatics can go for the Mentai Salmon filling, which consists of cubes of salmon tossed with mentai mayo and topped with black sesame seeds.
Located on the first floor of the bustling 313 Somerset, Tsuta is just steps away from the escalator at Somerset MRT Station, making it a great pitstop for a quick Japanese fix.
Satiate your late-night Japanese cravings with Kazutake Ramen, a 24/7 eatery in Ang Mo Kio with Japanese classics such as sushi, ramen, don and more. Otherwise, read our guide to the best Japanese cafes in Singapore.
Address: Orchard Road, #01-17, 313@somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 9650 5495
Tsuta is not a halal-certified eatery.
Photos taken by Kaedynce Chew.
This was a media tasting at Tsuta.