Saboten @ 100M – Spoilt for Choice With Beer and Bites

If you always have a hard time pairing your beer with your sides, Saboten will take away your dilemmas. Located at 100AM, a short distance away from Tanjong Pagar MRT, the Japanese restaurant serves up simple and tasteful authentic Japanese cuisine, with their new bar menu, available from 5.30pm – 9.30pm daily.

A great place to chill after a day’s of work, Saboten’s Bar Menu features 30 items that are sure to tingle the taste buds of all you snack and beer-loving fans out there – An adequate amount of flavours familiar and unique flavours for any table to enjoy. Snacks here start from $2.00 onwards and beers from $11.00 onwards!

The best part about the menu is that they pair up a section of sides with two or more choices of alcohol (sake or wine) to give you a carefully curated taste marriage between sides and alcohol.

Starting with the appetisers, we had Saboten gave us the Merokyu – Japanese cucumber with miso, Tako Wasabi – octopus with Wasabi, and Aburi Smoked Duck. With the starters, it was already obvious to see that Saboten had put much thought into the entire menu; it was as they thought about the different (more popular) food preferences of the public and from there, created a bar menu that would cater to everyone.

The Merokyu was refreshing and crunchy, a perfect choice for all the healthier choice peeps out there. For the seafood/Japanese tasters, the Tako Wasabi was easy to chew and had the right amount of wasabi mixed in. And not forgetting the meat lovers, the duck is a no-brain choice for us. Though simple, the soft and thick duck slices easily melt in your mouth as your tongue tears into the texture.

Next off, the people’s favourites – deep-fried. We had the Ebi Kaarage, Fried Squid and Pumpkin Fries. The kaarage and squid were expected sides to go with beer.

But the surprise of the menu would go straight to the pumpkin fries. When hearing that we would be eating pumpkin fries, we were expecting it to be those mushy fries (not in the enjoyable way as the mushy Macdonald’s fries). Taking a bite, it was crunchy, and not the raw veggie type of crunchy as well! Posing to be an addictive and interesting finger food, the pumpkin fries saw its finish within minutes of the first bite from the table.

If you’re the sort of person who likes heavier snacks, the grilled menu would definitely satisfy. Consisting of Ebi Mentai, Teriyaki Chicken and Saba Shio, this grilled selection showcases the most Japanese flavours.

The creamy mentaiko sauce atop of the big juicy prawn was the show stealer of this menu. Tasting the freshness of the prawn and the salty, bubbly texture of the roe, it was definitely something to get hooked onto.

Ending off the night of beer and food, we tried 3 different ice creams – Coconut Parfait, Matcha Zensai and Chocolate Haven. The ice creams reminded me of the taste of the Swensen’s ice creams, which wasn’t something I’d come back for. But hey, who would refuse ice cream. The Coconut Parfait actually tasted like macadamia and the Matcha Zensai had a taro scoop in it, which was surprisingly good!

Yet to visit Saboten? It could be your choice of chill out with friends or colleagues after work these days.

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Saboten is a great place to have those long conversations about work and life with friends but isn't ideally located to someone who's not working or staying around the area. Though, if you are ready to head down over to Saboten, try the pumpkin fries, our personal 'best menu item' (coming from a person who avoids pumpkins).

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