Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wahiro Boutique Japanese Restaurant @ Goldhill Plaza, Novena

I am very stingy when it comes to Japanese food. Try asking me to pay S$30 for a plate of sashimi and a single word "Siao!" will bounce back. "Siao" means "Crazy" in the Hokkien dialect by the way. Hence, you don't see me dining often in high end Japanese restaurants. Even if i do, the first visit is usually the last.

Wahiro is different; today is my second visit.

The food was still good although i should have sought clarification on the choices of the kushiyaki set. From S$15 a set, my beloved family ordered the today's set lunch, sushi lunch set, kushiya & sashimi set and gindara teriyaki & tempura set.

Just a pictorial run-down of what were consumed.

This picture was taken on my first visit. The salad i had for the second visit was not as colourful but the freshness and crunchiness of the vegetables remained the same.

I love the sashimi here! Being a late bloomer for this raw dish, i can only say "FINALLY, I CAN TASTE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHEAP AND EXPENSIVE SASHIMI"!

The sushi was good like most sushi. What else do you expect? So long the rice is gently moisturized with a tad of vinegar and the ingredients used are fresh, it should be good right??

Definition of a good tempura (at least to me): fresh, fleshy ingredients (prawns etc) and a batter that is not thick, yet crispy. Wahiro's tempura? Good.

Forgot to ask what was the name of this dish. Can see that it was fish. Tasted like one too. And it was delicious!! I can confirmed it was fish. Wahaha. I know it's not funny...

Gindara Teriyaki. Yum yum yum! Definitely better than the common salmon teriyaki, i am going to persuade my mom to try cooking this grilled silver cod fish with teriyaki sauce. The taste is still lingering in my mouth at this very moment.

Known also as grilled Japanese satay, most people mistakenly thought Kushiyaki (串焼き) was generally termed as Yakitori. Yakitori only means it is chicken based and kushiyaki can be pork or vegetable based.

The ones in Wahiro were fabulous!! However, do remember to request for a change (within the kushiyaki set) if you hate offal like me! I forgot about it this time! I realised one of them (out of the six sticks) was liver when i started chewing!! VOMITS! For my first visit, we requested for non-offals and the dining experience was so memorable!!!!



1 Goldhill Plaza #01-19/21. It is walking distance from Novena MRT Station.

Operating Hours:
Daily from 12pm to 2pm (Lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (Dinner). Do note that i went for its set lunch for the past two visits. Prices may differ for dinner.

Additional Information: 
It is famously said (by who, i am not sure) that the authenticity of a Japanese restaurant  (likewise for any country specific cuisine) can be judged by the level of human flow of its countrymen. Although we didn't see a lot of customers, around half of the diners were Japanese.

If you are driving, consider parking in the multi storey or outdoor carpark of Goodhill Plaza. It is S$2 per entry for Saturday and Sunday. Shop at United Square, Velocity or Square 2 after your meal. An efficient way to fully utilise your car park charges!

Lastly, the set meals include miso soup and fruits too!


  1. Anonymous10:53 PM

    the food looks good... sashimi is to exp for fish. as long as it is fresh.. it should be good.

    try Ootoya!!! really good!

  2. Ootoya??? Where where where?!?!?!? Economical????


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