Wasabi Tei is a small Japanese restaurant on the 5th of Far East Plaza. It is so obscure that it has no facebook or official website and it seats just 16 people. Lunch set menus are priced at $10 to $25.
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Dingy and seemingly dirty
This place is really easily overlooked if you're trying to find a place to eat.
I'm pretty particular about cleanliness and hygiene in food preparation, and therefore this seedy, grungy looking place didn't exactly spike my attention. My friend, though, was craving something Japanese and I was tired of walking, so we decided to eat here.
One look at the menu would tell you that for the ambience, this place is overpriced. More expensive than hawker fare, yet with portion sizes similar to those served in food courts and hawker centres, and with such a repulsive environment to boot, this place is unappetizing and really not worth the money. The food is nothing to shout about, either, I ordered the Teriyaki Chicken, and the sauce was inadequately given.
Wasabi Tei is a quaint Japanese restaurant tucked away on the fifth level of Far East Plaza. It's easy to miss this restaurant among throngs of hair salons, nail parlours and tattoo shops, but the easier way to get there is to take the lift. There are two shops with exactly the same name - choose the one that's further away from the lift.
This cosy place can accommodate a maximum of 16 people at any one time. It can get crowded during dinner especially on weekends, so be prepared to queue. Try to go in small groups of 2-3, or just before closing - you'll get a seat faster that way.
I'd recommend the set menus as they are generally more value for money. I had the Wakatori Teriyaki Teishoku, or Pan Fried Chicken Set for $12. The chicken was crispy on the outside yet retains a juicy and tender interior. My dining partner had the Oyako Don, or Chicken with Egg rice at $10 for a generous serving of comfort food.
All sets come with a braised hijiki seaweed with chicken appetiser, miso soup and a serving of fruits. The hijiki seaweed is a surprising find. Its taste grows on you and I found myself slurping up every single dollop of it from my third visit onwards.
I also got 6 thick, chunky and gratifying slices of salmon sashimi for $12.
The restaurant charges $2 for any drink of your choice instead of the usual GST and service charge.
I’m proud to announce that this place is my new constant for Japanese food.