Specialise in Grilled Pork Rice Bowl. Traditional Japanese cuisine from Tokaichi, Hokkaido. Prepared with tender and juicy premium grade pork, grilled with traditional technique and and served with secret Butahage secret sauce inherited for over 80 years. Established since 1934.
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Authentic Butadon from Hokkaido !
Literally translated, butadon is pork bowl in English. It is a Japanese dish consisting of a bowl of rice topped with pork grilled or simmered in a mildly sweet sauce.
Having visited Hokkaido last year and enjoyed the butadon at it's place of origin, I was elated when Butahage opened recently at Liang Court. If those who have enjoyed at the famed Tonta Butadon which enjoyed perpetual long queues... the version at Butahage is not the same. The pork used at Butahage are much more lean and the sauce, fragrant and inviting. In fact, I understand the eatery import the secret recipe sauce (and as they claimed, unchanged since 1934). But either version makes for a delectable session. You can feel the chef's attention to details that are the hallmark of Japanese cuisine.
The rice used is the Yumepirica variety from Hokkaido, which is perfect for it's sweet and sticky characteristics. For side orders, you might like to try the crab cream croquette and Imomochi Cheese. Parents with young children will be please to know that kids portion are available (less wastage and save money). I would recommend the premium set available as it's uses the best grade pork available and comes with side dishes of miso soup and tofu/salad. Take away is available too. Overall a meal for a family of 4 with 2 premium sets, 1 normal set and 1 kid set with 2 side dishes would be about in the region of $100. Not exactly cheap, but you are paying for premium quality and tradition.
The eatery is located on an open foyer at the shopping mall so the ambience is sort of 'al fresco' style. Casual dress code at the diner will suffice.
Would I go back again for another butadon meal ? Yes of course ! Itadakimasu !