Ministry of Food @ My Izakaya
Bugis Junction #02-45
Serangoon Nex #02-04/05/06
Lot1 Mall #03-12
Jurong Point #03-42
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Serving traditional Japanese food such as sushi and modernized Japanese food with a twist such as creamy salmon carbonara, this restaurant certainly has something for everyone. It also serves classic Japanese desserts, so it's perfect for those with a sweet tooth!
I recommend EVERYONE to try the dishes in tofu section. It looks really simple and small in portion, but it is REALLY filling. I was ravenous, yet I was super full when I merely finished half of my dish. It is also absolutely delicious with the chewy flavoured skin outside; it might not exactly be the healthiest dish but you will NOT regret your choice.
As an avid lover of sashimi, I personally like the mixed sashimi bento set; because I get to eat all of my favourite types of sashimi. It would be perfect with ramen though, because the rice can be super filling.
The cold ramen with salmon sashimi is one of my favourite dishes. The almond flakes and unique sauce - I can't quite make out what it is, although I think it has a mayo base - add lovely bursts of flavour to the ramen, which is very 'Q', springy and slightly chewy. The texture of the noodles by itself is quite impressive in my opinion!
The hot stone pot dishes are really good too. Basically, flavoured rice with toppings like unagi is served in sizzling hot stone bowls, which gives the dish a mild but distinct smoky flavour that can be really addictive.
Last but not least, the desserts are definitely worth a try. The soft-serve ice cream here is commendable, and irresistible when paired with their sweet potato or yam mini-pancakes. The combination of hot and cold is simply amazing! I can't remember the name of the dish, but it's a must-try for sure.
We also tried their Salmon Belly bento. Not the best salmon belly i've had, which was a tad disappointing because it was slightly overpriced. We also had other side dishes like chawanmushi, which was again, nothing special. One good thing about the restaurant was that service was prompt and efficient.
Overall, I would say MOF is your average Japanese restaurant with average food, only slightly overpriced. I would come back to try their desserts though.
The restaurant was bustling with people, which is a good sign of popularity and thriving business (according to my mom) but it was a tad bit too noisy for my liking. (Imagine a family trying to have a proper conversation but ends up raising our voices due to the noise till we seem like we’re bickering)
As the restaurant is huge, it is clearly understaffed and we had a hard time getting the attention of the poor waiters because they simply had too much things to do. Minus point.
The food wise is above average I’d say. I usually order the set meals which has two small portions of rice and udon because it’s value for money and I'm all for variety. Have visited them quite a couple of times and will be back to try their desserts soon!
MOF is expensive but it is certainly not overpriced. The food quality is spectacular for a "normal" chain restaurant. Special shout-out to their sashimi, one of the freshest I have ever tried. My only issue is that I am confused at the target market of MOF, it is definitely not for the normal heartlanders who would deem the food to be too pricey, neither does it cater to the niche markets who would deem the food quality to be insufficient.
The tofu set is another hot item for me. However, they gravy they give is really little. You also have to add $1 for rice. Other than that, for a total of 10.80 not inclusive of GST and service charge, I think it is quite worth it.
The bento sets are rather dry though, despite my friend ordering the salmon and mushroom one, which looked like it had the most gravy. Perhaps not the best choice. Also, the waitress kept forgetting our orders and missed out 1 item after another.
It was a place where I was able to happily satisfy my cravings for ice cream involving red bean, green tea and black sesame. Theirs did not taste artificial, and was adequately sweet and fragrant – it helped me convert a number of friends to lovers of green tea ice cream and black sesame ice cream! They also had this honey thing I love that was really fragrant and not overwhelmingly sweet.
In short, a memorable café perfect for a gathering and to indulge in Japanese delights!
The menu sounded appetizing, but the food ended up far from it, only okayish. Prices were also rather expensive for the food served...I would much rather had gone to another Japanese restaurant/cafe! I think what saved this place was the the staff were friendly and helpful, though I do wish they could improve on their food.
It's gradually opening up to become a family kind of restaurant and I must say that the staff's service are excellent. They are really polite and friendly as they take down our orders patiently, ensuring that they have gotten our orders correctly to provide a pleasant dining experience. I would definitely come back to MOF again, because I miss their dessert!
The only redeeming factor for MOF is their desserts. I like that red bean dessert. The cold dessert is sweet and the hokkaido red bean is fresh and tasty. You could choose to add on mochi balls or ice cream. I like mine plain.
Overall, I would recommend MOF for their food. But desserts wise, I don't see why not, especially if you are a red bean lover.