Tucked away in a non-descriptive corner of downtown, is a treasury of savoury soups and delightful treats. If you don’t already know, Kurohanabi hails all the way from Hokkaido and opens its first outlet here at Suntec City.
Most well-known for its motsu nabe, or wagyu beef innards hot pot, the restaurant has been serving up richly-flavoured soups and more since 2009.
Motsu Nabe ($32)
While most of us are no stranger to wagyu, trying the innards was definitely a first and unforgettable experience. Served in Kurohanabi’s signature sesame miso soup, the motsu nabe is packed full of umami. Vegetables are thrown into stew for good measure. And the result? Flavoured fat melted from the intestines paired with the natural sweetness of the greens. The motsu nabe is guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart. The offals are tender albeit chewy from hours of boiling. So if you’re not used to the texture, there is a version with natto (fermented soybeans) available as well.
Okono-miyaki is perhaps one of the most recognisable Japanese street food. Kurohanabi has taken it a notch up by adding motsu into the mix. The special in-house okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise drizzled on this simple pancake dish enhances the flavours further. If you are not a fan of innards, there are also alternatives such as pork kimchi, seafood, beef or pork.
Wagyu Motsu Yakisoba (S$21.80)
This is definitely a not-to-miss when you visit Kurohanabi. Thick but soft noodles sauteed with Grade A5 wagyu beef cubes and innards, the wagyu yaki soba is a hearty complement to the motsu nabe. The best way to indulge in carbs without the guilt.
Kamo Hanabi ($14.80)
Light on the palette, this home-made marinated duck is a great way to end off the greasiness from the heavier dishes. The accompanying yuzu-radish topping gives a delightful tangy kick. Perfect for sharing.
And if you need some bubblies to wash the richness down, do try out the Hokkaido Signature Shochu Cocktails ($14.80). Mocktails are also available for those who don’t fancy alcohol. Three variations are offered – orange, lemon and tomato.
Eat at Seven @ 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Tower 1 #03-316, s038983
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)