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I’ve discovered that I have a thing for Sukiyaki, but unfortunately the husband doesn’t. So I haven’t been to much Japanese hotpot restaurants…

UNTIL I DISCOVERED THE WONDERFUL AZMAYA.

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Add: 30 Robertson Quay, #01-12/13 Riverside Village, 238251
Tel: +65 6737 6863
Opening hours: Open Daily, Sun – Thur 5pm – 1am, Fri & Sat 5pm – 4am.
website (japanese) | facebook 

Technically, Jayne (Tham) brought me there for my birthday treat, so she deserves all the credit! What a wonderful place it is – I really feel the need to share this with all of you, because

  1. It’s wonderfully Japanese. The manager, the staff (about 30%), the food and even the customers whom patronize the restaurant, along with their drinking antics (KAMPAI!).
  2. You can split the hotpot. So yes, Sukiyaki and Shabu shabu at the same time? No problem! (There are also dozens of bases to choose from, all you have to do is pay $3 per soup base change)
  3. Reasonably priced – at just $24 SGD for FREE FLOW PORK, and $45 for beef. (NOTE: above are promotional prices – please call them at +65 6737 6863 or refer to their facebook page for pricing that day)

At the moment, there are two promotions you might find useful – make your reservation via the eatigo app for discounts off ala-carte pricing (up to 40% off) for dining at certain timing (off peak of course) and also… there’s FREE FLOW DRINKS (beer, sake, umeshu, wine) for just $35 SGD – drink all you want/can within 2 hours! No doubt this is gonna be super popular amongst the Japanese – I think their livers are made of steel!

So anyway one fine day I decided to drag my friends from a very aptly named chat group down – it’s called “Hungry people” hahahaha.

Your favorite blogger Yina Goh & Yong Zhuan

Your favorite blogger Yina Goh & Yong Zhuan

Trisha & Casey

Trisha & Casey

My favorite photographer Ron hahahaha

My favorite photographer Ron hahahaha

Bae & I!

Bae & I!

I forgot to mention, but you can mix up your own dipping sauce (just like HDL and other chinese hotpots) and also, the free flow set includes rice and curry (which was so good that Yong Zhuan finished two bowls of)!

You’ll have to pay for the raw egg to go with your sukiyaki meats (aiyah just $0.50 SGD), and should you not order any appetizer, it should set you back approximately $40 SGD per person on the final bill, with a drink.

Ika!

Appetizer – Ika! Just nicely done (not too chewy or uncooked).

Tamago! There's a mentaiko version which was really nice too (had it with Jayne previously)

Tamago! There’s a mentaiko version which was really nice too (had it with Jayne previously)

Appetizer - Momotaro!

Appetizer – Momotaro! I’m amazed by how perfect they look.

Yummm, free flow pork!

Yummm, free flow pork!

DASSAI 50, a premium dai-ginjo sake! 50 refers to the polishing ratio - it means that it's been polished till 50% of the rice is left, resulting in a smoother brew. And you know whatttt, I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE! Casey actually changed the chosen sake to this instead and I'm glad he did because it was so smooth and nice! I heard that there's DASSAI 39 and 23. Imma go hunt for that!

DASSAI 50, a premium dai-ginjo sake!
50 refers to the polishing ratio – it means that it’s been polished till 50% of the rice is left, resulting in a cleaner and lighter taste – best served cold! And you know whatttt, I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE! Azmaya has a rather wide selection of sake, and Casey who’s practically half-Japanese advised us to get this instead – and I’m glad he did, because it was so smooth and easy to drink! I heard that there’s DASSAI 39 and 23. Imma go hunt for that!

Pouring sake for others is a common custom in Japan. And after many rounds of dining in Teppei and with Japanese folks, it's always polite to offer a cup to the host!

Pouring sake for others is a common custom in Japan. And after many rounds of dining in Teppei and with Japanese folks, it’s always polite to offer a cup to the host!

And that would be Azmaya's manager, Ryota-san, whom I had the pleasure of meeting through Ryan. I'm always happy when I meet Japanese folks! Speaking of which, I think I need to go brush up my Japanese.

And that would be Azmaya’s manager, Ryota-san, whom I had the pleasure of meeting through Ryan. I’m always happy when I meet Japanese folks! Speaking of which, I think I need to go brush up my Japanese. The only word I kept using throughout the night was probably “KAMPAIIIIII”!

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What a great night it was!

Hungry people turned happy and practically bursting at the seams. Whee! So yes, go! Visit Azmaya!

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