December 06, 2016
Ninja Cut @ Seah Street ~ Wholesome Rice Bowls & Hearty All-Day Brunch Items With A Japanese Flair
This ninja clan is no flash in the pan. Just six months after Ninja Bowl (Duxton Road) is established this year in April, its sister outlet, Ninja Cut (Seah Street) swings opens its door.
That's fast! Swift like ninjas indeed.
Being "trained" by the same ninja master, former 987 radio deejay Darren Wee, Ninja Cut also offers wholesome one-bowl meals and all-day brunch items with a Japanese touch. Prices doesn't cut deeply into the wallet too, and all items are nett cost.
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What's the difference between Ninja Bowl and Ninja Cut then? That's the question most of us asked.
For a start, Ninja Cut's premises is notably brighter and more spacious. I like!
The menu has expanded and is designed to feature dishes with stronger flavors, and a more robust protein selection.
Expect heartier cut of meats such as Roast Ribeye, Crackling Pork Belly, Juicy Chicken, Fillet of Cod, Tuna and Whole Squid.
All these come carb-free for us to choose our preferred base which includes the signature Ninja Rice, Buckwheat Soba Noodles or Garden Greens for a top up of $2, and White Quinoa at $3.
We had a light but flavorsome start with Gimme Chimi Chicken ($14). Usually chicken breast is not my preferred cut but this found favor the moment it hit my tongue.
Seasoned with Cajun spice rub and sous-vide to a beautiful, tender juiciness, the fatless slices just need a little lift from some of that winsome house-made chimichurri sauce.
The combination with superfood quinoa and delicious sides of onsen egg, sautéed Brussel sprouts, cherry tomatoes and corn kernels counts as one of my favorites at Ninja Cut.
I can imagine Darren's look on his face as he exclaimed Oh My Cod! ($18) when he first tried the dish because..... the miso cod fillet is really oh my goodness delicious!
Its smooth and buttery texture coupled with savory-sweet taste of miso and sake marinade certainly met expectations of this fussy eater, and was generally well-received by our table.
Paired with soba, the noodles itself didn't make much of an impression, but I guess it's of secondary concern. We can always opt for another add-on next time. The signature Ninja rice which is a blend of vinegared Japanese pearl rice and brown rice with seaweed flakes might be a good choice.
Fish lovers can also feast on yuzu-marinated salmon poke, Waikiki Surf ($16), as well as tuna tataki, Tuna-Na-Na-Na ($16).
The Squid Fix ($18) can be considered very worth the bucks as a rather large grilled Japanese squid is served whole for each order.
One has to be quick when it comes to What's Your Beef? ($18), else it would become a case of "where's my beef?" as only 30 limited portions of that perfected roasted Australian ribeye are available per day.
Ninja Cut's all-day brunch items are also not a force to be reckoned with.
We surrendered our diet plans to the line up of warm truffle Polenta Mash ($18) with aburi pork slices, The Cheeky Cheese ($18) starring 24-hour braised Japanese curry beef cheek and grilled cheese sandwich, and Marvellous Matcha ($16) hotcake.
It's crazy, I know. But that soft, tender beef cheek and brioche sandwich with melting, stretchy cheese was irresistible. So was the hotcake oozing with green tea fondant and topped with ricotta cheese, speculoos crumble, yuzu peel, azuki beans and homemade chewy dango.
Though "rice bowls" concepts are not uncommon nowadays, both Ninja Bowl and Ninja Cut has set itself apart with creations that has a distinctive Japanese flair.
There is also a lack of similar offerings in the Seah Street vicinity, so Ninja Cut fills the gap just nicely. It is certainly a welcoming addition.
Address: 32 Seah Street, Singapore 188388
Contact: +65 6264 7727
Opening Hours: Weekdays 9.30am-9.30pm / Weekends 9am-6pm
Prices are (1) Stated in Singapore dollars (2) Nett - No service charge, No GST (3) Correct at point of published date.