December 10, 2017

Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi @ 100AM ~ Japanese Soba Restaurant With First-Ever Mount Fuji Icy Hotpot!

No, it is not a hallucination. The hotpot you see in the picture above really does look like an ice mountain!

Aptly named Mount Fuji Icy Hotpot, the eye-catching offering is said to be Singapore's first and only ice hotpot. Launched by and only available at Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi, the Japanese soba restaurant located on the third level of 100AM mall at Tanjong Pagar.

Though there is only one store locally, Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi boasts of 119 outlets in Japan where the brand originated from, and prides itself on serving soba noodles that are made freshly in store using high-grade buckwheat flour and wheat flour.

I took a quick flip through the menu and saw that the specialty soba is featured heavily on almost every page. But of course lah haha!

From Warm Soba in hot broth, soba paired with tempura and curry, to Dry Soba as well as Dipping Soba, the line-up is varied and give us diners quite a variety to choose from. Prices starts from $11 per bowl which is reasonable and affordable for most.

One of my dining companion who had visited the restaurant before swears by the Cold Soba which comes with a soy dipping sauce invigorated with wasabi and spring onion. It was his personal favorite.

There are also a couple of rice staples including Tendon ($15) with shrimp tempura, and Sukiyaki Don ($15) with sliced beef, and side dishes like Special Truffles Dashi Maki Tamago ($15), and Tori Chashu ($8).

Call me but weird but instead of soba noodles, it was the Kamo Nabe ($30 per pax, minimum 2 pax, dinner only) that first caught my attention. Hotpot with sliced duck meat, duck meat balls, soba noodles, and an assortment of ingredients in Fujisoba's original dashi broth?

Sounds like my kind of food!

But we couldn't give the newly-launched Mount Fuji Icy Hotpot ($28 per pax) a miss.

The soup base is made from chicken and seafood, carefully boiled for hours before being frozen. The resultant ice is then shaved and shaped to resemble Mount Fuji, Japan's most iconic mountain.

Once heated, the ice will melt into piping hot soup, and the hotpot ingredients laid at the bottom of the pot is revealed.

It was indeed an innovative and refreshing approach to the traditional hotpot dish as touted.

Our group found it quite therapeutic to watch the heap of ice slowly melting away and bubbling into the decadent pot loaded with premium seafood ingredients.

Just to name a few: Sashimi-grade Argentinian Red Shrimps, Norwegian Salmon, Mussels from New Zealand, and Snow Crab from Greenland.

These are accompanied by Cabbage, Mushroom, Baby Corn, and chunks of Chicken Meat.

We all agreed that the ingredients were all very fresh. Just need to be careful not to let the seafood boil in the pot for too long and become overcooked. Scooped it out once it's cooked and slowly eat!

Full of flavors and collagen goodness in every sip, the chicken and seafood broth itself was an highlight! We asked for countless rounds of refills haha.

The soba noodles were added in last to soak up all the wondrous essence.

While the Mount Fuji Icy Hotpot is good enough on its own, the coming festive season gave us a reason to further indulge in the 6-course Party Hot Pot Set ($49.80 per pax) where the hotpot is complemented with Soba Sashimi, Soba Salad, Dashimaki Tamago, Yakitori Salt & Teriyaki, Buckwheat Mashed Tempura, and Matcha Warabi Mochi with caramel sauce.

So, we left the restaurant conquering "Mount Fuji" and more! Lol! Totally satisfied :D

Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi
Address: 1 Tras Street, #03-14, 100AM, Singapore 079027
Contact: +65 6443 8827
Opening Hours:Mon-Sun 11am-3pm & 5.30pm-10pm

Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.

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