April 02, 2019

Sora Boru, 313@Somerset ~ Casual Japanese Dining With Interesting Rice Bowls & Customisable Chirashi Dons

"Food must tasty, price must be affordable with under $10 options, place must have air-con and walkable from our office, service must be quick." To all my colleagues who often ask me for lunch recommendations with all these criteria, here it is:-

Sora Boru has recently-opened at the basement of 313@somerset.

Named after the way Japanese pronounce 'bowl', Sora Boru is a brand-new Japanese dining eatery by K Food Holdings (which also operates Chir Chir, Masizzim and Kogane Yama) serving up a variety of one-bowl meals in the form of Don Boru (rice bowls), Curry Boru (curry rice bowls), Chirashi Boru (sashimi bowls) and Noodles.

Adopting a fast-casual self-service concept, customers can easily place their orders and make payment over the counter or via self-order kiosks, and pick up their food at the designated collection point when it's ready.

Looking at Sora Boru's menu with all those attractive offerings, it was easy to find something which I like, but difficult to decide which one to have. How? How? #firstworldproblem

Couldn't be more thankful that almost all the mains are available in two sizes - mini and regular. The fun-sized mini bowls save people like me who are torn between options, or would like to try several dishes in one seating. If you simpy want a substantial meal, just go for the regular bowl.

I zoomed straight into the Volcano Beef Don (mini $7.50 | regular $11.90) and Snow Beef Don (mini $7.50 | regular $11.90).

Both rice bowls sound a tad gimmicky and look like they're created just for Instagram, but the pairing of ingredients and sauces actually work uniquely well!

Piled high with flame-grilled beef slices and dressed with grated parmesan and a special sweet-savory sauce made from whipping cream, the snow beef don surprised me by how palatable it was with none of the "jerlat-ness" I've initially imagined.

The volcano beef don was also greatly enjoyable. Aptly named with spicy "lava" sauce running down the hill of succulent beef slices, there was sufficient heat to wake up the appetite.

We can choose to have either stewed cabbage or seasoned beansprouts over the steamed rice for the bowls.

If you're not a fan of beef, there are also other options available including Salmon Teriyaki Toji Don (mini $7.50 | regular $13.90), Chicken Teriyaki Toji Don (mini $4.90 | regular $8.50), and Ebi Vegetable Tendon (mini $4.90 | regular $9.50).

I can't say much about the Breaded Ebi with Shabu Beef Curry Rice (regular $12.90) as the curry was cold and clumpy, and the prawn has lost its crispiness by time the dish got to me, but I do hear positive reviews about it so perhaps it's worth another try. Next time then.

My sense is that the Chirashi Boru (mini $6.50 | regular 11.90 | large $16.90) will become one of the more popular items at Sora Boru as customers can design their own bowls based on their preferred size, base, raw fish (salmon, scallop, tuna, octopus, swordfish), toppings, sauces and garnishes.

Served chilled or in a bowl of hot soup, the Cha Soba with accompaniments such as Ebi Vegtable Tempura (mini $7.50 | regular $12.90) would be the noodle item to go for when not in mood for rice.

Sora Boru
Address: 313@Somerset, #B3-19/20, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895
Contact: Not available
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoraBoruSingapore/
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm | Sat-Sun 11am-11pm

Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and inclusive of GST. There is no service charge. Information is correct at point of published date.

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