Japanese cuisine is being widely accepted as the healthier food choice and the owner of Barashi-Tei believes that quality and authentic Japanese cuisine does not necessary has to be expensive. All the ingredients and rice are imported directly from Japan to maintain the food quality.
The owner has also painstakingly made their own Shoyu, Yuzu Tea and Tamago from scratch. I heard from the owner that unlike those factory-made Tamago, his home-made Tamago ($5) will shatter if they are frozen and thawed, hence Barashi-Tei’s Tamago is freshly made for your enjoyment daily! I find Barashi-Tei’s Tamago to be slightly sweeter from those I have tasted elsewhere.
A physical instructor by training, the owner Wang Zhenfeng has trained under a veteran Japanese chef for 10 years before starting out on his own in a food court and then setting up Barashi-Tei located at Middle Road, right next to the well-known Le Café Confectionery, famous for their golf-ball size pineapple and bean curd tarts.
Barely a few months old, I like the simple and homely décor of Barashi-Tei, their reasonably priced and fresh Japanese food so much so that I went back again one week after the media tasting on my own because I missed the Bara Chirashi ($13.80), which has a generous serving of assorted sashimi (Salmon, Mackerel, White Tuna and Swordfish) in bite-sized cubes but still substantial nonetheless. You definitely cannot have good Japanese cuisine without the freshest ingredients.
The Sashimi salad ($13.80) is always a refreshing start for any meal and the addition of smoky aburi salmon and buttery avocado of the Avocado Salmon Salad ($13.80) makes the salad even more gratifying.
For small bites, I would prefer the deep-fried Wasabi Ebi ($7.80) as the wasabi taste is not that overpowering, whereas the garlic taste of the pan-fried Kuruma Ebi ($7.80) is simply too strong for my liking, unless you absolutely love to eat garlic, you might not want to order this dish.
For maki, you can order the Dragon maki ($8.80) if you like avocado and the Spicy Salmon ($12.80) if you prefer salmon with a dash of spiciness. Both makis have a succulent ebi in the centre which complemented the avocado or aburi salmon.
Although the food presentation can be greatly improved, the quality of food at Barashi-Tei is really notable at pocket-friendly prices. My only wish is that they will continue to maintain their standards and food quality.
266 Middle Road
Tel: +65 84215228
Nearest MRT: Rochor (DT Line)
Daily: 1130am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm