Hearth – For Grilled Dishes and Oden at Tanjong Pagar

Opened by the guys behind Kamoshita oden, the friends and I decided to check out this new joint since I had a good impression of Kamoshita. The friends were there first and had already ordered some oden to start though by the time I arrived, their oden hasn’t arrived. Lol. This place also has a drinking policy in place, so alcohol is a must. They have a pretty wide selection from wine, sake to beer and umeshu so I guessed there is something for everyone. The place was pretty packed so noise level could go up quite a bit as well

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And so, here’s our choice of poison for the night

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Homemade Tofu, Deep fried Vegetables Salad, Seaweed Dressing $18

To be honest, this wasn’t quite I was expecting. I was expecting tofu with salad, rather salad with tofu. Lol. All I could say was, this was a very healthy plate of salad

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Smoked Japanese Pork Ginger Potato Salad $15

The potato salad was delicious. You could taste bits of pork slices in the ball of potato and the garlic crisps gave fragrance and texture to the whole dish

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Cod Milt soaked in Marsala Wine Sauce $25

I really liked the shirako though the friends found these too exotic. Lol. It was clean and tasted really appetizing with the wine sauce

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Ray Fin $13

Decent snacks, goes well with alcohol, served very hot. lol

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Irori-grilled Spanish Mackeral $29

Oh, this sawara was really good. Definitely a must order. The fish was sweet, nicely cooked and it was just so satisfying. And I liked the grated radish that came with it

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Irori-grilled Blackthroat Seaperch $120

First time having the whole nodoguro rather than sushi-form. Lol. I was surprised at how big it was when it came. The fish was delicious, and we spent a long time savoring it though I thought the Spanish mackeral was better

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Sardine, Grated Radish & Plum $22

We might have ordered too much fish. I think, you can skip this

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Seared Wagyu Beef Bottom Round Tataki, Aged Sake Steak Sauce $28

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Probably the most disappointing dish. It definitely looked better than it tasted. Perhaps the slices were a little too thick, such that we had problem chewing cos the beef was pretty raw else the flavour was pretty good

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Oden

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Chicken Ball $8  Fish Cake $6

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Radish $6

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Japanese Pork Belly, Cabbage $8

I found their oden pretty unique, for they have different soup base for each item. So it’s not everything in one bowl. And there was a clear distinct taste in each broth. I know some people preferred it all in one, but this was not bad overall

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Grilled Rice Ball, Homemade Miso $12C5ED40D6-A7C5-4E62-B160-49D288F14525_1_201_a

The grilled rice ball reminded me of onigiri, but theirs was a little burnt on the outside. There was a nice balance of crisp rice on the outer layer followed by the softer version inside with a salty miso to balance it all. This was delicious

We didn’t have desserts here cos we wanted icecream next door. Overall, I would recommend their seasonal items. The oden makes a good supporting order if you had drank a little too much. End off with some grilled rice and your meal will be perfect

Hearth

41 Craig Rd,  Singapore 089679

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