Barashi-Tei Revisit: New Menu!

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The last time I got officially invited by Barashi-tei was exactly a year ago. After that visit, I never forget this Japanese restaurant located at 266 Middle Road. Each time when my friends from overseas come to Singapore, and if they crave for Japanese food, Barashi-tei is one name that immediately pops up. It serves fresh food at pocket friendly prices, who wouldn’t love?

Last month was my birthday month so we had a small feast there, tasting the new additions in their menu at the same time. 

Wagyu Beef Don $38.80

Wagyu (和牛) is a Japanese breed of beef cattle, genetically predisposed to intense marbling and to producing a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat. The meat from such wagyu cattle is known for its quality, and it commands a high price.

Many who love Wagyu beef love its smooth velvety texture, and the juicy, delicate and rich flavour that lingers in the mouth. The amino acids and the unsaturated fats in the meat are the keys to these unique characters of Wagyu beef.

Barashi-tei serves a generous portion of Wagyu beef for this price. Accompanied with runny poached egg, this main course may just send you to cloud nine.

Gyu Enoki Kushi (Grilled Enoki Mushrooms Wrapped with Beef) $3 each stick
Tomato Bacon Kushi (Grilled Cherry Tomato Wrapped with Bacon) $2.50 each stick
Uzura Yaki Kushi (Grilled Quail Egg) $2.50 each stick 

Last year I tried the Squid wrapped with Bacon, this year there are 3 new grilled on sticks in the menu. The Uzura Yaki Kushi (Grilled Quail Egg) will suit the palate of the kids who may come along to dine, otherwise the adults may like to Gyu Enoki Kushi (Grilled Enoki Mushrooms Wrapped with Beef) and Tomato Bacon Kushi (Grilled Cherry Tomato Wrapped with Bacon). Of both, I love the combination of bacon wrapped around tomato. It is this combination of the crispiness and saltiness from the bacon, and the fresh juice from the cherry tomato that gave me the complete taste bud sensation.

 Ika Teriyaki (Grilled Squid with Teriyaki Sauce) $16.80

Still on grilled dish, this Ika Teriyaki would please the seafood lovers. The squid was grilled just nice, not overly charred so it was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside (texture from the meat of the squid). It was a nice marriage.

Deep Fried Softshell Crab $12.80

Deep Fried Softshell Crab was a crowd pleaser and ordering this won't go wrong. My theory has been proven correct as this was one of the first dishes wiped out.

Spicy Salmon Maki $14.80 

Unagi Salmon Mentai Maki $14.80 

We tried the Spicy Salmon Maki last year, and this time, we added the Unagi Salmon Mentai Maki. Anyone who loves Salmon Sushi should try this. The blowtorch that ran over the thinly sliced salmon topping up with salmon roe was just too gorgeous to give it a miss.

Chirashi Don $26.80

How could one give fresh Sashimi a miss when visiting a Japanese restaurant? Especially so when the Sashimi is so fresh in Barashi-tei! How do you tell if the Sashimi is fresh? Well, with our naked eyes, we should see deeper, nicer colour. Under the light, the flesh should be shiny and translucent. When you hold up the fish slices, they should feel firm. And of course, the bite should give you the springy-ness. So glad that the Sashimi in Barashi-tei passed with flying colours! For a more filling meal, this comes with rice.

Foie Gras Sushi $15.80 for 2

I never tasted Foie Gras, but after my first bite, I can see why foie gras has such fanatics. The unique texture and richness practically dissolved in my mouth. 

Chawanmushi $4.80
Uni Chawanmushi (Chawanmushi with Sea Urchin) $9.80
Ikura Chawanmushi (Chawanmushi with Salmon Roe) $6.80

Ikura Chawanmushi and Uni Chawanmushi

The last 2 dishes were simply adored by my kid (and adults!). Chawanmushi! Kiddo just love that! Soft steamed eggs just made it easy to eat. For adults who prefer a tweak, try the Ikura Chawanmushi and Uni Chawanmushi. I love having salmon roe popping in my mouth, so Ikura Chawanmushi is definitely a nice tweak to traditional Chawanmushi for me.

Mango Gelato $4.80 and Pistachio Gelato $5.80 for Pistachio (single scoop)

We were full by then but who could say 'no' to desserts, especially Gelato? Die die must have, yet couldn't eat much so we shared these 2 scoops. The Mango Gelato is actually sorbet (no dairy) whereas the Pistachio Gelato has dairy. I love milk, so creamy Gelato is my preference.

I'm so thankful for yet another chance to be invited back by Barashit-tei to try out their new menu. The meal was certainly satisfying. If you are looking at quality Japanese food that is easy on your pocket, look no further.

And now, to avoid disappointment of having no seats, you could book your table at Barashi-Tei! Simply follow the 3 steps below:

1) Go to
2) At the top right hand corner, click BOOK NOW.
3) Fill in the particulars and you are done!

The opening hours are:
Mon - Sun 10am to 3pm
Mon - Sat 6pm to 2am; Sun - 6pm to 10pm



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