Aburi En is exactly like its name suggests. Aburi, translating to ‘seared’, brings out a smokey, flavorful aspect of meats in a Japanese rice bowl. They pride themselves on their premium A4/A5 Miyazaki wagyu, but frankly, their pork deserves an equal amount of limelight.

The first thing that encaptivated me was the flaming action in the kitchen, where the chef was furiously scoring the meat in the flames of hell, followed by a bewitching aroma which resistance against is futile.

Premium Rice Bowls in Singapore

The star of the Premium Buta Bara Don (S$16) is their special Grilled Chestnut Pork Belly. No, there aren’t actual chestnuts in the dish. But rather, infusing chestnuts in the pigs’ diets contributes a touch of sweetness to its flavour profile. This reminds me of the Mangalitza Hogs that 8 Korean BBQ uses, which natural diet comprises of fresh acorns, pumpkin and sugar beet

Their pork loin more tender, and surprisingly sweeter, than the pork belly. We agreed that the Aburi Buta & Unagi Combo Jyu (S$18) was our favorite of the two, allowing you to enjoy two different types of protein.

To get the best of both- I mean, three- worlds, opt for the 3 Kind Buta Combo Jyu (S$18) which includes grilled pork belly, pork loin and Iberico pork jowl.

Legitimate A4/A5 Miyazaki Beef?

I was skeptical at first. But something steak-flavored butter that just melts in your mouth. The Premium Wagyu Jyu (S$30) uses a premium Miyazaki Wagyu that’s reminiscent of the ones I had in Japan.

Verdict

Aburi En is the place to go to for Japanese rice bowls. With a price range from as low as S$12 to a slightly pricier S$30, this is perfect for casual meals and a nice treat on the weekends. I’ve had this a couple of times at different branches such as Tanjong Pagar, Suntec City and Vivo City, and I noticed that the texture of the rice is always inconsistent. But, it’s really not a big enough factor when placed side by side with their premium cuts of meat.

Location: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-159/160 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 6259 9603
Opening hours: 11am- 10pm

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