Thursday 9 December 2021

Dashi Master Marusaya – 7th Anniversary [MEDIA INVITE]

A5 Wagyu Melting Part @Dashi Master Marusaya
Dashi Master Marusaya (‘DMM’) celebrated its 7th birthday last November with the launched of daily seasonal fish air-flown from Japan, six different kinds of dipping sauce, 7 delectable condiments to go with its signature Dashi Shabu and mouth-watering pork ramen using the restaurant’s signature Dashi broth.

LD and I were invited for the Media preview of the latest menu. We started the tasting with Today’s Appetizer, usually served as part of Signature Dashi Shabu Course. Egg Custard with Uni. Served chilled, the custard is smooth, silky yet subtle allowing the freshness of the uni to shine.

Today's Appetizer - Egg Custard with Uni
Next come the Dashi Shabu A la Carte (A5 Wagyu Melting Part) - $98. This includes choices of 2 dipping sauce, additional $2 for each extra choice. The dipping sauces selections are: Ponzu Vinegar, Sesame, Sour Plum, Leek Sesame Oil, Sukiyaki and Yuzu Rice Malt. The Dashi Shabu A la Carte also includes Homemade Udon or Japanese Porridge.

Dashi Broth with Konbu
Dipping Sauce (Clockwise from top left)  Ponzu Vinegar, Sour Plum, 
Sesame, Sukiyaki, Yuzu Rice Malt &  Leek Sesame Oil
With the 7th Anniversary, Dashi Master Marusaya has also enhanced its Dashi Shabu with freshly shaved Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) cooked on the table, adding to the sweetness and depth of the broth.

Freshly Shaved Katsuobushi 
The A la Carte shabu comes with assorted vegetables. The flavour created by the vegetables working in tandem with the dashi broth is just amazing. It is good to try the broth first before adding the wagyu. If you prefer your broth to be stronger, I suggest you add dashi salt into the broth or to your personal bowl. LD and I find that it just “kick up” the umami flavour another notch. If you need more vegetables, you can order them at $12 for assorted vegetables and $4 for lettuce.

Assorted Vegetables & Lettuce
Assorted Vegetables & Lettuce in Dashi Borth
The A5 Wagyu Melting part is the highest and best part of the wagyu served here. The marbling is consistent across the cuts and once you put it in your mouth, the melting sensation is like no other. Yummy! #Wagyugasm

A5 Wagyu Melting Part (Portion for 3)
#Wagyugasm time
DMM also revamp their menu to introduce A la carte oden. Deep-Fried Beancurd with Rice Cake ($9), Japanese Fish Cake "Chikuwa" ($5), Japanese Fish Cake "Hanpen" ($5) and Deep-Fried Beancurd with Ingredients ($5). Look at it as Japanese Yong Tofu version.

A la Carte Oden
While most of the oden are good, my personal favourite is the deep-fried beancurd pouch with rice cake. The beancurd pouch is flavourful, while the rice cake inside is soft and absorbs the beancurd and umami broth flavour. There is also a hint of fishcake in it.

Deep-Fried Beancurd with Rice Cake 
The Rice Cake Fillings
Black Fungi ($5) and Arrowroot Starch Noodle ($5). Not only healthy, black fungi provide a nice crunchy texture. Arrowroot starch noodle is smooth, silky and light. It is like a sponge that absorbs the flavour of the broth.

Black Fungi & Arrowroot Starch Noodle
Arrowroot Starch Noodle Cooked
For the carbs, we have a choice of Udon and Rice Porridge. LD and I will personally recommend the udon. Not only it is made in house, the thick and bouncy texture is just superb. We had specially returned to DMM for the Udon dishes during lunch before and during the pandemic.

Ending the meal at DMM is Sweet Potato Cake and Sweet Potato Ice Cream ($10). The desserts are nicely plated, the sweet potato cake has a dense texture and you can taste the fibre of the sweet potato as well. Opposite to the cake, the taste of the sweet potato in the ice cream is very subtle, it can easily be mistaken for vanilla ice cream.

Sweet Potato Cake and Sweet Potato Ice Cream
Sweet Potato Cake and Sweet Potato Ice Cream
Since LD can’t take sweet potato, she chooses brown sugar ice cream. We strongly recommend you try this next time you are here. It is not overly sweet, yet the taste of the brown sugar is very prominent. Yumz!

Overall, it is great to be back at Dashi Master Marusaya. The food remains impressive and we like the enhanced version of the dashi broth. The new A la carte oden is also a hit, as you can choose the type of oden that you like. Kanpai! Cheers!

Dashi Shabu at Dashi Master Marusaya
Dashi Shabu Marusaya Course (Minimum 2 pax) featuring Today’s appetiser, Dashimaki Tamago, 3kinds of sashimi, Seasonal dish, Dashi shabu, Udon or Porridge and dessert.
- A5 Wagyu Melting Part $128++ per person
- A5 Wagyu Umami Part $108++ per person
- Hokkaido Pork $88++ per person

Dashi Shabu A la Carte Set (Minimum 2 order and you can combine with any meal. All Dashi Shabu including Home Made Udon or Japanese Porridge).
- A5 Wagyu Melting Part $98++ per person
- A5 Wagyu Umami Part $68++ per person
- Hokkaido Pork $48++ per person

Thank you very much Jennifer Yeo Consultancy and Dashi Master Marusaya for hosting us.

In addition to Dashi Master Marusaya, the group also TEN Sushi at Robertson Quay and Monte Risaia at Duxton. (Click on the link for the review of the other restaurants). Previous review of Dashi Master Marusaya is available here.

Food & Drinks: 9/10
Value: 8.5/10
Service: N/A (Media Tasting)
Ambiance: 7.25/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80; $81 and Above

Dashi Master Marusaya
86 Robertson Quay
#01-01 Robertson Blue Singapore
Singapore 238245

T: +65 6732 0383
IG: @Marusaya_Singapore
Lunch, Mon – Fri: 11.30 – 14.30 (LO 14.00)
Dinner, Mon – Fri: 17.00 – 22.30 (LO 22.00)
Sat, Sun & PH: 11.30 – 22.30 (LO 22.00)

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