Sabar is one of the 16 new restaurants in Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria, Orchard Road. Sabar is a specialist mackerel restaurant in Singapore. This restaurant from Japan uses Japanese mackerel or saba fish in most of its dishes. Mackerel is often thought of as a low-cost fish with a rough texture and often, a strong fishy taste. But the ones used in Sabar are of a high quality breed that is quite different. The Singaporean palate must be quite well tuned to appreciate the good quality. Sabar is one of the most popular restaurants at Japan Food Town.
The Sabar restaurant is quite small. The seats inside the restaurant proper are limited and claustrophobic. There are more tables outside the restaurant in the open area. We preferred this area as there is more fresh air and you can people-watch. We were there for lunch and this specialist mackerel restaurant in Singapore was almost full. It is best to avoid (if possible) the peak period from 12 to 1.30 pm. The crowds thin off quickly after 1.30.
Here is a picture of the lunch menu. There were seven types of saba fish dishes. The signature dish was the grilled 38 cm”mega-saba” fish. Apparently they select fish of an ideal size which is 38 cm. We selected this set lunch item which costs $25 for a half-fish with rice and soup.
Green tea costs $1 per person. The tea served here was fragrant and quite distinct from the run-of-the-mill green tea served at restaurants.
Here are pictures of our set lunch. The saba fish was split down the middle so you get one side of the full fish. The fish face was quite ugly but we could see that it was well grilled. The skin was slightly charred but not burnt.
This special breed of mackerel was indeed smoother and sweeter than those we are used to. The meat was tender with only the slightest hint of the typical mackerel taste. Apart from the fish, we thought that the soup and the small cube of tofu were very good. This $25 set lunch was a reasonably priced meal at Orchard Road. No wonder it is drawing in the crowds.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Japan Food Town
Wisma Atria Level 4
435 Orchard Road,
Tel: +65 62623461
Nearby MRT Station: Orchard