Makino is a new Japanese dining and shabu-shabu concept by Akashi, the F&B group that also operates the London Fat Duck and Gyoza-ya chain restaurants. The new Makino Japanese restaurant in PLQ Mall offers shabu-shabu with a variety of special Japanese soup base as well as a good range of popular Japanese dishes.
Makino Japanese Restaurant in PLQ Mall
The Japanese restaurant opened for business at Paya Lebar Quarter at the end of September 2019. Located on the third floor of PLQ Mall, Makino is quite spacious and brightly lit. The decor is simple and casual and the place has an airy feel.
The menu of Makino Japanese restaurant is big and has quite a number of pages. The good thing about the menu is that there are large photos of the various dishes so you can know right away what to expect when ordering. A number of pages of the menu are dedicated to a la carte shabu shabu items but the menu also offers a range of the usual tempura, udon, sashimi and sushi. Below are pictures of a few random pages of Makino’s menu.
Lunch at Makino
We visited the new Japanese Restaurant in PLQ Mall for lunch and ordered two set meals – Tonkatsu Donburi ($26.80) and Ten Don ($20.80). GST and service charge would be added to the bill. The wet napkins would be charged (if used) at $0.30 each.
The set meal at Makino Japanese restaurant meant that the main item ordered would be served with free flow salad and a bowl of miso soup. The salad was served chilled and the vegetables were fresh and crunchy. The tangy sauce was nice. The miso soup was of the expected standard.
Tonkatsu Donburi was deep fried kurobuta pork loin cutlets, a few pieces of boiled vegetables and pickles on a bed of short grain rice. The portion was quite generous. The pork cutlets were crunchy. The meat was a bit bland without adding the brown sauce provided.
The tendon tempura rice bowl was the more interesting and enjoyable dish. There were 3 pieces of prawn tempura and assorted vegetable tempura in the rice bowl. The batter was light and very crispy. The freshly made tempura with fragrant Japanese rice was straightforward comfort food that was enjoyable.
Good but not Cheap
We thought the food at the new Makino Japanese restaurant in PLQ Mall was good but their prices are not low. Perhaps it is expensive to use fresh ingredients imported from Japan. Pricing is a difficult thing and one customer’s perception of a good price is different from another’s. Nevertheless, we think that the lunch sets at Makino in Paya Lebar are not cheap when you consider that a Premium bowl at Tenjin by Les Amis is only $22.80. However, if you are in Paya Lebar and like a good meal prepared with fresh ingredients from Japan, Makino can be a good option.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
#03-28/29, PLQ Mall
10 Paya Lebar Road
Tel: +65 69722770
Opening Hours: 11.30 am – 10 pm
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