The Place If you have been to Ninja Bowl at Duxton Road (read our full review here), you will probably like Ninja Cut at Seah Street as well. Opened few weeks ago at the old space of the now defunct SELA Restaurant, the 60 seater Ninja Cut spots an industrial chic vibe with bright white lights, grey table tops and wooden walls, with a large communal table at the end of the restaurant. The main distinguishing factor between Ninja Cut from Ninja Bowl are the premium cuts of meats and seafood on its menu, and the all-day brunch items.
The Food The mains at Ninja Cuts come carb-free by default, but you can opt add-ons like the signature Ninja Rice; a blend of vinegared Japanese pearl rice, brown rice with seaweed flakes, buckwheat Soba noodles, or Garden Greens; all available at a top up of S$2. For an additional protein boost, Ninja Cut also offers white Quinoa for a premium of S$3. The dining concept is relatively fuss-free and self-service. Order at the counter and your food will be served to your table. Prices are all nett cost.
Flavours here are stronger with a more robust protein selection at Ninja Cuts, as evident from What’s Your Beef? (S$18). The first thing to strike me is the huge 150g beef portion, cooked to medium-rare doneness. The Australian ribeye is simply marinated with thyme, salt and pepper, then slow roasted. It is also served with grilled corn seasoned with furikake, sautéed mushrooms, honey glazed carrots, a wobbly onsen egg, and golden garlic chips. Note that there are only 30 servings per day for this dish.
The Gimme Chimi Chicken (S$14) is probably something I will order post-gym session. The sous-vide chicken breast is juicy with a Cajun spice rub, topped with a house-made chimichurri sauce consisting Italian parsley, coriander, chilli flakes, honey and balsamic vinegar. I tend to disregard the flavours of chicken breast meat, but this version is quite tasty for me.
Alternatively, a lighter option on the menu is the cheekily named Oh My Cod! (S$18). The cod fish is pan-seared a la minute, and served with honey-glazed carrots, asparagus and edamame, and pickled beetroot. One highlight for this dish is the special ingredient used here – the Kyoto imported saikyo shiromiso, which is a type of white miso paste known for its sweeter notes and mild, savoury flavour.
If you love your squid, the Squid Fix (S$18) is quite a value for money option. We were served a whole Japanese squid whereby the squid is first brushed with a Ninja Cut secret recipe sauce blend before it is gently grilled. Served with sautéed mushrooms, miso cucumbers, honey-glazed carrots and furikake, the squid was tender and we could tell that it was a generally well-received dish on our table.
For the all-day brunch dishes, The Cheeky Cheese (S$18) is easily our favourite of the lot we tried. It looks like a normal sandwich but this version has beef cheek seasoned with red wine and braised for a day in Japanese curry, all held within that grilled cheese brioche sandwich. The recommendation is to have it soon if you want to capture that oozy cheese moment. The cheese was easy to digest, not too overpowering even if you are not a cheese person. Grilled sandwich with cheese has been trending in New York City for some time already, I’m not quite sure why this trend hasn’t really hit our shores yet. Ninja Cut might just set the trend.
You will like the Polenta Mash (S$18) if you like truffle-anything. The truffle polenta mash was addictive for me at least, even though it was slightly cloying towards the end; served with sautéed mushrooms and Parmesan cheese shavings.
On desserts from the brunch menu, the Marvellous Matcha (S$16) is not a misnomer, to say the least. Made fresh upon order with about 15-20 minutes’ waiting time, there is nothing not to love about the warm, oozy matcha hotcake topped with ricotta cheese and speculoos crumble. The sweetness was just right for me, even with my low tolerance of sucre.
Rants It’s Ninja Bowl version 2. So if you have been to Ninja Bowl, Cut wouldn’t surprise you much with what they have to offer.
Will I Return Again? For the healthy, yet yummy meals, Ninja Cut offers diners the wholesome nourishing experience that will make cheat days a past tense.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 7.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Closed on Sunday
Ranted by The Ranter