The Place Opened few weeks ago at Oxley Tower at Robinson Road, Minka is a relatively small Japanese Kaisendon restaurant in the CBD located at level one of the office building. The setting of Minka is casual and no-frills, with predominantly seats around the counter where the kitchen is open concept. There are a couple of tables around, though the space does not really cater to bigger groups. The location of the restaurant is surrounded by quite a number of food options in the close vicinity such as Amoy Food Centre, along with new dining options at Frasers Tower like Preludio and The Mast’ of Mozzarella & Co.
The Food Prices start from S$13 during lunch, where the menu is predominantly focused on kaisendon. You get to choose from various combinations of sashimi and rice, from regular size to premium dons which are bigger in portion. That aside, there are also options like Beef Don if you prefer something meaty. In the evening, I understand from the staff that the restaurant offers Omakase along with some dishes from the lunch menu.
I tried both the Premium Sashimi Rice Bowl (S$39) and the Japanese Wagyu Beef Rice Bowl with Onsen Egg (S$39). For the price, both dons have pretty hefty portions hence I will recommend going for them unless you have a bigger appetite. Otherwise, the options below S$20 should suffice.
The Premium Sashimi Rice Bowl is loaded with overflowing sashimi, from the likes of salmon, ikura and chutoro, all of which spot fresh flavours.
For the Beef Don, the thinly sliced beef are grilled to slight char at its edges. The texture is quite tender, though I wished it is more marbled. Beef aside, there are also onsen egg and Japanese mushrooms with it.
Rants The space is not big which might be a problem to get seats during lunch hours.
Will I Return Again? It is always nice to have another Japanese option in the CBD. While the offerings of Minka feel quite similar to Teppei Syokudo in terms of its Kaisendon, the latter is more casual while Minka feels more like a proper restaurant. For less than S$20, you could get your sashimi rice fix in town. The next thing to watch out for me would be its dinner omakase menu, which hopefully, would be priced competitively.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
138 Robinson Road
Oxley Tower, 01-06
Monday to Saturday: 11:30am to 2:30pm; 6pm to 10pm
Closed on Sunday
Ranted by The Ranter