The Place Opened a week ago, Una Una is a unagi specialty restaurant which is the latest dining concept at Bugis+. The restaurant prides itself at serving the most value for money Unagi Hitsumabushi in Singapore, from S$9.80 onwards. The space of Una Una takes on a Japanese interior where there is a good level of dining privacy for most tables.
The Food The signature dish at Una Una is no doubt the Unagi Hitsumabushi (S$9.80/small, S$14.80/regular), a Nagoya-style way of enjoying unagi popularised by the Bib Gourmand Man Man Unagi Restaurant over the last few years. The unagi is coated with a sweet and savoury tare sauce, where the special sauce one of the most important aspect for me as this determines the flavour of the unagi. I like the sauce here, which is very flavourful.
As with Hitsumabushi style, you can enjoy the unagi in a couple of ways. Have it as it is first, which is my most preferred way as this is where I get to taste the authentic flavour of the unagi. You can then have the eel with the accompanying condiments like spring onion and wasabi. Finally, you can also add the dashi broth to the rice bowl to make it an Ochazuke.
Price wise, the small version is priced at S$9.80. Though, I thought that it could easily mislead people into thinking that the dishes here are priced at S$9.80 in general.
Moving on from the Nagoya style, the Unaju (S$19.80/regular) is a Tokyo-style of unagi dish served with chawanmushi in a bento box presentation. This dish is quite straightforward, where the eel is also grilled over charcoal though the techniques are slightly different from the Nagoya style. Apart from the delicious sauce, I also like the crispy outer texture of the unagi which is well-contrasted with its tender meat.
Other combinations of the unagi include the Unagi Salmon Gozen (S$29.80), a Tokyo-style rice set with hamachi, maguro and salmon sashimi; Unagi Beef Shabu Ju (S$22.80), which is a combination of US beef short plate and unagi. For pure unagi lovers, go for the Unagi Kabayaki (S$33.80) which serves the entire portion of charcoal-grilled eel with rice and chawanmushi.
Unagi aside, there is a good mix of side dishes like the Salmon Yonshu Mori (S$28.80 for four kinds), where you get to enjoy salmon in four different ways – salmon belly sashimi, aburi salmon, salmon sashimi and salmon roes.
Rants Be prepared to queue, as Singaporeans really love their unagi.
Will I Return Again? I find that Una Una is quite value for money given the quality of the unagi, even if I were to look beyond the S$9.80 price tag for the smallest portion. This is worth trying if you love your unagi and it is priced more competitively as compared to Man Man or Uya.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
201 Victoria Street
Tel: +65 6238 1011
Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 3pm; 5pm to 10pm
Saturday to Sunday: 11:30am to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter