Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal BBQ Restaurant Tasting Session

Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal BBQ Restaurant Tasting Session
48 Boat Quay

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 11.30am - 3pm, 5.30pm - 11pm
Closed Sun

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session, but I did pay the standard price during subsequent visits.
Attended with representatives from HungryGoWhere, and Purple Taste.

Premium Japanese Grill At Mid-Range Prices

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 8
Value for Money: 8
Budget about SGD $50 ++ per person.


Easily spotted along Boat Quay because of its distinct Japanese facade with lanterns and wooden-esque doors, the 3 month old Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal BBQ Restaurant is gaining a name for itself by serving premium cuts of meat at mid-range prices. As a Japanese style grill / barbecue place, Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal BBQ Restaurant has divided its 3 levels to serve different needs, with the 1st level being the future buffet area and open concept riverside dining, the 2nd level a quieter private area, and the 3rd level for large group functions.

Ambience at Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal BBQ Restaurant is traditional Japanese, think simple hues of wood and teak, clean profiles and minimalist decor. Seats are Zashiki floor seating style, with a sunken hollow for your legs. Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal BBQ Restaurant has also won praise for its grill, a technological marvel that sucks away any smoke generated during cooking, which means diners leave without nasty smells on their clothing. This also results in a quicker, more even grilling on meats.

Photo Credits: Arashi Yakiniku

Photo Credits: Arashi Yakiniku

Photo Credits: Arashi Yakiniku

Service at Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal BBQ Restaurant is decent. Staff are knowledgable about the items on the menu, and can offer advice depending on your preference. I liked that they come around regularly to check that your drinks are topped up, as well as to clear finished plates. I did think the staff outside could make more of an effort to promote Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal BBQ Restaurant to passerbys though. Decent, unobstrusive, but also unmemorable.

Arashi Yakiniku Charcoal BBQ Restaurant uses white Binchotan Japanese charcoal, which creates high heat quickly, while remaining almost smoke free and odourless. This is placed in a pit in the middle of the table, under which is the device which removes any lingering smoke or smell.

Diners are offered a choice of either Asari Clam Miso Soup, or Seaweed Miso Soup. The Asari Clam Miso Soup has a lot of fresh clams, seaweed, and tofu, and the miso base is of good quality, without any monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Asari Clam Miso Soup

Photo Credits: Arashi Yakiniku

The Garlic Fried Rice is fragrant, and the rice grains are well fried and separate easily. I did feel that the garlic flavour could have been more intense, as it was a little subtle for me.

Garlic Fried Rice

The Arashi Kaisen Salad is a seafood salad of cabbage, tomatoes, shredded crab stick, salmon and prawns in a wafu sauce. The freshness of this dish is an excellent palate cleanser, and while it's served as an appetizer, it also goes down well at the end of a round of grilled meats.

Arashi Kaisen Salad

Photo Credits: Arashi Yakiniku

Their Onigiri Rice Ball here is huge, and perfect for grilling! Grill it till the exterior is crisp for maximum yummy-ness! The Onigiri Rice Ball holds up well during the grilling, and the diners preferred this over the Garlic Fried Rice.

Onigiri Rice Ball

Grill Onigiri Rice Ball Till Exterior Is Crisp

The star attraction at Arashi Yakiniku is their selection of premium grade A4 wagyu beef, from one of Japan's top producers, the Ohmi brand of cattle. Cuts include tenderloin (SGD $68.80), kurubi short rib (SGD $48.80), sirloin (SGD $88.80) and ribeye (SGD $68.80), with ala-carte serving sizes at 150 grams. Prices are reasonably competitive, as the owner has good relations with suppliers. Furthermore, their meat is fresh, not frozen, which carries maximum flavour.

Japanese wagyu tends to derive its flavour from the fat content / marbling and has a more tender texture, in contrast to Australian wagyu with a slightly tougher texture, and where the flavour is locked into the meat, making it more intense. Both types of beef require less than 1 minute on the grill, and are beautifully smooth and flavourful. For a more natural taste, don't dip the beef in the dipping sauce.

Japanese Wagyu Ohmi Beef Grade A4 Tenderloin And Kurubi Short Rib

Japanese Wagyu Ohmi Beef Grade A4 Tenderloin And Kurubi Short Rib

Australian Wagyu Beef Grade A4 Sirloin And Ribeye

Australian Wagyu Beef Grade A4 Sirloin

Being high in fat, the premium Japanese kurobuta pork belly (SGD $19.80) and pork collar (SGD $20.80) is best cooked near the edge of the grill. Even without the dipping sauce, the meat is already wonderfully marinated with light soy, releasing a burst of flavour in the mouth.

Japanese Kurobuta Pork Belly And Collar

The seafood grill platter includes prawns, squid, scallops, and a tray of sliced salmon in soy sauce and butter. I thought the squid was a little tough, but the fresh scallop and tasty salmon were winners with the diners. The seafood is best dipped in sauce before grilling to enhance the flavour.

Salmon In Soy Butter

Prawns, Squid And Scallop

Felt the Longan Jelly was decent, although the jelly was a little thicker than expected. But a light end to the meal.

Longan Jelly