Tanuki Raw at Orchard Central

Tanuki Raw is known for their raw dishes, and alcoholic drinks. They are also known for reasonably priced donburis (Japanese rice bowl dish) and small bites.It was a weekday night and we arrive at about 8.30pm. We had to queue for about 15min and got a seat at the bar.   
   
The menu featured some dishes to share, donburis, and creations (small bites). 

 
We went for the truffled yakiniku don, featuring seared black angus short rib and truffled soy sauce. Unfortunately I could not really taste the truffle, and the beef was too raw, and therefore the fragrance and taste of the beef wasn’t optimum. 

 
Poutine fries mentions melted gruyere over fries and chives. Instead I wasn’t able to taste the gruyere and there were no chives. They topped with some pickled green chilli slices which added a tinge of tang. 

 
Superstar roll was mainly made up of rice, salmon, mentaiko sauce. It had a nice texture with some crunch from the tempura flakes but it was quite average. 

 
Steak tartar was the only dish which I did not fancy. Don’t get me wrong, I love steak tartar, but just not this version. There was no flavor in the meat. The apple supposed to be poached in sake did not exude any fragrance of the rice wine. They used sliced deep fried mantou which was sweet. Though unusual did not really sit well with me.

 Overall the meal was good but not great. The 2 of us shared the 4 dishes and it was abit too much. We could have gone without the steak tartar. If you come across a dish worth recommending, please share with us. 

 

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