Call this the “Man Man” effect, but foodies in Singapore are paying more attention to Japanese sea eels aka unagi, compared to say a couple of years ago.
I was curious enough to try Unaemon, which is newly opened at GOCHI, Capital Square.
GOCHI is a Japanese food hall of sorts, with six food concepts in one place. Four of them are new-to-market brands: Chojiro (sushi), Pronto (Japanese-Italian cafe), Unaemon (unagi) and Paletas (ice popsicles).
The other two are Morozoff (chocolates and cheesecake) and Suage Express (soup curry) which operates as a takeaway counter.
Established in Japan in 1950, Unaemon was co-founded in Japan by the owner of Taga, a 147-year old Unagi specialty restaurant, and the third owner of Kiyoizumi, a historical Unagi restaurant in Hinode-cho, Yokohama.
Unaemon serves up Unaju ($32, $36), Hitsumabushi ($28.50, $33, $46), Unagi Bento ($19.50) and other ala carte dishes such as Grilled Egg with Sauce ($29.50), Smoked Eel ($15), Fried Eel ($18), and Eel Egg Roll.
There are plans to