Modern Japanese resto-bar Ohayo Mama San opened its doors at 313@Somerset with its hallmark blue and orange colour scheme. This eatery is the first fusion Japanese all-day brunch and resto-bar concept by the team behind “House of Sushi Warriors” Takeshi-san at Holland Village.
Built on flavours and culture, Ohayo Mama San captures the best of modern Japan and Asia to offer diners an experience unlike others. Its menu consists of selections that are perfect for anytime of the day – all-day brunch sets, Japanese tapas, Fusion mains, classic rice bowls and ramen, high tea sets and more.
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For example, their light bites such as Empowered Papadams (S$20 for 10pcs) that have a generous drizzle of Ikura and Tobiko, while their Foursome Crabmeat Nori Tacos (S$20 for 4pcs) are a marriage of crunchy, creamy textures with a touch of light seafood flavours.
Available from 11am to 6pm daily is Ohayo Mama San’s signature All-Day Brunch, inspired by the Japanese bento culture and the well-loved brunches that Singaporeans are familiar with. As such, they have dishes such as the Madam Benedict Egg Brunch (S$24) that has eggs benedict on sourdough, blueberry-topped honey yoghurt, sautéed mushrooms, seafood and vegetable chowder, complete with a miso sauce salad. If you’re feeling a little more extravagant, then try their Nishoku Tamago Total Satisfaction Brunch (S$34), which offers a serving of the traditional Nishoku Tamago that is paired with crusty, buttery mini croissants with sides of sautéed mushrooms, chowder, salad and yoghurt.
|Madam Benedict Egg Brunch||Dancing Geisha (above) and Forbidden Love (below)|
And of course, what is Japanese cuisine without sushi? Ohayo Mama San has come up with a healthier version of sushi with their signature Riceless Sushi rolls that are purely protein and greens. Tuck into the Dancing Geisha (S$24) that has fresh salmon and tuna followed by umami bursts of fresh ikura; or the Forbidden Love (S$24) with semi-peppery notes of kaiware and crunchy tempura bits.
If you love sea urchin and it’s payday…then you might want to try Ohayo Mama San’s Uni Garden (S$228) that has to be pre-ordered. Uni is paired with an array of premium ingredients such as snow crab, shiro ebi, botan ebi, oysters and more.
Oh and we mentioned afternoon tea earlier on, right? Ohayo Mama San has two quaint Tea Party Sets for two – Sweet Time Tea Party or Mixed Messages Tea Party that are either fully toothsome sweets or a mix of sweet and savoury bites fresh from the kitchen. Moreover, you can pick a pot of TWG tea or two glasses of Ohayo Mama San’s cocktails such as Passion Mimosa (S$58) or a carafe of House Sake (S$65).
If you just want to hang out over drinks, you’d be glad to know that Truly Happy Hours run from 11am to 8pm from Mondays to Saturdays, and all-day on Sundays. Fresh beers start from S$8/pint and House Sake by the glass start from S$10. Ohayo Mama San’s Geisha Selection of cocktails are sake-based and are S$12 each during happy hours and at $18 each after 8pm on Mondays through Saturdays. We quite like the sake taster sets (S$18 for 3, S$35 for 5) where you can explore the various types of sakes and ease into the complex notes of this Japanese rice wine.
When you’re ready for some mains, get ready for some hearty selections such as their revamped ramens – It-Truly-Melts Wagyu Truffle (S$40) or Hail-the-King Prawn Truffle Onsen Ramen (S$24). What we found most interesting is the Wagyu Cubes Nonya Rendang in Baked Onion with Jap Garlic Rice (S$26), which is an interesting play of local flavours but Japanese ingredients.
Lastly, you can end the meal or day with desserts that play with form and textures such as Is it cheesecake? Is it Tempura? (S$14) that offers both creaminess and fried textures. Of course, you can play it safer with their Mini Tarts and Macarons Medley or the Melt the Chocolate Tokyo Dome! (S$14).
Ohayo Mama San
313 Orchard Road
Website and full menu: www.ohayomamasan.com.
Images: Ohayo Mama San