Ninja Cut: Good price, good flavours
Pricing, portions and flavours make this a viable choice for a weekly treat
Ninja Cut is like its sibling Ninja Bowl in many ways - it offers Japanese-inspired dishes served in pretty bowls that you can photograph against an attractive backdrop.
In short, it's a restaurant made for social media posts.
There are about 10 main dishes that contain protein. You pick the bases (such as soba noodles, quinoa, rice or garden greens) for an additional price.
The vibe is young and relaxed, so while the servers are friendly and attractive, attentiveness is not Ninja Cut's strong point.
But in a place like this, you'll probably not fuss over it. Order your food at the counter, find a table, wait for the food to arrive, and take a picture of it for social media.
Ninja Cut's prices are affordable (for the location), the food is filling and tasty. It may not be a daily option but the pricing, portions and flavours make this a viable choice for a weekly treat.
Polenta can be a hit-or-miss option, but Polenta Mash ($18) is definitely a winner for me. The mound of warm truffle polenta was comforting and inviting, providing a creamy base for the flavourful pork roulade, sauteed mushrooms and large chips of parmesan. This is a stomach filler, perfect for days when you need some heft.
Another must-order is Squid Fix ($18) - it features a whole grilled squid that is tender and addictive, thanks to a secret-recipe glaze.
Only 30 servings of What's Your Beef? ($18) are available a day, so if it's available - order it! You get 150g of slow-roasted rib-eye alongside grilled corn, mushrooms, an onsen egg and garlic chips. The price is astonishing for what's in the bowl, making it the best deal here.
Gimme Chimi Chicken ($14) features pieces of tender chicken breast, topped with a house-made chimichurri sauce. Along with the sides, it'll be a great meal on days you want to eat light. A competently executed option, but not particularly exciting.
While the beef cheek portion of The Cheeky Cheese ($18) is delightfully tender (it is seasoned with red wine and braised for a full day in curry), the cheese portion didn't hit the spot. The grilled cheese brioche sandwich was underwhelming in comparison.
32, Seah Street
Weekdays 9.30am to 7.30pm, weekends 9am to 6pm