While the draw here is undeniably its ice cream parfaits and desserts (try the red bean milkshake and Hokkaido hot balls with butter sauce if you haven’t), this trendy Japanese cafe also serves up a reliable selection of bentos, appetizers, ramen, udon, curry rice and the like. If you’re in the area for lunch, look out for their mid-day promotions, which offer seriously good value for money.
Our first taste of Azabu Sabo was its rightfully acclaimed Hokkaido ice cream, but we soon found that there’s more to Azabu Sabo in its trendy tea café that serves “authentic Japanese desserts and unique cuisine.” Our cold appetizer, the tangy seafood salad, was appetite-inducing. From the wide range of mains that included bento meals, udon and ramen, we tried the torinan hirahira udon, a warm, smooth and satisfying bowl of flat rice noodles in light soya sauce soup with grilled chicken and leek.
But the main draws here are its sweet treats. Our red bean milk shake was wonderfully thick and creamy, and the green tea ice cream with dumplings and red bean paste was a good combination of tart matcha and subtly-sweet red bean. But our favorite was the hot-ball with butter sauce—we liked it so much that we’ve designated it to be the “must-eat” for future visits. Service was polite enough, but the wait staff seemed to be playing peekaboo with patrons—hiding behind the walls, then re-emerging intermittently. That said, Azabu Sabo proves that a nice Japanese meal doesn’t need to be all about sushi and sky-high bills.
|Address:||Azabu Sabo, #02-170/171 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd., Singapore, 039594 Singapore|
|Open since:||March, 2006|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:30-11pm|
|Reservation recommended, Parking available: at Marina Square, Takeaway available|
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