Sora Boru - Japanese Rice Bowl
I love Japanese food, but sometimes I'm looking for something quick and casual that isn't takeaway sushi. While most Japanese food are served in Japanese restaurants, Sora Boru provides an alternative fast casual setting, serving up delicious customisable chirashi bowls, beef bowls and other bowl dishes. Best of all, all the Japanese rice bowls are quite affordable.
The name Sora Boru is quite interesting, with Sora meaning "sky" and Boru being a play on words as this is how Japanese people usually pronounce the word "bowl".
Sora Boru's interior is tastefully decorated with modern takes and some cute Japanese decor. It doesn't try too hard to scream Japanese and instead focuses on making it a comfortable and brightly lit. Overall, it feels extremely easy to pop in for a quick meal and head out just as easily, which ties in with the theme of their restaurant being a fast casual dining establishment.
I ordered the customisable chirashi bowl for myself and 2 beef bowls - the Volcano Beef Don and the Snow Beef Don.
The chirashi bowl was generously topped with sashimi such as salmon, tuna and cubed scallop and other ingredients such as egg and cucumber. The dressing was given separately, which was a gesture that I really appreciated. The dressing was citrusy, savoury and sweet at the same time. I couldn't put my finger on what the dressing was but I enjoyed it very much with the chirashi bowl. The sashimi was fresh and every mouthful was exceptional. In fact, it was so generously portioned that I had trouble finishing it and although I was full, I kept going becase the dressing combo with the sashimi and salad went so well together. If you're like me and appreciate a bit of wasabi and soy sauce on top of the dressing or just want it at the side as an alternative to the dressing, you can get some from the counter too.
The Volcano Beef Don and Snow Beef Don are each interesting in their own right. For spice lovers, you definitely want to go for the Volcano Beef Don. Heaps of beef are piled on a mountain of rice and a spicy savoury sauce is poured over it, making it resemble a volcano. While it is spicy, the meal wasn't unbearable. In fact, it kept me wanting more despite the pain! It is actually really bearable and the spice is built up instead of an all out attack on your senses.
The Snow Beef Don has parmesan cheese poured on top of it. This is for those who love cheese and savoury salty flavours. Every bite left me wanting more and the meat to rice ratio was just right. It wasn't overwhelmingly salty because the rice toned it down.
I loved all three rice bowls and the different things they had to offer but if I had to choose a favourite, I would definitely go for the chirashi bowl simply because of their generosity, variety and value. For a chirashi bowl, it's reasonably priced, customisable and they do not skimp on the portion! I will definitely be coming back for their Japanese rice bowls.
313 Orchard Rd, #B3-19/20, Singapore 238895 (Nearest MRT Somerset)
Sun - Thurs: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sun: 11:00AM - 11:00PM