Months ago, I was pretty sad when I found out that the Cafe Cartel at J8 was being replaced by some Japanese restaurant (because that would mean no more half-priced cakes after 9.30pm!). But all that was set to change after a visit to Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant which now occupies the retail space of the then Cafe Cartel.
Gf bugged me to give it a shot after hearing that they were on 50% discount, or something like that. She also said that she always see people leaving the restaurant with a bright smile on their faces and wanted to find out what’s so special about the restaurant. So I decided to go try out the food. The waitresses were professional and would greet us in Japanese as well as in English as we walked into the restaurant. While at the restaurant, we feel like royalties, haha. The staff were really polite and customer-centric. The furniture of the restaurant is arranged in such a way that one dining table is not really that close to the other, giving diners personal space and privacy. The restaurant is also given a very modern layout while at the same time giving customers a very cozy feeling.
The food (ala carte) prices are a lil pricey but still affordable (between $10 to $20). We decided to go for the special set for 2 which cost $49 (before GST and service charge) since it looked really good from the menu and very value-for-money. The waitress that was serving us was probably around the age of 18 or so but was professional and also gave us her recommendations. Best of all, she takes our order in a half-kneel position! Talk about customer service!
This is where the ‘fun’ begins. The food didn’t take too long to arrive, and I mean ALL of them. Just the psychological impact alone is enough to make one full. All the food (too many to name) taste really good. Even a non salad and corn fan like me actually love their salad and sweet corn. Sukiyaki Teishoku (Beef hotpot) got Tong all excited! The waitress also offered to help us break the egg for the Sukiyaki Teishoku. The Wafu pizza recommended by the waitress was really good too. As for the other dishes, the pictures are self-explanatory.
In the end, we were so full that we had no choice but to do a very Singaporean thing; ‘Tak Bao’! Haha! The meal costed $49 before tax and $57.70 after tax. After the meal, I was presented with $20 Watami vouchers (I was not given another $5 voucher because the meal cost $1 short of $50!). But it was still a good deal anyway for that amount of food.
Overall experience: 4.5 out of 5 yummy bites.
9 Bishan Place, #01-33,
Junction 8 Shopping Centre
Tel: 6258 3577
11.30 am to 11 pm (Mon to Sun)