Befittingly named after the Japanese sister city to Salisbury, Mobara Japanese Restaurant offers a wide range of Japanese dishes along with a few Western dishes such as Grilled Porterhouse Steak. This restaurant is quite popular with the locals. The place was pretty crowded when we went there for dinner.
The portion size of their Tonkatsu was quite generous with the crisp coating of the pork setting off the flesh nicely. Drizzled over the pork was Japanese mayonnaise and Tonkatsu sauce to give it the taste we associate with the dish. Accompanying the meat was a salad to balance out its rich flavour.
We were pleased with the quality of their Unagi Kabayaki (Grilled Eel). It did not taste too fishy and the sauce complemented its rich taste nicely. Much like the Tonkatsu, the eel came with a side salad to cut through the fattiness of the eel.
Unagi Kabayaki (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Mobara notably offers a good range of hotpots known as Nabe, which is great for sharing. All the Nabe come with a selection of vegetables and udon noodles. You can choose beef, seafood or tofu as your main. Preparation of the dish is similar to Chinese hotpots with the hard vegetables added to the broth first before the meat or tofu. We opted for the red miso broth, which gave the dish a delectable spicy hit. Diners who prefer a milder taste can choose the soy sauce broth instead.
Beef Nabe Ingredients (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Beef Nabe Broth (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Beef Nabe (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Great as a snack or an entree, their Karaage Chicken was very succulent, with the signature gingery flavour of this dish. Served with the dish was a generous amount of Japanese mayonnaise that the chicken can be dipped in to provide a contrast to the crispiness.
Karaage Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
In addition to their main menu, Mobara offers various focaccias and Western café dishes such as bacon and eggs for breakfast. The décor of the restaurant gave it a causal feel and there is off-street parking at the carpark located at the back of the restaurant.