Recently I went to Tsukada Nojo, a Japanese restaurant that’s famous for its beauty hotpot. There was a lot of hype about it; it sounded interesting so I went to try it with my family.
And it was tasty!I’ve been there twice now.
The bijin nabe (美人鍋—beauty hotpot) is so named because of all the ingredients that supposedly help beautify a person. I don’t know how well that works, but I ate it more for the fun of seeing the pudding-like lump of collagen melt.
That’s collagen from organic chicken bones all piled up in the potI know some people might find it alarming, the way it’s piled up like that—but I’m being honest when I say it’s delicious.
When all that collagen melts, the result is an extremely tasty soup (really, I could’ve just come for that alone). The waitress then comes back to pop all the ingredients in. They follow a specific order of putting them in to make sure the hotpot’s as delicious as possible. Such careIt looked gorgeous with all the vegetables and mushrooms and tofu and everything else propped up in the bubbling pot.
Noodles come with the hotpot, so we got egg noodles.
Bijin nabe is the signature dish, but there were other yummy side dishes. The nikumaki was amazing—fat, fluffy rice balls wrapped in baconIt was like biting into sauce-drizzled happiness.
They did a really good job at presenting the food! And I like Tsukada Nojo even more because of how fun they are with customers. They have a loyalty system that treats customers like office management—on the first visit you get a mock Assistant Manager business card with your name on it. After another visit, you’re promoted to Manager and get a new card. And then it goes on and on as you keep visiting—if you visit enough (i.e. lots of) times, you eventually become the President. Not for real of course, but I thought it was a cute way of getting people to come back.
On my second visit I got promoted to Manager! I’m doing wellAs reward for getting a promotion, there were appetisers on the house. We had edamame and fries.
They were delicious too
The service was great. We were served by a young Japanese waitress who was went out of her way to be friendly and chat with us as she set up our dinner. At the end there was a complimentary dessert plate too!
The dessert was just tiny jelly cubes, the main point was the message and illustrations drawn on in chocolate sauce. They really put a lot of thought into details like these to make customers happy. It was adorable
If you live in Japan or Singapore I hope you’d try out this placeIt’s good for a treat once in a while, and to have fun during dinner with friends or family.