Expecting my meeting to end late today, we decided to meet at Novena for dinner.
It was almost 8pm when we met and Appare 天晴 looked quite empty. We picked a corner seat initially but there was a nearby table with 3 young kids making lots of noise and the waiter very subtly offered to shift us to somewhere more private… Wow! We didn’t even say a thing and he took the initiative to offer! We liked this place already 🙂
We tried the Curry Chicken Nabe ($40) and assorted 5 piece Pork Tempura ($11.50).
The same waiter helped to set up the hotpot and cooked the ingredients, serving us for the first couple of rounds. The curry was slightly spicer than the usual Japanese curry, but was delicious!
There were plenty of vegetables inside the hotpot, such as broccoli, egg plant, tomato and cabbage. The udon was soft outside and slightly firmer inside, quite nice to chew! The chicken chunks were very tender, however there were only 4-5 pieces in the huge pot.
The tempura was served crispy, and the meat flavorful; we loved it! It did get slightly oily towards the end when it was cold, but overall it was very good.
They also have chicken tempura, giving us the perfect reason to come back again 🙂