Don't go to Nihon Mura @ The Cathay
The Cathay is an under-customised shopping centre at the bottom end of Orchard Rd. The restaurant is just too big for the low volume of traffic the mall receives, so I expect that this is why the food is not fresh.
Absolutely awful. It's more or less self ordering using silly ice cream sticks you choose by walking round a big food station. You then give these to a cashier who processes the order.
Food was poor quality; we had chicken on a stick (a Japanese style plain satay) that was inedible. (We asked for this not to be charged to our bill and the manager thankfully agreed.)
The California roll wasn't fresh; the chicken rice on a hot plate (bowl) had almost no chicken to speak of. $3.50 for a bowl of Miso soup that was about 100ml of fluid.
Plenty of Japanese places in Plaza Singapura, 100m away, so suggest you go there.
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