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Fans of sushi rolls, hand ups. Many may not know of this new Japanese eatery Yuba Hut, which has opened at both Heartland Mall and Hillion Mall.

The fast-casual concept serves up maki rolls, donburi rice bowls, yakitori, sashimi and a couple of side dishes.

It has been a while since I last visited Heartland Mall, and took some time to orientate and find Yuba Hui. For your info, it is located at one end, just outside the supermarket (next to Subway).

(Click PLAY for video highlights of Yuba Hut.)

Most diners seem to come for the sushi rolls, with a choice of five from Champion Floss Maki, Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon, Taiyou Century Egg, Salmon Aburi Maki, and Samurai Unagi Aburi Maki.

Prices are from $8.90 to $9.90 for 4 pieces, $15.90 to $16.90 for 8 pieces. (Updated: All offerings here are at NETT prices at Heartland Mall, but with 10% service charge at Hillion Mall.)

The highlight is the Champion Floss Maki ($9.90, $16.90) which is so-named probably because the roll is piled with ingredients.

The chef started rolling up slices of salmon sashimi and cucumber within sushi rice, wrapped it up with salmon slices which would be further aburi-ed.

That is not over.

The ‘champion’ was drizzled with never-ending home-made mayonnaise sauce, additionally topped with chicken floss and ebiko. Seemed like the more OTT it is, the more ‘instagrammable’ and decadent it would become.

To be fair, I liked this roll for the clash of the creamy sauce, fluffy flossy and crunchy fish roe; and the salmon was quite fresh, with traces of sweet-saltiness coming from all the toppings.

Can be rather filling.

The Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon ($9.90, $16.90) had smoky aburi salmon drizzled with a spicy-mentaiko creamy cheesy sauce, sprinkled over with crunchy tempura bits.

Between the two, I preferred the former as the sauce seemed overpowering everything else here. Though good news if you are a fan of such creamy sauces.

Other items to expect include Salmon Aburi Don ($14.90), Cheesy Unagi Aburi Don ($15.90), Spicy Salmon Aburi Don ($15.90), Beef Steak Don ($15.90), Yaki Tori Don ($8.90), Unagi Don ($16.90) as well as side dishes of Sake Sashimi ($6.90), Goma Tofu ($3.90), Century Egg Tofu ($4.90), and Garlic Honey Chilli Edamame ($3.90).

What I would recommend would be the Barachirashi Don ($14.90), which had a sizable portion of fresh sashimi cubes, well marinated with sauces.

I reckon customers who prefer a heavier touch on Japanese donburi would like their versions, as most came with good amount of sauces.

As Yuba Hut is a new-to-market brand, I figure it could still be trying to find an edge and differentiating point. Hopefully once operations stabilise, the menu can move beyond the many aburi-items.

Their sushi makis were quite satisfying, and they should probably create a few more distinctive ones.

Yuba Hut
Heartland Mall #01-19/20, Block 205, Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530205
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)

Hillion Mall #01-05/06, 15 Petir Road, Singapore 678270
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)

* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Yuba Hut.

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