Japan's Biggest 'Toxic' Pufferfish Restaurant Chain Opens In Singapore

Relax, the fish is expertly handled by a licensed fugu chef.

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Japan’s largest casual fugu (pufferfish) restaurant chain has opened its first overseas franchise outlet in Singapore. It specialises in torafugu (tiger pufferfish) and snow crab. The eatery is helmed by a licensed Japanese chef with more than 30 years of experience in preparing the notoriously toxic fish. The torafugu is air-flown weekly from Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan’s pufferfish capital. The fish is served several ways here: grilled, deep-fried, as sushi or cooked in a Torafugu Hotpot ($55). You can also savour it as sashimi ($28; strangely called Tessa). Or order the Grilled Snow Crab ($48). AVA's food safety requirements are pretty strict in Singapore, so we're guessing there's practically zero risk eating here. Although no one's going to stop you from bragging to your friends that you dined dangerously, post-meal. 

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#01-06 32 Maxwell Chambers, Maxwell Road, S069115. Tel: 6634-2916. Open Mon-Fri noon-3pm; 6pm-midnight, Sat & Sun 5pm-midnight. Last orders at 11pm. www.facebook.com/guenpinsg

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