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If the slew of unagi specialists finding their way to our shores tells us anything, it’s that Singaporeans can’t seem to get enough of the freshwater eels, glazed with a sweet-savoury tare sauce and grilled till smoky and delicious.

The latest unagi joint in town is Xi Man, which will open its doors circa end-November at the former Park Mall (now known as 9 Penang Road). It’s opened by the folks behind mod cha chaan teng Pi Food and sushi restaurant Ganko Sushi, both of which are also located in the same mall.

Xi Man serves pre-slaughtered unagi imported from Miyazaki, Japan. The eels are cooked Kansai-style, being dipped in tare sauce and immediately grilled for a light crunchiness (the more common Kanto-style unagi is steamed in between two rounds of grilling for a fluffier mouthfeel).

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