Botan was one of the few restaurants that was doing brisk business during the weekday lunch hour. Its small store front was deceiving as I found out, on the way to my table, walking through a maze-like configuration inside the restaurant, revealing more capacity than expected.
There were many value-for-money set lunches. I finally settled for the Yakasana bento ($16), which had a bit of everything fried, grilled and raw. Despite the crowd that the kitchen had to handle, the food was still presented very nicely and not haphazardly as I would have thought. In the set, I had a thick, juicy slab of grilled saba, nicely done tamago and simmered tofu, a simmered dish of tempura fish cake with gravy that was too salty, decent salmon sashimi albeit too small a slice, a potato and cabbage salad (which I requested for, instead of chawanmushi), pickles, miso soup and fruit.
The others had the tonkatsu bento ($16) and the soba and sushi set ($18). Both of them were pleased with their choices as well. We all agreed that the food was pretty good for the prices and promised to meet back here more often in future to try more things.
Reservations for lunch would be recommended. Tables turn around fast though I think even if you had to wait, it would not be too painful.
36 Pekin St #01-01
Tel : 6536-4404