Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sumiya @ Suntec City Mall


With the successful first outlet at Orchard Central in 2014, Sumiya has opened a second outlet at the newly furbished Suntec City Mall. The menu at the new outlet is slightly different from Orchard Central, introducing the fish-drying machine and irori genshiyaki for a lifted enjoyment of quality fish. Irori genshiyaki is an ancient Japanese style of charcoal grilling fish while the fish-drying machine helps to replicate the warmth of sun rays, controlled at 30 degrees Celcius to dry the freshly imported fish.

Garden Salad 3/5

The dining experience at Sumiya started with the Garden Salad ($14.80). Comes in a flower pot, the beautiful garden of assorted fresh vegetable, crab stick, flying fish roe and potato salad is served with yuzu soy sauce dressing or creamy sesame dressing. A light starter to kick start the night on a healthy note.

Fresh Bluefin Tuna Mixed Cube Sashimi 4.8/5

The highlight of the night has to be the Fresh Bluefin Tuna Mixed Cube Sashimi ($48) that comes in a bamboo container filled with chunky cubes of ootoro, chutoro and akami sashimi. It felt like the whole bluefin tuna swam into my belly with the differene cuts of tuna.

Fresh Hotate Isoyaki 3.5/5

Majestically served with the shell, the Fresh Hotate (Scallop) Isoyaki ($11.80) was charcoal grilled with soy sauce and dashi broth. Enjoyed the sweetness of the broth but the scallop itself was on tough  and dry side.

Homemade Dried Fish 4.5/5

A specialty at Sumiya, Suntec is the Homemade Dried Fish (market price). The freshly imported fish is dried in the special sun-drying machine to intensify the flavour and then the whole fish is grilled using irori genshiyaki style allowing the fish to be evenly charred on the exterior while retaining the succulence and natural juices within. We had the Sea Bream ($28,80 each) and Horse Mackerel ($28.80 each). I was impressed how sweet and moist the flesh was after all the grilling.

Grilled Yellowtail Collar with Salt 4.5/5

To appreciate the irori genshiyaki style to the fullest, it is must showcases with the Grilled Yellowtail Collar with Salt ($20.80). The juicy and fatty yellowtail collar simply seasoned with salt, it was just heavenly addictive.

Today's Chef's Ryoshi Mushi 4.5/5

This is probably the first in Singapore to be served in a aluminium tin filled with broth and various types of seafood, heated over a table stop stove. The Chef's Ryoshi Mushi (market price) is inspired by the Japanese fishermen cooking freshly caught seafood in a tin can on the boat or on shore. The tin can hotpot us filled with assorted seafood in a soy sauce and miso soup with garlic and chilli. The portion I had is for 4 person. Besides the fresh seafood, the broth is extremely addictive. I would recommend having it with a bowl of rice.

Pumpkin filled Karinto Manju with Matcha Ice Cream 4/5

Wrapping up the dinner, I tried a trio of desserts on the menu beginning with the Pumpkin filled Karinto Manju with Match Ice Cream ($8.80). The crispy deep fried Japanese cake is stuffed with pumpkin and served with green tea ice cream and sweet red bean paste. A dessert with multi textures of enjoyment.

Mango & Yoghurt with Matcha Ice Cream 4/5

Initially I thought this is mango pudding but it is actually Mango & Yoghurt with Matcha Ice Cream ($8.80). The sourish of yogurt and mango balanced with the sweetness of the matcha ice cream.

Sumiya Tropical Dessert 4.2/5

Comprising of a beautiful hand crafted ice bowl, the Sumiya Tropical Dessert ($18.80) is limited to 15 servings each day only. The ice bowl comes with cubes of mango, watermelon and rock melon, sago, green tea ice cream and red bean paste in coconut milk sauce. A spectacle and refreshing, sweet ending to the dinner.


Probably a first in Singapore is the unique sake connoisseur experience. The sake dispenser, holding 16 different types of sake that meted out in a tasting (20ml), half (60ml) or full (120ml) portion.

Besides the various seafood items on the menu, Sumiya also offers a selection of kushiyaki, donburi and soba items on the menu. In short, the menu is huge and there is something for everyone and reasons to come back for more.

Suntec City Mall
Sky Garden, North Wing, Tower 2
3 Temasek Boulevard
Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 62351816
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC Line), Esplanade (CC Line)

Opening Hours
Daily: 1130am - 3pm, 530pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Esplanade MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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