Located inside Gastro+ on level 1 of The Centrepoint is Misato, a contemporary and chic Japanese restaurant. It used to be located at The Cathay before moving to its current home. I was told that the owner spent a huge sum of $400K for its customized tableware, and using high quality ingredients imported from Japan for its dishes.
Edamame 4/5 and Tamagoyaki 4/5
We were a little puzzled when the server brought a towering Japanese castle to our table. To our delight there is food inside. Inside the castle, there was Edamame ($4.90) and Tamagoyaki ($5.50). The edamame is given a coat of spiciness which I thought was quite appetizing. The tamagoyaki was fluffy and sweet.
The Chawanmushi ($4.90) is a smooth and silky starter that will whet up your appetite with its flavoursome dashi stock cooked from scratch.
Seafood Kaminabe Set 4.5/5
The highlight at Misato has to their Seafood Kaminabe Set ($20,80). It comes with homemade niboshi broth which is poured into the hotpot at the table. In the Japanese hotpot, you can can find ingredients such as fresh tiger prawns, Norwegian salmon, chicken, assorted Japanese mushrooms, toufu and vegetables. It also comes with a bowl of Japanese rice. This is definitely a very satisfying and hearty meal set.
Cha Soba 4.2/5
Not into hotpot, then the Cha Soba ($13.80) is a worthy option. The matcha noodle has a nice biting texture to it which is further enliven by the homemade dipping sauce. I like to add in some wasabi into the dipping sauce for that extra kick.
The Oknomiyaki ($14.90) made with high quality Japanese yam and Japanese cabbage fillings is both fluffy and crunchy. I like the fact that it is not overly sweet and the charred bottom, giving it a smoky, crispy finish.
Mixed Fried Set 4/5
A value for money dish is the Mixed Fried Set ($18.80) that comes with chicken, tiger prawn and cheese korokke coated with fresh panko. Among the three items, I enjoyed the tender and juicy chicken most. The set also comes with Japanese shredded cabbage, miso soup and barley rice. The huge portion will definitely make this a very satisfactory meal.
Handmade Gyoza 4.5/5
The Handmade Gyoza ($6.90 for 6pc / $10.90 for 10pc) is one of the best I have eaten. The filling of the gyoza seems to have a more cabbage to chicken ratio, giving it a more crunchy interior. Have it together with the dipping sauce for a mouth-watering taste.
The Kuzukiri ($8.80) is a rather rare dessert to make it to the menu. The slippery and silky like noodles is made from Japanese arrowroot and served cold. The way to enjoy this is to dip it into the accompanying kuromitsu sauce.
Sanshoku Warabi Mochi 4.8/5
A specialty at Misato is the Sanshoku Warabi Mochi ($8.80). The sanshoku warabi mochi are freshly handmade every day using high-quality ingredients air-flown directly from Japan. The whole process of making it takes about 2 hours. It comes with 3 different flavours - goma, kinako and matcha.
Matcha Bavarois 4.5/5
The Matcha Bavarois ($7.80) is a matcha flavoured pudding texture like dessert. However, this is extremely wobbly, you will have fun playing with your dessert. The matcha bavarois is made using a special mold and a highly exclusive powder imported from Nara prefecture. The catch unfortunately is only 12 of this is available each day!
Note: This is an invited tasting.
Gastro+ Level 1
176 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 62352822
Daily: 12pm - 10pm
1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit B and C. Walk to the main street. Cross the road. Turn right and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]