Showing posts with label Chirashi. Show all posts
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Friday, July 21, 2023

Unkai Sushi @ Orchard Rendezvous Hotel - 8 Course Summer Omakase Lunch Menu at $68++


Unkai Sushi at Orchard Rendezvous Hotel has unveiled a delightful summer culinary experience with 5-course lunch sets starting from $26 and a seasonal 8-course omakase menu priced at $68. We visited the 30-seater restaurant and opted for the 8-Course Summer Omakase Lunch Menu (舞 Mai), meticulously curated by Chef Eugene Lam, whose culinary expertise includes prestigious establishments like Hide Yamamoto, Ashino, and Sushi Mieda.


The omakase lunch commenced with two exquisite seasonal appetisers. The first was a delightful Scallop paired with grapes, perfectly complemented by a sweet miso sauce. The refreshing combination of flavours was an ideal way to begin the meal. The second appetiser, served in a bowl, featured a medley of Seaweed and Shrimp dressed in an appetising vinaigrette, enticing our taste buds and whetting our appetite for the courses to come.

Sashimi 4/5

The sashimi course followed the appetisers, boasting thick and fresh cuts of Hon Maguro Akami (Lean Tuna) and Sea Bream. Each bite offered a clean and distinct taste, showcasing the quality and freshness of the ingredients.

Chawanmushi 4/5

The Chawanmushi, a traditional Japanese egg custard dish, was next to grace our palates. Smooth and silky, the chawanmushi was enhanced by the delightful popping savouriness of ikura, adding a burst of flavour to the delicate ensemble.

Gindara Miso Yaki 4/5

A standout dish from the omakase menu was the Gindara Miso Yaki, featuring black cod marinated and grilled with a miso glaze. The fish's tender, buttery texture paired harmoniously with the umami-rich miso glaze, creating an exquisite combination of flavours that left a lasting impression.

Sushi 4.2/5

The sushi course presented three delectable pieces: Flounder, Chu-toro, and Scallop. Each morsel was skillfully crafted, with seasoned rice and wasabi complementing the freshness of the fish. The sushi maintained a perfect rice-to-fish ratio, allowing us to appreciate the premium ingredients fully.

Magic Bowl 4.2/5

The following course was the mini chirashi don, where an upgrade option to the Magic Bowl for $38++ was available. We had the Magic Bowl, which featured a tantalising combination of minced tuna, ikura, uni, and abalone liver sauce, elevating the dish to a whole new level of indulgence.

Matcha Ice Cream 3.5/5

Finally, our 8-course omakase lunch concluded with a sweet note, a Matcha Ice Cream. Creamy and delightful, the matcha ice cream was a delightful conclusion to a value-for-money meal that left us thoroughly satisfied.

Overall, Unkai Sushi's Summer Omakase Lunch Menu (舞 Mai) was a delightful culinary journey through Japan's finest and freshest summer produce. Chef Eugene Lam's expertise shone through in each thoughtfully prepared course, offering a balanced combination of flavours and textures showcasing Japanese cuisine's essence. Whether you're a sushi enthusiast or a connoisseur of Japanese delicacies, Unkai Sushi's summer omakase menu promises a memorable and delightful dining experience.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Unkai Sushi
Orchard Rendezvous Hotel
1 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247905
Tel: +65 9634 8508
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS, TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 6pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit 4. Walk towards Wheelock Place via ION. Exit Wheelock Place and turn left towards Liat Tower. Walk down Orchard Road to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Gyosen @ Fortune Centre - A Hidden Gem Japanese Restaurant Serving Thoughtful And Beautiful Chirashi Bowls


Fortune Centre might be most known for its plethora of vegetarian options, but if you take some time to explore it a bit more, you will notice many hidden gems, such as Gyosen. It is a relatively new Japanese restaurant tucked in the corner of the 3rd floor. Take the escalator up to level 3, and you will find their cosy space on the left.


Gyosen is helmed by 2 chefs who are both highly experienced in Japanese cuisine. Their menu features appetisers, sides, various rice bowls, premium omakase options and beautiful put-together chirashi bowls, which we had.

Mentai Engawa 4.2/5

The Mentai Engawa was generously topped with rich mentai, evenly torched all around. The engawa was soft and buttery.

Chirashi Don 4.5/5

My dining companion and I had two bowls to share. The first was their signature Chirashi Don ($28.90). Unlike the usual regular sushi rice, you will find a bowl of unique mushroom-flavoured rice on the base. It's further topped with fresh seafood such as unagi, shima aji, tuna, octopus, mekajiki, amaebi and salmon. Each slice had a good thickness and was exceptionally fresh. The ikura, tobiko and furikake provided additional pops of flavour.

Barachirashi Spicy 4.2/5

We went ahead with the chefs' recommendation of opting for their Barachirashi ($26.90) with an additional Spicy Sauce ($3) made in-house. I prefer it without the spice to better appreciate the seafood's freshness and natural sweetness, but spice lovers will enjoy this a lot. The spicy sauce gave a good kick of heat! The ingredients here were equally fresh, and we loved how gorgeously decorated it was with edible flowers.

Drop a call to 8286 6959 to make your reservation before heading down.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Fortune Centre
190 Middle Road
Singapore 188979
Tel: +65 82866959
Nearest MRT: Bencoolen (DT Line), Bugis (EW, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Bencoolen MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk straight down Bencoolen Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit C. Cross the road. Turn left and walk to Cheng Yan Place. Turn right onto Cheng Yan Place, walk to Queen Street. Cross the road at Queen Street, cut through the flats and walk to Waterloo Street. Turn left onto Waterloo Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Daiyusan Sushi Bar @ Kim Chuan Drive - Hidden Gem In Taiseng Serving Donburi, Sushi And More

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Nestled within an industrial area in Tai Seng, Daiyusan Sushi Bar is a hidden restaurant serving authentic Japanese cuisine such as finely aged sashimi, sushi, and even Omakase dining experiences in a beautiful space decorated with a canopy of wagasa, a traditional Japanese paper umbrella embellished with Japanese motifs.

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Chawanmushi of the day 4/5

We started the meal with the Chawanmushi of the day ($7.90), which comes in different ingredients depending on what is available for the day. We had the ones with Shirako and Squid. The chawanmushi features a lovely silky smooth egg custard which pairs perfectly well with the shirako and squid.

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Premium Seven 4/5

The Nigiri Sushi Platter is prepared fresh to order and is available in sets of five, seven and nine pieces, which cost $19.90, $45.90 and $59.90 respectively. We had the Premium Seven ($45.90), featuring an assortment of flavours.

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Deluxe Chirashi Zushi 4.2/5

One of the signature donburi, the Deluxe Chirashi Zushi ($59.90), is the meal's highlight. The indulgent don consists of assorted fish cubes coupled with luxurious Russian caviar, uni and ikura. What stood out was the rice that was seasoned differently, tossed with truffle oil and furikake. We also found tiny bits of mushrooms and rice puffs that provided an additional textural bite compared to the standard sushi rice. Alternatively, you can go for the Kaisen Don (S$39.90), which comes topped with a variety of top-quality dry-aged sashimi.

Words and photos by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Daiyusan Sushi Bar
55 Kim Chuan Drive
Precise Tree
Singapore 537098
Tel: +65 87878747
Nearest MRT: Kaki Bukit (DT Line), Eunos (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 1130am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Kaki Bukit MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop near block 661 (Stop ID 72041). Take bus number 87. Alight 4 stops later. Walk to Kim Chuan Road. Turn right onto Kim Chuan Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 18 minutes. [Map}

2) Alight at Eunos MRT station. Take Exit C. Cut across the food centre. WAlk to bus stop along Jalan Eunos, at block 7 (Stop ID 83101). Take bus number 25, 55, 51 or 854. Alight 7 stops later. Walk to Kim Chuan Road. Turn right onto Kim Chuan Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 22 minutes. [Map}

Friday, April 16, 2021

Kinki Restaurant + Bar @ Customs House - A Bigger, Bolder, Badder Revamp


Time flies, and  Kinki Restaurant + Bar at Customs House has been around for more than 10 years since May 2010. On the cusp of a new decade, Kinki starts a new chapter with an audacious revamp. Gone is the sumo, passing his legacy to the Geisha for her epitome of Japanese femininity and hospitality.

Cassava Nachos 4.2/5

We started our dinner with some light bites. First up is the Cassava Nachos ($18) topped with tomato miso beef, guacamole, creme fraiche, Japanese cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Kinki substituted the usual tortilla chips with tapioca chips for a more delightful textural bite. At the same time, the Japanese cucumber gives it a refreshing finish.

Corn Duo 4.8/5

Next is the Corn Duo ($16), which comprises baby corn and corn puree. The addition of furikake elevated the enjoyment of the corn's sweetness.

AC/DC Dynamite 4.5/5

I would highly recommend the AC/DC Dynamite ($22) for an explosion of flavours. The tempura-fried mixed seafood roll is capped by a slice of Japanese cucumber with fresh raw seafood and avocado. The homemade Sriracha sweet soy provides the ignition to the explosion.

Cowabunga 4.2/5

Beef lover will enjoy the Cowabunga ($36) compromising Japanese rice rolled with cream cheese, cucumber, homemade spicy mayo, and melt-in-the-mouth seared A4 Wagyu beef slices. The parcel is topped with tobiko, potato floss and soy reduction for the different textural contrast.

Unagi Claypot 4.5/5

The off the menu Unagi Claypot ($35), which only served during special occasions, has now made it permanently to the menu. Besides the huge piece of unagi on top of the charred fried rice, chopped unagi is also tossed in it, doused in a homemade unagi sauce. Each mouthful is full of addictive charred flavour for a comforting enjoyment.

Kickass Chirashi Don 4.5/5

Being a Japanese restaurant, it can't do without fresh seafood. The Kickass Chirashi Don ($78) comes with the Chef's selection of premium seafood on sushi rice. During my visit, there is otoro, kinmedai, hirame, salmon, shima aji, hotate, botan ebi, tamago, ikura and Polanco Oscietra caviar.

Karaage Chicken Bao 4.2/5

A delightful Japanese-Chinese fusion is the Karaage Chicken Bao ($20) with juicy, deep-fried chicken thigh, momotaro tomato and pickled cucumber sandwiched in a soft, fluffy steamed bun. It is dressed in a sweet soy sauce for a multi flavour and textural finish.

Spicy Buffalo Katsu 3/5

The Spicy Buffalo Katsu ($30) was slightly disappointing for me compare to the rest. The breaded pork loin cutlet tossed in homemade Japanese buffalo sauce is slightly on the dry side for me. Furthermore, it is not spicy at all.

Grilled Squid Chimichurri 4.5/5

New on the menu is the Grilled Squid Chimichurri ($32). It is smokey and tender paired excellently with the sweet and sour sauce. Perfect to have this with a couple of drinks.

Ice Cream 3/5

We have Ice Cream ($8/ $12) to wrap up the dinner. There are flavours such as yuzu, momo, black sesame and more.

Diners can look forward to The Bottomless Brunch ($68) on Saturday, for unlimited a la carte servings of sushi, sashimi, maki, hot and cold Japanese favourites, and desserts. You can also top it up with free-flow beer, sake, prosecco or shochu for $35.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Kinki Restaurant + Bar
Customs House
70 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049323
Tel: +65 83636697
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 215pm, 6pm - 1015pm
Sat & PH: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 1015pm

Mon-Sat: 5pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Raffles Place MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Clifford Centre. Cut across the building. Go to 2nd floor, take the overhead bridge link across the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Ichiban Boshi Launches Japanese-style Chinese New Year Specialities


Celebrate this Lunar New Year with festive dishes that come with a Japanese flair at Ichiban Boshi. Other than its highly raved Auspicious Salmon Yuzu Yusheng, there is also a meatless, fruity alternative to your annual Lo Hei. What's more, for the very first time, Ichiban Boshi puts its twist to the traditional Pen Cai, delighting you with premium fresh ingredients all in one pot.

Auspicious Salmon Yuzu Yusheng 4/5

Loyal customers of its Auspicious Salmon Yuzu Yusheng ($62.80, Set A - 8 to 10 pax) can once again get their hands on this best-selling Yu Sheng of all years. The citrusy house special yuzu dressing made from ingredients' imported from Japan, balances the sweetness of the preserved condiments. The fresh Norwegian salmon is also a huge draw for the festive dish.

6 Treasures Fruits Yusheng 4/5

6 Treasures Fruits Yusheng ($56.80) is only available online exclusively via the festive e-stores of Ichiban Boshi, Ichiban Sushi and Kuriya Japanese Market. It is suitable for 6 to 8 pax. If you already have the typical Yu Sheng a few times throughout the festive season, this fruity and refreshing meatless version will be up your alley. Featuring a medley of six fruits: pomelo, pear, guava, mango, pineapple and jackfruit, it will help set up your appetite for the feast to come.

Japanese Treasure Pot 4.5/5

Ichiban Boshi launches its first-ever Japanese Pen Cai, which is only available online exclusively via the festive e-stores of Ichiban Boshi, Ichiban Sushi and Kuriya Japanese Market. I like the Japanese Treasure Pot ($188) good for 4 to 5 pax. It comes brimming with premium ingredients such as whole abalone, sashimi-grade scallops from Hokkaido, snow crab leg meat, prawn, homemade Japanese chashu, homemade chicken roulade with cabbage and spinach, kamaboko fish cake and shiitake mushroom. I much prefer this version to the traditional one because of the flavour and taste it delivers. The addition of the tender braised chashu from Ramen Kiou is a plus for me too.

Long Bamboo Rainbow Chirashi 4/5

The Long Bamboo rainbow Chirashi ($19.90) is one of the auspicious dishes served at Ichiban Boshi during the Chinese New Year period. It consists of fresh seafood such as maguro, Japanese red sea bream, yellowtail, salmon, egg, black flying fish roe and salmon roe on sushi rice with ginger. The sushi rice has been specially treated, which makes it extra yummy and addictive on its own.

Premium Sushi Moriawase 3.8/5

For a greater variety, go for the Premium Sushi Moriawase ($45.90). Diners can indulge in a medley of sushi such as madai, hamachi yellowtail, salmon, maguro, roasted beef, unagi, and scallop and ikura salmon roe, presented in a wooden stairway.

Wafu Aqua Pazza 4.2/5

My favourite dish of the evening is this Wafu Aqua Pazza ($38.90) featuring a whole seasonal fish in a hot and soulful broth. There's nothing more heartwarming than sharing a pot of hearty broth made with beautiful simple ingredients with your loved ones. That's what reunion meals are all about.


In-Store Chinese New Year Specials
Promotion period: 26 January to 26 February 2021
For Ichiban Boshi, Ichiban Sushi, Kuriya Japanese Market and Sushi-GO, pre-orders will begin on 13 January 2021. For online orders, 2-day advance order is required.

Festive e-stores
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Ichiban Sushi:

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Refinery @ King George's Avenue - Revamped Menu With Lunch Set For As Low As $14


The Refinery at King George's Avenue has recently revamped their menu with new creations. Known for its Refinery Truffle Gyudon since it opened its doors 3 years ago, the new menu now includes lighter donburi options as well as vegetarian side dishes for sharing. Regulars can also look forward to new dishes every month on the seasonal menu.

Yuzu Tako Carpaccio 4/5

Yuzu Tako Carpaccio ($8) is a great way to start your meal, especially if you have a glass of wine in hand. Sliced to the right thickness, each piece of octopus was tender and enjoyable. I love the zesty and savoury yuzu shoyu dressing, which works well with the delicate flavours of the octopus.

Wakame Salad 3.5/5

An excellent vegetarian alternative to the Tako Carpaccio would the Wakame Salad ($4), which is full of crunch from the cucumber slices and assorted Japanese seaweed rehydrated with vinegar dressing.

Kang Kong Tempura 3/5

I was quite amused by the sight of this bunch of Kang Kong Tempura ($8) when it first arrived. The batter was light, airy and nicely seasoned. Each piece was a pleasure to snack on, especially when the batter had a slight chewiness to it. The Kang Kong itself was almost tasteless, and it served merely as a body for the batter. As for the dipping sauce, I prefer the original tempura dip, which has a refreshing effect on the tempura. This Thai Chilli sauce has the texture of Gochujang with a hint of sambal flavour, which is too rich for the battered Kang Kong.

Mixed Chirashi Bowl Lunch Set 3/5

My lunch set comes with a Mixed Chirashi Bowl ($14), Appetiser, Miso Soup & Iced Coffee Ball (+$2.50). I like the crushed fried wanton skins layered at the bottom of the toppings, which gave extra flavour and texture to the don. The entire experience could be better if my appetiser was not another plate of raw salmon cubes. It was somewhat like an afterthought.

Iced Coffee Ball

When you are done with your meal, the Iced Coffee Ball would have melted, turning your coffee into a chilled coffee. Available in 2 flavours - Macadamia or Praline, it can be a little sweet, but I thought it serves well as a post-meal drink.

Cold Dip Tom Yum Udon 4/5

The seasonal special of the month is Cold Dip Tom Yum Udon ($16). It features cold Japanese Inaniwa udon with crab meat, ebi and enoki tempura, served with Tom Yum consommé. Reminiscent of Korean's cold noodles Naengmyeon, the chilled Tom Yum Consommé was piquant and pretty intense in flavours despite its seemingly light consistency, but not too assertive, which paired well with the thin Inaniwa udon.


The ambience here simply sets up the mood for a waffle moment. Its signature The Refinery Waffles ($14) comes with a scoop of Hokkaido milk ice cream, which I believe will be perfect with the berry compote that comes with it but sadly, that was out of stock, and we got to replace ours with a dark chocolate ice cream. The waffles' golden brown crispy crust allow them to hold the ice cream really well and I really love the buttery edges. Although we didn't get to try the Hokkaido milk ice cream, this dark chocolate ice cream was decadent enough. The tart berry compote is an important acidic element of this dessert, and a more generous portion of it would definitely give it a better balance in flavour.


Written By Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.

The Refinery
115 King George's Avenue
Singapore 208561
Tel: +65 62931204
Nearest MRT: Lavender (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
Fri: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 1am
Sat: 11am - 4pm, 6pm - 1am
Sun: 11am - 4pm

1) Alight at Lavender MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Horne Road. Turn left and walk down Horne Road. Walk towards King George's Avenue. Turn right onto King George's Avenue. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Friday, April 19, 2019

Sora Boru @ 313 Somerset - New Japanese Fast-Casual Restaurant Offering One-Bowl Meals


Newly opened at the basement of 313 Somerset is Sora Boru, a new Japanese fast casual restaurant that offers a variety of delectable one-bowl meals. These one-bowl meals come in the form of DonBoru, CurryBoru, ChirashiBoru and Noodles, offering diners a quick, tasty and wholesome meal that is wallet friendly.

Crispy Salmon Skin with Egg Mayo Dip 3/5

Start the meal with some delectable snack bite such as the Crispy Salmon Skin with Egg Mayo Dip ($8.50). Other sides available on the menu includes Salmon Sashimi, Chicken Gyoza and Yasai Corn Tempura with Tartar Sauce.

Volcano Beef Don 4/5

The highlight here has to be their Volcano Beef Don ($7.50/$11.90) and Snow Beef Don ($7.50/$11.90). The rice bowls come with a base of steamed rice and a choice of either stewed cabbage or seasoned beansprouts, followed by a pile of flame-grilled beef slices.

Snow Beef Don 3.8/5

The Volcano Beef Don looks like a active volcano in eruption with lava (red spicy sauce) flowing down on its side. On the whole hand, the Snow Beef Don looks like a snow-capped mountain covered with grated parmesan and a sweet-savoury sauce made from whipping cream. The thinly sliced beefs were tender with hint of smokiness. What I like is the bed of vegetables that helps to cut those richness.

Chirashiboru 3.8/5


The ChirashiBoru ($6.50/$11.90/$16.90) here comes in 3 sizes (mini, regular, large) and diners have a choice of either sushi rice or mixed greens for their base. We went for the greens instead. Next you get to choose the one sashimi for your bowl out of the five (salmon, scallop, tuna, octopus, swordfish). You can have extra sashimi for an additional $3.50 per serving. Then you pick your toppings at $1 per extra serving. A total of eleven different toppings are available such as shrimp, corns, hanjuku egg, chicken ham, sliced tamagoyakia and more. Last but not least, you pick your dressing (shoyu, sesame, spicy) and garnish your bowl with tempura crumbs, spring onion and roasted sesame seeds to complete you DIY bowl.

Cha Soba Soup 4/5

Cha Soba Chilled 4/5

For Cha Soba lover, you will be glad to know that you can have it served either chilled or in a bowl of hot soup. Make it a complete meal with accompaniments such as Ebi Vegetable Tempura ($7.50/$12.90), Chicken Karaage ($6.50/$10.90) or Vegetable Tempura ($6.50/$10.90)

Chicken Katsu 4/5

If you want something more filling, you can go for the CurryBoru which can be paired with a choice of deep-fried meat or seafood, such as Chicken Katsu ($6.50/$10.90), Breaded Ebi ($6.50/$10.90). Those that have a big appetite, there is also two combo options such as Breaded Ebi with Shabu Beef ($12.90) and Breaded Salmon with Shabu Beef ($11.90).

Breaded Ebi with Shabu Beef 4/5

What won me for the CurryBoru is their homemade Japanese curry which is mildly spicy that carries a hint of fruity acidity. It is rich, robust but not cloying.

Overall the food here is pretty good and friendly to the wallet. Hardly one can find a hearty one-bowl meat that is less than $12 along Orchard road.

Note: This is invited tasting.

Sora Boru
313 Somerset
313 Orchard Road
Singapore 238895
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am - 10pm
Sat-Sun: 11am - 11pm

1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]