Fine Japanese Dining (II)

This is the second ‘high class’ restaurant I went to, and this time it was to try out the omakase menu. Unlike the experience at Tatsuya before, this restaurant had options for omakase in their menu which gave me an indication of the amount I was going to spend, and for how many dishes. The exact details are not mentioned and are in fact not necessary as most customers just want an idea of the price range. For someone who was trying out omakase for the first time, this was very helpful.

My friend and I decided to try the meal that was around S$150. The following was most of what we got. The food was very fresh and even though each serving is rather small, one does fill up significantly in the end.

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This was like a light salad appetizer. I was quite fascinated with the ‘holey’ vegetables.

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Simple salad in a light citrusy soy sauce.

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This array of sashimi was delightful. The Shiso flower that was served was beautiful to look and added to the aesthetics of the dish. The prawns on the right were fresh but one was fresher than the other. What amazed me was that the degree of freshness was discernable.

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A closer shot of the pretty flower.

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Lotus root with sesame seed.

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What’s in the bowl?

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Soup that was tasty but light. It was simply flavourful.

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Grilled Yellowtail cheek. Yum.

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Melt-in-your-mouth unagi sushi.

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Battered vegetables.

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Sushi that was densely packed to the right temperature. It was actually slightly warm.

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Ikura (salmon roe)

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Sliced pickled ginger.

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Tamago (egg)

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Jelly dessert with rice wine in it!

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The unassuming entrance to the restaurant. I did not even recognise this as the entrance at first.

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Chefs hard at work who hardly spoke to each other or to any of the guests.

I would definitely come back here for lunch again. There were two time slots of an hour and twenty minutes each which I felt was a little insufficient. Firstly, we had trouble finding the place and that took a few minutes off the time. Then as we got fuller, we ate slower. In the end, we had to rush in order to finish the food on time as the next batch of guests had already arrived.

Aoki is part of the Les Amis group of restaurants. Reservations are a must.

Aoki Japanese Restaurant, 1 Scotts Road, #02-17 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208. (Opposite HSBC Bank, Tanglin Branch). Tel:6333 8015

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