Sushi...where to go for a good one? I usually shy away from sushi and sashimi joints in Singapore...too many mediocre ones. Especially when compared to what real sushi/sashimi can be like in Japan. But every once in a while, I do crave for a nice sushi...and one of the "secret" places to indulge...um, reasonably priced...is Kaiho Sushi.
Run by chef owner Bernard...I hear he is a protege of the godfather of sushi in Singapore...Nogawa...but I did not confirm with him when I was there.
The place is in a small corner, tucked away in a building, which is not known for its kosher activities...many Japanese themed bars and clubs abound as its neighbours. But step into this little restaurant, and one is almost transformed into a little diner in Tokyo. During peak hours, the place is filled with Japanese salarymen, eating and drinking. This is a good sign. But how's the food?
We decided to try the less expensive first, and if it proves good (cut to the chase, it DOES prove very good!!), we'll come back for the Chef's Omakase ($60 or $100), which strikes me as very reasonable.
Kin had the sushi set...first the sushi:
Actually superb. Not frozen seafood here. No icicles on the fish. Properly thawed...the fish is almost room temperature, like it is served in Japan. Fresh. Very nice.
The set comes with chawanmushi and a hand roll together with a bowl of miso soup.
All were delicious. The chawanmushi is very smooth, creamy.
Edward had the fish set, which, surprise, came as two servings:
A salmon and ikura don
Again, superb quality salmon slices, with a nice heap of ikura. Very good.
And a grilled saba and simmered vegetables bento.
The saba was superb. Oily, fresh, and perfectly grilled. Accompanying is a small tempura vegetalbe and simmered daikon.
I had the anago set...fresh grilled sea eel.
The eel was superb. Very light tasting, the sauce is gently applied, and sparsely so as not to upset the delicate balance of the anago, the eel is superb. Beautiful, oily mouthfeel without any of the nasty oil taste. The meat was smooth, creamy...very nice.
For desserts, we had a trio of ice cream/sorbets...clockwise from the top...Green Tea, Lemon sorbet, sesame
Nice way to end a great meal. Certainly value for money, as all three sets were below $30 each. And certainly worth many more return visits.
5 Koek Road
#03-01/02 Cuppage Plaza
Tue–Sun: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 11pm
(Closed on Mon)