Review: Kiku Japanese Restaurant – high-end but so good

Kiku is a new high-end Japanese restaurant located at Duxton. My friends and I stumbled upon this place completely by accident. We were planning to eat Mexican food at Lucha Loco but it was closed on a Monday evening.

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The restaurant was nearly empty when we entered. We were shown upstairs to a cosy tatami room and proceeded to order umeshu. I chose the ryokucha umeshu, which was made from green tea and Nankou plum. My friends ordered the yuzu lemon umeshu.

This was my first time tasting green tea and plum umeshu and I was so impressed by the flavours. I have a sour and salty tooth (as opposed to having a sweet tooth!) so I really enjoy the tartness of the plum in my drink. One small glass, however, set me back by $14. If only I can get my hands on a whole bottle somewhere in Singapore…

umeshu green tea

I don’t order the rice or noodle dishes so a good Japanese restaurant to me is one that serves a good variety of side dishes. Kiku did not disappoint. We opted to skip the sashimi but we were spoilt for choice with the cooked dishes. Continue reading Review: Kiku Japanese Restaurant – high-end but so good

Review: Sangokai Japanese Restaurant – fresh with plenty of paleo options

Japanese food is great for paleo eating and healthy meals in general. You can get fresh raw fish and raw beef untouched by any strange sugary sauce. You can get miso soup and green tea. The food in general is light, provided you don’t go straight for the tempura!

Last Friday, I was craving for something light so I made a dinner reservation at Sangokai Japanese Restaurant on Beach Road. The restaurant was cosy, looked very authentic and was pretty much a hole-in-the-wall along the main road.

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I went crazy ordering the appetisers. There was such a wide range and I wanted to try them all. We started with seared maguro in miso sauce ($16).

Maguro miso

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