Since dad has been cutting down on his intake of red meat, sis and I had to resort to bringing him to a place with his second greatest food love–chirashi don–for his birthday. Having researched on restaurants serving good chirashi don and striking off those we have tried, Ginzawa at Palais Renaissance Mall came highly recommended by my sis.
Other than being known for the location of David Gan’s hair salon, Passion, I do not think many have ventured into the mall, seeing that there are bigger ones in town. At least it was the case for me. It was a weekend when we visited and the mall was rather vacant.
My family and I ordered from Ginzawa’s Set Lunch Menu, which came with a main course, miso soup, steamed egg and ice cream. Also, for an additional $5, we could add on either an order of salmon sashimi or a California roll.
The chawanmushi (steamed egg) here is one of the better ones I have had. It came with more broth than other chawanmushis and the broth was slightly sweet (reminded us of teriyaki sauce). The egg itself was soft, silky and just melt-in-your-mouth. Two thumbs up!
Deluxe Sushi & Maki Set ($45). You can order a Regular one for $30, which comes with lesser variety.
Assorted Sashimi Cube on Sushi Rice ($35).
Premium Sashimi on Sushi Rice ($45).
When both the bara chirashi and chirashi dons arrived at the table, everyone wanted to photograph the chirashi one first because it was just so beautifully plated. Dad was very impressed by how fresh the sashimi was and how aesthetically pleasing it was.
Grilled Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef & Onions on Rice ($50). I loved the fried garlic chips and caramelised onions. However, the overall saltiness of the dish kind of turned me off. I ended up trying to eat the parts of the rice not exposed to the sauce.
Three of us topped up $5 for the salmon sashimi and we were each served three different parts of salmon, and they were placed in order of superiority of cuts. Honestly, it was not what I expected and of course we saved the belly for last.
Dad was given a pudding in place of a birthday cake! It was a sweet gesture by the staff. The pudding was soft, rich and creamy.
As for the dessert that came with the set, we had an option of either yuzu or matcha ice cream. Both were equally good.
390 Orchard Road, #01-07,
Palais Renaissance Mall,
Tel: 6736 0100
Opens daily from 1200-1500hrs and 1800-2230hrs
Nearest MRT: Orchard Station (North South Line)