Dad’s Birthday at Ginzawa @Palais Renaissance

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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.

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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.
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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!

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[Newly Opened] Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar @ Faber

Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar, a month old Japanese restaurant, is located at Faber Drive, next to Buck Tile St. Cafe. The range of items available on the menu is quite wide, with everything from fresh seasonal sashimi air-flown from Japan to noodles and tempura. Also, Chef Kikuchi has a special blackboard where he updates it with weekly specials.

Sashimi Salad ($14), served with nori (seaweed) and wasabi, is a chef’s recommendation. This mixed sashimi salad, is deceptive because the fresh sashimi is buried under all the greens! It was only when we tossed it that we realised how much sashimi there was! This made me wish that there were more greens to even it out a little (this is a good “complaint”).

Sashimi Platter ($50), featuring six kinds of sashimi. The sashimi is indeed fresh and nicely presented, just that it was not as thickly cut as some other Japanese restaurants in Singapore.

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Chotto Matte: Sushi, Sashimi and Yakitori (Media Tasting)

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If you are love a good food scene and constantly keep your ear to the ground, you will be well-acquainted with the name of this Japanese restaurant ‘Chotto Matte’. The meaning behind this recognisable Japanese term is actually ‘to wait a moment’ and the people behind this restaurant believe that the food is good enough to deserve a moment’s wait.

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This restaurant, noted for its sushi, sashimi and yakitori, is tucked in one of the shophouses along Blair Road, just a stone’s throw away from the famous cafe Strangers’ Reunion.

Backed by its co-owner Jeff Ong who is responsible for Torii, an outstanding yakitori restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, and helmed by Chef Roy Chee, previously Executive Head Chef of Standing Sushi Bar, Chotto Matte presents a comprehensive menu rarely found in Japanese restaurants.

With such an endorsement, we looked forward to a well-executed meal of both raw and cooked items.

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Itacho sushi

Went to town on a weekday night to meet an old friend and his new girlfriend. Both of them had cravings for Asian food so after voting, we decided on Itacho Sushi, a restaurant much raved on food websites and photo sharing sites.

It was my first time there and after seeing all the delicious looking pictures, I had rather high expectations of the place. I’m pleased to say that I was not disappointed!

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Just one negative point, they charge a dollar for water/green tea and another dollar for wet wipes.

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We had a sushi feast, ordering almost everything that looked or sounded good. Some were on promotion, up to 50% off.

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I had a bowl of beef udon to go with the sushi. Sad to say, it wasn’t great, only average.

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Verdict: definitely a place for sushi and nothing else. Be prepared to splurge.