Koh Grill & Sushi In Food Republic Wisma Atria

I am sure most have known about Koh Grill & Sushi and its Shiok Maki by now. It is no longer a hidden gem after so much of lime light by bloggers (not only the food bloggers but lifestyle bloggers too), the media and through word of mouths by the non-bloggers. With all these, they have attracted long queue every single day and at every single hours. And after so long, I finally have dinner at Koh Grill & Sushi with a friend to celebrate her belated birthday.

We gave Shiok Maki a miss since everyone has been talking about it. I want to find out for myself, how other items on their menu fare.

Fried Udon
Fried Udon

The first item served was the Fried Udon from our list of order. As usual, all stirred fried are kind of oily. This was no exception. They have fried it with lots of eggs. I saw huge chunks of them. Taste-wise, it wasn’t as tasty when it was eaten warm, it tasted better when it was cold.

Maki
Maki

For the Maki, there were quite a few other selections, beside the all famous Shiok Maki, we went for the, I can’t remember the name. In it there were soft shell crab and on the top was a slice of tuna. Personally, we felt that the “Wow” factor came from the rich creamy Mayo-like sauce. This sauce enhanced the maki and make it really yummy, but at the same time, it also masked a little of the sweetness of the sashimi slice. Don’t get me wrong, nonetheless, I am not complaining, I do like it.

Cod Fish
Cod Fish

We ordered a Cod Fish with Roe for sharing too. This dish is very characteristics of Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, it was once again the creamy sauce that does the magic. The only feedback I have is, there were quite some bones in it. I chose the cod fish as this fish is usually quite boneless.

Chicken Wing, Aspara Buta Maki (Bacon rolled with Asparagus)
Chicken Wing, Aspara Buta Maki (Bacon rolled with Asparagus)

Lastly, we have some grills too. We have the Chicken Wing and the Aspara Buta. The grilling skill was excellent. This was especially true for the Bacon. There was a slight crispy texture and yet I could taste the tender Bacon too. Together with the sweetness of the asparagus, it was wonderful.

Food was served swiftly but the environment was a little far too noisy. On the whole, Koh Grill & Sushi Bar does live up to its name. So the next time, don’t go only for its Shiok Maki, try out other dishes. And if you can make sure you and your friend(s) can turn up together on time for the reservation, drop them a sms to reserve. This could help to avoid the wait. Koh Grill & Sushi only hold your reservation for 10 minutes and all guests must be present before you could get a table, otherwise you will loose your reservation.

 

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar
435 Orchard Rd #04-23 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre Singapore 238877
Tel: +65 9180 3805

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Koh-Grill-Sushi-Bar/167643069950487

Opening Hours:

Daily 1130 to 2230

Getting There

By MRT: North South line – Orchard station

By Bus:
– alight at Tang Plaza along Orchard Road – 36, 77, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 190, 518, 700, 700A

– alight at Lucky Plaza along Orchard Road – 7, 14, 14e, 16, 65, 106, 111, 123, 175, 502

– alight at Orchard Station along Orchard Turn – 14e, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 190, 700, 700A

– alight opposite Orchard Station along Orchard Boulevard – 7, 14, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 123, 174, 174e, 175

Rating: 8/10

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Syun Contemporary Japanese Restaurant At Resort World Sentosa

As I got to know Syun Contemporary Japanese Restaurant at Resort World Sentosa is serving set lunch, I decided to take a walk to Sentosa for lunch at Syun.

Exterior
Exterior

I like the entrance to the restaurant. It has much tranquility and it really resembles a small Japanese lodge.

Lunch Menu
Lunch Menu

There are two main categories for lunch, Sushi Roll Set or Jyu Box Set. For the Sushi Roll set it comes with Green Salad Yuzu Ginger Dressing, Steamed Egg Custard and Udon Kansai Style while the Jyu Box Set includes Miso Soup, Kailan and Tofu, Steamed Egg Custard and Green Salad Yuzu Ginger Dressing .

I have a hard time deciding which I wanted as all looks so good but since I have tried none so I just went ahead with the Syun Premium Roll.

Green Salad Yuzu Ginger Dressing
Green Salad Yuzu Ginger Dressing

First dish served was the Green Salad Yuzu Ginger Dressing. It has a nice Yuzu fragrance but some portion of the salad was a little too sour while the other wasn’t. The Ginger flavour was very subtle. It was certainly refreshing.

Syun Premium Roll
Syun Premium Roll

Very quickly, the rest of the food were served. All the food looked equally delish and I didn’t know which to start.

The Syun Premium Roll has Yellow tail and Salmon Sashimi, Crab stick, cucumber, Omelette, Pickle and Avocado. This light cater mainly for the light tastebud. The wasabi likewise wasn’t shocking at all.

Steamed Egg Custard in Dashi Sauce
Steamed Egg Custard in Dashi Sauce

Surprisingly, the egg custard was so good. It was smooth and flavourful. There isn’t much ingredients in the egg, interestingly, there was lily bulb in it. I am not a Steamed Egg Custard fan though I like eggs but I really enjoyed it very much.

Udon Kansai Style
Udon Kansai Style

Lastly, I have the Udon Kansai. When I saw the noodles, I didn’t find it looked like Udon at all. It looked like Linguine. Forget about the look, the noodle was extremely smooth. This is another light dish.

I took a look at the Dinner Menu too and it was pretty interesting, especially the chef’s signature, the Sea Urchin Rolled by Wagyu Beef. It sounded so awesome. I am going to try soon.

The restaurant is located at Festive Walk but it is not that easy to find the restaurant. To help my reader to find the restaurant, here are some direction. The Festive Walk is located between the Festive Hotel and the Hotel Michael.  Try to spot for “Oaisis” when you are at the Lake of Dreams. Once you see that, climb the steps of stairs and you will see Syun on your left.

 

Syun Contemporary Japanese Restaurant
Resort World Sentosa (Festive Walk) – Beside Oasis
Tel: +65 6577 6688

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday: Lunch 1200 to 1500 (Last Order 14:30), Dinner 1800 to 2300 (Last Order 2230); Closed on Monday

Getting There

Monorail from VivoCity (Level 3), beside Food Republic

Walked across Boardwalk

Rating: 7.5/10

 

Koji Sushi Bar 米花 At Far East Square

Koji Sushi Bar (米花 ) is at Far East Square. It is located along the stretch of eateries and restaurants known as Nankin Row.

Menu
Menu

Basically, in Koji, you will find Donburi and Sushi only and an additional Omakase for Dinner which you have to make reservation by 3pm on the same day. You will also find some sides and drinks handwritten on a wall inside the restaurant.

Koji - Bar Counter Seats

There are only Bar seats in the restaurants. It is pretty squeeze when diners start to occupy the row. I think the “Al Fresco” Seats with high tables may be a better option, provided you don’t mind the heat.

There are a total of four Sushi sets for selection and I have Set C. Each set of Sushi comes with either a Salad or a Soup. I chose the Salad. It was a pretty appetizing salad due to the dressing.

Salad
Salad

In Set C, there are 5 pieces of Sushi, each piece of Sushi has an oversize fish with a tiny portion of rice. If you need more rice, you need to inform when ordering.

Instead of dipping the Sushi into the Soy Sauce, you will brush the sauce onto the sashimi instead. This is a good method as you could avoid getting the Soy Sauce onto your rice. But I think people who have allergy to some ingredients such as prawns might want to ask for some Soy Sauce dispense right from the original bottle.

Brushing Soy Sauce onto the fish
Brushing Soy Sauce onto the fish

Another item on the menu that I tried was the Sashimi Rice Bowl. An optional Uni is available too. And you can choose either White Rice, or Brown Rice for an additional dollar for its Donburi. The Donburi is served with both Salad and Soup

The Sashmi Rice Bowl has quite a heap of Sashimi chucks and interestingly there are some tempura bites providing some crunch. It has a similar taste to the one served at Hana Hana / Teppei. Unfortunately, I find the Sashimi was not well cut, there are some part of the fish that was not chewable at all. And the rice was a little too soft.

Sashimi Rice Bowl
Sashimi Rice Bowl

I saw on the board that there was Onsen Tamago. I like eggs and the Restaruant Manager mentioned it is the soft egg. I couldn’t hide my temptation and I ordered one. In fact, I was a little disappointed with the egg. It tasted like the Soft Boiled Egg served at Kopitiam.

Onsen Tamago
Onsen Tamago

I like the Matcha Latte. You will add the amount of syrup you wanted. It has a good Matcha flavour and a balanced creaminess.

Matcha Latte
Matcha Latte

I saw a drink which I have never tried before, the Calpis Soda and wondered what it was. And it turned out to be a Yoghurt drink. It was certainly refreshing.

Calpis Soda
Calpis Soda

When I return to Koji Sushi Bar, I would order only the Sushi as I like the ratio of fish versus rice. I may try the Donburi again to see if it is only an one-off case for the soft rice. Otherwise, I would avoid totally.

 

Koji Sushi Bar (米花 )
3 Pickering Street, China Square Central #01-42 Singapore 048660
Tel: +65 6225 6125

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1130 to 1500; 1700 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: Downtown line – Telok Ayer station; North-East line – Chinatown station

By Bus:
– alight opp Hong Lim Complex along South Bridge Road – 61, 80, 145, 166, 197

– alight opp Hong Lim Complex along Upper Cross Street – 51, 63, 124, 174, 174e, 186, 851, 961, 970

– alight at Hong Lim Park along Pickering Street – 186, 970

– alight at Chinatown Point along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 143, 147, 190, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight at People’s Park Centre along Eu Tong Seng Street – 54, 124, 145, 147, 166, 190, 851

– alight at People’s Park Complex along Eu Tong Seng Street – 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 80, 143, 197, 961, 970

Rating: 6.5/10

 

Cafe Aoyama Collaborative At Upper Bukit Timah

Cafe Aoyama Collaborative is a Japanese feel cafe in Upper Bukit Timah.

Another view
Another view

The interior is very much modern with lots of Japanese touches. A few couches were scattered at different corners of the cafe. The space was pretty big, comfy with a sense of elegant.

Even the menu, it is very much Japanese dishes. There are also some Fresh Cream Crepes and for drinks, you can find coffee, tea and beer.

I ordered the Teriyaki Amberjack Don and I wanted very much to try the Fried Udon too, will leave it for next round. The Amberjack is a fish with firm texture. The teriyaki sauce is lightly coated on the surface of the thick Amberjack. Some slices of preserved ginger was added on the rice. I find it very delish to eat it together with the ginger. The fish is certainly fresh and tasty.

Teriyaki Amberjack Don
Teriyaki Amberjack Don

While the coffee is medium to low acidity, medium body and aroma. It has a spice flavour note.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

l like the feel of the cafe as it wasn’t at all crowded even on a Sunday afternoon. Food is pretty decent with reasonable pricing since it is nett; inclusive of GST and no service charge.

 

Cafe Aoyama Collorative
16 Chun Tin Road Singapore 599603

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Aoyama-Collaborative/270549199735963

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 1100 to 2300; Closed on Mondays

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opposite Beauty World Centre along Jalan Anak Bukit or along Upper Bukit Timah Road 67, 75, 170, 171, 173, 184, 852, 961

Rating: 7.5/10

Chotto Matte, Modern Japanese Restaurant At Blair Road

Since I got to know that Chotto Matte has started to serve lunch with set menu, I have been trying to pop over to try but it has not been quite successful due to the rain. Finally, the opportunity came.

Interior
Interior

Chotto Matte does not have the usual Japanese decoration cum setting. Instead it has a modern looking decoration, very much like contemporary, I suppose. With nice orange for the wall which gives a warm feeling to the restaurant.

There are a total of 5 different lunch set menu catering to different budget and preference.

Ala Carte is also available. On the Ala Carte, you can find some pretty Western dishes such as the pasta, Foie Gras, Lamb Rack which I suppose, it will be some Japanese Fusion dishes.

My purpose at Chotto Matte was to try out their Lunch Menu so surely I am going for it. Out of the 5 menu, there are 2 six-courses set lunch to choose from. The difference between the two was the Main; either Pork Belly and Garlic Fried Rice or Wagyu Tamago Don. I was in the mood for Pork so naturally I went with the Fried Rice.

Appetizer
Appetizer

First course was the appetizer and it was some chopped octopus Sashimi in some savoury sauce with a little hint of chilli spiciness. It was pretty appetising.

Sashimi (5 types)
Sashimi (5 types)

Followed by Sashimi; there were 5 different types. All were very fresh. There were Octopus, some kind of shell fish, tuna, salmon and one other which I have no idea what it was, all I know was I like the taste and texture. lol.

Yakimono (2 pieces of Kaki Mentaiyaki)
Yakimono (2 pieces of Kaki Mentaiyaki)

The third course was Yakimono (Grilled or Pan Fried dish). It came with 2 pieces of Kaki Metaiyaki (oysters) with some cheese like taste on top of the oysters. It was awesome. The oysters was so sweet and the rufescent savoury top enhances the whole experience.

For the Musihmono (steamed dish), it was a soup, Signature Dobinmushi. The soup was excellent, it has both the sweetish flavour from the vegetable and seafood and not at all fishy. I saw some leek, mushroom, fish, octopus and a scallop in the soup, lots of ingredients. Though I am not a soup “drinker”, I enjoy the soup very much. One of the best so far.

Main, Kagoshima Pork Belly and Garlic Fried Rice
Main, Kagoshima Pork Belly and Garlic Fried Rice

It was time for the main. In fact, after the soup, I was filled to brim. But as I like the Japanese Garlic Fried Rice and was in the mood for pork, no way I was going to miss this. Interestingly, the garlic and egg flavours were more concentrated when the dish was cooler. It was flavourful and pork belly was tender.

Dessert, Yuzu Ice Cream
Dessert, Yuzu Ice Cream

Lastly, I ended my meal with a dessert. I added $2 for the premium ice cream (which they called flavoured ice cream). There were Matcha, Sesame and Yuzu to choose from and from the photo I am sure you already knew about my choice. The Yuzu was not too sweet, a good balance of sourish and sweet. There were some Yuzu bite to give the extra texture and extra Yuzu flavour. It was fantastic.

My lunch at Chotto Matte, on a Monday, certainly has removed all the blues. I enjoyed the food, service and the ambience. Food was certainly delish. I am keen to try their grilled items, sushi and yakitori on my next visit. Perhaps, I will do dinner next.

 

Chotto Matte
54 Blair Road Singapore 089954
Tel: +65 6222 8846

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/chottomattesg

Opening Hours

Daily 1130 to 0000 (Last order for lunch 2pm)

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight after Jalan Bukit Merah or aft Blair Road along Kampong Bahru Road – 61, 124, 120, 143, 147, 166, 167, 196, 197, 961

By MRT: East-West line or North East line – Outram Park station (Exit F)

Rating: 8/10

M(-a-)ki san, Mix-and-match Sushi, At Cathay Cineplex

M(-a-)ki  san has a very very interesting concept, you can mix-and-match for both Sushi and Salad. It is so highly customised till you can decide or rather choose each and every ingredient from the list. I was extremely excited about the concept.

Counter
Counter

Keen to get started?

First, decide whether you would like to have sushi or salad, and get the correct form from the center of the counter. They provided a clear plastic board for your writing too.

There is an instruction on how to fill up the form. As I tried only the sushi so here it goes for the sushi ordering. You can do likewise for the salad.

Instruction on how to fill up the form
Instruction on how to fill up the form

Now decide whether you want a small, choose “Little San” or big, choose “Mega San”. Then proceed to the next section to the type of wrap and rice. Next choose the essential ingredients (3 for Little San, 5 for Mega San), special ingredient (only for Mega San), the type of sprinkle and lastly sauce. And remember to use one form for one sushi.

If you find it too cumbersome to do the mix and match, you can choose from the House range. On the form, there are snacks, soup and drinks for selection too.

How to Order
How to Order

Once you are done with the form, you are ready to order, proceed to the cashier with the form, made payment and you will be given a number tag.

Number Tag
Number Tag

Wait for your number to be called and collect your order.

Sushi Served
Sushi Served

Each sushi is packed in a very nice box. I am very impressed with the packaging.

My Mix-and-MatchSushi
My Mix-and-MatchSushi

Now, I am ready to enjoy my sushi. The taste of the sushi is decent but certainly not very comparable with the restaurant standard, especially true for the rice.

Despite the not so tasty rice, I will still return for the sushi as I like having a sushi with all my favourite ingredients and for takeaway, it is really a very convenient option. Plus the location is very accessible for me.

M(-a-)ki san
The Cathay, 2 Handy Road #B1-17/18 Singapore 229233
Tel: +65 6737 8772

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/rollwithmakisan

Opening Hours

Daily 1130 to 2130

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast, Circle or North South line – Dhoby Ghaut station; Circle line – Bras Basah

By Bus:
– alight at Dhoby Ghaut station along Orchard Road – 7, 14, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 502, 700, 700A

– alight at MacDonald House along Orchard Road – 64, 65, 139

– alight at Dhoby Ghaut station along Penang Road – 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 139, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 502, 700, 700A

Rating: 6.5/10

Ikkousha Hakata Ramen At Tanjong Pagar

The Tanjong Pagar outlet of Ikkousha Hakata Ramen always attract a queue during lunch time. As I am craving for ramen today so I decided to join the queue. But since I was alone so I got a seat right after I joined the queue.

Ikkousha Hakata Ramen Restaurant Interior
Ikkousha Hakata Ramen Restaurant Interior

The area is pretty spacious. It has a typical Japanese design. Once you entered the restaurant, you will see the big communal table.

Order Sheet
Order Sheet

Most of the diners will start filling out the order sheet when they are in the queue but as I did not have time to do so and I fill the seat at the comfort of my seat. If you have no idea what’s on the sheet, you can ask for the menu with pictures.

There are six different soup base to choose from. If you like spicy, go for God Fire. You can even choose the spice level from 1 to 4. I suppose 1 being the mildest and 4 being the strongest. Next you can customise per you preference with the noodle texture, taste, extra toppings or with extra noodles.

I chose Tonkotsu soup based with normal noodle texture and Japanese Taste. And I added a flavour egg (with a soft yolk). I have no idea what’s Japanese Taste is about but just went ahead and try. If you check-in to facebook, you get your flavour egg free.

On the table, you can find many different condiment and basket of hard boiled egg. You can have as many as you want. During lunch hours, rice is free and you can have as many bowls you want, like the hard boiled egg.

Tonkutsu Ramen
Tonkutsu Ramen

It took them quite a while to serve the ramen. I added some sesame into my bowl of ramen. The soup was not extremely rich, medium flavoured and not salty like most ramen. The slice of pretty big pork chashu is soft and tender, melt in the mouth. It has a rich pork flavour. As I have no ground to compare the normal taste ramen to so I still have no idea what’s the different in taste is like.

Final thoughts? I will return for the normal taste ramen the next time.

Ikkousha Hakata Ramen
Block 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-104B Singapore 081007
Tel: +65 6538 1880

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/hakataikkousha.singapore

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1130 to 2200; Sundays 1130 to 2100

Getting There

By MRT: North-South Line -Tanjong Pagar station

By Bus: alight at the bus stop either before Wallich Road or after Craig Road – 80, 145

Rating: 8/10