Instead of sitting at tables, M reserved the counter seats in front of the 2 Chefs, giving me a full view of what they were doing. For lunch, we’d the ミニ会席 (Mini Kaiseki). Do not be deceived by the word “mini”, for this set lunch is @ an exorbitant price of S$85 per person! What we ate......
A tray consisting an appetizer was served soon after we were seated. It was a simple vegetable with Bonito flakes.
I love the generous helping of Radish with Tempura sauce.
The 1st course arrived - Sashimi made up of Toro, Tuna, Salmon & Scallop. The fresh seafood was real yummy though I wouldn't say the Toro was the best.
Next came the salad, accompanied thinly-sliced crispy Lotus. A unqiue combi indeed.
Then the Chef started making the batter for Tempura.
The prawn was deep-fried to perfection. Batter was light & fluffy & tasted delicious when mixed with the radish given. Love the prawn head. Yum-yum! Just 1 complaint - I only get a miserable piece of prawn.
My 茶碗蒸し (Chawanmushi) arrived just in time. This Shark's Fin version of steamed egg was an extra order @ S$22. Sorry folks, not included in the S$85 lunch. The meticulous attention to the flavour made this silky custard one of the best I've ever tried.
This is Meguchi, "Flat Headfish" in English, explained the friendly Chef. I used Tempura batter to gauge a Chef's skills & he passed with flying colours, almost as close to the one I had in Tokyo. As I ain't a fish lover, I rarely finish a plate of fish. But in this case, I gobbled up the entire fish within seconds.
Maitake (マイタケ) is an edible & medicinal mushroom & is considered the first-rank edible mushroom. This fungus is crunchy & "spongy" at the same time. I didn't have quite enough though.
鰻は嫌いです。I never like Unagi. It has those tiny "spikes" that irritate me. I'm just fussy, I guess. No idea what this taste like cause I handed the entire Eel to M.
This rice sang a different tune. It has chunks of Prawn Tempura bits & sesame seeds. It's flavourful & it was a joy eating it.
The ultimate dining experience ended with my fave Macha ice-cream. Not part of the course again. We'd to top up S$3 to change the dessert. The rich green-tea ice-cream was worth every cent.
Tempura lovers, would you pay S$85 for a set lunch like this one? What's your fave Tempura restaurant? Share with other Japanese food lovers here.
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