Dinner @ Sushi Kondo

September 15, 2017 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

Except for reading that Kondo Masayuki was the head chef at Nogawa from 2005 to 2012, there was not much information of Sushi Kondo on the internet. Being curious, I got my my friend to check out Sushi Kondo with me.

Located in Sentosa Golf Club, my friend and I arrived punctually at 7.30pm. So while I know it isn’t easy to get to the restaurant, I was still surprised to see we were the only diners at Sushi Kondo that night. Actually… There were golfers but they chose to sit at the alfresco area.

And from the dinner menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), my friend and I ordered:-

1) Omakase course, $130 comprised of:-

(A) Dish #1 (above) – Appetiser.

(B) Dish #2 (above) – Sushi assortment of yellowtail, smoked big eye snapper (kinmedia), sweet shrimp (ama-ebi) and scallop.


(C) Dish #3 (above) – Clam (hamaguri) soup.

(D) Dish #4 (above) – Grilled belt fish. This was tricky to eat because the fish had way too many bones.

(E) Dish #5 (above) – Braised octopus and yam.

  
  
  

(F) Dish #6 (above) – Sushi assortment of horse mackerel (aji), medium fatty tuna (chutoro), seaweed-marinated kish fish, salmon roe, tuna hand roll and rolled egg omelette (tamago).

(G) Dish #7 (above) – Fig and grape.

2) Omakase course, $200 comprised of:-

(A) Dish #1 (above) – Appetiser.

(B) Dish #2 (above) – Sushi assortment of sea bream, squid, geoduck and medium fatty tuna (chutoro).


(C) Dish #3 (above) – Soup with tuna belly.

(D) Dish #4 (above) – Braised golden eye snapper.


(E) Dish #5 (above) – Radish served with foie gras, fungus, salmon roe and water shield.

(F) Dish #6 (above) – Seaweed-clam tempura.

  
  
  

(G) Dish #7 (above) – Sushi assortment of horse mackerel (aji), premium fatty tuna (otoro), seaweed-marinated kish fish, sea urchin, hand roll of premium fatty tuna and pickled radish, and rolled egg omelette (tamago).

(H) Dish #8 (above) – Peach and melon.

Our meal at Sushi Kondo wasn’t a fanciful one with the restaurant’s interior being pretty dated. But we were satisfied with our dinner nonetheless. My friend and I happened to dine at Sushi Kondo a week after a disastrous Japanese meal elsewhere. So yes, we were happy we could enjoy decent Japanese food at reasonable prices.

Head chef Kondo Masayuki was like a caring father as he would dearly watch over us whenever we took the first few bites of our dishes. When I was having my radish with foie gras dish, he must have realised I was struggling with just a pair of chopsticks because he silently passed me a spoon. So sweet.

And if one’s interested, Sushi Konda has lunch menu (pages 1, 2) too.

SUSHI KONDO
27 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore
6373 7120, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Tues – Sun : 11:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Tues – Sun : 17:30 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
* Closed on Mon
Service: 7

Dinner @ Inakaya West 田舎家 西店 (Tokyo, Japan)

September 9, 2017 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

It being my second trip to Tokyo, I thought it would be fun to include a robatayaki meal. One can also say I wanted to have the authentic experience so that I could have a proper benchmark to compare against my Singapore’s robatayaki experience. Hee!


Using keywords ‘robatayaki’ and ‘Tokyo’, I managed to google up Inakaya. With 2 outlets in Roppongi, I decided to visit the West shop as it was nearer to the metro station. And I took the gamble of walking in. Luckily I wasn’t turned away at the door. Haha.

Taken from Wikipedia, robatayaki literally translates to fireside cooking. And indeed, the chefs grilled our selected ingredients in front of us before passing us our dishes on long wooden paddle.

And from the display, I ordered:-

1) Appetiser, Complimentary (above)

2) Gingko nut (above)

3) Asparagus (above)

4) Chicken (above) – With flavours of sea salt or teriyaki sauce, I went for latter!

5) Mochi, Complimentary (above) – Halfway through dinner, we were informed there was going to be a (mini) mochi-pounding ceremony. Customers were invite up to join the staff in pounding steamed glutinous rice with wooden mallets (kine) in a traditional mortar (usu)! I didn’t join though. Too shy lah. Solo diner leh. Keke. After which, we were treated to mochi. Yeah! Had mine with soy bean powder.


6) Scallop (above)

7) Kinki fish (above) – Kinki fish is always a must for me. Do order this early as it took almost 30 minutes for the chef to grill it.

8) Dessert, Complimentary (above)

9) Roasted tea, Complimentary (above)

And at 8.30pm, there’s a ‘change shift’ for the chef behind the grills. And that was accompanied with a (mini) ceremony with lots of clapping. So I reckon it be interesting for one to reach before 8.30pm to add more fun into one’s robatayaki experience. Keke.

But Inakaya West was patronised by more tourists than locals. Throughout my dinner, the restaurant was 80% filled. Of which, more than half were tourists. Westerns to be exact. I wondered if the place became famous because a number of celebrity visited Inakaya. At the end of my meal, the staff took out a thick album and proudly showed me photographs of celebrities who have dined at their restaurant. Big names include Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Tony Leung, Christine Aguilera. And I’m not sure if it was intentional but non-Japaneses were all seated on one side of the U-shaped counter.

Including tax and service charge, my meal came up to ¥19,100. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be that expensive. But hey, I was dining solo but eating for 2. So I guess it would help if there’s more than 1 person in the group. You know, to spilt the bill with. Haha.

Would I recommend Inakaya West? Well… It being the only robatayaki restaurant that I managed to search up on internet, Inakaya West provided a pretty neat experience with great noisy atmosphere. The staff shouts with every orders placed or when customers enter and leave. But let’s say I am still on the hunt for a less-touristy robatayaki restaurant. Wink.

INAKAYA WEST 田舎家 西店
4-10-11 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan (六本木4丁目10-11 八巻ビル1F)
+81 3 5775 1012, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 17:00 – 23:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 6
Service: 7

Breakfast @ Yakumo Saryo 八雲茶寮 (Tokyo, Japan)

September 1, 2017 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

I realised most eateries were only opened for lunch and dinner in Tokyo when I was planning for my trip. It being an eating spree trip, that was a big ‘no no’ for me. Haha.

And that’s when I chanced upon Yakumo Saryo. It’s read Yakumo Saryo is the brainchild of creative director Shinichiro Ogata, where Yakumo Saryo consisted of a restaurant, tea room, confectionery shop selling a range of wagashi by confectionery brand Baishinka, and salon/gallery where pottery/ware by Japanese handcrafters are sold).

Excited to know they were open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, reservation was made through email for breakfast. Reservation was also made for the earliest timing (ie, 9am) because I read much of their zen ambience and was hoping to enjoy the place before the crowd streamed in. And reservation is a must if one plans to dine here.

Although I was using Google map on my mobile phone, I had difficulty locating the entrance because Google map led me to the wrong road at the junction. So if one has the same problem as me (ie, can’t find the entrance), just move around the 4 roads of the junction. It should be easily found with the gate facing the main road.

As I hoped, I was the first to reach. Keke. It was important for me cause I had been so obsessed with my food that I really needed a moment where I could find some peace in my head. Haha. And with that, I commenced my “Asacha” traditional Japanese breakfast set, ‎¥3500 with:

1) Dish #1 (above) – Seasonal tea. And before the staff commenced boiling water to make green tea for me, she got me to smell the fragrant tea leaves.


2) Dish #2 (above) – After my first cup of green tea, the staff went on to make hojicha tea.


  
  

3) Dish #3 (above) – For main course, I chose porridge over rice as having rice in the morning was a little too much for me. Keke. Served with seasonal side dish, sun-dried fish and miso soup.


4) Dish #4 (above) – Japanese pickles.

5) Dish #5 (above) – Seasonal wagashi And breakfast set menu included 1 complimentary wagashi. But instead of serving customers a fixed sweet, the staff took out a huge range for me to choose. I was so distract by the visual that I didn’t quite hear the staff as she introduced the various wagashi. Oops. And because I couldn’t decide on 1, I ordered 2 more.

6) Dish #6 (above) – Matcha.

With my 2 wagashi add-ons, my breakfast came up to ¥4680 (including GST and service charge) which I felt was reasonable. And I was particularly happy about the space. It was as though the staff felt/knew the intention of my visit cause they left me alone a lot. So yes, I had the space to myself till the next customer arrived at 9.40am.

Would I recommend Yakumo Saryo? A definite yes.

YAKUMO SARYO 八雲茶寮
3-4-7 Yakumo, Meguro, Tokyo (東京都 目黒区 八雲 3-4-7)
+81 03 5731 1620, Website, Tablelog
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sat : 09:00 – 17:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 8
Service: 7
* Closed on Sun