Dinner @ Satsuma Shochu // CLOSED

July 25, 2014 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

And it seem like these days I have been eating quite a fair bit of yakitori. Keke. And this time, my friend and I were off to Satsuma Shochu. Located at Gallery Hotel in Robertson Quay.

Reservation is recommended as they were running at full house when we arrived. We were lucky to reserve the last (available) table for the night by calling just 10 minutes before our arrival.

We got a little disorientated as we tried to find our direction to the restaurant. Upon reaching Gallery Hotel, the signboard directed us to step behind and out of Gallery Hotel. To get to Satsuma Shochu, one will need to keep right and walk straight to the last of the 3 cylinder-looking buildings. Easily identifiable with its sakura cut outs.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Vegetable stick, $5 (above) – This was placed on our table once we were seated. I would not have ordered this (from the menu) had they not placed it on our table. But we are happy to part with our $5 as it allowed us to munch (mindlessly) away as we looked through the menu and while we waited for our dishes to be served. In fact, my friend really liked the raw cabbage. We even asked for second helping of the dipping sauce. Keke.

2) Assorted raw fish, $56 (above) – Ordered under the sashimi section, $56 gave us 5 different types of sashimi. I enquired if the $79 will give us premium fishes, to which the staff replied that the $79 gives us 2 more fishes. So with that, we opted for the $56.


3) Chopped bluefin tuna belly with spring onion, $39 (above) – From the cold dishes section, this was pretty good to my surprise as I don’t normally expect quality sashimi in yakitori restaurants. And don’t underestimate the quantity. There’s more than enough for 2 to share in the funnel-shaped bowl.

4) Chicken wing, $7 (above) – From the charcoal-grill section of menu, the wings were so good! You know how there’re 2 bones within the wing? The chef broke the bones up such that it’s easier / more straight forward to tuck in. But most importantly, the wings were grilled to perfection. Skin was crispy while meat was succulent! So good!

5) Prawn rolled with basil leaves & pork, $15 (above) – Similarly, from the charcoal-grill section of the menu, this was good! Prawn was thick and juicy. We liked how there’s that little saltiness from the pork, and how the basil leaves pulled everything together.

6) Meat bar served with raw egg, $8 (above) – Under the charcoal-grill section, this is a must try! Two bars of meat soaked in a mixture of raw egg and teriyaki-like sauce.


7) Tofu with spicy cod roe gratin, $15 (above) – Curious to try more, we asked for recommendation which the staff suggested this. And it’s something different. I don’t remember seeing anything similar in other restaurants. The first mouth was pretty cheesy. But once we got a proper spoonful of the thin layer of tofu and mentaiko topping, it’s not too bad. An interesting combination of the smooth tofu against the cheesy mentaiko gratin.

8) Spicy cod roe spaghetti, $17 (above) – From the rice/noodle section, I did not like their warm rendition of the mentaiko noodle. I had better elsewhere.

9) Green tea ice cream with red bean, $8 (above, left)

10) Black sesame ice cream with red bean, $8 (above, right)

We enjoyed ourselves tremendously! Food was good, ambience was nice and service was great. Clearing of our plates and topping up of our drinks (hot green tea and iced water) were done promptly. I will definitely be making a second trip back as there’re many interesting items on the menu which I will like to try. Like the ‘pork rice ball tea soup’, ‘Japanese mackerel with plum’, ‘steam custard with foie gras’ and ‘small abalone with truffle sale’.

Ohhh, I am a glutton. Haha.

SATSUMA SHOCHO DINING BAR
1 Nanson Road, Gallery Hotel, #01-10, Singapore
6235 3565
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Fri : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Fri – Sat : 18:00 – 01:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Sun – Thur : 18:00 – 23:00 (Dinner)
Service: 7