Dinner @ Mikuni

August 29, 2012 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

Having read a few recent reviews on Mikuni, I was curious to check the restaurant out. And the address can be a little misleading as the restaurant is not located within the hotel.

We entered into a restaurant which is very zen with its large usage of black and blue lighting for its interior. Immediately on our right is the sashimi station, ahead is the sake bar and right at the back is the robatayaki counter. And because we decided not to go for any of the Tour Menu, we chose to sit at the sashimi station for an omakase styled dinner.

While noting that not all sashimi dishes were captured on camera, the chef presented us with:-

1) Crispy ebi cracker, Complimentary (above) – This was addictive. Or could it be that I was just hungry. Hmm…

2) Various sashimi (above) – Of all the sashimi dishes, this will be my absolute favourite. All three ingredients (squid, urchin, seaweed) went perfectly well together. I wish I could have more. Again, do note the above four are not the only sashimi dishes served. I did not take photograph of the sashimi slices which the chef will place at random intervals onto our individual wooden plates that’s in front of us.

Noticing that all our dishes were sashimi, we enquired with the waitress if there’re any cooked dishes. To which the waitress said that the omakase served was solely sashimi, unless otherwise requested by the customers. And with that, we placed order for a few more (other) dishes.

3) Grilled kinki fish (above) – This was decent. Fish was fresh with the meat being slightly sweet. Though I did notice the skin was a little damp despite it supposedly to be grilled.

4) Clam soup (above) – Wanting to try the soup, the waitress gave us a few options of which we opt for the clam. However, the portion was unexpectedly small. It felt more like it was a teacup (clam) soup.

5) Green tea ice cream, red bean waffle (above) – And when we further requested for the desserts menu, the waitress told us that our omakase styled dinner comes with a dessert. And the presented dessert was definitely a delight. The waffle crumbled once it came into contact with our mouth, while the red bean was not too sweet. Again, green tea and red bean is almost a fool-proof combination.

All in all, it was a so-so dining experience for us. I have been to a few omakase styled dinners while being seated at the counter, but Mikuni’s chef was not interactive as how I thought he should be. In fact, we had a very bad encounter with him.

10 minutes after the waitress asked if we had any last order, we enquired if we could order additional (cooked) dishes. To which, the waitress (who is also assigned to serve us) very kindly said she will check the kitchen for us. To which, of course, she brought us good news. However, when she left a second time to pass our orders to the kitchen, the chef behind the sashimi counter came up to us. Now, this shall also be his first conversation with us. When he learnt that his fellow colleague had taken our orders despite it being past last order time, he bad mouthed his colleague saying that she must not know what she’s doing to be taking our orders despite me clarifying that his colleague had indeed checked with the kitchen first. To me, I felt the chef helming the sashimi counter was highly non professional. Who goes around talking ill of his colleagues, to customers too?

80 Bras Basah Road, Fairmont Singapore, Level 3, Singapore
6431 6156, Website
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 18:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Service: 5