Dinner @ GOTO // CLOSED

September 19, 2014 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

And so the story goes… My friend and I were going through a phase where we wanted to check out restaurants which serve traditional kaiseki. As such, I managed to come up with a pretty long list of places for us to go. Keke. And this time round, we were off to GOTO.

Our original plan was to check out GOTO in end of September 14, but we hurriedly brought forward our dinner date to mid September when I came across an online article stating that GOTO will be closing on 26 October 14 to renovate and change their high-end traditional kaiseki restaurant into a casual Japanese dining called G-ONE.


We arrived on a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. Reservation is definitely required cause they were running at full house! And having been spoilt by the other kaiseki restaurants, the interior design of GOTO is more straight forward. There were only 2 counter seats which I wouldn’t consider them being counter seats cause the chef spent most of his time in the kitchen.

There’s no menu at GOTO. And with that, we started our omakase dinner priced at $280:-

1) Appetizer (above) – Anti-clockwise, this platter comprised of radish topped with salmon roe in a cup, jelly fish with mushroom and shredded cucumber, prawn, sweet fish (which had lots of egg), chestnut, tofu and finally, spinach.

2) Tea-pot soup (above) – Within the pot, there were fish (sliced and ball), prawn covered in jelly and mushroom. To drink the soup, pour it into the bowl that’s placed upside down on the tea pot.

3) Sashimi (above) – Two sauces were given. With the radish and spring onion, we were told to dip the flat fish into the saucer that’s placed further from us. For the remaining sashimi, we were to dip them into the soya sauce with wasabi.

4) Grilled fish (above) – And we had sea perch for our grilled dish. And this was really good. I liked how succulent the meat was.

5) Millet (above) – What we thought was chawanmushi was actually millet and sea eel in a sauce that was made gooey with starch. Millet is a vegetable but looked and somewhat tasted like rice. This was pretty interesting. I liked that thinly sliced black fungus was included which introduced a crunch to the dish. We were also told by the lady boss that they don’t always have this dish on the menu. We were fortunate (to be able to try this dish) as they recently hand-carried back 10 kg worth of millet from her trip back to her hometown 2 weeks ago.

6) Tempura (above) – Fig (right at the bottom of the bowl, hence not photographed), green gingko, eggplant, prawn, baby ladyfinger with yuzu miso sauce. This was really good! I liked how the tempura batter was light and slightly crispy, and of how the ingredients went really well with the sauce.

7) Duck loin (above) – I did not like this although my friend really enjoyed it. I thought it was a little too raw, and preferred if the duck was sliced a little thinner as it was too chewy. However, preparation for this duck is no easy feat. We were told the duck meat was pan-seared, steamed and marinated for two days before served. Wow.

8) Sticky rice (above) – Topped with chestnut and gingko nuts.

9) Desserts (above, top) – Anti-clockwise, we had fruits (melon and grapes), black sesame ice cream, custard pudding and yuzu jelly

10) Desserts (above) – Green tea with Japanese mochi. I really liked the mocha! I was so tempted to ask for second servings. Keke.

We left the restaurant 3.5 hours later with very full and happy stomachs. Oh yes! Our dinner took that long. And it was the same for everyone. Thus, reservation is not the only thing recommended. One must come by 7.30pm! Unless one does not mind dinner becoming dinner and supper. Keke.

Service was wonderful too. The staff were polite and ensured our cups were never empty. And they never hesitated to explain anything with our never-ending questions like “Erm, what is this?” “Sorry, what’s that again.” Haha.

So yes, please check out GOTO for a kaiseki experience before they revamp themselves into a casual Japanese dining restaurant!

14 Ann Siang Road, Singapore
6438 1553
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Tues – Sat : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Tues – Sat : 19:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
* Closed on Mon, Sun
Service: 8