Dinner @ Hide Yamamoto

December 5, 2014 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

Craving for Japanese food, I was really excited when my girlfriend could check out Hide Yamamoto with me. =) Reservation was made 1 week in advance for 2 for a weekday evening. And of the 5 seating areas available (sushi, teppanyaki, robatayaki, ramen & dining and bar), I requested for sushi counter seats.

Getting to Atrium 2 can be slightly tricky. To get to the restaurant at Atrium 2, one would need to take the escalator to level 1 after stepping out of Exit D of Bayfront MRT station. Follow the arrows of ‘celebrity restaurants’ and one will see the lift lobby on the right hand side. Take the lift up to level 2.

Upon arriving at the restaurant, we could see the robatayaki counter behind the glass shop front. And to get to the sushi counter, the staff led us past the dining area, the teppanyaki counter and through a short corridor. The short journey to the secluded sushi counter made us feel like we were being led to VIP seats. Ha.

Although we were seated at the sushi counter, we could order anything from the menu. Just that if we were to order a dish from the teppanyaki menu, we won’t get to see the (teppanyaki) chef in action. Duh.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), we ordered:-

1) Seasonal tasting course, $168 comprised of:-

(A) Homemade soba noodle with caviar (above)

(B) Seasonal 7 kinds of appetizers from sushi counter (above)

(C) Chawanmushi (above) – Truffle egg flan with fresh sea urchin and snow crab. Upon served, the staff told us to mix it well before eating as the crab was right at the bottom. And just as we were about to tuck in, our friendly (sushi) chef Alfred told us to be careful cause it was going to be hot. And indeed, the bowl was hot. Haha. This was really good. Can’t think of a better combination with my favourite uni, crab and truffle.

(D) Today’s recommend seafood (above) – We were not informed of the seafood of the day when we placed our order, and I was a little shocked when oyster was served. I still have not gotten over my phobia of oysters yet, you see. But thankfully my girlfriend and I were sharing 1 tasting menu and a few a-la carte items, so we only had 1 oyster to worry, which I gladly let my girlfriend have it to herself.

(E) Grilled wagyu beef sirloin (above) – With truffle flavoured vegetables from robata grilled.

(F) Soy ramen (above) – With the option of choosing between tempura-chazuke and soy ramen, we went with the latter. Although I was starting to feel really full, I managed to finish this as it was pretty good. Soup was rich while the pork just melted in the mouth. So good.

(G) Dessert (above) – Being able to choose one dessert from the menu, we opted for seasonal fruits. And we were given melon and grapes.

2) Blue fin tuna sushi, $13 per piece (above)

3) Medium fatty tuna sushi, $20 per piece (above)

4) Sea urchin sushi, $20 per piece (above)

5) Botan shrimp sushi, $13 per piece (above) – Seriously, this was so (damn) good.

6) Abalone sushi, $20 per piece (above)

7) Whole young chicken stuffed with truffle rice butter and soy flavor, $68 (above) – Besides the visible thin slices of truffle, it was quite hard to detect the truffle taste in the rice. But the chicken meat was moist and tasty. And for this, we were also given fork, spoon, knife and… A small bowl of water for people like me who prefer to use (our) hands. Ha!

8) Chocolate affogato, $19 (above) – Almond flakes, dark chocolate ice cream, caramelized almonds, crystallized cashew nuts, sweetened black bean, black sugar sauce, crispy puff.

9) Cold sake, $80 (360ml)Bijoubu junrei.

It was an enjoyable dinner. While everything tasted good, it was the sushi which stood out for us. Now, I am not exactly a sushi person. I prefer sashimi over sushi since I try to skip on my carb(ohydrates). Haha. But the sushi prepared by chef Alfred Liew were so good. Especially the botan shrimp sushi. I kid not when I say my girlfriend and I were left speechless after every bite of our sushi-s. We would be nodding our heads and going “Mmm!!!” That good.

So in light of their well-executed sushi, I would strongly recommend coming for Hide Yamamoto’s weekday lunch if one can. They have really affordable lunch set menu with options of $48, $68 and $88 for the nigiri sushi.

And we were taken good care of by sushi chef Alfred Liew. He often checked on us although we were too shy to make conversations. Haha. I mean, to sit counter seats, it’s also to interact with the chefs. Right? And it was very nice of chef Alfred as he advised us not to order too much (else we wouldn’t be able to finish the food) when we were ordering additional orders for sushi through him. And he was correct. It was a good thing we heeded his advise and not go for third round of sushi cause when the chicken came, we were so full!

Hide Yamamoto, it’s definitely a restaurant I will recommend. With a bottle of sake, my girlfriend and I spent $260 (after service charge and GST) each which we felt was reasonable for the wonderful dining experience we had.

10 Bayfront Ave, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Atrium 2, #02-05, Singapore
6688 7098, Website, Facebook
Overall: 8
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 8
Mon – Sun : 18:00 – 23:00 (Dinner)
Value: 8
Service: 8