Dinner @ Sumiya Charcoal Grill [Revisit]

May 29, 2015 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

My previous visit to Sumiya with my family had been a good one. We enjoyed the food and ambience. So when I got to know that Sumiya had since updated their menu, I thought to myself “Why not head back!”

We came on a Sunday evening at 7.30pm. Reservation is definitely recommended as we witnessed people (with no reservation) being turned away that night. Although they could have been busier the night we came as it was a public holiday. Mother’s day to be exact.

However, while looking at their new menu, we found ourselves having a difficult time finding something to order. Their set menus were not as attractive as previous. Most of the set courses included salmon avocado monaka (salmon sashimi and avocado with Japanese monaka wafers). I am definitely one who’s against the combination of wafers with sashimi. I mean, wafer is for dessert where it should be paired with ice cream, etc. So we ended up ordering from the a-la carte menu.

One of the bigger changes on their menu was that they offered many tuna dishes. But we were not too interested in the tuna. Call me rigid, but I prefer to get mine from sushi-ya.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), we ordered:-

1) J03: Fried semi-dried stingray, $7.80 (above)

2) I22: Asparagus bacon skewer, $6 per stick (above) – Bacon-wrapped asparagus on a skewer.

3) H04: Steamed omlette in fresh laver sauce, $6.80 (above) – Fluffy omletette and seaweed sauce.

4) K03: Live hotate (3 pcs), $45 (above) – And this was ordered under the section of ‘Sumiya’s special can can mushi’ where seafood was steamed with sake and dashi broth in a can. However, as they were not able to replace the oyster from the ‘mixed seafood value can’, we ended up ordering just the scallop.

5) I01: Buri kama shioyaki, $28 (above) – Grilled Japanese yellowtail cheek with salt.

6) F07: Today’s 5 kinds of sashimi, $108 (above)

7) L03: Fish bone miso soup, $8.80 (above) – Served in a hot stone pot.

8) M01: Char-grilled salmon rice ball (miso flavour), $6.80 (above)

9) M06: Double-steamed rice in bamboo (grilled salmon flakes & salmon roe), $12.80 (above)

10) O03: Grilled butter mochi, $3.80 (above)

11) O01: Cream daifuku mochi of the day, $3.80 (above) – Japanese cake with black sesame filling. Other flavours included matcha and strawberry.

12) O02: Karinto manju, $3.80 (above) – Freshly deep-fried Japanese cake. Crispy skin and moist pumpkin filling.

13) X23: Sake in bamboo (180ml), $11 (above) – And it’s written on the menu that sake stored in a bamboo may bring one good fortune and the fragrance of the bamboo makes the sake taste better.

Unfortunately, with the change in the menu with most of the items being pretty pricey, I won’t recommend coming to Sumiya.

181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #12-02, Singapore
6509 9618, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 18:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 6
Service: 7