Lunch @ Suigei Sake Salon

April 27, 2016 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

My girlfriend was excited to share her new find with me. She being a barachiraishi fan, she exclaimed, “Better than Aoki‘s (mazechirsahi).” And with that, we arranged to meet up for a Saturday lunch. =)

Suigei Sake Salon is very much a hidden gem now. But once words get out, reservation is a must as the place is small (but cosy) and has a cap on the set lunch’s availability. Yes, only 5 sets are available for each of the 3 different set lunch. My girlfriend took charge of making reservation. And because we knew what we’ll be ordering (since she was bringing me there just for their chiraishi set. Ha!), she made reservation for 2 barachirashi too.

Suigei Sake Salon is very conveniently located in Orchard. So it’s pretty straight forward if arriving by public transport. Take the train to Orchard MRT station and walk towards Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. Parking, on the other hand, may be trickier cause of parking charges. I guess one can park at neighbouring shopping malls if Marriott’s parking rate is too expensive?

And since I am one who like to try significantly sufficient dishes on the menu before sharing a review, I headed back for a 2nd visit (on my own). =p The lunch menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) at Suigei Sake Salon is pretty limited with only 3 options for the set lunch and some finger foods which can be ordered a-la carte:-

1) Chirashi sushi set, $33 comprised of:-


  

(A) Chirashi sushi, miso soup, small dish & oshinko (above) – As mentioned by my girlfriend, Suigei Sake Salon’s take on the barachiraishi is wonderful. There’s a good variety of fishes, and they were generous with the portion. And I don’t just mean the rice, but the sashimi toppings! And for the small dish, we were given hairy crab cream croquette. The croquette was so good! This can be ordered on its own from the a-la carte menu at 2 for $16.

  

(B) Dessert (above) – Soy bean pudding with matcha cream.

2) Tendon set, $29 comprised of:-


  

(A) Tempura bowl, miso soup, small dish & oshinko (above) – Comprised of prawn, radish, pumpkin, asparagus, fish and lotus root tempuras. With hairy crab for the small dish.

  

(B) Dessert (above) – I was given the option to choose between soy bean pudding and pumpking pudding. Since I had the former before, I went for the latter; Pumpkin pudding with whipped cream. And this was smooth, with some grains for texture. Thick, good pumpkin puree. I like.

And Suigei Sake Salon is opened by the same people behind Sushi Ichi. As taken from their website, they have collaborated with the one of the most famous Sake Brewery Suigei of Kochi Prefecture in Japan. Sake list carries mainly Suigei Sake, and over 30 varieties of selected Sake from Japan. One may also opt for their in-house bartender to create sake-based cocktail that’s not on the sake menu (pages 1, 2, 3).

Will I recommend Suigei Sake Salon? A definite yes if, and only if, one loves barachirashi. And since they share the same kitchen and supply of fishes as Sushi Ichi, the freshness of the fish is guaranteed. And it’s very value for money.

However, I did notice inconsistency in their service. On my first visit, they had a Japanese waiting staff donned in kimono attending to us. On my second visit, the bartender was running the entire show. I guess the waiting staff had to help out at Sushi Ichi. That said, I like the ambience. Good for some quality ‘me time’. Which was why I didn’t mind heading back on my own for my repeated visit. =)

SUIGEI SAKE SALON
320 Orchard Road, Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Level 1, Singapore
6235 5514, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Tues – Sun : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Tues – Sun : 17:00 – 23:00 (Dinner)
Value: 8
* Closed on Mon
Service: 7