Dinner @ Shunjuu Izakaya

September 13, 2016 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

It has been a while since my ‘yakitori buddy’ and I met for yakitori. The last session being in June 2015. How can! And I figured we were destined to check out yakitori joints only because we tried a non-yakitori place on our last meet up and it was my first ‘miss’. Yeps!

And with that, reservation was made at Shunjuu for a weekday evening at 7.30pm. Reservation is a must if one wishes to sit indoors as the unit could only house up to 8 groups. Else, alfresco seats were plentiful.

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

1) Otoshi, $6 (above) – My friend was almost 30 minutes late. So for this instance, the appetisers which were served once I was seated were warmly welcomed by me because it allowed the hungry me to munch on something as I triedy my best to wait patiently for my friend. Ha.

2) Pitan doufu, $4 (above) – Tofu with century egg sauce.

3) Tori kawa ninniku, $6 (2 sticks) (above) – Garlic rolled with chicken skin. My buddy refused to have more than 1 piece because he felt the garlic was too overwhelming. However, I enjoyed this very much. I liked the contrast between the crispy chicken skin and garlic which had become soft from grilling.


4) Mochi buta maki, $7 (2 sticks) (above) – Rice cake rolled with pork.

5) Enoki maki, $7 (2 sticks) (above) – Golden mushroom rolled with pork.


6) Tsukune, $6 (2 sticks) (above) – Chicken meatball.

7) Lamb yaki, $19 (2 pieces) (above) – Lamb chop.

8) Mongo ika karaage, $13 (above) – Squid. This was good! Please try. A must order.

9) Kaki omuretsu, $17 (above) – Oyster omelette. I don’t usually eat oyster cause I developed a phobia after having too much of it at an oyster buffet years back. But I was curious to try a Japanese-styled oyster omelette. And it was indeed different with it served wet. It was in fact too wet for our liking.

10) Hamachi kama, $55 (above) – Yellowtail cheek. And at 7.30pm when I was placing my order with the staff, I was told that they were left with the last piece of yellowtail cheek. Wow. And after having tried the dish, it came as no surprise why this was so popular. Meat was fresh and juicy. Totally yum.


  

11) Tako shio konbu cha-han, $13 (above) – Octopus and seaweed fried rice. I seriously liked this. It was very fragrant. Every grain was evenly (and sinfully) coated with… Lard? Haha. I was trying my best not to finish the entire bowl. And of course, the sight of the excess oil / lard at the bottom of the bowl deterred me from cleaning up the bowl. Ha.

And I am glad this turned out to be a ‘hit’! My buddy claimed this was better than our last yakitori session. o_O I say both are good.

Will I recommend Shunjuu? For sure! It’s a pity the skewers had to be ordered in pairs. Cause the menu was very extensive, and I wanted to try more.

So while it was difficult to get the staff’s attention as they were very busy, I was touched when a staff brought me a magazine to read when she saw I was still waiting for my friend after 10 minutes!

SHUNJUU IZAKAYA
30 Robertson Quay, Riverside View, #01-15, Singapore
6887 3577, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Thur : 18:00 – 23:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Fri – Sat : 18:00 – 23:30 (Dinner)
Service: 7
Sun : 17:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)