Kaiho Sushi

Kaiho Sushi - Chirashi

Back in July 2011, a reader left the following comment on my post on Aoki that I’ve kept in mind ever since.

I go to another Nogawa trained Chef Bernard Tang at Kaiho Sushi for his Chirashi lunch set.

Fast forward 4 years later and Kaiho Sushi continues to exist amidst the ever-changing restaurant landscape in Singapore. Let’s be honest – 4 years in the restaurant world is much more than just 4 years with the number of openings and unfortunately closures, in a month. That sort of longevity, I hoped, would speak volume about the quality of the meal that I was about to have.

We had the Chirashi set (S$30++) that came with  a bowl filled with fresh slices of fish (including salmon, scallop, swordfish and ikura), a small serving of chawanmushi (pictured below) ending with a scoop of ice cream.

For S$30++, we were definitely more than satisfied with the quantity and quality of the sashimi and walked out of the restaurant feeling delighted at our value-for-money meal. 

Esquina Tapas Bar

Roasted pork loin, salt-baked parsnips, pear, lardo, buttermilk and sorrel - S$33++

Roasted pork loin, salt-baked parsnips, pear, lardo, buttermilk and sorrel – S$33++

If you ask me what my favourite tapas restaurant is, that accolade goes to none other than Esquina. That statement is backed up by my many visits to the restaurant. Here’s three simple, but very true, reasons why I continue to patronize Esquina in spite of the many new tapas bars that have sprouted up (and shuttered) in recent years:

  • The dishes have never once disappointed;
  • The portions are perfect;
  • The prices are affordable considering the first 2 reasons.

I am not a dessert person but if there was a weak link in the line-up at Esquina, it would have to be the desserts. They were not bad in any way, in fact, smiles appeared while we were eating them. Before you place judgement on this humble author, I am by no means saying that the desserts should be changed, but after being brought up to the zenith with the appetizers and main courses, the desserts came across  being safe (read: boring)

I leave you with photographs of our meal a few months ago where we celebrated Christmas Eve.

Jin Fine Dining

Jin Fine Dining - Chirashi

Bara Chirashi – S$18++

In the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing photos of JIN Fine Dining appear on my Instagram and that got me interested in trying out this establishment. That’s the power of social media activation! Moreover, it’s a short 10 minute stroll from my office in Raffles Place.

Granted, most of the posts on Instagram were of what should be invited tasting sessions for their omakase dinners but the occasional mention of affordable chirashi sets being available for lunch was music to my ears stomach.

The Missing Pan

The Missing Pan Bukit Timah

A few months ago, I visited The Missing Pan along Bukit Timah Road. This was when photos of food coming out of this cafe’s kitchen were seen at least once during every weekend on Instagram.

A highly recommended dish by many, French Toast Salpicon (S$19++) came with chicken, spinach and mushroom stuffed inside the French toast, banana nuggets (think of it as goreng pisang or fried banana fritters served in nugget size), mixed berries and served with a serving of smoked maple syrup. P.S. this description was lifted from the menu.

The dish was interesting to say the least; a juxtaposition of savoury and sweet.

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