I have always been pretty skeptical about food vouchers be it from groupon / deal.com.sg / voucherlicious. Therefore when I was given a treat with these vouchers I would go to the restaurant with little expectations which may not be a bad thing after all.
Overall this so called kaiseki set has its hits and misses. Some of the dishes were not too bad, some were terrible.
The first course was the salad, well it was pretty normal, nothing to rave about, dressing was a little sourish and sweet. I liked the addition of black fungus in the salad.
One of my favourite dishes came in the second course - The century egg toufu. I love century egg, and the combination of century egg and cold toufu was refreshing, rich and creamy - simply perfect. The century egg york was mashed up into sort of a liquid form, some of the 'egg white' was used as decorative features, giving the crystal like visual appeal to the dish. This dished was topped with ebiko roe which gives the otherwise soft and mushy texture a wonderful bite. It was indeed pure pleasure eating this dish. Simple but almost perfect.
The third dish - Sashimi was not too bad. Not perfect but not too bad. The highlight of the sashimi was the fresh prawns, I say it again... fresh... very fresh indeed. Please suck the juices from the prawn head once you are done with the flesh. Whatever that came out of the head was addictive, I presume that is the prawn roe? or maybe the errmm sh**? Whatever it is, I don't realy care because I know I love it!
Next was chawamushi, I like the salmon roe in it, but overall the chawamushi was pretty ordinary. Nothing spectacular.
Okay now comes the disappointment, the wagyu beef. The voucher advertise the wagyu beef as the highlight, but unfortunately it is what causes this whole diniing experience to fall apart. The sauce for the beef overpowered the beef and it was way too sweet, how could they even serve this I wonder, don't the chefs taste their food at all? There is something very wrong about this dish. As for the beef, it was tasteless... I am very skeptical as to whether is this really wagyu beef, hmm maybe the lowest grade and frozen type.
If you dont eat beef, you could request for it to be switched to chicken, but the chicken was also unfortunately horrible! Worse than the beef, totally not worth the calories. And as we all know chicken meat is way much cheaper than beef so if you can please do not make the switch.
The maki was again normal and the udon, not fantastic, the crab meat in the udon was tasteless.
We ended our meal with a scoop of ice cream. Ice cream was horrible, it was ICY, with ice crystals in the ice-cream. Again... I wonder if the cooks actually taste their own creation. How could a restaurant serve ice-cream with literally ice crystals in it.
I guess I may not go back again.
Date of Visit: 2012-07-07