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S$88++ omakase by ex-chef Hide Yamamoto at new Japanese restaurant in Orchard – Mothership.SG

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If you are looking for your first omakase experience, Unkai Sushi can be a good place to start.

The new restaurant, housed in the Orchard Hotel Rendezvous, specifically caters to working young adults who may not have such a large budget for omakase meals, chef Eugene Lam said.

Photo by Mandy Comment

Photo by Mandy Comment

Although he is only 31 years old, Lam already has 12 years of experience in Japanese restaurants, including Hide Yamamoto, Ashino and Sushi Mieda.

At Unkai Sushi, an omakase experience starts at S$88++ (~S$103). The price includes :

  • Aperitif
  • 10 sushi
  • A roll
  • Soup and dessert

Elsewhere, the same meal can cost you upwards of S$100 before tax.

Here is the menu of our media session:

Aperitif: Black snail (seasonal)

10 sushi:

1. Sea bream

2. Golden Snapper

3. Wild shima aji (Wild Strip Jack)

4. Tsuke akami (akami with yuzu zest)

5. Amberjack Belly

6. Baby Tuna Chutoro

7. Flounder with plum salt

8. Engawa (fatty part of plaice fish)

9. Hokkigai (surf clam)

10. Sumi ika sushi (cuttlefish)

Of the 10 sushi, items one through six are fixed, while the other four are seasonal.

We skipped the handroll to try items from other sets, and it’s ice cream for dessert.

Thoughts of an omakase noob

For someone having omakase for the first time (yes me), the 30-seat restaurant was the right level of intimidation – friendly enough but not too hoity-toity, if that makes sense.

Photo by Mandy Comment

Photo by Mandy Comment

Photo by Mandy Comment

For raw fish, my palate is quite conventional, craving salmon sashimi most of the time.

One of the concerns I had due to my unsophisticated taste buds was the wide variety of raw seafood, but I’m happy to report that there is no fishy taste that might put off newbies.

Instead, you get flavors of fresh seafood sweetness, topped off with a loose mound of sticky grits.

Our starter of black snails. Photo by Mandy Comment.

Photo by Mandy Comment

Photo by Mandy Comment

Photo by Mandy Comment

Photo by Mandy Comment

Photo by Mandy Comment

The label suggests stuffing the whole sushi in their mouths, but I found that difficult for some sushi, especially hokkigai.

Photo by Mandy Comment

Photo by Mandy Comment

As the rice is seasoned in two distinct ways (depending on whether it’s served with fish or seafood) and Lam uses a number of different seasonings, the flavor profile never gets boring despite the extensively composed menu. sushi party.

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Verdict? Unkai Sushi offers a value for money proposition on the popular omakase meal, without compromising on quality. This is from someone who hasn’t had omakase anywhere else, though.

If you don’t mind splurging more, there are two more omakase menus at Unkai.

The S$138++ set comes with:

  • Aperitif
  • Seasonal grilled fish
  • Hot dish
  • 11 sushi
  • Soup and dessert

While the S$188++ set is even more complete:

  • Aperitif
  • Five Kinds Sashimi
  • Seasonal grill
  • 11 sushi
  • Soup and dessert

The sushi in these sets are also different from the S$88++ menu.

Of the S$188++ set, we got to try what Lam calls the “Peekaboo,” a brackish surprise of uni and chutoro (tuna), the two ingredients coming together in an exceptional union.

Photo by Mandy Comment

Photo by Mandy Comment

Another highlight from the same menu is braised abalone with abalone liver sauce.

It’s hard to describe seafood so much without being repetitive, but we ate it slowly in order to savor it.

Photo by Mandy Comment

Photo by Mandy Comment

Photo by Mandy Comment

A la carte menu from S$18++

The sushi is good enough to keep us coming back to try the restaurant’s a la carte dishes, which start at S$18++ for Kaisen garlic fried rice (there’s also only garlic fried rice for S$12++).

What we (I) really had our eye on, however, were the Pork Cheek Rice Bowl (S$26++) and the Chirashi Don (S$30++), the latter a bowl of marinated salmon, mekajiki (swordfish) and tuna. with homemade soy sauce.

Photo via Unkai Sushi

Unkai Sushi

Address: 1 Tanglin Road #01-10, Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore 247905

Opening hours:

Monday to Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (last order at 9 p.m.)

Reservations: 9634 8508, CHOPE, Oddle Reserve.

Top image by Mandy How