The Place Tucked at Level 3 of the revamped Suntec City (between Tower 1 and 2), Sumiya Suntec City join the ranks of other Japanese restaurants on the same level, with Kushin-Bo on its left and Eat at Seven just across. Looking more refined than its sister outlet at Orchard Central, Sumiya Suntec City places its focus on both Japanese Seafood and Charcoal-Grilled food. The latter interests me more, with them bringing an ancient Japanese style charcoal-grilling method “Irori Genshiyaki” into Singapore, where fishes are grilled standing vertically against stacks of smouldering charcoal.
And if you are a fan of sake, make sure you head here too. The circular dispenser in the restaurant holds 16 different types of sake, and you will also be able to sample them by having the tasting portion (20ml). If you fancy any of them, there is the option of getting the half (60ml) or full (120ml) portion! All you need is to get a card from the service staff, and pass the card for billing at the end of your meal. This could possibly just be the only place in Singapore where you get to sample a considerable variety of sake at affordable prices.
The Food No better way to start a Japanese meal than this Fresh Bluefin Tuna Mixed Cube Sashimi ($48). Chunks of Ootoro, Chutoro and Akami Sashimi. If you are sharing, just make sure you finish up the Ootoro cubes before your friends!
On to their grill-selections, do try the Fresh Hotate Isoyaki ($11.80); done by grilling the scallop with soy-sauce-dashi broth, this is a must-have for me being a scallop-fan.
You have seen how it’s grilled, you can simply go for the daily’s special or pick your choice of fish. Sumiya Suntec City also installed a fish-drying machine in their kitchen, allowing them to “sun-dry” their fresh fishes in a controlled environment. Curious how it tasted? We had the Dried Kodai (Sea Bream, $28.80) and Dried Maru Aji (Horse Mackerel, $28.80) this evening, and with the fish flavour enhanced by sun-drying and charcoal grilling, all you need was a squeeze of the lemon – the dinner was perfect.
Another main you cannot miss, the Today’s Chef’s Ryoshi Mushi (Open Price) is a hotpot with some of the freshest seafood in the soy sauce and miso soup with garlic and chilli base. You can leave it to the chef or decide yourself what goes into the hotpot, just head over to the counter and you can choose to your heart’s delight! Prices start from the soup base at $6, and you can add seafood such as the Hiroshima Oyster ($4), Hokkaido Hotate ($11.80), Prawns ($5), Abalone ($16.80) and Air-flown fish (market price). Do have this hotpot with a bowl of the Japanese rice, you wouldn’t regret the extra calories!
For desserts, go for this – the Mango & Yoghurt with Matcha Ice Cream ($8.80). Familiar dessert with a slight twist on the Matcha ice cream. Satisfying end to a strongly flavoured meal.
Only 15 sets available daily, the Sumiya Tropical Dessert ($18.80) felt like a local Bo Bo Cha Cha served in a ice bowl. But it was so comforting, it ended my meal on a good note.
Rants Tucked at a corner of Suntec, Sumiya ain’t the most obvious restaurant to spot in the large mall.
Will I Return Again? I have to say I am impressed with Sumiya. They spared no effort to make sure they bring the most authentic Japanese food concepts to you, particularly with their Irori Genshiyaki grilling method. While a tad pricey, you will definitely enjoy the mains here.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Sumiya Suntec City
Suntec City Tower 2 (North Wing)
3 Temasek Boulevard #03-332/333
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