The Place Located in Emporium Shokuhin, Takujo is easily overlooked as it is located at a corner of Emporium Shokuhin with a rather inconspicuous entrance. This is in fact the fine dining concept of the Japanese brand, yet without the overly imposing ambience of most fine dining restaurants. Takujo is one of the many concepts at Emporium Shokuhin which is participating in the latest installation of the bi-annual Japanese Restaurant Week – from 6th to 26th March 2017. Simply dine at any of the 69 participating restaurants and you will receive a lucky draw card where you get to stand a chance to win 2 pairs of ANA air tickets for a return trip between Singapore and Tokyo, Japan!
The Food You can opt for a la carte or the set meals at Takujo, and we decided to go with the Takujo 8-course Signature Dinner Set (S$128++) and the newly launched Sukiyaki / Shabu-Shabu 6-course Dinner Set (S$78++). Retrospectively, it definitely did work out well for us, since we get to enjoy 2 distinctively different Japanese offerings at once.
Some of the highlights we enjoyed on the Signature Dinner Set include the Tokusen Sashimi (with five different types of sashimi including fatty tuna belly), the Flamed A5 Miyazaki Wagyu and the Hon Maguro Kama Shioyaki. We have high expectations of the sashimi at Takujo given that the restaurant imports its fishes from Japan regularly. The fatty tuna belly is without a doubt my favourite, with it’s melt-in-the-mouth texture.
The flamed Miyazaki Wagyu was sliced thinly, such that I could really taste its tender flavour and intense marbling. I certainly wished the serving was larger.
The Hon Maguro Kama Shioyaki is essentially chargrilled Bluefin Tuna cheek/jaw served with Ehime sea salt. I don’t get to try fish cheek often but this version was full of umami. I could taste the fattiness of the Bluefin Tuna, which went well with a tinge of the salt and ponzu sauce, further enhancing its already rich flavour.
Other courses include the French Oysters, crispy breaded Hokkaido Scallops and Live Lobster served with Niigata Rice in savoury broth.
The other dinner set we tried was the Sukiyaki 6-Course Set. The highlights include the silky Ikura Chawanmushi, Seared Shiromi Ponzu and the A5 Miyazaki Ribeye (additional S$15 top up) for the Sukiyaki.
Our recommendation is to go for this option if you love Japanese Wagyu beef as I like it more for its intense marbling as compared to US Wagyu Beef, which is also an option on the menu. The Sukiyaki Pot is complimented with generous servings of seven types of Japanese seasonal vegetables imported directly from Ehime Prefecture. We have no complaints about the quality of the Miyazaki beef. Our only gripe is that we can’t stomach too much of the soup base as it was quite salty.
Upon billing, diners at the Japanese Restaurant Week’s participating restaurants will receive the Lucky Draw Card, with exciting prizes such as return air tickets to Tokyo, DIY Ikura Don Sets, Yunomori Onsen Spa Passes, and Lucky Bags (Japanese snacks, rice, juice & vouchers from Standing Sushi Bar, The Flying Squirrel, Watami, Tampopo, Emporium Shokuhin, Shabuya Shochu Bar, Kuro Izakaya and Tajimaya)! All you need to do is to head over to the Japanese Restaurant Week’s website on your mobile, register yourself on their portal, login and key in the unique Lucky Draw Serial Code on your card! And now, it all depends solely on your luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.
P.S. Get to their website easily by searching “JRWSG” and the Japanese Restaurant Week’s website will appear as the first link!
Check out some of the complimentary eCoupons valid during the Japanese Restaurant Week here!
Rants Takujo might be a fine dining restaurant, but the ambience does not quite impress – particularly when you get curious passersby staring down through the glass facade of the restaurant.
Will I Return Again? For the right occasions, Takujo is a worthy option to consider. While it is not the most affordable of meals, we reckoned that Takujo’s pricing is fairly reasonable for its premium offerings.
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This post is brought to you in partnership with Gurunavi Inc. This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Daily 1130am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
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