What’s New? We love to put aside time for a good weekend brunch every now and then. If you are thinking of a quiet and nice Japanese theme brunch, Keyaki restaurant nestled within Pan Pacific Singapore has recently revamped its Weekend Brunch, a Kaiseki-style concept presented in an okonomi fashion, where you can curate your own menu based on the various options under each course. It always feel like a state of tranquility whenever we stroll past the beautiful Japanese landscape garden into the restaurant.
The Highlights It is an eight course meal with five options under each course. There are 20 new dishes in the refreshed menu such as Grilled Salmon with Soy Milk Skin, Inaniwa Udon and the hearty Simmered Beef and Vegetables with Sukiyaki Sauce in ‘Yanagawa’ Style.
Typically for okonomi-style menu, we started with the lighter dishes before proceeding to the ones heavier on our palate. I had the Japanese omelette with eel and the freshly sliced Salmon sashimi for a start.
For yakimono, the Grilled Salmon with Soy Milk Skin packed loads of protein, a unique dish which I enjoyed.
Moving on to Nimono section, it was an easy choice for me to have the Simmered Beef and Vegetables with Sukiyaki Sauce in ‘Yanagawa’ Style. Served in a hot pan, the beef has a rich flavour as it was simmered and mixed with egg and mushrooms. It is one of those dish you crave for on a chilly weather.
For Agemono or deep fried dishes, I went for the Deep fried Scallop with Minced Prawn. This dish was average as I thought that it didn’t bring out the freshness and texture of the scallop well. The serving is also smaller than I expected. A better choice from the Agemono is the Tempura, which comes in a nice mix of assortment as I noticed from the other diners.
The Teppanyaki section is always something I look forward to having. Go straight for the beef, which was pan-fried with nice bits of garlic and vegetables. I had mine medium-rare, which gave the beef a good succulent texture and flavour.
Towards the end of the meal, I opted for the Udon with deep-fried Bean Curd, one of the new dishes on the menu. This was a hearty conclusion before desserts, which include options such as Tofu Cheesecake, Japanese Confection and Matcha Ice Cream.
For a luxe brunch experience, there is the option of a curated list of five sparkling beverages to enhance the dishes. The selection includes Laurent Perrier Brut NV Champagne; Sparkling Akazaru Shochu; Mio Sparkling Sake; Manzairaku Kaga Umeshu Soda; and Tiger Beer.
Rants For an eight-course meal, we thought that the timing of each course could be better paced.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Weekend Brunch at Keyaki
Date: Every weekend (and public holidays)
Time: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Price: SGD75 per person (Non-Alcohol)
SGD135 per person (Includes unlimited Laurent Perrier Brut NV Champagne, Mio Sparkling Sake, Akazaru Sparkling Shochu, Manzairaki Kaga Umeshu Soda, Tiger Beer, and Selected Sake, Red and White Wines)
For more information, kindly refer to Pan Pacific Singapore’s website.
Ranted by The Ranter