The Place Mention Japanese restaurants located in hotels and Mikuni Japanese Restaurant is inevitably one of the first few names which cross my mind. Located within Fairmont Singapore similar as Prego (read our full review here), Mikuni is like a three concepts under one roof restaurant where you get an extensive menu of different types of Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is very spacious, and split into three dining areas – Sushi counter near the entrance, a Teppanyaki counter and right at the end of the restaurant is the Robatayaki station.
The Food With new Executive Chef Keisuke Uno who has held various stints in Tokyo and other cities, the menu at Fairmont Singapore’s Mikuni has been revamped across its three distinct concepts –Sushi, Teppanyaki, and Robatayaki. The sashimi is freshly sourced and flown from Tsukiji market, teppanyaki highlight include the 63°C Slow-cooked Miyazaki Wagyu Short Rib and Live Lobster, while the Robatayaki features dishes like the Kurobuta Pork Belly and Live Scallop with Onion Butter, King Prawn.
We started off with Chef Nakao’s Sushi Platter – a trio of Matsutake, Miyazaki Wagyu and Foie Gras. Start from the lightly favoured Matsutake sushi, which is prepared with fish stock. My favourite is the foie gras sushi, the richest in flavour but it was so tender and delicious.
Sashimi is one of my all time favourite. The Jou Sashimi (S$110) at Mikuni is essentially chef’s selection of four seasonal sashimi. We were presented the Otoro, Salmon, Uni and Hamachi, all freshly from Tsukiji Market. There is nothing not to love about how fresh they were, especially the melt-in-the-mouth Otoro.
From the Teppanyaki section, I tried the Miyazaki Wagyu Sirloin (S$175/200g). The lightly seared beef is served with four condiments ranging from light to spicy – garlic chips, garlic soy sauce, wasabi and anticucho sauce. The rich and well-marbled beef taste good on its own even without any condiments. Cooked to medium-rare, this is the best way to enjoy good quality beef.
For desserts, I had the Smooth Pear Surinagashi (S$20) with Fresh Berries, Raspberries Sorbet along with Sake Yuzu Consommme. This is a relatively light dessert to conclude the meal. The best bits for me here is the Sake Yuzu Consommme, refreshing and icy at the same time.
Rants A meal at Mikuni is easily a few hundred dollars blown. I do find the dishes over-priced.
Will I Return Again? Quality is not compromised at Mikuni from our visits over the past few years. I would say it is value for money if you have the FAR Card, which gives diners up to 50% (for 2 pax) off the dining menu. Overall, Mikuni is a good Japanese restaurant to impress your date or treat your folks.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Ranted by The Ranter