The Place Located at Duxton Road, I only found out about Mitsu Sushi Bar recently, even though it has been opened for slightly over six months. The 2-storeys Japanese restaurant spots a more intimate counter seat dining at level one where you can watch the chefs at work, while the setting of level 2 is the regular dining tables along with private tatami style dining.
The Food Helmed by Japanese chefs, the menu at Mitsu Sushi Bar is primarily set menus and omakase options, along with seasonal menus. For its location and setting which leans towards the higher end scale, the prices are fairly reasonable. The lunch sets starts from S$18++, while dinner sets are priced from S$28++; very affordable. The dinner omakase starts from S$108++, which include an appetiser, sashimi, hot dish, sushi, soup and dessert. Most of their ingredients are air-flown from Japan 5 times a week, so you can be assured of its quality and freshness.
My visit coincided with the Spring Season where team has worked out a seasonal Alaskan King Crab menu where you can enjoy the fresh crab in various styles. Before we get to the crab dishes, we tried some of the staple dishes on its menu.
The appetiser to start our meal is the baby squid and fruit tomato, which showcase the freshness of the ingredients here. The squid looks and tastes raw but is surprisingly acceptable for me.
I can’t resist good sashimi, and the ones I had were the Blue Fin Tuna Belly, Spanish Mackerel, Herring and Sweet Prawn.
For sushi, I love the semi-grilled blue fin tuna belly. Tuna belly itself already has a very fatty texture, so serving it in semi-grilled style is a risk in my opinion as the good tuna belly meat may go to waste. I am glad this version still retains the rich tuna belly flavour without over-grilling it, yet it accentuates the tender texture of the tuna well.
The fresh sea urchin is another sushi we always enjoy.
I also managed to try some of the interesting fishes at Mitsu which I have not come across before. For instance, the Hakkaku fish is characterised by its unique octagon shaped head where we tried it in its sashimi form. It looks intimidating, but the sashimi turns out to be delicious.
The other interesting fish I tried is the Yagara fish, an elongated fish which I have never seen before. The sashimi slices are pinkish white in colour and though its flavour is not as rich as other fishes like tuna and salmon, I enjoyed it. Part of my enjoyment stems from the novelty of the dish for me since I have never tried this before.
On to the Alaskan King Crab menu, the Kani Tamago Tofu ($20) comes with a crispy baby crab with sea urchin with egg tofu, while the Kani Sumiso (S$20) has crab meat with asparagus and vinegar miso.
My favourite crab dish, however, is the Kani Sakamushi (S$18) where the crab is steamed with sake. The sake infused crab meat is very sweet and fresh, and it helps that it is really easy to extract the crab meat.
For something safe to go along, you can’t go very wrong with the Kani Truffle Udon (S$18), essentially cold udon noodle with truffle oil and crab meat.
Rants The lack of ala carte items on the menu is a double edged sword as it makes it harder for diners who are out to share their sushis and makis. That said, the restaurant is not ruling out adding ala carte items to its menu in time to come.
Will I Return Again? The entrance of Mitsu Sushi Bar looks intimidating and feels like an out of reach Japanese restaurant. On the contrary, it does dish out certain value for money lunch and Omakase sets with regular fresh imports of ingredients from Japan. The set meals are the deals I will return for.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Mitsu Sushi Bar
21 Duxton Road
Tel: +65 6221 0888
Monday to Saturday: 11am to 3pm; 6pm to 11pm
Closed on Sundays
Ranted by The Ranter