The Place I was looking for a lunch spot for my birthday meal this year and Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki pops up when I was searching for an omakase meal. Located in Tras Street, the Japanese restaurant which specialises in beef kaiseki has been opened for a few years and somehow it slips from my food radar. Regardless, I was greeted to a wooden walkway when I entered the restaurant and I am glad I requested for the counter seats as there is a nice skylight above it.
There are also a few regular tables in the shophouse space, along with private dining rooms as well.
The Food Omakase menu is offered for lunch and dinner (from S$300++). There is only one 7-course lunch menu (S$120++), and one distinct trait of Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki is that it uses Ozaki beef from Miyazaki, supposedly the only restaurant in Singapore which carries this breed.
My meal started with the Seasonal Cold Soup – pumpkin purée topped with croutons and kombu.
The next course is the Ozaki Beef with Burdocks where I had braised beef with the fried lotus roots. I like the fried lotus roots which adds some crunch and texture to the beef.
Up next is the Deep-fried Maitake Mushroom with Minced Beef Thick Soup. Ironically, the highlight here is the cripsy mushroom for me, instead of the minced beef.
I enjoyed the Grilled Ozaki Beef, where you get a few slices of the succulent wagyu beef served along with some Okinawan salt, greens and sweet potato.
If you think it is too much beef by now, I do find it acceptable at this point as the portions of the courses are generally not huge. I had the Braised Ozaki Beef where the beef is drenched in the savoury thick sauce.
The highlight of the lunch course is this “Rosanjin” Style Ozaki Beef Sukiyaki served with “Mangetsu” Soft Boiled Egg and Truffle. I always lament that good sukiyaki restaurants do not come by easily in Singapore and this course satisfies my sukiyaki craving. It is also a theatrical sight to watch how the chef prepares this course, before the tender and flavourful beef is served.
The black truffle shavings adds some icing to the course, which is also served with Steamed Rice and Miso Soup.
For dessert, Homemade Hokkaido Shinmura Milk Ice Cream With Gula Melaka was served. Fresh Japanese milk flavour here, and it is nice to conclude the meat-heavy meal with a light dessert.
Rants Relatively “safe” courses, and perhaps there is some surprise elements which are lacking for me.
Will I Return Again? If you love beef, this is one restaurant to try, especially one of beef omakase. The dishes are generally good, though the sukiyaki course is the more memorable one for me.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki
57 Tras Street
Tel: +65 6221 6379
Monday to Friday: 12pm to 2:30pm
Closed for lunch on 1st and 3rd Monday of every month
Monday to Saturday: 6pm to 10:30pm
Closed on Sundays and PH
Ranted by The Ranter