The Place Nestled within Odeon Towers is Shinsora, a one-year-old Japanese Omakase restaurant which introduced a lunch serving just last month. It is a cosy 10-seater restaurant which can be accessed via Standing Sushi Bar, and is helmed by Chef Sky Tai, the World Sushi Cup Champion 2018. Chef Sky has 20 years of sushi making experience under his belt and has spent the past decade at Standing Sushi Bar.
The setting of Shinsora is counter table seating, which gives you a close view of what goes on in the open concept kitchen.
The Food Chef Sky serves Edomae sushi and uses sasanishiki rice. The sushi rice uses a house blend of three types of vinegar, including Yohei aka-zu, a red vinegar made from matured sake lees by Japan’s famed vinegar brewery house, and Yokoi that has been aged for three years.
The newly launched lunch Omakase menu comes in 9-piece menu (S$90++) and a 15-piece menu (S$200++), where Chef Sky can adjust the pace of the meal since weekday lunch hour can be a rushed affair for office folks.
Lunch is available Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays only, from 12pm (one seating). Reservations are required.
I had the 9-piece menu, and here are the series of sushi I had:
Matsukawagarei (Barfin flounder)
A mild, sweet taste, served simply with sea urchin sea salt and freshly grated wasabi.
The ebi is wrapped with iso no yuki kombu from Hokkaido. I love the sweet flavour of the ebi here.
This is served aburi-style as Kamasu is a fatty fish, which helps to elevate its flavours.
Akami (Lean tuna)
Negitoro (Minced tuna belly)
If you are not full at this point, there are also handrolls on the lunch menu with options like Negitoro (S$30), Maguro (S$45), Aburi Otoro (S$45) and Uni (seasonal price, currently at S$45) hand rolls.
I had the Uni hand roll which uses Bafun Uni from Hokkaido. Love that crispy seaweed from Kyushu which is slightly toasted before the copious and luscious Uni are spread on the seaweed along with rice. A very indulgent treat, and it is good.
The Omakase menu concludes with a Miso Soup and Seasonal Fruit for dessert.
Rants It is a pity that no Uni ingredient is showcased in the S$90 menu. As Shinsora is adjacent to Standing Sushi Bar, the noise from Standing Sushi Bar is also slightly audible.
Will I Return Again? S$90 for an Omakase lunch is quite a steal in Singapore’s context. Ingredients are fresh and the pacing is just right for me especially when I have to head back to work after a weekday lunch.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
331 North Bridge Road
#01-04 Odeon Towers
(Accessed via Standing Sushi Bar)
Tel: +65 8737 4366
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12pm (one seating)
Tuesday to Sunday: 7pm to 10:30pm
Closed on Monday
Ranted by The Ranter