The Place Orchard Plaza is becoming a little Cuppage Plaza where more Japanese restaurants have started to open in this mall. After a meal at Yuta last month, I checked out Sushi Kyuu By Shunsui which is located on level three of the mall. This is a relatively new restaurant concept under the same group as four-time Michelin Plate awardee Kappo Shunsui.
The space of Sushi Kyuu is relatively small with two tables and counter seats. The interior is open concept which means you get upclose action of the chef in the open kitchen, as well as other diners. Unlike Kappo Shunsui, the price at Sushi Kyuu is more accessible. Helming the Sushi Kyuu counter is Chef Kuni Shimuta, the executive chef of Kappo Shunsui.
The Food Choose between two omakase course menus – the Omakase (S$129++) or Premium Omakase (S$159++) that offers 2-3 more courses including the Uni roll, a hand roll topped with a luscious layer of uni.
Sushi Kyuu is currently offering the Omakase menu at a promotional price of S$99 (Up $129++) for a limited time only, which is available only at the 5:30pm or 6pm seating (not available for the 8:15pm seating). The menus change with the season’s offerings where ingredients used are flown in from Toyosu, Japan.
I had the Omakase option, which contain about 20 courses. It sounds crazy, but some of the courses are bite-size portions. Here are what I had:
The meal started with a Monkfish liver with ponzu sauce as an appetiser.
2. Siphone Dashi Soup
A small tea cup of soup to cleanse the palate.
I had a trio of French Mackerel, Scallop, and Shark Skin Flounder.
A series of sushi courses next:
4. Hirame (Flounder)
5. Ika (Squid)
6. Kinmedai (Golden Eye Snapper)
Definitely one of my favourite types of fish, the Kinmedai has a more flavourful and pleasant taste profile as compared to Hirame or Ika.
7. Mekajiki (Swordfish)
This has a chewier texture as compared to the Kinmedai.
One of the “wettest” versions I have had, this steamed egg is topped with seaweed and has bits of fish meat within.
Part two of the sushi series:
9. Buri (Yellowtail)
10. Akami-zuke (Lean Tuna)
There is a tinge of citrusy notes to the tuna.
11. Chu-toro (Medium Fatty Tuna Belly)
12. Unagi Sandwich
I am surprised I enjoyed this! The Unagi texture is soft and very flavourful after it is lightly torched. Wrapped in a crispy seaweed, delicious!
13. Home-made Satsumaage
Hot fishcake as a snack to break the sushi tempo a little.
14. O-toro (Fatty Tuna Belly)
I can always do with more O-toro, and as expected, a very flavourful profile.
15. Aji (Horse Mackerel)
16. Maki Roll
A seaweed roll with Negitoro.
17. Seasonal Pickles
18. Overflowing Ikura Rice with Uni
A mini bowl of rice with the signature overflowing Ikura rice.
19. Miso Soup
Not exactly my preferred type of dessert, I had the mochi with roasted brown sugar, peanut and red bean.
Rants The meal feels a little fast paced at some points, though my meal still took about two hours to complete.
Will I Return Again? Is Sushi Kyuu By Shunsui value for money? Relatively so, as the price point is competitive, though there are hits and misses for me. Head here if you are more of a sushi omakase person, and it would not break the bank.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Sushi Kyuu By Shunsui
150 Orchard Road, Orchard Plaza
Tel: +65 8876 4733
Tuesday to Sunday: 6pm to 11pm
Closed on Monday
Ranted by The Ranter