Japanese Dining SUN
30 Victoria Street
+65 6336 3166
While I love Japanese food, my favourite standbys such as katsudon and unagi become a little repetitive. So, when Japanese Dining SUN unveiled its new “Gourmet Tour”, featuring produce from the Hokuriku region of western Honshu, I was more than keen to have my palate refreshed.
Hokuriku’s location next to the Sea of Japan means it has a thriving seafood industry and this is reflected strongly in the menu. Of the 20 or so a la carte items, the sea perch ($78) is not to be missed. Choose from a variety of preparation styles: I ordered half of mine as sashimi and the other half in a simmering broth. The sashimi was firm – often not the case with salmon or yellowtail – while the mildly sweet broth had hints of mirin.
The shiraebi karaage ($15.80), deep-fried white shrimp, was tasty, but I liked it more for its novelty factor: the translucent shrimp shells were like windows to the perfectly white flesh. Other notable dishes included springy, semi-flat himi udon noodles ($12.80), made with water sourced from the snow-capped mountains surrounding Hokuriku, and grilled tofu dengaku ($5.80) topped with chunky walnut miso.
It’s a good thing the Gourmet Tour is running for a couple of months (5 March to 6 May, at the Chijmes outlet and also at sister restaurants in Wheelock Place and The Central), as I’m eager to try the katsudon ($9.80). Old habits die hard.