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Restaurant review: Kuriya Penthouse (closed)

Kuriya Penthouse  (closed)
#12-02 Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
+65 6509 4222

High above the orderly chaos of Orchard Road rests the chic new Kuriya Penthouse, offering authentic Japanese fare and floor-to-ceiling views. Within minutes of a medley of warm “Irashaimase!” greetings, my dinner companion and I were toasting with glasses of champagne – complimentary for all diners – in the serene rooftop garden.

With fish and produce air-flown from Osaka, Kuriya brings in the very best of Japan’s seasonal delicacies. We opted for the Omakase Miyabe ($180), an exquisite culinary feast showcasing the imagination, precision and skill of master chef Mr Koezuka.    

A delectable portion of uni (sea urchin) supported by melt-in-your-mouth yomogi tofu was followed by hirame (flounder), fresh Hokkaido prawns, delicately sliced toro (tuna belly) and a konabe (hot pot) of clam and baby firefly squid, each beautifully accented with freshly grated wasabi, citrus ponzu sauce, oba leaves or pine-needle-skewered ginger cubes.

After an astounding eight courses, including a bowl of sakura ebi (cherry blossom shrimp) rice, we were escorted to the bar for dessert – fruit with chocoberry pudding and panna cotta. The bartender and resident magician, Koji, prepared his signature wasabi cocktail for us ($16) before performing a mind-boggling card trick. Now that’s what I call service!

For a limited time, Kuriya is offering its exclusive Prestige Card (with no need to accumulate initial points) to all diners who mention “Expat Living” during their meal.