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Restaurant review: Rakuzen at Millenia Walk in Singapore


9 Raffles Boulevard
#01-16/19 Time2@Millenia Walk
+65 6333 1171

“You can’t go to a Japanese restaurant if you’re pregnant,” announced one of my colleagues as I discussed my upcoming review, “it’s all raw fish!” I was pretty sure that the women of Japan didn’t stop eating for nine months at a time, so I thought I’d take my chances.

The main focus of Rakuzen is a sushi counter, surrounded by wonderfully private booths. Our tasting meal included six kinds of sashimi, beautifully presented on a bed of ice. The restaurant has a method of putting the fish to sleep for the flight over from Japan, so when they say fresh fish, they really mean it!

We also tried the fire mackerel, surprisingly blow-torched at the table; fried smelt, which is like whitebait; avocado tempura rolls; and deep-fried rice in a seafood sauce. It was all presented like a work of art.

Our refreshing dessert of citron sherbert consisted of frozen strawberries stuffed with vanilla ice cream. And although I was restricted to green tea, Jonathan washed down his meal with Kirin beer and finished it off with sake.