I’m not a big fan of restaurants located in large shopping malls but have been coming across good reviews of Ginza Kuroson, located at the newly revamped section on Level 3 of the venerable Takashimaya Mall on bustling Orchard Road, and decided to give it a try.
The decor is elegantly Japanese and reminiscent of high-end restaurants in Tokyo, designed with clean lines with a generous use of wooden furniture.
The fresh seafood on display is quite unusual, especially the long-snout Trumpet fish .
You can see Japanese chefs busy working at the open kitchen, grilling fishes and slicing sashimi.
Table setting is lovely, with napkins artistically folded to resemble kimono tops.
The Salmon sashimi is super fresh and creamy, amazing value at S$15 for 5 thick slices, and came with grated fresh wasabi to boot; probably the best deal in town.
The Avocado Salad was a good deal too, with surprisingly thick slices of sashimi underneath, marred only by a too-liberal coating of mayonnaise sauce – otherwise it would have been perfect.
The Age-dashi Tofu was a crisp and fluffy delight, lifted by a dollop of spicy condiment.
This scary looking dish is the jaw of a Tuna, a pretty large one judging from the size. Enough to feed four with an abundance of meat and fat hidden underneath; great with a bowl of piping hot fragrant rice.
The Jaga Niku of Waygu is another to-order dish to go with the rice – fatty chunks of wagyu stewed with potatoes.
We finished the meal with a plate of cold Himi Udon, and a bowl of the same in hot soup with assorted tempura. The slivers of silky-thin udon were good, and the tempura equally well-executed.
Ginza Kuroson is a great find; a recommended pit-stop to rest your shopping-weary feet, and to feast on delicious Japanese fare that doesn’t break your bank.
391 Orchard Rd, Ngee Ann City #03-10
Phone: +65 62353785