Sushi Nakazawa New York City

New York City, December 2016 – Chef Nakazawa might be the apprentice of world famous Tokyo-based sushi Chef Jiro, but his New York sushi bar is a world away from his mentor’s traditional style. The only resemblance was that both served 20 pieces of sushi during the omakase (chef’s choice dinner), except the duration of…

Shinji’s Botan Ebi

Singapore, November 2016 – Every time I visit Shinji St. Regis (my favorite sushi restaurant in Singapore), I can’t wait to savor the fine sushi crafted by Chef Kikuchi. This week, I was really blown away by – a shrimp?!   And it wasn’t just any shrimp – a Botan Ebi like I have never tasted!…

Hashida Sushi

Singapore, November 2016 – Hashida Sushi, one of most popular gourmet sushi restaurants in the Lion City, has moved to bigger premises a few months ago. This is a testament of its popularity amongst the local sushi lovers. We were fortunate to be seated in front of Chef Yuji Sato, the Hokkaido native who is…

Aoki’s Omakase

Singapore, October 2016 – Long before the recent emergence of upscale sushi restaurants all over Singapore, Aoki has been and still is the place to go for refined Japanese cuisine. Recently, I was treated to a fantastic Omakase dinner (SGD300). It was pure indulgence of the finest seafood and ingredients. Ikura appetizer – every spoonful…

Mrs. King Dreams of Jiro Sushi

Tokyo, June 2016 – I finally made it to the most famous sushi restaurant in the world – Sukiyabashi Jiro in Ginza. It was an experience of a lifetime: 1) Jiro’s omakase was exquisite, 2) Watching the masterful Chef Jiro Ono craft each sushi was a graceful performance in itself, 3) A privilege to eat sushi…

Shinji at St. Regis

Singapore – Another sushi lunch with another sushi-addict friend! In my post “Shinji by Kanesaka” (#32 Asia’s Best Restaurants 2015), I mentioned that Shinji is my favorite sushiya in Singapore. Its sister sushiya – Shinji at St. Regis (newly minted One Michelin star in July 2016) – is another favorite of mine. We were lucky to…

Ginza Sushi Ichi, Singapore

Singapore, April 2016 –.  Last week, I visited Ginza Sushi Ichi  (newly minted One Michelin star in July 2016 and the Singapore outpost of  Michelin 1-star Sushiichi in Tokyo) for lunch with my friend (a sushi-addict like me).  It was superb! We selected the Tokusen Nigiri set – 10 pieces of sushi, miso soup and dessert. Sushi…

First Time at Sushi-Ichi

Singapore, September 2013 – Over the past few years, a number of gourmet Japanese restaurants have sprung up in the Lion City. The latest comer is Michelin 1-star Sushi-Ichi, which hails from Ginza, Tokyo. Sushi-ichi takes pride in being “the first in Singapore to offer an exquisite degustation menu featuring top-tier Kyoto Kaiseki, complimented with…

Shinji by Kanesaka, Raffles Hotel

Singapore – I was quite unaware of Chef Kanesaka’s esteemed reputation in the culinary world when I first ventured to Shinji by Kanesaka– his first sushi-ya outside of Japan. Having heard from a friend that a famous sushi-ya from Ginza had opened at Raffles Hotel, I was curious to try it. That was in 2010,…

Chef Hamamoto’s Ki-Sho

Singapore is the competitive grounds for Japanese fine dining where chefs continuously strive to bring out the most sensational cuisine. With the abundance exposure to culinary creativity, it is difficult to “wow” Mr. King and me easily these days. That was until we went to Ki-Sho, also known as Chateau TCC (www.scotts29.com) since it is…

Zuma Hong Kong

Hong Kong, August 2014 – Zuma, the sister restaurant of Zuma London, remains one of my favorites for Japanese food in Hong Kong. Nestled inside the city’s bustling financial district, the décor is contemporary chic. The cuisine can be summed up in these words – “It tastes as good as it looks!” At our recent lunch…