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I couldn’t play tennis as it was raining that Sunday afternoon, which led to the husband skipping his gym session so that we could head out (go gaigai or jalan jalan) earlier. Since my parents were away on a short trip, we had the car to ourselves and we drove to Orchard! Wheeeee! :D Misterchewy suggested eating at Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant at Far East Shopping Centre because he had not tried the food there and was craving for some Japanese food.
Yours truly, on the other hand, had been to Rakuichi at Dempsey. That was a long long time ago but the first impression was a good one! :)
Here’s the excited boy after we have placed our order for the Mini Course ($48). We decided to have the same thing.
If there’s one thing that I could never get sick of, it would definitely be thickly sliced fresh Sashimi embedded in a basket of crushed ice! I like it when raw fish is served with ice because it ensures that the fish is adequately chilled and I personally feel that the fish’s firmness is retained.
The fish was fried to a delicate crisp and we could taste the fish’s natural sweetness and oiliness from within. We forgot to ask and I’m guessing that this is fried horse mackerel. Can anyone determine by looking at this photo? Anyway, the only thing we disliked was that there were too many fine bones which made the eating process slightly less enjoyable.
Ok this is kinda random but misterchewy has maintained this habit of uploading food pictures (amongst some others) onto Instagram. You can add him at @misterchewy! I don’t have an Instagram account yet but I will have to wait till I switch to an iPhone :P
We had the wonderful opportunity to sample the Aburi Sushi. It is a type of nigri sushi in which the slice of raw fish had been lightly flame grilled or blow torched. We enjoyed the slightly roasted smokey flavors and the soft delicate textures of the fish.
Doesn’t this small pot of Soup resemble a mini steamboat? There were an assortment of mushrooms, tofu, vegetables and salmon. The soup bore a light, sweet miso taste.
Dessert of the day was a simple yet very solid scoop of Black Sesame Ice Cream! I’m not sure if it’s homemade but it’s really really good stuff. To sum things up, we enjoyed our leisurely meal at Rakuichi.
Here’s a photo to make you drool! Hahaha! *cues humsup face* Ok la, as you can see, this was taken before the A&F official opening, where the entire line-up of hot-bods made countless ladies weak in the knees. XD
After an entire day of walking and shopping at Orchard with misterchewy, it was time to head home! :D
Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant
545 Orchard Road
Far East Shopping Centre
(Next to Hilton Hotel)
Singapore 238 882
Tel: 6737 0757
11.30am – 2.30pm
6pm – 10pm
Thought I should share my experience at Rakuichi now since the Rakuichi Course Special ($68) which my friend and I both had is only till March 2010. You need to have a minimum of two orders before they will serve you this. Although they call it the “Course Special”, in reality it is known as Kaiseki – a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. The food is served in a certain order beginning with appetizer and ends with dessert.
Appetizer (individual portion) was served on a rectangular plate consisting of four items – river shrimp, salmon roe, semi-grilled salmon and tamago.
Next came the Sashimi (sharing portion) – thick slices of assorted raw fish. Extreme freshness and quality guaranteed!
The Grilled scallop and mushroom served in foil (individual portion) was also very fresh and juicy. The dish by itself looked interesting enough.
Wagyu Beef served on hot plate (sharing portion) was a wee bit disappointing after having tried wagyu in Hokkaido! I half expected it to also melt in my mouth but sadly, it failed to produce the same results with the wagyu I had previously :( Well, I guess it’s foolishness on my part.
After having oily fare, Steamed Tenaga prawn with egg custard (individual portion) was served. Steamed egg custard never looked so good with that huge a prawn lying on top of it! But we were tricked. We were actually given a cross section of a prawn each. Haha! Nevertheless, I still love this very much. I’m an egg custard fan!
And now comes the rice part, Grilled spicy tuna cut roll & Raw tuna sushi (sharing portion). I learned that rice is served towards the end of a kaiseki but in the past, it was served at the beginning. The reason for such a change is so that people can have room for the other dishes. And how right it is to implement this change!
We were already filled to the brim when the last dish (before dessert) arrived! The Snapper soup served in claypot (sharing portion) didnt leave much of a lasting impression probably because we were really too full. Didnt manage to finish up the entire thing.
Dessert was just fresh fruits but it was beautifully decorated on top a bowl of crushed ice. There was some vanilla ice cream in the strawberries as well.
For more information on kaiseki: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2348.html
Total bill was $160 after GST.