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VERY happy Chinese New Year!


I cannot think of a more delicious ending to the long weekend than a dinner at Kaisan. Of course, the official excuse for gluttony was to celebrate the farewell of a good friend/colleague whose last day at the company was tomorrow. We always need to rejoice over a good meal right?

We let Chef Thomas take reign, knowing the latest shipment of fresh fish just arrived few hours prior. True enough, as Chef fed us constantly over the next couple of hours, both of us let out sparodically groans of pleasure.

We started with a sashimi of kodai, apparently a typical fish dish served in Japan to introduce the lunar new year. The meat was firm, subtly sweet and light. Then there was a little dish of ikura, neat. I really enjoyed this. A series of sushi followed. Hamachi was creamy tasting but not oily; shima-aji was really fresh; and we all know how amazingly different bluefin maguro taste, way better than those anemic-looking tuna served elsewhere. We took a little break with a clear palate-cleansing soup made with the bones of the kodai earlier.

To continue the sushi fest, the kanpachi possessed a balance of crunch and richness. Not professing to be a uni-lover, I downed the uni sushi rather quickly but surprisingly with minimal aversion. The botan-ebi was heavenly! If I had to pick a favourite sushi, this would be it. The first bite was crunchy, then the creaminess chaser followed; oh, if only that orgasmic feeling could last forever! We had another prawn dish, pan-fried botan-ebi with shimeiji mushrooms and topped with a sweet mayo cream sauce. While the prawn was still sweet and crunchy, I probably could go without since I am not much of a cream-sauce type of girl.

The friend jested, "The Japanese really knows how to rape the sea!" when the heads from the botan-ebi sushi earlier were grilled for us to savour the legs and creamy roe that resided in the heads. The hotate was big, fresh and sweet and the otoro, both the raw and torched, were needless to say, deliciously sinful. Finally, we rounded off with goma and macha icecream,
accompanied with a fresh, sweet strawberry.

And yes, I had to loosen a notch off my belt before walking out of the restaurant, but not without thinking for another excuse to revisit.

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Kaisan Japanese Restaurant
Tel 63394929
#01-21 Raffles Hotel Arcade

Comments

Chubbypanda said…
Raping the sea indeed. ROFL.
Marvin said…
hi,

Is this what they refer to as "Omakase"? I have always wanted to try but I am afraid it will bust my budget. How much did you spend in total for a meal like this? Thanks!
Mia said…
hi marvin, yep this is a omakase of sorts. it's not that cheap but you can inform the chef of your budget before hand and he can advise whether it's doable. you should try it - it's fun (and delicious of course) :)
if u avoid the expensive stuff, $60-80 is possible. $100 is safe.

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