I felt I needed to give Aoki a second chance, to confirm the nagging and negative feeling about this place.
The sushi set lunch that day appears almost identical to my order from almost a year ago. They tasted pretty average for one of the top Japanese restaurants in Singapore. But that piece of hamachi was really fishy and the chutoro, sinewy.
Rescuing the less-than-satisfactory main course was a tasting platter of desserts. There was a macha-lookalike icecream but it was actually wasabi. Just a little creamy, it possessed just a bit of that 'kick' without being overwhelming. In the middle, there was a couple of delightfully chewy mochi sprinkled with a fragrant roasted soybean powder and drizzled with a bit of brown sugar syrup. Oh boy, I loved those glutinous things! Last but not least, I had a yuzu sorbet that was good, but would be even better if it was not so sweet.
Service was good, if not borderly obstrusive, as expected of a Les Amis establishment. But really, the desserts and service could not make me come back.
Strangely, despite the countless cups of hot tea, I still felt cold. I think it was the team of aloof chefs in front of me - they countered any ounce of warmth and were such turn-offs. Honestly, if not for the good company I had, only bad memories of that lunch would remain and that would just be so sad.