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The Rising Sun

For the past couple of days, I had lunch at Sun Japanese Dining, which I personally thought could be the next rising sun amongst the many restaurants located in the touristy-yet-charming Chijmes, just across my office.

Sun, just established about 2 to 3 months ago, is the latest brainchild of Suntory Group and is a more dressed-down and less pricey version of Restaurant Suntory. Of course, knowing that, sets a certain expectation that Sun did not fail to deliver. Sun's specialties are kamameshi, sort of like a rice casserole and aburi, or half-broiled sushi.

Yesterday was a business lunch and for that occasion, I chose the sashimi + oden set lunch for S$17.50. The sashimi, served with thin strips of daikon and wasabi, tasted fresh and consisted of generous portions of salmon (3 pcs), yellowtail (2 pcs), scallops (2 pcs), sweet prawn (1 pc), squid (5 strips) topped off with a dollop of prawn roe. The prawn was sooo good and sweet! I wish there were more! While the sashimi was clearly not the best grade possible, it was still of high quality and portions were really a value for money. The sashimi selection was also a welcome change from the usual tuna & salmon combination that most Japanese restaurants serve. The oden, comprising of half a boiled egg, a large cube of fried tofu, a Japanese fish cake roll, half a potato, a large round daikon and boiled spinach, all stewed in a light soy-sauce based broth, was served in a metal pot sitting inside a bamboo dim-sum container so that was quite a unique presentation. The light broth was probably chosen so that each individual ingredient still retained its original flavour. The miso soup, just salted with enough miso, had fresh seaweed, cubed silken tofu and shimeji (I think) mushrooms. I really enjoyed the meal, sans the unfortunate incident of biting into my lower lip, and left feeling stuffed even though I skipped most of the rice. To round off the meal, we had fruit (watermelon and honeydew) and I had tea.

Today, I met up with an ex-colleague and decided to go to Sun again, since it was such a good experience yesterday. I had the saba shioyaki or grilled and salted mackerel + oden set for S$12.50! The saba was a generous half-fillet, salted a tad too much for my liking but nothing a bit of grated daikon could not balance. I particularly enjoyed the lower part near the belly as the fatty flesh was tender and juicy. The rest of the fish was slightly "tougher" though still not bad. The oden was pretty much the same as yesterday. Fruit today was watermelon and papaya and I got the coffee, which was an americano and not regular coffee. That was rather impressive.

Lunch specials are a steal between S$12.50 to S$32.50 for 8 courses of various dishes including deluxe sashimi plus udon noodles and green tea icecream. All set lunches come with fruit and a choice of coffee or tea. Will I return? Though I do not particularly care for sushi, there's still the kamameshi, also on the lunch menu. So most definitely!

Comments

Carla said…
Forgive my ignorance as I haven't been reading your blog for too long, but you used the notation "S$" when refering to prices - i.e. "S$12.50"

My question is which country do you live in / what currency are you refering to?

I haven't seen any mention of nationality in your blog during the short time I've been reading.

Again, please forgive my ignorance.
- Carla
galinusa said…
I'm located near the equator, on the island of Singapore! (does that sound like a Miss World annoucement or what? :P)
Carla said…
Ah hah, thank you!
yang said…
hey, i totally agree with you about SUN :) another japanese rest that i believe ranks up there with tonkichi(isetan) in terms of value and service..

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