Skip to main content

Kaisan, reloaded

A relatively satisfying lunch experience left me hungering for more sushi, not to mention a disappointing dinner at Sushi Yoshida, I just could not wait to give dinner a try at Kaisan. Despite a slight change in the agenda, I was glad the dinner date was kept and literally counted down until the time finally arrived and we took our seats in front of the sushi counter.

With the make-shift “Today’s special” menu hanging on the wall behind serving as a guide, the chef was given free-rein for the dinner. With the food settled, we relaxed and chatted and ate, and talked, and ate some more, and laughed, and ate even more, and made friends with the staff before lifting our heavy stomachs reluctantly so the restaurant could close for the night.

The ball started rolling with Chef’s recommendation of a warm simmered dish of fried whole taro simmered in a thickened broth with shimeiji mushrooms. The dish was lovely, being the vegetable-head that I am. Then the ball gathered momentum with the introduction of sashimi.

Chef started from the white-fleshed and mild-tasting fish, which was a clean and light-flavored sayori, small in size, quickly followed by tennen hirame (wild flounder) eaten with ponzu sauce. A darker and stronger-flavored isaki sashimi followed, not without Chef's showcase of his knifeskills; definitely quite impressive!

Serious fooding, specifically sushi, followed. Again, Chef served us in a similar fashion, in order of intensity. What was put in front of us, we ate. Tai, hamachi, kanpachi, shimaaji, aji, otoro aburi, negi otoro uni, otoro, more of that delicious negi otoro uni (this time naked without rice), taraba kani (Alaskan king crab in season now), hotategai, bluefin maguro, hirame fin, ikura, and finally, we ended our gluttony on a high, a decadent negi otoro temaki.

I am still amazed I managed all of the above, and enjoyed every piece at that too. My head is still giddy from thinking about all that sushi, with special mentions to the fatty otoro that melted in the mouth, the clever sprinkling of yuzu on the saltish sacs of salmon roe, which lifted each element and yet binded them all together, the creamy kanpachi, the innovative combination of uni with negi toro and the sweet, sweet kani in season.

It would be impossible to name a favourite as I savored them all. I also tend to be biased towards a sushi that is not exceedingly big, as in the case of Kaisan. Notably, the mound of rice is kept small, not bland but instead, possesses pleasing hints of mirin and sugar.

Chef Thomas not only believes in serving the freshest of seafood but also chooses to serve seasonal varieties so the quality and flavor are at their peaks. These two qualities, fundamental yardsticks of sashimi and sushi, shone throughout the meal and I am so very glad I do not have to travel all the way to Japan for decent sashimi and sushi.

For the full set of sushi and sashimi porn, visit my photos here.

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


Er... So how much was the damage? Was this something like omakase or you tell them you prefer the type of food you take?
Mia said…
@visible: this was omakase but not the standard one off the menu (there is a $100 and a $200 fixed prie omakase), stating preference for sushi. would probably cost $150-$200/person depending on the type of food served that day. Chef will try to work with your budget if you have one; just seek his inputs before hand.
Cavalock said…
that really,really looks good…I just realized its been too long since I had good sushi or sashimi. Am very tempted to try the place since its near our offices.
yixiaooo said…
gawd, ths sushi looks SO DARN GOOD.. could we could for something more wallet-friendly?? back to being a student.. haha
Chubbypanda said…
Now that's true o-zushi.

- Chubbypanda
Mia said…
@cavalock: since distance is not an issue, why not give Kaisan a try? cooked dishes are also recommended; the Jap guy is rather new but not bad.

@yixiaooo: it is all about expectations. Kuriya is not bad too; slightly less damage.

@chubbypanda: yes!
Cavalock said…
Went to Kuriya in Raffles City yesterday instead, had the chef’s recommendation. $84 but worth it. ;)
Chubbypanda said…
Hey mia!

You've been tagged for my Save Our Faves 2007 food blogger meme. Check out my post for the meme here. Hope you can join the fun. =)

Popular posts from this blog

Towards Weaning.

Since my last post, I have tried to implement a few changes to make things better.  For one, I have decided to stop feeling so stressed about pumping enough milk for A.  Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, after 9 months of pumping without mastitis (blocked ducts yes, mastitis no), I suffered not 1 but 2 episodes of mastitis over 2 consecutive weeks, right boob then left. The supply tanked after the first episode and I decided to take the opportunity to slow things down and gradually wean.  Even though the mental determination was there, it was still affecting me psychologically. I mean, after going through the first few months of suffering through the 3-hourly pumping schedule and building up a decent supply, and then reaching a nice maintenance mode where pumping became easier and a way of life for me, it was hard to let go.

Nonetheless, after the second round, and the supply continued to tank, I thought enough is enough.  Final straw was when the Spectra …

The Wedding Gowns

The Man and I tied the knot on 1.3.14, a popular date because of the homonym when read in Chinese: 一生一世, which literally means, a lifetime, if I am not wrong. Anyway, just for the record, we didn't select the date because of that reason, but on hindsight, it made a very nice coincidence and we won't easily forget our wedding anniversary I suppose. When we got engaged, we went researching for the wedding banquet venue right away (more on that later), and then followed by the wedding gown.  After consulting a few recent brides,  unsolicited input from others, and research on bridal forums, I decided I would like to go ala carte. I also eliminated the Tanjong Pagar bridal studios because I admit I am biased and my mind conjures up an imagery of a typical Tanjong Pagar bride that is wearing a tiara, white gloves, a big poofy ballgown and lots of bling.  I shudder uncontrollably at that thought before and even now that the wedding is over.
Eventually, I visited the following few and…

How do you juggle it all :( ?

I just feel that I don't have enough time - for the husband and  much less for myself!

During the workday, I make sure I try to go home on time so I could spend a couple of hours with A, and put him to bed. Then it's time to have my last pump at about 9pm before I just want to  zone out and crash.  The boy wakes up at least 3 times ever since his last leap when he learnt how to stand. Additionally, he fell really ill for the first time (i.e. antibiotics).  Prior to that, he cries 1-2 times but easily soothed with pacifier or with some milk. Because of these frequent interrupted sleep, the man and I took turns to fall ill as well, and it is difficult to recover. I still have the head colds and occasionally coughing spells.

On weekends, our schedule revolves around family events, and then I try to plan so that A can try to get a nap or 2 as well as to plan our routes throughout the day so I would end up somewhere comfortable to pump when I needed to.  Often the nap part fails,…