Its Spring season, and Chikusen has lined up a special Spring menu that features the best produce the season has to
offer. I was there recently and here are the highlights of my meal:
Rape Blossom (Nanohana) with Soya Sauce Dashi: Fresh shoots topped with soya sauce. Light appetiser to start the meal.
Grilled Fresh Bamboo shoot: Air-flown from Japan, this was lightly grilled. Crunchy and yummy.
Sashimi – Bonito, Halfbeak (Soyori) and Bream (Tai): You get two pieces of sashimi for each type of fish and the Soyori was my personal favorite.
Braised Rockfish (Mebaru)with Foie Gras, mushroom & fresh bamboo shoot: A whole rockfish braised to perfection. The bamboo shoot that was grilled earlier is also in this dish, but braised this time round. It was good to be able to taste the seasonal bamboo shoot done two ways.
Sukiyaki Wagyu Beef with mushrooms, tofu and vegetables: Served in a mini hot pot, you can cook the beef to your desired done-ness and then dip it quickly into the egg (by the side) to cool it down and straight to your mouth. The sauce cooking the beef is sweet and imparts a great taste. Great!
Noodle - Yaki Somen with spring onions: This dish was surprise. It looked plain, with green onions as a topping. However, when you start tucking in, it was flavourful, as the chef has sauteed the somen with dashi flavored with bonito flakes. Yummy!
Dessert - Plum (Ume) Jelly: The tangy taste of the lemon sauce over the ume jelly complemented each other and gave a deeper dimension to the dessert.
While we were there, we couldn't resist ordering the Signature Chikusen Roll topped with Mentaiko and ebi roe. One word to describe this: Divine!
To go with our meal, we also had cold sake. They have a range of sake that will you can choose from to suit your taste buds.
The Chikusen Spring menu is for a limited period only and offers good value for the amount you pay.
Visit it before its over!
I am a regular at Chikusen so when the staff asked if I could write a review, I agreed.
I stay around the area and therefore dine here often.
Find the food pretty decent and atmosphere is nice.
Some of my favourite dishes there include
1) Kaki Ponzu – The oysters are always plump and fresh and served with a light refreshing sauce
2) Kinoko Tofu – This is their housemade tofu with mushrooms – very very smooth and delicious
3) Cod fish with mentaiko – love cod fish and they do it well, grilling it just nicely and the mentaiko sauce tastes really good with the oily fish
4) Sashimi – I sometimes ask the staff to recommend as they have seasonal specials. Seasonal items recommended by staff can be pricey so check the price before you order.
5) Yaki somen – just plain somen with some spring onions but satisfying and surprisingly good. Try it only if you like spring onions
6) Tuna Eye – This might put some people off but if you dare to take fish eye, the combination of grilled fat, meat and collagen is totally addictive