Daily: 11:30 - 14:30
Daily: 17:30 - 22:00
Brilliant red and orange decor dominates the interior of this modern Japanese restaurant, but Japanese food is not the only cuisine on offer here. The degustation menu encompasses Japanese, French and European dishes, with an emphasis on the presentation of each course.
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There is only one corner through which you can access Dozo at the midscale Valley Point Shopping Centre. Whether by lift or by the short spiral staircase, it feels claustrophobic, and for a moment upon stepping into Dozo, subterranean. Red fabric cylinders of lanterns levitate glowingly in the mirrored hallway. Their color rubs off on exposed black ventilator shafts that whisper clandestine knowledge.
Dozo, which has Tao’s (now at Central) as its lesser sister, used to be a secret in the out-of-way recesses of River Valley. It has now earned quite a reputation for fusion cuisine and the seating area beyond the hallway throngs with young couples and families, possibly from the neighborhood. New age instrumentals and fine-dining cutlery appear to be excessive for the crowd. It was the affable staff that eases you into the casual vibe, sans white tablecloth.
The premise set by Dozo’s director, Huang Yen Kun, is affordable fine-dining set meals, framed as a “degustation” menu with choices. There is only one price each for a 6-course lunch set (minus a cold starter; $39.80++) and a 7-course dinner ($59.80++), so you know what you will eventually pay for and what you will get beforehand. Nothing is a la carte.
That leaves the stress only to selecting your food. Things start off with a plum juice shot half-deep in ice, refreshing with a strong helping of sugar.
Each table is supplied with a coral of uncooked pasta doing their best impression of breadsticks. The flavors are Parmesan, spinach and chili.
The starters are the same for all, too. They came as a bite-sized trio platter. You are advised to move from the middle (pan seared scallops with asparagus and a spayed miso foam) to the heavier options at your left (smoked salmon, mint and strangely, a harmless bit of sweetened whip cream) and right (foie gras and raisin on a coin of bread, hugged in demi-glace).
Each dish at Dozo fledges to be elaborate. New Style Tuna Tatare with Avocado bolsters its claim with a tantalizing potion of ginger juice and soy on the side to be poured as dressing. The tuna is cubed alongside avocadoes like a poke, with carrot shreds and iceberg lettuce, if nothing too new.
The 2-page menu is best navigated by spotting the biggest constituents of each choice; accessories are nugatory if the names have a fancy twang. A Beef Tataki with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayo Mosaic had not much truffle oil in mayo on the well-marbled beef. It is built as a scaffold of meat and wafer-like crepe inside, posing as the Effiel Tower, as the waiter will have you believe. (Not that it needed the truffle.)
Yuzu was not duly present in taste, as claimed, in three plump curls of snails in a tasty gratin. Neither was it in the fourth one in its shell by the side. (Gratinated Escargots baked with Yuzu Butter)
Went to celebrate my mum's birthday. Food was fantastic, and the portion just nice for us. And was given complimentary birthday cake!! You may want to look out for credit cards offer deal before making your reservation.
I love japanese food
But usually am very lazy to write reviews
But this place is much more affordable than so many other japanese places & the food is just out of this world amazing! With gd ambience & service. Was very pleasantly surprised. I'm definitely recommending this place & coming back.
My family and I ate the 7 course dinner at $59.80/pax tonight (9feb Sunday 8-10pm). 6 of us.
I saw cheaper 6 course lunch option so will come back to try that ♡
My mom was the one who recommended us this place. We tried almost everything that night. So much to recommend really gd. I love the freshness of all the fish mainly. Beautiful.
Well done, Dozo.
I was definitely impressed.
Down from the ambience to the food display to the of course taste of the lovely courses.