10 Feb 2013 • 17 reviews • 1 follower
Suju is one of those havens which one escapes to, to get away from the hustle & bustle of Orchard road. Neither too big nor too small, you can choose to dine on the right of the restaurant (banquet-ish seats), the left (lovely floor to celing windows) or the bar where you can watch the chefs in action. Either way, the restaurant is simple and lovely, decked out in warm wood throughout. The service is decent. The star however is the food. Having been there at least 6 times now, Suju never disappoints. For lunch, it is really quite perfect. The place is never really crowded and the food in terms of quality, freshness and portion cannot be faulted. How anyone can feel cheated is a mystery to me. While not cheap ( a set lunch option costs approx $24-28 & will/ can come up to over $30 after taxes), you have to remember that Suju's forte is serving real Japanese cuisine in a fairly intimate setting. At Suju, food is plated properly (on Raku ware), the taste is authentic, and the rice is sublime - good rice, pearly, slightly sticky but not lumpy, wonderful fragrance, mildly translucent. AND you can ask for a second bowl at no charge! Obviously not everyone will agree that this is a fair price to pay but frankly, I'd rather this than pay less at some pseudo-Jap place and fool myself into thinking that I've eaten Japanese food.