Daily: 11:30 - 22:30
Japanese Restaurant Suju specializes inauthentic home cooked Japanese-style dishes made with top grade ingredients.
Strangely, Suju Japanese Restaurant seems to be neglected by most foodies (both bloggers and non-bloggers). Even my friend, one of the diners at our dinner date have visited the rest of the restaurants at Mandarin Gallery except Suju.
We started off with Sashimi Specialty of The Chef (Assorted Sashimi), priced at $36 per person. We ordered for 2 pax hence the plate of sashimi resulted in a damage of $72. We understood why it is so expensive the moment it landed in our mouth. We savour the sweetness and freshness of the sea with each piece of the sashimi.
The Nasu Dengaku, a cold appetiser, was the next served to our table. Deep fried eggplant with Suju Miso top with sauce was a simple but pleasant dish. One could savour the natural sweetness of the eggplant and the miso sauce added tincture of savoury in it. Somehow, like a salad.
Very quickly, all our Mains were served at the same time. First we have the Tori Momo Kurozu Itame. I enjoyed this dish more than the beef we ordered. Since it was sourish, it whetted the appetite.
Beef Cheek Miso was stewed and simmered in red wine and the meat absorbed the red wine fragrance completely. It was tender and melt in the mouth. The 3 diners at Suju enjoys rich food but most of us still feel that this was a little too rich for our preferences.
Shake Chazuke and Mentaiko Chazuke were comforting. We like it. Rice in soup, who could resist such a homely dish?
Before the end of the meal, we ordered 2 out of the 3 desserts.
Catarana is an Iced pudding in roasted green tea flavour. Among the 2, this is a hit with me. Slightly sweetish with tea fragrance. This is what I enjoyed.
Annin Tofu is Suju Style almond pudding which has the typical Chinese Almond Jelly taste with a texture akin to the traditional tofu and a creaminess in it too. I am never a fan of the Chinese Almond Jelly so this isn’t my kind of dessert. But my other diner enjoyed this tremendously.
Suju Japanese Restaurant has a homely Japanese ambience. Not noisy even the section we sat were at 80% capacity.
All the 3 diners at the dinner agreed that the best part of the meal was the Assorted Sashimi. With no doubt, I would highly recommend the Sashimi Specialty of The Chef to diners who is willing to bear the high premium. Next the Chazuke and Tori Momo Kurozu Itame. End the meal with Catarana.
More review on http://www.nahmj.com
A freind recommended me to this place. Grill salmon set for $$22 is great way to have a healthy and yet delicious lunch. The place is also very good for kids, might want to ask them to take the salt down a notch, if you are ordering for your young one. My friend ordered the wagyu misoyaki, after trying a small portion I decided that i will order it on my next visit. Although they don't have that many service staff they do a good job attending to the cutomers.
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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.