For more reviews, visit www.ms-skinnyfat.comKeyaki
at Pan Pacific Singapore
has recently introduced a new okonomi concept kaiseki weekend brunch
. This 'as you like it' concept to kaiseki dining allows diners to customize their 8 course meal from the traditional Japanese formal dining format. With 5 options available for each course, the only problem I foresee is the indecisiveness on your choice of dishes and that to me, is always a happy problem.
The meal starts with Kobachi
(a light amuse bouche) and Sashimi
to waken your palette.
Our Kobachi options were delightful. I can never say no to a freshly made tamago
and the layered Unagi omelette had the right firmness and sweetness. The Seared beef with ponzu sauce
comes recommended too.
was fresh, buttery and sweet. Hotate was unavailable when we visited. The Amaebi sweet prawn was big and juicy. I usually do not order raw prawns but i would certainly do this again.
Once the digestive enzymes are activated, hot dishes such as Yakimono
(grilled dishes) and Teppanyaki
The Cod Teriyaki
was fatty (and that's expected and demanded of this fish) and we ate so fast we practically inhaled the fish.
One could not go wrong with the fresh prawn with bacon
which was smoky, salty and sweet all at once. Another option to go for would be the pan fried pork with ginger
Other dishes included Chicken Soup
and White Bait wrapped in Beancurd Skin
course is simmered in Keyaki's homemade dashi stock
. The Agedashi tofu batter was thin and hence did not turn too stodgy unlike many failed ones that I've had. The soft chawanmushi custard was yuzu flavored this season and acted well as a mid menu palate cleanser.
deep fried course presented the usual tempura dishes. We had tempura prawns, fish and a delicate soft shell crab.
, I'd highly recommend the beef. I could certainly do more with that fried garlic slices.
To conclude, the Shokuji main course
. I was surprised at the sushi rice of my California roll
. Sushi is an art imo and it takes dedication to produce good sushi so I typically don't expect much from Japanese restaurants which do not specialize in it. However, the rice at Keyaki was pearly, sticky and well flavored. I was tempted to order another roll even though I was way stuffed.
The buckwheat soba noodles
were amazing too and should not be missed. We loved the firm texture and intense flavors, and the elegant presentation of the noodles.
Desserts failed to impress however with a rather icy ice cream (red bean/green tea).
Overall, a good meal at Keyaki. Our tummies were satisfied and not exploding (which is a good thing). I loved the ambience as well and adored the zen rock garden just outside the restaurant. Great place to bring the folks for a relaxing lunch. It's $75/pax and $125/pax should you go for the boozy option of unlimited sake, champagne, selected red and white wines and beer.