Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 14:30
Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 01:00
Sun: 18:00 - 23:00
Located at Nanson Road, Satsuma Shochu Dining serves a large variety of Japanese food.
Me and my boyfriend patronized this chic Japanese restaurant at the achingly hip The Gallery Hotel and were impressed by the beautiful lit wall interiors decorated sakura petals! With such a lovely start, the meal itself was even better. We have Lychee Martini with a shochu base (I love lychees as they impart a hint of sweet and delicate flavour to a drink) while he had the Ginger beer. For mains we had the salmon and avocado Tartare which features our fave Japanese golden mushrooms paired with steaming rice. The service staff were patient in explaining some of the dishes and drinks menu.
Reservation is recommended as they were running at full house when we arrived. We were lucky to reserve the last (available) table for the night by calling just 10 minutes before our arrival.
We got a little disorientated as we tried to find our direction to the restaurant. Upon reaching Gallery Hotel, the signboard directed us to step behind and out of Gallery Hotel. To get to Satsuma Shochu, one will need to keep right and walk straight to the last of the 3 cylinder-looking buildings. Easily identifiable with its sakura cut outs.
And from the menu, we ordered:-
1) Vegetable stick, $5 – This was placed on our table once we were seated. I would not have ordered this (from the menu) had they not placed it on our table. But we are happy to part with our $5 as it allowed us to munch (mindlessly) away as we looked through the menu and while we waited for our dishes to be served. In fact, my friend really liked the raw cabbage. We even asked for second helping of the dipping sauce. Keke.
2) Assorted raw fish, $56 – Ordered under the sashimi section, $56 gave us 5 different types of sashimi. I enquired if the $79 will give us premium fishes, to which the staff replied that the $79 gives us 2 more fishes. So with that, we opted for the $56.
3) Chopped bluefin tuna belly with spring onion, $39 – From the cold dishes section, this was pretty good to my surprise as I don’t normally expect quality sashimi in yakitori restaurants. And don’t underestimate the quantity. There’s more than enough for 2 to share in the funnel-shaped bowl.
4) Chicken wing, $7 – From the charcoal-grill section of menu, the wings were so good! You know how there’re 2 bones within the wing? The chef broke the bones up such that it’s easier / more straight forward to tuck in. But most importantly, the wings were grilled to perfection. Skin was crispy while meat was succulent! So good!
Due to the (silly) 3000 characters limit, please continue to read my review on other dishes here Part2
8) Spicy cod roe spaghetti, $17 – From the rice/noodle section, I did not like their warm rendition of the mentaiko noodle. I had better elsewhere.
9) Green tea ice cream with red bean, $8
10) Black sesame ice cream with red bean, $8
We enjoyed ourselves tremendously! Food was good, ambience was nice and service was great. Clearing of our plates and topping up of our drinks (hot green tea and iced water) were done promptly. I will definitely be making a second trip back as there’re many interesting items on the menu which I will like to try. Like the ‘pork rice ball tea soup’, ‘Japanese mackerel with plum’, ‘steam custard with foie gras’ and ‘small abalone with truffle sale’.
Ohhh, I am a glutton. Haha.
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Satsuma Shochu Dining Bar is an izakaya* with more than 100 labels of of shochu** by the glass. Located on the premises of The Gallery Hotel at Robertson Quay, there are two seating options. On the first level, you will have a more casual and relaxing dining environment and be seated on tatami, while the second floor offer more formal dining environment with table and chairs.
The décor of the restaurant is very casual, which is normal for izakaya type dining establishment, as in Japan. The most catchy decoration is the stack and stack of shochu bottles on offer.
As the little devil and I are unable to consume alcohol at the moment, we stick with the food. While our two other dining companion, decided on take on the shochu. Their food are served in a small portion, which is more to accompany the drinks.
Yellow Tail with Truffle Oil Dressing ($25) and Chicken Skin mixed with Cod Roe ($10) are our starters. The yellow tail is fresh with subtle sweetness, and the truffle oil dressing gives the taste another dimension. The Chicken skin salad is really an indulgence for chicken skin lover like myself, crispy deep fried chicken skins combine with fresh cucumber and coe roe to make you feel less guilty when you enjoy the yummyynesss!!!!
For Kushiyaki – Grill items comes in a pair, we ordered:pork belly ($7), cheese rolled with pork ($5), asparagus rolled with pork ($7), quail eggs wrapped with pork ($6), ox tongue ($9), goose liver ($13), prawn with basil leaves and pork ($13), prawn with sweet miso sauce ($18), meat bar serve with raw egg ($6), Squid ($9), Sishamo (pregnant fish - $6), mushroom stuffed with mince chicken ($6).
Most of the grill items are grilled to perfection. However, there are some items that you should not miss out on when you are here. Goose Liver, crispy charred on the outside and melting soft on the inside. Prawn with miso sauce, fresh, tender juicy prawns topped with miso. Of course my favourite, pork belly; crispy, tender and juicy.
In case the petite dishes do not fill up your tummy, you can try their zaru soba ($12) and oyster omelette ($15). The soba is nicely al dante, while the omlette is generous in serving with tasty soy gravy.
For the sweet tooth, you can try their Candied sweet potato ($10). Deep fried sweet potato, coated with liquid sugar. To satisfy those deserts cravings. Recommend serving for 2.
Service is very attentive and good. The grill stuff might come a bit slow when the place is packed.
Overall, this place serve excellent authentic Kushiyaki to accompany the shochu. It is a good place to catch up with friends or entertain your clients. The best part, you can eat grill food and come out from the restaurant without smelling like the food itself. Cheers!!