26 Jul 2014
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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