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Shinji By Kanesaka (Raffles Hotel)

AsianJapanese
Shinji By Kanesaka shares an appreciation for the age-old Japanese culinary traditions and together with a team of native Japanese chefs, they create the ultimate Edomae sushi dining experience.

Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 15:00

Mon - Sat: 18:00 - 22:30

+65 63386131
$298 based on 40 submissions
Lunch (15 votes), Dinner (14 votes), Business Dining (12 votes)
Melody Ju

Definitely the BEST sushi in Singapore!

http://melodyju.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/singapore-shinji-by-kanesaka-%E3%81%99%E3%81%97%E9%81%93%E7%9C%9F%E6%AC%A1-raffles-hotel/

After been to Japan several times, and tried several upscale sushiya such as Mizutani, Iwa, Yoshitake, etc. Finally tried this place and it was AMAZING. All the fish are flown in from Japan daily, which is undoubtly the highest quality in Singapore. Super awesome shari as well, and nice kinfe work. 

Very nice ambiance and friendly chef, which is totally differnet from the chefs in AOKI and Tatsuya, the chefs here intereacts with customers a lot although they all come from Japan and have limited English skills. Have to go back more often!

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14 Nov 2014 • 26 reviews • 0 follower

Definitely the BEST sushi in Singapore!

http://melodyju.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/singapore-shinji-by-kanesaka-%E3%81%99%E3%81%97%E9%81%93%E7%9C%9F%E6%AC%A1-raffles-hotel/

After been to Japan several times, and tried several upscale sushiya such as Mizutani, Iwa, Yoshitake, etc. Finally tried this place and it was AMAZING. All the fish are flown in from Japan daily, which is undoubtly the highest quality in Singapore. Super awesome shari as well, and nice kinfe work. 

Very nice ambiance and friendly chef, which is totally differnet from the chefs in AOKI and Tatsuya, the chefs here intereacts with customers a lot although they all come from Japan and have limited English skills. Have to go back more often!
30 Oct 2014 • 12 reviews • 1 follower

Still a very solid Sushi-ya serving high quality food consistently

This will be my 2nd dinner review of Shinji Kanesaka Singapore. The first one took place more than 2 years ago. During this dinner, approximately I had 9 appetizers, 13 sushi pieces and 1 fruit dessert. A few dishes I especially enjoyed were: -Autumn assortment of small items. This dish looked quite beautiful by Shinji standard. I loved the mushi awabi (the steamed abalone was quite tender, a bit chewy and tasty) and ankimo (monkfish liver; it tasted like duck liver of the sea indeed – rich & creamy). There were also ‘cute’ crispy sawagani with Ok taste as well as not-so-bad grilled kamasu. The grilled Matsutake, from Iwate prefecture, and ginko were average -Like the earlier visit, I ate creamy and sweet duo of uni with salt. I liked the bafun uni a little more than the murasaki one -Meiji maguro (baby tuna, 6-month old) with ginger soy sauce was tender and light -In Shinji, I usually liked the Chutoro better than Otoro. In fact, it’s probably the best place to savor this medium fatty tuna in Singapore. Here, the chutoro was buttery, oily yet still sufficiently ‘firmed’

I could not recall if there’s any bad dishes during this meal, but there wasn’t anything outstanding either. The sushi was about as good as my previous visits; they’re rather consistent even though I got more ‘interesting’ pieces such as kama toro, akagai & kohada. Some other sushi I had this time were: shima aji, sawara, aji, saba, uni, anago (two ways: with salt and sauce) and the crunchy tsubugai. Whereas for small dishes, the chef also served me kawahagi with its liver, ishigaki-gai sashimi, a small bowl of ikura and steam kanpachi with miso. The dessert was simple and of very good quality – Japanese pear and melon. The food generally is still worth of 2-star by Michelin HK standard nevertheless

For this visit, Yoshi-san was “my chef”. Oshino-san was around and he seemed to be busy watching over the main counter and private rooms. Oshino-san, who took care of me in my first dinner meal, was friendly, playful and tried to engage conversation with guests; Yoshi-san (he’s been with Shinji Raffles too since opening), on the contrary, was focused and a bit rigid. The only time he said something when serving the food. He served 5 people at that time. Even, when I or other diners tried to engage him for a conversation, his answer tended to be short with hardly any smile.

At the end when the bill came, it cost me somewhere in between the price of omakase Wa and Shin – fair enough. Will I return here in the future? Almost certainly. But if it will be under my own pocket, I don’t think it will happen next year. Perhaps, I intend to visit Shinji St. Regis at that time; I enjoyed my lunch under Kikuchi-san. Here are some pictures of dishes I had: https://www.flickr.com/photos/7124357@N03/sets/72157648606587200/

09 Sep 2014 • 51 reviews • 0 follower

Haven of Gastronomy

Yes, I'm not kidding when I put five stars for all categories.

Waiting along the corridors of Raffles Hotel, immersed in the nostalgic feel of the surroundings. Then reached a door of distinctive Japanese influence with the words "Shinji" above it. When closing upon the door, it slid open by an extremely friendly service staff and from there, transported into a Haven of Gastronomy.

In there, one’s personal chef of the day (sort of since he will personally attend to about 8 diners), meticulously sliced out the fish, put on the sushi rice and finally, dabble on the delicate seasonings, and viola, little morsels of pure goodness. All the sushi I had tasted are very fresh and do not have even a hint of fishy smell, yet retaining the sweet, unique flavour of each own fish.    I especially love the Aji, where a little dot of green condiments will explode (not literally) in the mouth to accentuate the natural taste of the fish with a wonderful marriage of light herbal-like flavour and sourness. Aji belongs to a class of fishes whose meat can easily get that fishy smell if not processed under the strictest conditions. So I am glad to inform that the Aji here has none of that smell, allowing me to appreciate such fish (I had always dislike mackerel class of fishes prior to savouring the Aji sushi in Shinji). The uni from Hokkaido is literally bursting with sweetness of the sea to the point of disbelief that seafood can be this sweet without addition of seasonings. Yes, this is even sweeter than ama ebi, a prawn known to be naturaly sweet. The taste of uni is so awesome that the memory of it lingers in the mind for days.   Almost all the sushi have the melt in your mouth texture, including the usually tough Akami. The sushi rice moulded onto the sushi is a work of skill in itself. When picked up by the chopsticks, the sushi rice will not crumble, but when put into mouth, it breaks immediately apart, creating perfect harmony in texture with melt in your mouth fishes. The seasonings used and the cut made on the fishes all served to accentuate the wonderful taste. 

Frankly speaking, the sushi here have tastes that are like no others (based on my personal experience, though I had not tried almost every kind of sushi out there), thus taking diners on a brand new gastronomy journey.   The service is absolutely excellent; warm, friendly and genuine. One of the best services I had encountered. The place is simplistic, yet elegant, full of the Zen influence, filling one with calmness.   Another note: I found that the sushi here is so pure in taste that I can actually detect the subtle differences in taste of the sushi made by different chefs. All are good, but there is bounded to be one that you prefer, depending on personal preferences. My favourite chef even remembers us and the set lunch we always order!

Absolutely love to go back again.

For photos, visit my blog at http://morsels-of-delice.blogspot.sg/2014/09/shinji-by-kanesaka-raffles-hotel-haven.html
25 Mar 2014 • 5 reviews • 0 follower

Best Sushi in Singapore!!!

It is relatively expensive but try it once and you will be longing for more! Definitely worth a visit! I had the Omakase Wa for dinner. Ingredients were really fresh and service was immaculate! Chef was also really humorous and kept us entertained throughout. Make sure you ask for counter seats because it will make the experience so much better! 

For a more detailed review with pictures of every single dish, visit http://www.onefatsheep.blogspot.sg/2014/03/restaurant-review-shinji-by-kanesaka.html
25 Jan 2014 • 136 reviews • 0 follower

4th time there and just so good!

Definitely an excellent restaurant, Shinji never fails to impress every time. After the meal, kyodai kept saying he needs to go back to Japan and I was telling him not to be jealous as I would be flying off to Tokyo in less than two months, hopefully able to catch the sakura season! It would be my fourth time in Tokyo and it’s the first time that I’ve made some reservations at a few restaurants, not sushi Jiro unfortunately. I guess that will be one of the places that I would like to go to the next time i visit Japan again. Really can’t wait to experience such exciting sushi again. I never get tired of blogging Shinji as I always feel that their seemingly simple sushi is actually the hardest to prepare. Without any mayonnaise or condiments, such sushi really tests the skills of the chef and the freshness of their imports. It really brought me back to Japan for a moment this time and I really appreciate that.

For a more detailed review, please visit:
http://foodolicious.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/shinji-by-kanesaka-part-3/