Morsels of Delice •
09 Sep 2014 • 51 reviews • 1 follower
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