We were lucky to be slotted for the following week when we made our reservation at Waku Ghin
. Others had to wait 2 to 3 weeks.
Credit card was required to confirm the booking. After the phone call, the staff proceeded to send an email where we needed to return the confirmation form via email or fax. Not taking beef, it was also at this stage where we highlighted our dietary restriction. Do be careful of the cancellation fee though. $400 (which is also the full cost of the 10-courses degustation meal) is charged for no show or for cancellation after 6pm one day prior to booking. So I say, even if sick also must turn up!
There’re 2 seatings. One at 5.30pm, and the second at 8pm. We went for the earlier one. And it was magical as they pulled the door open for us when we were 5 steps away from the entrance. We waited at the bar for a short while before we were led to 1 of the 4 private dining rooms. Also know as the chef’s kitchen.
We knew we were in very good hands of the staff as they pulled the chairs for us, provided hooks to hang our bags, etc. And we kick started our seafood omakase with the chef showing us a tray of ingredients which was to be used for dinner. And with that, we started our dinner:-
1) Carpaccio of tuna with bitter salad
– Served with ponzu dressing, this was refreshing. (Although I noticed the other couple in the same room as us were served fresh oysters)
2) Marinated botan shrimp with sea urchin and oscietra caviar
– Using kita murasaki uni, this is the dish which most, if not everyone, come for. So beautiful visually. And to tuck in, we were told to use the mother of pearl spoon. Of which I was not surprised that Waku Ghin
paid attention to details such as using pearl spoon, which was to avoid oxidation so as not to alter the taste of these delicate, high quality caviars! But eating this dish sure was a challenge. I was struggling not to let any of the precious balls drop out as I tried to get a bit of the 3 ingredients onto my spoon. Ha!
Due to the (silly) 3000 characters limit, continue to read my review on other dishes here: PART2
I won’t lie. $400 (before service charge and GST) per person for the omakase is a big amount to splurge for a meal. It took me 4 years of pondering before I came. Ha. Food was definitely good. But what set Waku Ghin
apart from other fine dining restaurants was the experience. It was not just a dinner of great food, top notch service, with attention paid to the smallest details. Rather, we were also
watching a performance where the chef carried intention in every moves he made. The way he stirred the sauce in the pot, etc. Although it’s to note that the chef was not always at the counter since some of the dishes were prepared in the kitchen.
So yes, Waku Ghin
certainly delivered. It’s definitely a place worth coming if one wishes to splurge. Like seriously splurge. And since I am no high roller, I am satisfied with this one visit. =)
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