Ginza Kuroson is a Japanese restaurant just next to the river at Robertson Quay that specialises in sushi and sashimi. They also have a branch in Takashimaya on Orchard Road and they have fish flown in three times a week from Japan that tastes like it’s just been caught. Dinner can be pricey there but they have a set lunch menu that serves up one of the best chirashizushi (bowl of sushi rice topped with a variety of raw fish and vegetables/garnishes) that you’ll find in Singapore for only $20. This also comes with salad, miso soup and dessert. You’re not going to find better value than that!
I went there for lunch yesterday and they have several private rooms available in which we reserved one of them. The private rooms are great if you want a quiet place to catch up with friends or if you have children. The friend that I went with has a baby so it was a good space for him to crawl around and play in and in typical Japanese style there is a buzzer in the room which you can use to call the waiter/waitress. They also have seats at their sushi counter where all the fresh fish is displayed.
There are several different types of chirashizushi on their menu as well as donburi (rice topped with cooked fish, meat and/or vegetables served in a bowl) and they also have bigger sets that come with tempura and udon or you could even go for their $98 wagyu steak box!
I chose to have the Negitoro & Maguro Don ($20) which is minced tuna belly, pieces of tuna, spring onions and takuan (yellow pickled radish) on rice and my friend had the Fisherman’s Nagekomi Don ($20) which is rice topped with an assortment of sashimi.
After ordering we were first given a small salad with thousand island dressing. The vegetables in the salad were crisp and fresh and the dressing was surprisingly good (I usually don’t like thousand island dressing you see).
Soon after our chirashizushi came out along with our miso soup and some seasoned kombu seaweed on the side. My Negitoro & Maguro Don was bigger than I expected and there was a good amount of tuna and tuna belly in proportion to the rice. The tuna and tuna belly were very fresh and the sweet and salty pickled taste of the takuan went really well with the tuna. It would have been nice to have more spring onions and seaweed on top though. The miso soup was good and not too salty and was served with the usual tofu and seaweed.
We were given a small chocolate mousse for dessert which was a nice sweet ending to our meal. They also serve complimentary iced genmaicha tea (green tea with roasted brown rice) which was lovely and refreshing considering it’s been so hot in Singapore recently!
Overall the food was very good in Ginza Kuroson and the service was efficient but a smile wouldn’t have gone amiss and it would have been nice if the waitress that was serving us didn’t look like she hated her job. Pointing at a miso bowl and saying “miso bowl” is also not the best way of communicating that she would like us to pass her the bowl that held the miso soup. The man that was attending the till who I assume was the manager also wasn’t particularly polite or friendly and after asking if I had a reservation, he uttered a number and pointed at the waitress who was standing nearby which I guess was his way of asking me to follow the waitress to the room?? I think for a relatively high-end Japanese restaurant like Ginza Kuroson, a higher standard of service from staff that can communicate more effectively would be expected. Nevertheless I’ll be back for their food but maybe next time to their branch in Takashimaya.
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