Sun with Moon is a Japanese restaurant and café that brings up feelings of nostalgia of my time living in Japan before I moved to Singapore. The interior alone reminds me of casual style restaurants in Japan where you can share an assortment of different types of Japanese food over drinks with friends. Sun with Moon is very spacious with large tables for big groups as well as cozy tables that are separated off for more intimate occasions.
I was there for dinner with a friend a couple of weeks ago and besides their usual menu they had a special menu with food and drinks that are specific to Okinawa which are the islands in the south of Japan. We decided to have the Umibudou Shikuwasa Ponzu ($9.80), Ninjin Shiri Shiri ($3.80), Toro Tama Goya Champuru ($12.80) which are all speciality dishes from Okinawa as well as an Aburi Kaisen Chirashi Kamameshi ($23.80).
The Umibudou Shikuwasa Ponzu (umibudou literally means sea grapes but is a type of seaweed) was served with a shikuwasa (Okinawan citrus) dipping sauce. It was my first time trying umibudou even though I’ve been to Naha in Okinawa before but I never got around to trying it there. The umibudou itself had very little flavour and is slightly salty and crunchy and reminded me of tobiko (flying fish roe) or some type of fish egg or caviar (this may be why umibudou is also known as green caviar) and it was served cold on a bed of ice. As I really like tobiko, I enjoyed eating the umibudou and the shikuwasa ponzu dipping sauce went nicely with it.
The Ninjin Shiri Shiri (stir fried shredded carrots with tuna flakes) although simple was very good. The carrots were sweet and slightly salty and although I don’t really like tuna it was nicely cooked and tasted fresh and not too fishy.
The Toro Tama Goya Champuru was a stir fry of spam, egg, tofu and goya (bitter gourd). Goya is often found in Okinawan cuisine and although it is very bitter and can sometimes be overpowering, the saltiness of the spam and the sugar added to the stir fry of eggs and tofu balanced it well and it was very tasty.
Kamameshi is a traditional Japanese dish of flavoured rice served with several different ingredients and is served in an iron pot. We chose to have the Aburi Kaisen Chirashi Kamameshi which had a mixture of flame-seared seafood in it including salmon, scallop, prawn, grilled eel and salmon roe. It arrived at the table with the pot covered and an egg timer so that we could wait for 1 minute for the ingredients to steam inside the pot. After 1 minute we took off the lid, mixed all the ingredients together so that it was ready to serve with the salmon eggs and seaweed that came on the side. The kamameshi was delicious, the rice was delicately flavoured so that the flavours of the different types of seafood could sing through. After we had finished the first serving we had the second serving with the soup that was in the teapot poured onto it. This is the usual way that kamameshi is eaten so that you can enjoy it in two different ways. The soup is usually a dashi stock (fish and konbu stock) or can sometimes be tea.
As the restaurant was having a special Okinawa drinks menu too, I had a cocktail called “Okinawa Hot Summer” which had spicy umeshu (Japanese plum liqueur), shikuwasa juice (Okinawan citrus), yuzu (a Japanese citrus fruit) and soda in it. I love both shikuwasa and yuzu so this cocktail was perfect for me. It was refreshing, wasn’t overly sweet and just had a kick of spice but there was hardly any alcohol in it so it was more like a mocktail. My friend had a cocktail called “Okinawa Ocean Moon” which had awamori (Okinawan liquor), pepsi and blue curacao in it. This also had very little alcohol in it but the awamori and blue curacao went well with the pepsi.
To end the meal on a sweet note we had the Sun’s Tofu Cheesecake ($6.80). which came in a cute little bamboo cage. The tofu cheesecake which is made in-house was heavenly. It wasn’t too sweet and had a lovely light and silky texture similar to silken tofu with a crunchy, sugary biscuit base. That’s definitely a dessert I will come back again for.
Sun with Moon have a huge menu that has sushi, sashimi, chirashi (rice topped with raw fish and vegetables), several different meat, vegetable and seafood dishes, tempura, okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancake), salads, appetisers, desserts and of course kamameshi so I will no doubt be back to try more of their dishes. Service is polite and fairly efficient although they were a bit slow at times. We had quite a nice private table which was sectioned off from others since we had reserved online beforehand so it was a very relaxed dinner even though the place was packed. I like how all the other tables are quite spaced out too so you have that level of privacy that is not so common in Singapore but is pretty usual in Japan.
Sun with Moon Japanese Dining & Café
Address: 501 Orchard Road, #03-15 Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 9.30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am – 10pm
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