Tucked inside Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is Unkai. Chef Eugene Lam is the main man behind this 30-seater new Japanese restaurant, and has had stints at various top Japanese establishments including Hide Yamamoto and Ashino.
The omakase menus, priced from $88++ to $138++, treat its diners to the likes of a starter, a grilled dish, 10 or 11 sushi, hand roll, soup and dessert, depending on which you go for. Its ingredients are flown in from Japan, like the nanatsuboshi and yumeipirika rice from Hokkaido for its sushi, all brightened with either white or red vinegar, depending on the fish.
One we enjoyed was the playfully named Peek-A-Boo, with delicate narabi uni (sea urchin) from Akiyama in Japan, tucked under a sliver of fleshy chuturo that’s a party on the palate. Meanwhile, we’re still thinking about the buttery Binchotan Otoro, marinated with chef’s house-blend shoyu then seared with binchotan. The house-smoked otoro, which is aged for 20 days to develop its flavours, is equally flawless.
Another highlight: the Kuro-awabi, starring sashimi-grade Japanese shelled abalone that’s been steamed for six hours for a tender, chewy bite, and sits in a creamy abalone liver sauce. And If you have more room, ask for the Magic Bowl, available upon request. The season’s freshest ingredients crown pearly Japanese rice, and are seasoned with his secret blend.
There are also a la carte options available, like the Signature Unkai Soba ($68++) and Pork Cheek Bowl ($26++).
Unkai Sushi is at 1 Tanglin Road #01-10, Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore 247905.