The body craved for chilled, uncooked slices of oily fish. And the feet took us to Sushi Tei after some shopping at Takashimaya. Oh boy. Even at almost 9pm there was still a short queue. Shopping. Queuing. Eating. How Singaporean is that?
I rarely call food 'cute' but this Wasabillar Roll ($6) was cute! Haha. The thick stalk of asparagus provided some crunch and sweetness to complement the salmon. The wasabi tobikko that dotted the ouside of this roll added a small briny touch but was pretty weak on the wasabi though. Clean, light flavours. Probably the cutest roll I've ever eaten.
To keep hunger away, I ordered the Oyako Don ($8) for something more substantial. It was a pity the chicken pieces were rather bland and I suspect they weren't marinated or perhaps for too short a time. The sauteed onions, runny egg and savoury sauce over the rice made for good eating. In fact, maybe I could do without the chicken.
I've been an uni virgin till now. Going by its name, 'the gonads of the sea urchin' does not make me salivate unlike the word 'beef'. Fortunately, I don't derive pleasure from the names of food and decided to give it a shot. My first encounter with Uni ($28 for Medium) was a very pleasant one. A squeeze of lemon over the orange sacs brought forth a bit of zing and a fresh, clean mouthfeel. The uni itself was creamy and almost disappeared the moment my tongue pushed it against my upper palate. Didn't know gonads could taste this good!
After the uni-fied experience, the Amagi ($28) seemed a little restrained. It was decent and offered 5 varieties of sashimi- sweet shrimp, scallop, horse mackerel, tuna and salmon. It was a whole horse mackerel that was served together with about three slices of the rest of the sashimi. Btw, I took home the horse mackerel bone, reserving it to make fish stock.
More starch soon followed in the form of Cha Soba ($6.50) which could have been served more chilled.
This tofu dish was picked off the conveyor belt, mistaking that it costs a two or three dollars. I forgot its price but it's not worth it I reckon. Paying more for ordinary tofu in a simple dressing is No Deal!
On the whole. I am rather happy with this meal at Sushi Tei especially the uni. Comfortable setting, affordable and decent Japanese food all in the heart of town made a shopping-weary Singaporean smile uni-fiedly.
Sushi Tei (various other branches)
Ngee Ann City
Tel: 6737 8878
Opens: 11.30am-10pm daily (last order at 9.30pm)
Chew On This: Sushi Tei is offering a Winter Promotional menu currently. Fans of Yellow Tail would wanna check out their offerings.