Saturday, January 03, 2009

Tetsu Christmas Menu

Firstly, Happy New Year folks!! May 2009 be full of joy, good health, love and prosperity for you. 2008 has been like a roller-coaster and they say 2009 will be worst. But let's keep the good faith. I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.

Christmas seemed to have come and gone really quickly and people are already preparing to usher in the Chinese New Year. But wait. Technically with the 12 days of Christmas, the jolly season is not yet over...though this Christmas Menu is unfortunately no longer available.

Tetsu rolled out a Christmas Menu that was available for both lunch and dinner. At $58++, here's what to expect:

A starting trio of Kani Tofu, Swordfish Tataki and Sake Namazuke (salmon with vinegar). The Kani Tofu was as good as the last time I had tried it. An explosion of flavours from the century egg, tofu, spring onions and tobiko. The Swordfish Tataki with its tangy dressing was also appetite-boosting. As for the Sake Namazuke, I didn't quite take to its soggy texture and hidden bones.

Next up came the Sashimi Moriwase featuring fresh Maguro(tuna), Hamachi(Yellowtail) and Salmon Belly. I particularly enjoyed the creamy Salmon Belly.

The Gindara Sukiyaki came with two thick slices of cod, tofu, mushrooms and vegetables. The light soyu based broth was perfect for the delicious oily fish but don't wait too long to slurp it up as it'll get more salty towards the end.

Rosu Katsu with Ebi Katsu showcase Tetsu's specialties. Unlike when I had first tasted the Rosu Katsu and found it to be overwhelmingly peppered, the version now was much better. Juicy and flavourful meat with an exterior of rough golden crumbs. The Ebi Katsu was also good. With a squeeze of lemon and a dip into the Katsu sauce with ground sesame seeds, these deep-fried goodies were yum! Oh and don't shove the tiny mound of salad away. With a sesame dressing, it was delicious and provided a green veggie relief from the meat.

While most would have waved the white flag by now, I was more than happy to see the Garlic Fried Rice. No rice, how can?! Haha. Yea, I'm quite a rice person. Anyway, the Garlic Fried Rice was fragrant with the aroma of fried garlic and the corn kernels and chopped spring onions gave it a fresh bite.

To help cleanse the palate, Chef Kent served up a small dish of pickled raddish. This was such a welcome! It was clean, slightly acidic and sweet with a crunchy texture. The shavings of yuzu also added a burst of refreshing, citrusy dimension. If this doesn't refresh the palate and help prepare for more food, I don't know what will. =)

I can't remember the exact name of this dish or its price as it was ordered off the ala carte menu and separate from the Christmas Menu. A large prawn was tempura-ed then placed with lettuce and wrapped with sushi rice. Tobiko topped the sliced sushi roll which was also drizzled with mayonnaise. I like the fleshy prawn and this whole tempura prawn sushi roll works.

To end off the meal, we were served a scoop of Goma ice-cream. Creamy and rich with the taste of (toasted?) black sesame seeds, this was a good ending. And hey, no small ice crystals this time.

I'm glad Tetsu seemed to have improved from my previous visit. With their first year anniversary coming up, I think they have ironed out the kinks. Thanks to Racheal of Beam Consultants, Chef Kent and Jason of Tetsu for the invitation and hosting us.

#03-18 Tanglin Mall
Tel: 6836 3112
Opens: 11.30am - 3pm (Lunch)
: 6pm - 10pm (Dinner)

Chew On This: Even though the Christmas Menu is no longer available, most of the above dishes can be found in their menu. Or if something's unavailable, there's always special request!

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