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This is a Foodie Fridays - TGIF! It's time to get fat on Fridays! entry under my themed blog posts! For more info about this Singapore Food themed blog posts, do read the entry here.

I'm not sure if any of you guys may remember this... in 2010, I started this #mysterymakan tradition with JacelynEsther and Fidelis. Each of us would take turns planning makan outings and would only reveal the address on the day itself with no other details. With the Mystery Makan tradition, we visited new places and tried new food! It’s really fun and we all look forward to our Mystery Makan sessions.

This time, it was MY time to organise the Mystery Makan session! Personally, I always search for nice themed cafes to showcase in this Singapore Lifestyle Blog but this time I wanted to try something else!

As some of you guys may know, I am a huge fan of omakase. The two that I've tried so far, was amazing! The first was Standing Sushi Bar's omakase back in 2009 and the other was Teppei Restaurant omakase when Skai aka c(hubby) brought me for my birthday.

Needless to say, after my extraordinary experience at Teppei, I was searching for other omakases to try.

However for Mystery Makan, I decided to search for more economical and budget friendly options for my dining companions and I. While doing a search for affordable omakase in Singapore, I found out Sushi Kou Omakase from some reviews from fellow Singapore Food Bloggers.

So I told the girls that our Mystery Makan was at Orchid Hotel and they were surprised to find out that we were going to have omakase!

For those who have yet to try omakase, here's a quick explanation of omakase. Basically it means "I'll leave it up to you." where the dining customers do not know what to expect from the Chef. The chef will prepare dishes according to his preference and seasonal dishes and the dining customers enjoy a surprising good time.

Isn't omakase the perfect Mystery Makan venue?

Actually Sushi Kou is just located a few doors down from my favourite Teppei Restaurant in Orchid Hotel. Am extremely jealous of the people working in Tanjong Pagar! There are so much good food at Orchid Hotel!

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The ambience at Sushi Kou is definitely different from the old Standing Sushi Bar and Teppei Restaurant. The restaurant is more spacious but it's definitely a very different experience as compared to Teppei.

The girls and I chose the $50 menu and these were the dishes that were served that day.

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[Sponsored Review]

The kind folks from Amoy Hotel invited Skai aka c(hubby) to experience a lovely Weekend Staycation with them.

Amoy Hotel is a boutique hotel located fairly near the Chinatown MRT Station.

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What was cute about Amoy Hotel aside from it's heritage decor is the usage of surnames for the rooms. Skai and I hunted for our respective surnames and took pictures with it. #Cheapthrill

We enjoyed the AMOY weekend Singapore Staycation which includes the following:

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This is a Foodie Fridays - TGIF! It's time to get fat on Fridays! entry under my themed blog posts! For more info about this Singapore Food themed blog posts, do read the entry here.

As mentioned previously, Skai aka c(hubby) brought me to Teppei Restaurant for my birthday dinner. Honestly speaking, I had not expected it. Have never mentioned about Teppei nor had considered it before.

All I knew about Teppei back then?

  1. Long waiting list
  2. Elaine is an avid fan
  3. BFF went there for her anniversary
  4. Omakase style

Technically, it wouldn't have been my first choice to celebrate my birthday as I didn't know anything nor considered Teppei before.

But after being together with Skai for like 6 years, I guess we've reached a stage that we'll instantly know what each other would like.

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For my 31st birthday, the c(hubby) was so sweet to plan a 3 day celebration. It started on the Saturday 7th (the day before my birthday).

We decided to compromise on the celebration. I didn't want anything extremely expensive and well, he listened to me. Well, he made it seem that he listened to me. LOL!!!!!

He made reservations at Koh Grill. My most favourite place in the world. HAHAHHAHA. Some may not like Shiok Maki but it's my absolute favourite!

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Happiness is a Shiok Maki away.

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This is a Foodie Fridays - TGIF! It's time to get fat on Fridays! entry under my themed blog posts! For more info about this Singapore Food themed blog posts, do read the entry here.

[Invited Tasting]

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I was invited to SHIMA by the kind folks from FoodNews PR to sample their Sukiyaki menu. As a huge fan of Sukiyaki, I was quite excited about it. For those who may not recognise SHIMA, it is actually located at Goodwood Hotel and has had a month-long renovation with a brand new look!

Needless to say, I roped in my fellow beef lover BFF to join me for some beef guzzling!

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Before we sampled the Sukiyaki, we were treated to 4 Sashimi Moriawase $45++ and 10 Sushi Moriawase $75++. Both sushi and sashimi tasted extremely fresh, was extremely delightful and superb.

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The Sukiyaki that we tried was served with the US Rib Eye ($80). There are two other variations Australian Wagyu ($110) and Japanese Wagyu ($170).

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All sets are served with Mixed Vegetables, Steamed Rice and Seasonal Fruits.

What I liked about SHIMA's Sukiyaki was the service rendered. The staff prepared for us and cooked for us the Sukiyaki.

In most Sukiyakis, one would just toss all ingredients into a waiting bowl of soup/stock and bring it to a boil. However at SHIMA, the staff slowly prepared the Sukiyaki by frying some animal fat, frying the onions to bring that amazing fragrant smell, adding in the vegetables and the stock lastly. The ensures that the flavours are brought out from the respective ingredients before adding in the stock.

I loved the Sukiyaki sauce! It was sweet and delicious! I learnt later that the Sukiyaki sauce is actually homemade! It is made with an original SHIMA recipe of Teriyaki sauce, pureed vegetables such as Dutch onions along with mirin, sake and other ingredients before being reduced to a rich, thick and flavoursome sauce.

It was an extremely pampering experience. However, I'll have to say, I did think that it was a bit expensive for a Sukiyaki. I personally felt that the US Rib Eye was a bit underwhelming.

However, that being said, the Sukiyaki was definitely a premium experience. I wouldn't recommend this on a weekly basis as it'll definitely burn a hole in your pocket however, I will definitely recommend SHIMA as a place for important gatherings e.g. Meeting your prospective parents in law, entertaining an important client, hosting important guests.

Ambience was great, service was impeccable. I'll definitely be back! Perhaps next time I'll try the Teppanyaki. Have heard many great reviews on it!

About SHIMA
Established since 1980, SHIMA is Singapore’s first fine-dining Teppanyaki restaurant. Located at Goodwood Park Hotel, the restaurant was opened by Katsuhiro Watanabe, a former Singapore resident who has since retired back to Japan. In 2013, SHIMA was bought over by JR Foods, and plans for a major facelift were put in place. In 2014, after a month-long renovation, SHIMA reopens - backed by the pioneer team of chefs that were trained by Japanese master chefs in the 1980s - and continues its vision of serving up a high-end Teppanyaki, Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki experience that encompasses top-notch food, service and ambience.

SHIMA
Level 1, Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
(t) +65 6734 6281
(e) info@shimarestaurant.com.sg
(w) https://www.facebook.com/ShimaRestaurantSingapore

Opening hours: Lunch from 12noon to 3pm and Dinner from 6pm to 10pm
Dress code: Smart casual
Seating Capacity: 110

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