I'm not sure if any of you guys may remember this... in 2010, I started this #mysterymakan tradition with Jacelyn, Esther 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!
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.
Free flow of starters. Here on our table, we had tomatoes and seaweed.
Our first course was cold tofu with a dash of wasabi on top. Something light to start!
Our second and most outstanding course was the assortment of sashimi. If I remember correctly, we had salmon, yellowtail, squid, shrimp and maguro? Am honestly not a huge fan of squid :p For the sashimi, it was served fresh and perfectly chilled. Don't be misled by this pic. This is the portion for 4.
Fooling around with our prawns.
The third course was the Salmon Mentaiko. All of us really enjoyed the mentaiko especially!
The fourth course was the shishamo pregnant fish. Am honestly not a fan of shishamo. However, that being said, I gotta give props to the chefs at Sushi Kou. The shishamo wasn't too fishy and it was well seasoned.
The fifth course was a dish consisting of yam, radish, roe and miso paste. Unique taste that was pretty light. I really enjoyed the radish however the yam, not that much.
The sixth course was an assortment of sushi consisting of fatty tuna belly, scallop, salmon, shellfish and ebi.
Simple miso soup for the seventh course.
And finally chilled juicy apple slices to end the meal.
Did we enjoy ourselves? Definitely! I do think it's affordable and value for money for the sashimi and sushi served.
However, I would honestly prefer to top up a bit more for the omakase at Teppei. I guess it's also the novelty of the quantity of dishes plus Chef Teppei's hilarious antics.
Here's the address for those who are wondering:
1 Tras St, Singapore 078867
(t) 6444 8433
Other Mystery Makan sessions previously:
- Eat Play Love
- Table Manners
- Old School Delight
- Queen's Dessert Cafe Bistro
- Box N Sticks
- Tea Cosy
- Barracks, Dempsey
- Nanjya Monjya
- With a Pinch of Salt
- Bodacious Bar & Bistro