Everyday, Missy strives to eat lunch as well as she can. Having a leap day or hump day is a super duper excellent and very very great excuse to put more money towards a meal. After having to tell the whole world (Missy’s whole world) about her must to have such a meal, she quickly narrowed down to Japanese food. In her opinion, the easiest food to impress her is Japanese. Not much cooking skills needed when it comes to sashimi, in her opinions.
She knew of a Japanese restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Shiraishi Restaurant was the choice for leap day of year 2012. As there isn’t much can be said about Japanese food, it was either good or bad. Some of the great hits were the Hotaruika no shiokara (fermented firefly squid), Saimaki-bei tempura (deep fried japanese prawns), the special tuna soup and the rice.
Hotaruika no shiokara was not overpowering, the little bits of yuzu zest add an excellent addition to this appetizer. Even if one doesn’t like fermented firefly squid, it will be a dish that would still be acceptable.
Saimaki-bei tempura (deep fried japanese prawns) is excellent. Why? The batter is light and not heavy. The prawns are not the regular ones found in the market. They were petite, firm and packed a punch with their crispy heads.
Although the tuna soup seemed innocent and light, it had such great depth to it. Ignore the oily streaks. Every mouthful of the tuna soup got Missy plotting how she could convince herself to go back. Maybe she should have look thru the menu if they serve this soup a la carte.
At the beginning of the order, she told the service staff she didn’t want too much rice. The rice took the center stage every time it was served with some pieces of fish. Rice getting praise from a person who been eating rice daily for the past 30+ years is no mean feat.
Having to hear so much praises about this place, Missy admitted she went with high expectations. After tasting what they had offered, she fell right back on earth. Money definitely will not give her great sashimi. Is there no great Japanese restaurant serving great sashimi in Singapore? Or she just needs to find a way to reset her taste buds.