Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant – Oishii Japanese Food at M Hotel
Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant is not a stranger to many of you. Up at the 9th floor of M Hotel, it had its glory days when the restaurant was voted Best Japanese Restaurant in 2009. In June this year, the restaurant underwent a change in management and since then, there has been many changes to the menu with introduction of many new dishes.
Executive Chef Thomas Kok prides his food on the use of fresh quality ingredients along with skillful technique and creative flair in executing his cooking. His passion for authentic Japanese cuisine started early at a tender age of 16 when he was merely an apprentice at Nantei, one of Singapore’s pioneering Japanese restaurants. Gifted for the art of Japanese cuisine, he was awarded Best Cook within his first 2 years in the industry. Chef Thomas’s talent and passion in Japanese cuisine has gathered him loyal regular customers.
We had the pleasure to enjoy the Hokkaido Kaiseki Course ($68) which has appetizers, sashimi, Hokkaido Ginkarei Shioyaki, Char-grill Ohmi, Signature Prawn and Hata Tempura, Bara Chirashi Sushi Bowl and Miso Soup.
Our seasonal appetizer includes pumpkin tofu, handmade noodles with foie gras and vegetables with sesame sauce. Its signature prawn and hata tempura uses wild prawns which has a lovely sweetness. The pleasure of tempura lies in its crispy texture and savory nature. The tempura here is airy and light.
Halibut is a versatile fish and can take on so many different flavors. Hokkaido Ginkarei Shioyaki is tender that goes wonderfully well with teriyaki sauce.
What we particularly like is the Char-Grill Ohmi – extremely tender and juicy and comes in small cubes. The beef is supple and tender and the cubes of fat have a slight crunch before they melt in the mouth. Don’t be fooled by its size – it may be small, but by the time you finish it, you would have satisfied your beef craving.
The boy absolutely loves the Bara Chirashi Sushi Bowl which has thick slices of salmon.
If you prefer sushi, you can take the Otoro Set ($68) where you will be served 6 pieces sushi (2 pcs otoro, 2 pcs otoro aburi, 2 pc tai). Fish is fresh and each piece generously covers the rice completely.
Tai Nyumen Mushi is basically wild snapper fish with fish noodles cooked in bonito broth. No MSG is used. The noodles are rather interesting, not the usual soft texture. It is rather crunchy.
The highlight of my lunch is non other than Ohmi Wagyu Don. Ohmi beef is one of the three most famous type of Japanese Wagyu (Ohmi, Kobe and Matsuzaka). It contains fine marbling between high quality fat and muscle, making the tenderness of the meat texture. When slightly grilled, the meat melts, giving a rich aroma and sweetness.
The Ohmi Wagyu Don has a perfect blend of ohmi beef on top of sushi rice. At Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant, they uses Hokkaido Rice, which is a better grade rice that is gaining in popularity. The rice is glossy, sticky and sweet, which pairs well with the beef. You can order a Ohmi Wagyu Don Set ($78) which is served with sashimi, ikura chawanmushi, pitan tofu, salad and miso soup.
And a bowl of green tea creme brulee to end the lunch.
Will I come back? Yes, definitely! Chef Thomas’s passion is demonstrated when he came to us almost every meal to explain the dishes. You can see how much I love their Ohmi Wagyu Don and the restaurant owners are coming up with more affordable bento sets without compromising on the quality. Their omakase dinner ranges from $68 to $108.
HOKKAIDO SUSHI RESTAURANT
Address: M Hotel Singapore Level 9, 81 Anson Road
Tel: 6500 6121
Opening hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm; 6.30pm to 11.30pm
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