JIN Fine Dining by Chef Thomas Kok – Don’t Miss the Saga Beef from Japan!
Housed within AMOY Hotel, JIN Fine Dining is helmed by renowned sushi chef, Thomas Kok. Previously from Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant at M Hotel, 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.
Marrying authentic Japanese culinary philosophy with fresh, air-flown ingredients and modern cooking techniques, fans of Japanese cuisine will enjoy classic favourites as well as sophisticated reinterpretations of best-loved dishes. Sample the season’s best catches with JIN’s omakase menus, or enjoy an explosion of flavours in a complex myriad of textures with one of JIN’s ten signature chirashis. Indulge in plump slices of quality sashimi (such as toro, kampachi, torigai, salmon belly and amaebi), prepared by skilled Japanese chefs and their exceedingly sharp knives. Savour the authentic flavours of Japan.
You don’t want to be missing out hamachi kama (or yellowtail cheek in English). It became our favourite immediately after we tasted it. It tastes best by grilling with some salt. The cheek we had was grilled to salty crisp on the outside yet firm on bite from the inside. The meat is so sweet and tender.
Saga is located on the northwest part of Kyushu island, and beef from Saga is considered one of the big three in Japan, along with Kobe and Matsuzaka. The cattle are free from stress and fed on special compound feed of corn, wheat, barley, rice bran, rice straw etc. They are generally 30 months before they get slaughtered.
If you want to try Saga beef in all its glory, be sure to visit JIN which serves the saga beef in many ways. We tried a bowl of hearty beef stew where the saga beef has been cooked slowly for hours, creating the kind of rich, caramelized flavors that make stews irresistibly good. This gives the meat time to melt and make the meat tender.
For something more traditional, go for the chargrilled saga beef sprinkled with fried garlic. Marbled to perfection, Saga Beef forms a beautiful pattern of pure-white fat weaving in and out of soft, red muscle. The sweet, rich flavored meat is a tribute to Saga’s mild climate, delicious water and clean air.
A bowl of clam soup and sushi to end the meal. If you wish to have a quick lunch, their lunch sets are affordable, from $18.80.
JIN Fine Dining
Address: Amoy Hotel, 01-02 Far East Square, 74 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048464
Tel: 6536 6258
Opening hours: 7am to 10am; 10.30am to 2.30pm; 6pm to 10pm
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