Koh Grill & Sushi Bar – The well loved Shiok Maki (That is really SHIOK!)
“SHIOK” is a colloquial term that almost all Singaporeans are familiar with. Similarly, the Shiok Maki at Koh Grill & Sushi Bar has earned a spot in the heart of Singaporeans for years. This place is a MUST TRY for fans of the Japanese maki!
There are 2 ‘generations’ of the Shiok Maki, the original with Unagi and avocado and the ‘2nd generation’ with fried ebi and wakame seaweed. We tried the original ($16.80), which had firm yet tender slices of unagi nestled together with avocado within the rice rolls. The aburi salmon pieces were placed on the top, along with a generous scoop of tobiko for extra crunch.
To complete the whole package, the entire maki is drenched with their secret sauce, which tastes like a cheesy blend of mentaiko and mayonnaise. The sauce is REALLY shiok, it is creamy and savoury-sweet, the perfect accompaniment to the maki.
By the way, each maki roll is made to order here. We could take apart the individual rice grains easily – it’s definitely not the cold, pre-made Japanese sushi rolls.
The Crabby maki ($18) also caught my eye because of its punny name. It has soft-shell crab with swordfish slices on the top. If the sound of the creamy mayo-like sauce turns you off, order this instead to get a more distinct taste of the individual components on its own.
Personally, I can’t do without my carbs. The Yaki Udon ($10) is a simple unassuming looking plate of stir-fry udon. My dining partner even commented that it “looks like Hokkien Mee”.
The plate of Udon comes with spring onions, carrots, chicken and bonito flakes. There is an extremely generous portion of eggs here – we had eggy bits in almost every bite. The sauce that coated each noodle was slightly sweet. The whole plate felt very ‘wet’ and satisfying. However, they could have been more generous with their portion of chicken.
Agedashi tofu ($4) is a classic Japanese dish of warm tofu coated with potato starch or cornstarch before being deep fried. Koh’s version was not greasy and remained warm on the inside even though we attacked the Udon and Maki before moving on to it. Perhaps we should have gotten the Pitan Tofu ($4), chilled tofu with century egg paste. The older crowd should love this, so no worries when bringing your parents or grandparents for a meal here.
The perpetual queue at Koh Grill & Sushi Bar can seem intimidating, but the wait time is shorter than it looks. Go at non-peak hours to enjoy people-watching along busy Orchard Road at the window seats!
Koh Grill & Sushi Bar
Address: 435 Orchard Road, #04-21 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, Singapore 238877
Opening Hours: 11:30am–10pm daily
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