Normally, if my family and I are craving Japanese food, we would usually head to the Japanese Restaurant chain Sushi Tei. Sushi Tei has hardly disappointed me in terms of the quality of their food. But last weekend, we decided to try something different, so we strolled a few doors down our usual outlet at China Square, past the recently reviewed Aglio Olio.
Koji Sushi Bar is a rather new, trendy Japanese Restaurant serving authentic Japanese food by a few locals behind a small Sushi Bar.
A minimalistic menu, just like the decoration in the Restaurant, just a few frames. In their menu, they have classic Sushi and Sashimi sets, Donburis, side dishes and an Omakase (Pre-Reseveration required, prices are $85++ to $110++).
The meal started out simply, with a cup of Ice green tea, perfect as the restaurant was slightly warm. The Salad had a soy sauce dressing, which was too tart for me, but the clear broth managed to clear my palette after the sour salad.
My dad had the Sushi Set D ($23.00) which consists of Fatty Tuna, Striped Jack, Greater Amberjack, Conger Eel and Scallop (which was replaced by another fish). The restaurant has a interesting idea of applying the soy sauce on the sushi by using a brush to spread soy sauce on top. I only tasted the Eel which was sweet, but my Dad loved the sushi, especially the Otoro (Fatty tuna)!
The Sashimi Salad ($15.00) was nice, but once again, the dressing overpowered the fish and the salad, how sad…
The Grilled Pufferfish ($13.00) was delicious! Some people have a fear of eating pufferfish, probably because of the horror stories they hear online. But I have sampled Fugu many times in Japan and SG, and as long as you don’t eat the poisonous organs, you should be fine. Anyway, the Pufferfish was extremely sweet and chewy, with a mild fishy taste.
My mum had the Una Don ($17.00)with brown rice ($1.00). The Unagi was aburi-ed (Seared with a blowtorch) in front of us, but it was slightly cold and wasn’t melt in your mouth delicious, lesser can be said about the brown rice, which was a bit mushy.
I had the Chirashi Don ($17.00) with Uni ($9.00). Firstly, $9 for that little dollop of Uni? I mean, it was good and Umami, but wasn’t worth the price. I suggest you skip it if you have more sense than money. But on the overall, the Sashimi was thick and plentiful! I loved it thoroughly! They also added some little crispy bits of Tempura-like batter, which gave the don some texture in terms of mouth feel. However, the only thing was the rice was hot, which was a bit weird. I mean, it wasn’t overly mushy and sticky, but I prefer chilled rice with Chirashi Don. Nevertheless, it is still one of the most value-for-money Chirashi Don in town(if you skip the uni, of course), considering the amount of Sashimi in it.
In conclusion, this restaurant has given Sushi Tei down the road a run for their money. I am definitely going to return to Koji one day and try their Omakase Menu, and I would do another review of Koji!
Koji Sushi Bar
3 Pickering Street