When I visited: October 2017
Location: Singapore, within Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Team: Ryuta Katori (sushi chef)
Rating in the Michelin Guide: 1 star
What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress
Course of the meal: Nigiri
If I could change one thing: Price
In traditional Japanese style, this restaurant (despite being within a hotel) is quite hard to find and you enter through drapes after ringing a doorbell and observing the subtle restaurant sign outside. All food is also imported from Japan to Singapore and fish is flown over 5 times a week (!).
We went for the ‘lunch omikaze’ which basically put the choices in the hands of the sushi chef (who gave us his business card and was charming throughout, preparing and introducing the food to us as we sat at the bar). The waitress was also very helpful in assisting us with a choice of sake, which was very clean and light.
The appetiser was raw prawns with a hollowed-out lime containing vegetables and mushrooms inside, and tiny octopus – delicious. Next came our selection of sushi and sashimi with lots of different types of nigiri – in each case, we were advised on how to pair the pieces with salt and soy sauce. Our food included sea urchin, salmon rose and rice in a bowl, eel nigiri, lots of tuna and a prawn sliced up in a very artful way, Japanese omelette (which was quite sweet), miso soup and rolls of which one was pickled radish. We got a green tea before the dessert, which was melon, peeled muscado grape and a mini waffle sandwich with sea salt ice cream inside.
We discussed The Araki with the chef and that restaurant as well as Momofuku Ko in New York were probably the closest restaurants to Ginza Sushi Ichi in style that I had visited before. This is a great spot for Japanese lunch if you happen to be in Singapore.