Thursday, December 5

Food Review: Chikuwa Tei

Cuisine: Japanese
Price: $55 per person
Location: 9 Mohamed Sultan Road, 238959
Website: N/A

Chikuwa Tei isn't much of a looker when you go inside, its simple but welcoming. Thankfully the food outdoes the d├ęcor. The menu had a wide range of reasonable dishes, typically under $25 for soup and sushi sets.

We ordered the chirashi set, soup dish and some of the house sake (I made the mistake of not writing down what we ordered!). The chirashi set started with a massive bowl of sashimi (seen above), some slices of watermelon, some pickles and miso soup. The sashimi was extremely satisfying and was a meal in of itself. The fish was very fresh and the rice was cooked perfectly. However some fish were unavailable, due to it being Friday, so they were substituted with prawn and scallops. After I'd finished the dish the hostess offered to fry the prawn head. I wasn't entirely sure what to do with the head when she served it to me, but I bit into it and discovered a crunchy treat!

The 2nd part of the chirashi set was this, erm... thing (forgot the name!). It seemed to be composed of egg, mushrooms and prawn. The texture was a bit slimy from the set egg. It was a bit odd and I didn't particularly like it or dislike it.

The soup came in a generous portions and had a really distinctive taste, which was totally unique for me. It had a hint of sweetness to it.

Finally the warm sake was a great addition to the meal.

Chikuwa Tei served some incredibly fresh and distinct tasting dishes, with a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit if you love your sashimi!