JIDAI Restaurant on the Ring Road
Judging by the influx of omakase restaurants in the country, some Singaporeans can’t get enough of the Japanese dining experience. But if you’re looking for something a little different from the standard omakase style, check out JIDAI Restauranta Japanese restaurant with interesting French influences.
A quick glance at their eight course omakase ($78++) menu will tell you that this is no ordinary restaurant. First impressions count, so JIDAI Restaurant begins with Botan oyster and shrimp sashimi that demonstrates their dual cultural influences. While the fresh shrimp isn’t too out of the ordinary for Japanese cuisine, the oyster, loaded with truffle oil and crunchy pieces of shrimp chin, is distinctly Western.
What follows is a sumptuous sequence of dishes: truffle vermicelli meets chunks of red swimmer crab, thick collagen chicken broth is paired with braised abalone; and King Hokkaido’s scallop is dipped in white peach mousse and topped with caviar. The tempura, which uses red snapper and uni, is equally luxurious.
On the main course, you can choose between Challans duck and wagyu beef. We went for the duck here, which had lovely crispy skin and smooth, tender meat. Lest you forget this is a Japanese restaurant, shoyu is added here to give the dish an umami flavor.
For desserts, there’s the snow-white coconut mochi filled with gooey yogurt and a rich hazelnut Kyoho raisin sorbet.
You can go even further with the enormous 11 course Omakase ($108++), but if you’re looking for dishes that won’t make your wallet cry, JIDAI Restaurant also offers affordable lunch options. Go for them yakitori bowls (from $8.90++) or the Yaki Udon with Crispy Ebi Fry ($12.90++).
JIDAI restaurant changes its omakase menu every month, so don’t hesitate if the above dishes are right for you.
For better value Japanese food, read our review of Jin Ho or check out our list of affordable Japanese restaurants.
Address: 9 Circular Road, Singapore 049365
Opening hours: Mon 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Tue-Sat 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
JIDAI restaurant is not a halal certified restaurant.
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