With it’s name inspired by one of the stories in the oldest book ever found in Japan, Mikuni is named after a fabled land in the story, a land overflowing with richness, where the sea and land alike brought forth the freshest produce. Having heard much about Executive Chef Moon Kyung Soo’s fusion of the culinary discipline so synonymous with traditional Japanese cuisine and modern cooking techniques, the fiancee and I headed over for lunch recently. Here’s our experience.
Right from the time we were ushered into the restaurant, we knew we were for something special. Mikuni has a few different sections, from Robatayaki, Live Sushi Bar, Teppanyaki to a chic Sake Bar.
I had made a reservation to be seated at the Live Sushi Bar and boy we were in for a treat. The Tokujo Sashimi Moriwase we ordered was prepped to perfection by Chef Kelvin who was on duty that day. Seated right in front of him, his knifework and delicate touch with which he handled the lifelike fish was simply awe-inspiring. Besides the normal green Wasabi we are used to, Chef Kelvin prepared a White Radish Wasabi from scratch. It packed one heck of a punch and it was Oh-So-Good.
She had a Kurobuta Cutlet and I had the Tempura Set Lunch. The pork was dense without being too chewy and the tempura, fried to perfection with just the right amount of time spent simmering in the oil. Couldn’t have asked for more even if I had wanted to nitpick.
Every detail was attended to, every sensory element was ignited and we were truly impressed with the level of service we received. Attentive yet not intrusive, a balance so many restaurants struggle to achieve.
This was one meal I will remember for a long time. Next time, I’m gonna sit myself at the Robatayaki counter! =)
Mikuni is located at Level 3 of Raffles City, along the walkway to Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road
Reservations: 6431 6156