En Sushi 恩寿司 is a new casual eatery at 30 Prinsep Street between Bencoolen MRT and Dhoby Ghaut MRT stations right beside Rendezvous Hotel. Just 2 months old, En Sushi already caught the attention of students and office workers in the area for their $10.80++ Bara Chirasi Don set lunch. But, En Sushi has other good things up their sleeves as I found out during dinner last night.
En Sushi is bright, modestly decorated and furnished, but it is comfortable and welcoming. It is a relaxing, casual eatery.
Co-owner and Head Chef Kenneth Tan has 25 years of Japanese culinary art experience under his belt. His culinary journey included edifying stints under the mentorship of Japanese chefs at Nadaman in Shangri-La Hotel and Chef Nogawa at Sushi Nogawa, Singapore.
At En Sushi 恩寿司, Chef Kenneth serves sushi, sashimi, hand rolls, maki, yaki, and donburi.
Chef Kenneth started us off with fresh hotate (Hokkaido scallop) sashimi topped with thick dribbles of mentai which were torched before serving.
I like the pairing of the gently sweet taste of fresh soft hotate slices with robustly savoury creamy mentai. Torching the mentai added a subtle toastiness to the appetising dish.
Grilled Sliced Beef Steak ($15.90++).
The 100 gram slice of marbled Meltique Beef was grilled to medium doneness (I didn't specify). The tender juicy grilled beef tasted buttery savoury on its own with a subtle toastiness from slight caramelisation outside.
The dish comes with three interesting tasty dips but I prefer to eat my beef neat. Still, I jealously guarded my dips and declined the earnest waiter's offer a couple of times to clear them off our table 😂 I enjoyed the zesty dips separately on their own 😛
Baigai or seashells. There were a few other things on the long serving slate but the baigai got all my attention.
I like the juicy meaty baigai as it was soft, tender and had a gentle crunch. Its flavour was briny with a subtle underlying sweetness.
The seasonal exotic indulgence costs $12.90++ for three pieces.
Aburi Chirashi Don $25.90++.
The thick slices of salmon, tuna, yellowtail, swordfish, octopus, salmon roe, sweetened omelette etc laid on top of a mound of boiled sushi rice. The sashimi slices were torched before serving.
Every piece of sashimi was fresh, each with their unique natural sweetness which was complemented by the sweet sushi rice.
A slight premium over the cheapest chirashi don but I feel it is well worth it for the quality of fresh ingredients and serving size.
Spicy Soft Shell Crab Salmon Aburi Maki ($17.90++).
Observing the frenetic action in the open kitchen, we realised that Chef Kenneth's torched dishes are flaming hot sellers 😃
Fried soft shell crab seemed to go well with anything and makes a great aburi maki sushi too. Torched salmon slices laced with mentai wrapping a roll of pearly sushi rice with fried soft shell crab and sticks of avocado buried inside. Layers of sweetness and tenderness complemented by subtle crispness and savouriness from the fried soft shell crab.
En Premium Sashimi $28.90++.
Set on a large bowl of crushed ice were thick slices of maguro (tuna), salmon, hamachi (yellowtail), mekajiki (swordfish) and tako (octopus). The sashimi was served with freshly grated wasabi.
Meaty juicy slices of fresh fish, each with its own distinctive natural flavour. My favourite sashimi is the swordfish because its tenderly firm white meat tastes like ultra smooth, juicy sweet pear to me. Mekajiki also has a subtle fruity fragrance which I like.
🍣 At En Sushi 恩寿司, air flown ingredients are fresh, dishes are expertly prepared by experienced co-owner Chef, prices are reasonable for the quality, serving size, convenient location beside Rendezvous Hotel and comfortable environment inside. I shall be back.
Disclosure: Please note that this was an invited tasting.
Restaurant name: En Sushi 恩寿司
Address: 30 Prinsep Street, #01-02 Income@Prinsep Singapore
GPS: 1°17'57.0"N 103°50'57.5"E | 1.299152, 103.849306
Tel: 6253 1426
Hours: 11:30am - 3:00pm | 5:30pm - 10:00pm
The rain stopped just as we finished dinner. The air was clean and it felt cool. We took a walk and enjoyed the sights around the historic Singapore River area.
Date visited: 18 May 2018
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