After a relaxing and much-needed massage on Sunday, the Man and I found ourselves in this similar situation:
Me: What you feel like eating?
The Man: Dunno.. got no inspiration. You?
Me: Jap lor.. I always wanna eat Japanese.
The Man: Okay then, let’s go Yoyogi then (we used to frequent there and since we were close to Mohamed Sultan)
Me: It’s closed on Sunday la.
So we wrecked our brains and I recalled of Chikuwa Tei being at the same address as well. A friend brought me once to the defunct Wasabi Tei at Far East Plaza. The only things I remembered about the place was that the sashimi was really fresh and that the chef was a really grumpy man. He kinda reminded me of the Soup Nazi in Seinfeld.
Thought it couldn’t hurt to try a new place, so I made reservations for dinner. Did a quick read on the online reviews and most recommended the Chirashi Sushi and the Tori Nabe set, so that’s what we had.When the Chirashi Sushi don was set in front of me, I blinked my eyes. While the portions of the raw fish are really generous, I though the cuts were too big for the fish. I felt like a savage chomping, tearing and chewing the chunky raw fish. The portion was really huge as well so I left most of the rice and a few slices of fish untouched. As for the Man’s dish, it was far better than mine but not that fantastic.
I kid you not.. a close-up of the chunky cuts. It’s been a long while since I’ve seen such chunky cuts of Sashimi, so it’s either the chef was really generous or his cutting skills aren’t that fantastic.
After the dinner, the Man poked fun at me for recommending this restaurant. Well, I guess safe to say, we won’t be coming back here again.
I’m usually not a sushi or sashimi snob but after this episode, I’d definitely take Ichiban Boshi’s Spicy Chilli Salmon Don set over Chikuwa Tei’s Chirashi Don set any day.