It was a last minute decision to take the plunge and dine like royalty. We booked on Thursday morning for Friday lunch. I asked for a table with a view, and I think if you are looking for a view, go for lunch and not dinner. The weather plays a big part in the whole experience. We were sitting right at the edge where we were able to open the louvres and allow the breeze to come through. It was almost surreal. The restaurant itself was very well decorated and fitted out. It even comes with the traditional floor setting which would be a great experience. The choice of music was a little odd. Jazz music all afternoon. I was imagining traditional Japanese music and would believe that it would be more appropriate.
The food, I am not sure how to write a review without carrying on forever. We selected the 7 course omakase. I am not going to go through every course. But will highlight the particularly memorable ones.
The spanner crab tempura, was a standout. The batter was bubbly and light, the custard, was very difficult not to mop up every drop. The dish incorporating the onigiri and duck broth, was just amazing. The broth was so rich, but clear and somehow refreshing. The dessert, was unexpectedly fabulous!
The service is impeccable. All the table service staff very knowledgeable and explained every dish. Whether or not they really knew what they were talking about, I don't quite care. It isn't easy to remember all of the components of the dishes, not to mention explain it to the diners.
If you are not going to think of how much it costs, and how expensive every mouthful is going to be. It will be a very enjoyable experience. It isn't just about the food, but the whole experience itself. This is definitely a restaurant that also feeds the eyes. Every dish is painstakingly beautifully prepared.
If it is a special occasion or a treat for someone special, by all means make a reservation. But if you are going to keep thinking of how much it costs, perhaps don't bother as it will spoil the whole experience.
By the way, 7 courses was sufficient to feed us both. Both my partner and I have very healthy appetites.