Shinkei Japanese Restaurant Chinese New Year 2014
Some of the finest restaurants are tucked into surprising places, serving the best food you will ever encounter. Shinkei Japanese Restaurant is one of such truly hidden gem in the residential district of Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, serving more than 150 selection of excellent Japanese food in a buffet where you do not have to serve yourself. There is no buffet line, any quantity of food you order through a chit is served to you by the most friendliest staff. Spatial distribution is great, there is plenty of room for movement although you are not required to. Most importantly, food quality is fantastic and price affordable.
Come in pairs or groups during the Chinese New Year period and receive a complementary traditional Yu Sheng (S $28.80/M $38.80/L $48.80) with special sauce by Shinkei. If your group of friends or family consists of five people, join our Facebook Contest for your chance to Win FREE Yu Sheng + 1 Dines FREE with 4 paying adults!
Complimentary starter was promptly served to us, a Cold Tuna Salad which was fresh and moist but not soggy. We also had the Bainiku Kyuri, or Cucumber in Plum Sauce, which had a more mellow taste but still bright and appetising. The Chawanmushi had a velvety smooth texture, rich taste, light weight, and ingredients such as gingko nuts, chicken cubes and ebiko mushrooms.
The Chef pleasantly surprised us with a beautiful presentation of Sashimi Moriawase, or Assorted Sashimi, which included fresh salmon belly, hamachi, swordfish, snapper, octopus, and tuna. More importantly, the raw sashimi was nicely cut to even and thick slices, chilled at the right temperature and very fresh. There was no fishy taste, only a palate with clean aftertaste. Even the wasabi had just the right level of spiciness. You could smear your sashimi in hot sauce and not get a fiery aftereffect in your nostril. This was simply enjoyable as we clearly received more than we asked or paid for.
For handrolled sushi, we had the California Temaki, Ebi Tempura Temaki, and Spider Temaki. The seaweed wrapped around held the ingredients in nicely. It was not brittle, making eating with our hands a whole lot cleaner and easier. The sushi rice had lightly sweet notes and sticky texture which blended well with the nicely cut fresh sashimi slice.
Lightly battered and deep fried to crisp perfection, the Tempura Mariowase, or Assorted Tempura, were light and flaky, just like how they were supposed to be. They impressed us with its moist flesh and crispy golden crumb texture. Even the light soy sauce dip provided subtle hints of saltiness to accentuate the natural taste of the fresh prawn. Age Gyoza, or Dumpling, had a thin outer layer wrapped around moist fillings of meat. Both dishes delivered well-rounded tastes that kept us longing for more.
For grilled dishes, we had the Tsukune, Asuparagasu Be-Kon, and Satsuma Age which came in sticks. They were grilled to perfection, unburnt and pleasurable. We particularly liked the grilled tomato wrapped with bacon as it sent a tiny burst of sweet flavour yet was mainly savoury. Teriyaki sauce with Tori Teriyaki was pleasant too as it was not too sweet or sticky but just right.
If you are keen on a little fusion, try the slightly spicy Korean-style Buta Kimchi Itame, or Stir Fried Pork with Kim Chi. Children may like to have the Western-style Hamubekon Pizza which was cheesy and tasty. Or the Mentai Supagetti which is a popular Japanese-style pasta with creamy texture and strong cod fish taste.
We found a common liking for the Saba Miso Ni, or Saba Fish in Miso Sauce, and highly recommend you to try this. Its broth is concentrated and rich with slightly saltish but delicious miso paste. Even the saba meat is delicate and well soused in the broth. Haven’t tasted anything quite like this, this is a must try!
But if you have a small appetite or have little time for buffet lunches, try Shinkei Daily Set Lunch ($10). Given the quality of food you will receive, we say the set lunch menu is truly value for money. Dine in a group during the Chinese New Year period and receive a FREE Yu Sheng even! Can almost guarantee you will love this latest food find.
11.00am – 2.30pm (Last Order 2.15pm)
Child (Below 10 years old) $22++
6pm – 10.30pm (Last Order 9.45pm)
Sun – Thu
Adult $35 Child (Below 10 years old) $24
Fri, Sat, Eve of PH
Adult $38 Child (Below 10 years old) $26
Child (Below 5 years old) Eat for FREE