While HillV2 at Hillview Rise near Bt Timah is still a largely unexplored mall with many eateries, the newly opened Kinsa Sushi has been attracting nearby residents, the working class and personnel from MINDEF for its Japanese fare at wallet-friendly prices.
For those who find the name of this Japanese restaurant familiar, Kinsa was first established at Ang Mo Kio’s Jubilee Square (has closed AMK outlet due to leasing issues), and has become popular with those in the vicinity.
While the original outlet had a more casual family-friendly concept, the HillV2 branch’s take was to quality Japanese cuisine (with some dishes usually found at higher end restaurants) at affordable price-points.
A quick flip of the menu would reveal the range of its wide offerings – appetizers (Wagyu Tataki, Tamago Yaki), Sashimi, Sushi, Grilled Items, Hotplates, Deep Fried Items (Tempura, Karaage), Soups, Dons, Noodles (Udon, Soda), Bento Sets and Desserts.
I had my initial reservations. Many of the items seemed similar to the other Japanese restaurants in Singapore, which kept me wondering about its unique selling point.
Kinsa Sushi did have a few stand-out dishes.
The Wagyu Don ($24.80) which contained pan fried wagyu beef on rice and miso soup, was prepared using A4 Grade Wagyu from Kagoshima Japan. Co-owner Shannon Wong illustrated that it was “fine dining quality beef, heartland price”
Not exaggerating, this was one of the best beef bowl I had. The glistering slices were luxurious with their marbling, perfectly cut, tender and flavourful that would leave traces of happiness in your mouth and belly.
I also found my bowl of comfort in the Foie Gras Mizore Mushi ($6.80), reasonably priced for the ingredient it contained, and was piping hot, light but still tasty.
One unique feature of Kinsa Sushi was that they had a seasonal seafood tank near the front of the restaurant for you to pick fresh seafood items (seafood comes from various parts of Japan 3-4 times a week), and have them prepared in cooking methods of your choice.
We had an Ikashi Sashi ($35, price depending on item picked), where the fish was first sliced sashimi style, and subsequently the rest of the parts such as the bones was cooked into soup. Essentially, we had two dishes for the price of one (Kind of reminded me of Peking duck).
Other than sashimi-style, the other common style would be grilling. While this is a practice which may be found at higher end restaurants, Kinsa Sushi’s price makes it a really good deal. Freshness assured.
According to Shannon, office goers also enjoyed their Special Reverse Roll, such as the Fried Seafood Roll ($13.80), Bento Sets ($10.80 to $14.80) and Bara Chirashi Set ($14.80). (Mental note to have the Bara Chirashi the next time.)
Kinsa Sushi offered fresh sashimi and sushi, and some quality signature dishes that could differentiate this restaurant from the usual big boys. Worthy of recommendation, keep a lookout for it when you are at HillV2 or Ang Mo Kio.
4 Hillview Rise HillV2 #02-02 Singapore 667979
Tel: +65 67107278
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm -10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11:30am – 10pm (Fri-Sun, PH)
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