Chef Hide Yamamoto opens his second Japanese restaurant in Singapore at The Quayside Robertson Quay, specialising in traditional Kappo cuisine.
Kappo? That would mean an intimate over-the-counter experience, where the chef would prepare dishes in front of the customers, served directly across the counter to the diner.
The implication is food will be served hot and fresh, with inclusion of personal interaction.
The menu at Wagokoro is served in 8- or 9-course sets. Omakase lunch is at $80++, while Dinner is priced at $158++ and $238++.
Accordingly, “All preparation of food is done right in front of the guests as the chef introduces the dishes and explains the ingredients. The only barrier between guest and chef is the counter.”
There was an element of anticipation as we observed the chef slice sashimi, deep fry the tempura and assemble the food aesthetically.
However, there was zero talking from the chef, none of that supposed interaction, while the waiter did all the explanation – which was quite adequate anyway.
Not complaining, just wonder why was the key feature of this restaurant missing.
“This is confirmed better than the previous experience.” My friend was referring to our meal with that hefty price tag at Hide Yamamoto Marina Bay Sands.
The appetizer (a duck salad), sashimi, stewed vegetables, grilled item, rice with roe, and dessert were fresh and appetizing with a light touch, reminding us of the kaiseki meals in Kyoto where we could savour the natural taste and sweetness of the various seasonal ingredients.
Ala-carte items are available for lunch. Its Tendon ($28), Fresh Fish Cake Duck Consommé Oden, and Homemade Soba ($8) are worthy of recommendation.
I was won over by the flavourful soup base of the oden, a small bowl of refined broth packed with goodness every sip, as though you can feel the warmth trickling down your body.
The original Hide Yamamoto feels more enlivening with 5 varied concepts in one place, though Wagokoro gave us a better meal experience.
Wagokoro Hide Yamamoto
The Quayside #01-04, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
Tel: +65 6733 6315
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2pm, 6 – 11pm (Mon – Sat). Last order for dinner 10.30pm. Closed Sun
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for meals reviewed, unless otherwise stated.