Shinji by Kanesaka – both Carlton Hotel and St Regis Hotel branches, has been awarded 1 Michelin Star in the Singapore Michelin Guide 2019.

While Japan has Jiro, Singapore has Shinji.

Shinji by Kanesaka すし道真次 is commonly known to be the one of the best Japanese sushi restaurants in Singapore, and also considered by many as one of the finest outside of Japan.

The Michelin-starred restaurant used to be tucked away at the iconic Raffles Hotel, and has since moved to Carlton Hotel.

It is an Edo-style sushi restaurant, serving sashimi and sushi at the most superior quality at an intimate setting.

His motto: “I want to make sushi that I personally want to eat.”

The highest tier is the Omakase Shin ($450) which includes appetiser, assorted premium sashimi, assorted cooked dishes, sushi, soup and Japanese fruit.

The next level Omakase Wa ($300) serves ‘normal’ sashimi without the ‘premium’.

If splurging is an issue, there is an Edomae Sushi set ($220) comes with 15 pieces of nigiri.

A friend of mine goes regularly for their Hana Lunch Set ($75 – only available at Carlton Hotel), which she claims those 9 pieces of happiness bring her to heaven all the time.

I specially requested for Master Chef Koichiro Oshino, who crafted his sushi art from Ginza to Yamazato in Amsterdam.

He greets with an impeccable smile, moves in swift rhythms, and is intently serious at work. All the sushi chefs have shaved heads, no chains, no rings, no watches, symbolising that the restaurant is pure and clean.

After watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, you would realise that customers are in awe, respect yet fear the sushi masters all at the same time.

I initially had some of that fear, but Chef Oshino was usually smiley during his momentarily breaks, humorous as he does his explanation in the most candid manner.

There was a birthday celebration, and the chefs broke up in song and less of a dance.

Needless to say, the sushi is world-class, especially its tuna.

The pinkish Chutoro (medium fatty tuna) was so fresh it can literally slide down the throat, Otoro (tuna belly) rich creamy with amazing sirloin feel, and Akami (red meat) where you could almost feel the tuna melting in your mouth.

Dessert was a slice of honeydew, one of those premium Japanese fruits which cost a 3-figure sum in a supermarket that I never got to courage to luxuriate. The slice was so unadulterated sweet it was truly amazing.

The dining experience was unfortunately marred by less-than-considerate customers. A couple was name-dropping and boasting about recent purchases at the top of their voices (Shinji is an imitate sushi bar so you can hear everything), another kept asking for wasabi top-ups, while one asked if the salmon could be cooked.

Chef Oshino dealt with most such requests with a polite laugh. Impressed.

Watching the skilled Japanese chefs at work feels like an art, orchestra, and performance at the same time.

Shinji by Kanesaka is indeed one of the best, and as customers, we have to learn to respect their craft as well.

Shinji by Kanesaka すし道真次 – Carlton Hotel
76 Bras Basah Rd, Lobby Floor, Singapore 189558
Tel: +65 6338 6131
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm to 3pm Last Order at 2pm; Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm Last Order 9pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun

Shinji by Kanesaka すし道真次 – St Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road, Lobby Floor, Singapore 247911
​Tel: +65 6884 8239
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm to 3pm Last Order at 2pm; Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm Last Order 9pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun

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