While understated and off-the-radar, Ryu’s Japanese Restaurant 柳 at Capitol Piazza has become one of my favourite new Japanese restaurants. So much so that I quickly texted my Japanese cuisine loving friend, “THIS!” and is already making plans to return.
Ryu has a small but strong team, led by Head Chef Yasuo Niizuma, and ‘Kantsukeshi’ (sake master) Hiroyasu Sakurma.
The tempura chef used to work at Tokyo’s famed Edo style tempura restaurant Tempura Yamanoue Roppongi, whose culinary skill is shown in a deceptively simple bowl of Tendon ($25).
The bowl is filed with 2 prawns and fresh-tasting vegetables, matched with crisp light and airy batter. It has been a long time since I last tasted tempura vegetables this crisp and almost ‘garden-fresh’.
I found the oil a wee bit too much, as every bite would leave that gleam on the lips.
Ryu’s Bara Chirashi Sushi Set ($45) is served in a traditional 3-drawer wooden ‘Okamochi’ box, which is hardly seen around here.
The sashimi slices of tuna, scallop, greater amberjack and shrimp were fresh-tasting, imported from Tsukiji Market, matched with sweet sticky sushi rice lined with roe, egg and marinated mushrooms.
Some of the rice can also be wrapped with seaweed provided into hand-rolls, and Chef (while looking stern like a typical Japanese master) was proactive enough to help us roll in up and offered tips on how it can be best eaten. (His English is not bad, having worked in New York for a period of time.)
The other two drawers contain grilled chicken with salad, and appetizers. So while the set seems slightly expensive, the number of items they offer makes it value for its money.
Omakase dinner set which includes appetizer, 3 types of sashimi, grilled fish, agemono deep fried dish, syokuji meal, cheese soufflé and dessert of the day is priced at $120 onwards. Additional 7 glasses of sake at $100.
Ryu’s Japanese Restaurant 柳
Capitol Piazza #01-87, 15 Stamford Road Singapore 178906 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6384 9087
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am
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