A hidden gem. Tucked away in a quiet corner at Level 2 of Fortune Centre is Kappou Japanese Sushi Tapas Bar.
It is a 12-seater sushi restaurant which serves Omakase sets during dinner service from $68 onwards.
Hmm, Fortune Centre?
Known for its vegetarian restaurants and casual eateries, it is probably the least expected location for me to satisfy my Omakase fix.
While Japanese Omakase in Singapore has been more or less popularized, the premium restaurants would usually cost more than $150 for a meal.
Hence the $68 price tag piqued my interest in terms of affordability.
Single-handedly helmed by Chef Aeron, the 23-year old bubbly female sushi chef greeted us once we walked through the door.
Over at Japan and even in Singapore, Japanese sushi restaurants are largely male-dominated, with female sushi chefs facing the challenge of a lack of professional recognition.
So, I would like to tell Chef Aeron, ”Gambatte!”
During the course of the meal, she enthusiastically shared with us her sushi experience and sushi dining etiquette.
For instance, she mentioned on the golden ratio of rice proportion in sushi, how it affects sushi bite texture, as well as demonstrated the various sushi kneading techniques.
From our conversation, I could felt her flaming passion which drives her in perfecting the art of sushi making.
Her style is to let the nature flavor of the ingredient stands out on its own, probably by enhancing with a pinch of salt, a brush of shoyu or a light glaze using blowtorch.
Chef Aeron has also adopted the modern methodology of using aged fish in sushi making.
She shared that similarly to aged beef, ageing process can also be used on fish to bring out the umami flavors at its best.
I did a quick google on this and found out that it requires a great deal of expertise and experience to master the art of ageing fish.
It is remarkable that Chef Aeron is able to execute this methodology well at such a young age.
While fresh fish sashimi usually comes with a subtle sweetness, I observed that aged fish sashimi has a distinctive flavor and aroma.
In fact, I found the stronger flavor appealed more to my palate.
Point to note, as Chef Aeron runs the place on her own, she only accept diners by reservation, and does not take walk-in requests.
Kappou Japanese Sushi Tapas Bar
190 Middle Road #02-10A, Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979
Tel: +65 9170 4583
Opening Hours: 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.