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Sunday, June 14, 2009
#01-28, Great World City
Known for its delectable Japanese cuisine and attentive service, Kuriya didn't disappoint indeed.
The 1st appetiser was the Seaweed Salad ($16++) with 3 different types of seaweed mixed with the usual lettuces and tomatoes. I chose to go without any dressing but there's a choice of Italian, sesame or soy sauce dressing. In retrospect, this was a tad too expensive for an average tasting salad.
Next, the Homemade Kyo-Tofu ($6++) was excellent! Wonderfully soft and delicate, it simply melted in the mouth with a slight nutty soya taste. This made me want to try the famous beancurd in Kyoto itself!
The last appetiser was the Prawn and Scallop ($12++) with some jellyfish on the side. I forgot the sauce served with it but memory told me that the scallop was especially fresh and flavourful.
I usually order soft shell crab in Japanese restaurants since it's one of the few deep-fried items I like. The Soft Shell Crab and Japanese Sweet Potato ($14++) was a hit! A tall tower of meaty crab meat and thick slices of naturally sweet sweet potato, this tempura with a light batter was one of the better ones I've had in a long while.
The Unagi Kabayaki ($20++) was not on the menu as I made a special request for it. You will find it paired with rice in the ala carte menu. As usual, it's hard for me to find any faults with unagi since I just love grilled eel too much. This was as nice as the one from Tetsu and Nanbantei!
My favourite dish of the day was the Steamed Cod Fish with Plum ($26++). This was just beautiful! The oily fish was so fresh and soft while the sourish-sweet plum upped the flavour a notch.
The Tempura on Rice ($24++) had an assortment of tempura such as prawns and mushroom. I tried the prawn which was crunchy and of a good quality. However, the batter was too thick unlike the one coating the soft shell crab mentioned earlier on.
Since I was still craving for anything black sesame, I decided on the Soft Sesame Pudding ($8++) right away. Even though this was imported from Japan, it was too jelly-like and lacked a strong sesame taste. I like the one from Sun with Moon!
Another dessert to satisfy my sesame craving was the Sesame Ice Cream and Red Bean ($10++). The ice cream is made in house but I wasn't too impressed by it as it was too creamy and lacked the strong sesame flavour I'm looking for. The fantastic black sesame ice cream from Tetsu has spoilt my tolerance for other mediocre ones! Nevertheless, the red beans were pretty good as they were not too sweet and paired well with the ice cream.
The Japanese Fruit platter is open price as it depends on what fruits are available on the day. Today, there's Japanese musk melon and apple which cost a grand $28++. The 1st time I ate the famous Japanese musk melon was in Hokkaido so I'm not surprised at the price. The melon is unlike anything as it's extremely juicy and succulent. Try it if you have the chance! You will look at melons differently from then on.
Service was great! Throughout dinner, our cups of green tea was constantly refilled while empty plates were cleared promptly to make way for other dishes. Even Mika, the manager who's from Japan, stopped by and chatted with us. I really couldn't ask for more... Well, maybe except nicer black sesame desserts!
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