Saturday, March 22, 2008

Ten-Jyaku - to inspire tranquility

Ten-Jyaku Japanese Sushi
Millenia Walk
9 Raffles Boulevard
# 01-11
Tel: 6837-3960

H's Maki

A few weeks ago a friend brought me Ten-Jyaku - a two year old Japanese establishment that has a small sushi bar, serves up specialty hot pots and has these intimating bamboo cage-like sitting areas.

From the outside looking in, I was apprehensive but when I entered I was met by a familiar face that stood behind the sushi bar, this chef that I met a year ago and I felt a little more at ease.

The good people at Ten-Jyaku serve up fabulous aburi sushi. The courses leading up to that also deserve a mention – a refreshing momotaro tomato consommé jelly, oden, pork ‘sushi’ and homemade salmon tofu topped with oyster and miso. The highlight for me, however, was still the sushi or more accurately aburi sushi. The sushi chef pulled out all the stops and served us what he a sushi roll that he named after himself, let’s just call it Chef H’s sushi. It was a tempura prawn and spicy mayo roll that was stopped with tai and more spicy mayo and gently applied the glowing flames to the sushi’s surface. The whole roll was a great pop of flavours and textures. Following which he served us more sushi of salmon belly, yellow tail, snapper and scallop all baptized by the blow torch flame and topped with a combination of their different flavour enhancing garnishes. And to finish it off, we pieces of rice that was topped with an obscene amount of creamy Russian uni that was free from any fishy scent.

Admittedly I would have liked to have a wider range of fish to choose from, but what they might lack in quantity and choice, they make up in quality and fun through their swift reach to their blow torches and their garnish kits.

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