Review: Affordable Japanese Dining at Sumiya (New Suntec City Branch)


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I’ve always been a huge fan of Sumiya Orchard’s very affordably-priced chirashi lunch sets because of the amazing quality of the sashimi cuts and freshness of its ingredients. So when I heard Sumiya was opening another branch at Suntec City with an extended dinner menu and with similarly affordable sake offerings, I had to give it a shot.

Overall: ★★★★☆ 
Price: $$ – $$$

We kicked things off with this very interesting way of tucking into fresh maguro — the Fresh Bluefin Tuna Sashimi Steak Style ($68) Yes, it’s a steak featuring all three cuts of Akami, Chutoro and Otoro. It was a deliciously fresh piece of tuna, as I’d expected Sumiya to consistently deliver, and this was good for two to share as a starter. My only gripe with it was that we had to use a fork and knife to divide the pieces among ourselves. Apart from the hassle, the maguro was delightful and melt wonderfully in the mouth.

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Next up, we were serve the seasonal Fresh Hotate (Scallop) Isoyaki ($11.80 per pc). This was a generous piece of tender, firm scallop seasoned just right. It’s good for two if you’re intending to order quite a number of dishes. Sumiya focuses on showcasing what’s freshest at the moment and you can even go up to their fresh seafood counters, pick your favourite seafood and ask them to grill, sashimi or even cook it in broth.

IMG_3022Next, something I’d been curious to try that is prepared using a fish drying machine — the first of its kind in Singapore. They key is to simulate hours of drying in the sun to extract the best flavour before grilling it. This was the Grilled Semi-Dried Kinki Fish (Rock Fish) ($26 for a half). 

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I thought it was tasty enough but lacked moisture and the usual tenderness one would expect from grilled fish. Perhaps it was the effect of the drying but while the flavour of the rock fish was unique, I like my fish more moist and juicy.

This next dish I really enjoyed. It looks simple enough, but really packs a punch. The Can-Can Mushi (Fisherman-style Steam) in Soy Sauce/Miso Base Soup with Garlic and Chili was, for lack of a better descriptor, shiok.

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Really fresh large oysters, a giant fish head, prawns, clams all cooked in a very tasty, spicy broth I couldn’t get enough of in a cute tin can. This one I slurped to the finish and relished every drop. Price depends on the seafood you’d like to add into it, but I highly recommend this soup base.

And finally, it was time for dessert (although we barely had room left). This is the most popular dessert there — the Sumiya Tropical Dessert ($18.80) limited to only 15 portions a day. I asked why this was limited and the very friendly manager Ivy explained that each portion is served in a specially prepared ice bowl. I took a closer look at the bowl and realised it had beautiful floral designs on it which I found out was colourful seaweed! It was delicate, lovely and added a pretty touch for a sweet end to the meal. If you love pearls, coconut milk and fresh fruit, you’ll love this one.

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Overally, I’ve never had a bad experience at Sumiya so I daresay you’ll find the same. They also have a sake dispensing machine worth checking out that lets you sample a wide range of sake for as low a price as $2.60! Give them a shot and if you’re not looking to spend this much on a first visit, their chirashi lunch sets will not disappoint.

Sumiya Suntec City
#03-332 / 333, 3 Temasek Boulevard
Sky Garden, North Wing
Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6235-1816

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