Review: 九 | KYUU by Shunshui


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Would you just look at that brimming mountain of umami goodness? Of course, we knew it might just be a clever marketing gimmick going in, but it definitely piqued our curiosity. So, off we went to KYUU, the same guys behind Kappo Shunsui in Cuppage Plaza.

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We were pleasantly surprised to find that despite its almost obscene ikura bait, the place was subtle, understated and with class. If you’re looking for outstanding, mind-blowing cuisine, this is not the place to find it. But I thoroughly enjoyed the unpretentiousness of the food. Everything is lightly-seasoned and cooked in the simplest of ways so you can enjoy the natural freshness of the ingredients.

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So, let’s start with the appetisers. Here’s a Japanese-style gazpacho, chilled beancurd skin (yuba) and boiled eggplant.

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Next up, a huge sashimi platter! I must say this was an eyeful as much as a mouthful of fresh fish. Nothing spectacular, but very fresh nonetheless.

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On to my favourite parts of the meal! I’d always loved grilled vegetables and seafood. There’s just something about how it brings out a beautiful toasted flavour and sweetness in fresh produce.

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The first dish served was Grilled Eggplant (Nasu) with Red Miso.

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This red miso paste actually tasted a lot like Chee Cheong Fun sweet sauce we have here in Singapore. It’s rich, slightly sweet and goes great with toasted sesame seeds. I also loved the gorgeous presentation. All that hot eggplant flesh just melting in the mouth. Mmm.

Then, we were served a Grilled Tomato.

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This was an absolute beauty. There is nothing quite like a fresh, juicy, sweet tomato just lightly grilled to bring out all its flavours and served with just a dash of salt to accentuate its sweetness. This was memorable.

And then, the Grilled King Crab Legs. Boy, was this a generous portion.

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I loved how the crab meat just slipped right out of the shell. Super fresh! And the fact that it was not seasoned at all save for a squeeze of lime and a light ponzu sauce was so refreshing.

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We both loved this dish. You really don’t have to do a lot to food of great quality.

After the grilled fare, came the cooked dishes. This is a Pan-fried Chutoro with chopped cucumbers and a citrus sauce.

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I generally prefer my chutoro raw because of its more delicate flavour. But this was something unique, given that it’s done aburi or half-cooked.

And before the main event, we had a last meat dish to conquer – the Grilled A4 Wagyu Steak. 

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Paired with a red miso sauce and topped with spring onions, this had lovely marbling and was grilled well.

And now, for the main event. I’m a huge Sea Urchin (uni) and Salmon Roe (ikura) fan.

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And this combines copious amounts of both, which although slightly overwhelming, is a real treat! Basically, they’ll keep spooning mounds of ikura onto your plate until you tell them to stop. It really is quite amusing.

Here, you have the finished result. How mouthwatering does this look?

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I was pretty stuffed by then, but somehow still found room to stomach this baby. The uni was not the most flavourful i’ve had, but it was definitely an unforgettable dish by sheer virtue of the amounts we were given. Definitely can’t complain!

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And last but not least, we had a homemade Matcha Ice-cream for dessert to round off a pretty wholesome meal of great seafood and grilled meats.

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KYUU offers an omakase course for $129++ each and you can upgrade your ikura bowl to include uni for just supplementary $29++ which is pretty worth if for quite a generous portion.

I loved this meal for its simple flavours and quality produce. Perhaps you would too! Let me know (:


九 | KYUU by Shunshui
Address: 29 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089136
Reservations: toreta.in
Phone: 6221 7098

Reservations: toreta.in
Phone: 6221 7098

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