The place Nestled in the Odeon towers is Shinsoraone year old japanese Omakase restaurant that introduced lunch service last month. This is a cozy 10-seat restaurant accessed through the Standing Sushi Bar and run by Chef Sky Tai, 2018 Sushi Cup World Champion. Chef Sky has 20 years of sushi making experience under his belt and has spent the last decade at the Standing Sushi Bar.
Shinsora’s setting is a counter table, which gives you a close view of what’s going on in the open concept kitchen.
The food Chef Sky serves Edomae sushi and uses sasanishiki rice. The sushi rice uses a house blend of three types of vinegar, including Yohei aka-zu, a red vinegar made from sake lees matured by Japan’s famous vinegar brewery, and Yokoi aged for three years.
The new Omakase lunch menu is coming 9-piece menu (S$90++) and a menu 15 pieces (S$200++), where Sky Chef can adjust the pace of the meal as weekday lunchtime can be a rushed affair for office workers.
Lunch is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays only, from 12 noon (one service). One must reserve.
I had the 9 piece menu, and here is the set of sushi I had:
Matsukawagarei (Barfin Flounder)
A soft and sweet taste, served simply with sea urchin sea salt and freshly grated wasabi.
The ebi is wrapped in iso no yuki kombu from Hokkaido. I love the mild ebi flavor here.
This is served aburi style as kamasu is a fatty fish, which helps to enhance its flavors.
Akami (Lean tuna)
Negitoro (chopped tuna belly)
If you’re not full at this point, there are also handrolls on the lunch menu with options like Negitoro (S$30), Maguro (S$45), Aburi Otoro (S$45) and Uni (seasonal price, currently at S$45) Rolls.
I had the United hand roller that uses Bafun Uni from Hokkaido. Love this crispy seaweed from Kyushu which is lightly grilled before the hearty and succulent Uni is spread over the seaweed with rice. A very tasty treat, and it’s good.
The Omakase menu ends with miso soup and seasonal fruit for dessert.
Getting mad It’s a shame that no Uni ingredients are featured on the 90 Singapore dollar menu. As Shinsora is adjacent to the Standing Sushi Bar, the noise from the Standing Sushi Bar is also slightly audible.
Will I come back? 90 Singapore dollars for an Omakase lunch is a bargain in the context of Singapore. The ingredients are fresh and the pace suits me, especially when I have to return to work after a weekday lunch.
This was an invitational tasting, although all opinions expressed are our own.
taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall experience: 4/5
331 North Bridge Road
#01-04 Odeon Towers
(Access via Standing Sushi Bar)
Tel: +65 8737 4366
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. (one place)
Tuesday to Sunday: 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
Rated by The Ranter