Dig into all that goodness of Japanese Cuisine.
Shibuya Omakasei & Sushi Bar seeks to provide patrons with a cozy and pleasant dining experience by serving diners with tantalizing Japanese dishes in the comforts of a well-set up place.
After a revamp, Shibuya omakasei now serves a larger variety of dons and more items to cater the lunch crowds in the area.
Both outdoor and indoor seatings are available, but I personally preferred the indoor ones as they are more reminiscent of the traditional Japanese-bar style of izakaya dining. About 10 to 12 pax at their bar counter is available, so making reservations would be wise.
Michizakari Junmai Daiginjo (Dry) ($50/300ml, $99/720ml)
This dry sake had a distinctive umami taste and high acidity. For a non-sake-lover like myself, this was an interestingly pleasant drink. It did not blaze my throat but I could still feel the kick of the alcoholic content. A highly recommended drink to have during your meal.
Chili Umeshu (Spicy) ($10/$81)
This came across a little odd to me initially since I would never have imagined spice and alcohol would make a good blend.
There was no worry though as the level of spice was appropriate and there was a tang of sourness from the greenplum to balance the flavours of the drink out. Its crisp, spicy flavour should not be given a miss!
Aburi Tako Carpaccio ($15)
This was, in my opinion, a very good appetiser. The octopus slices were very well-seasoned with spicy truffle shoyu and made for a good dish to ease the rest of our meal in. The essence of truffle and shoyu were powerful while the spiciness was not entirely apparent.
These octopus slices were top-notch.
Salmon Unagi Maki ($25)
Lined with a strong mayonnaise flavour, these makis were simply divine.
The maki was stuffed with Unagi and avocado pieces, dressed with a succulent piece slice of salmon and topped with roes. The flavours of the Unagi and salmon complimented each other extremely well.
Truffle Chirashi Don ($40)
I’ve tried many chirashi dons before but never with truffle and I must say, it was a very clever touch to the dish. The bowl of Chirashi Don included Yellowtail, Golden Eye Snapper, Halibut, Tuna, Salmon, Octopus, Striped Jack Mackerel, Sea Bream and Scallop.
Packed to the fullest with all that seafood goodness and with that additional kick of truffle. Just thinking about it is making me salivate!
Shibuya Threesome Don ($45)
The three devils in this don are Wagyu, Foie Gras and…Sea Urchin (Uni). The addition of Sea Urchin is a little unconventional but it proved to be a smart choice as the blend of the three flavours was glorious. There was a generous portion of the Uni, thinly-sliced Foie Gras and less-thinly-sliced Wagyu pieces. This is definitely the don to order if you are looking for something that goes against the conventional Chirashi don.
A very crucial point to take note of: The Truffle Chirashi Don and Shibuya Threesome Don pictured in this review are not accurate depictions of the portions you will get. The actual dishes are served with bigger portions so fret not!
Aburi Salmon & Scallop Carpaccio ($25)
The last dish but not least. It was like a sweet ending, owing to the addition of Sweet Yuzu Mayo which also carry a tinge of sourness. I like how the tastebuds were intricate by the combination.
Both salmon and scallop are sweet in nature, which blends well into the marination. Then finished off in aburi state, slight burnt taste but not overly charred.
I feel that this is one cozy Japanese restaurant with good warm ambience. The visit here was made on a cold rainy day, which caused the atmosphere to be even warmer and comfortable. Having decent (and good) Japanese food while sipping on sake, perfect.
Expected Damage: $30-50/pax