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Affordable omakase and fresh sushi at Sushi Kou

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If you are craving for proper sushi, why settle for a plate of crunchy rolls and dynamite shrimp? The best option is probably omakase, a pseudo-tasting menu that entails hanging up any vestiges of skepticism and entrusting a sushi chef to tailor a menu using the highest quality ingredients available that day. A great omakase meal doesn’t always come cheap.

The good new is that a reasonably priced omakase experience is entirely possible — in fact, Sushi Kou at Orchid Hotel in Tanjong Pagar is one of the Japanese restaurants in town that serves up affordable omakase and fresh sushi. Helmed by Tokyo native Owner Chef Koda Naokatsu, who has more than 15 years of culinary experience, diners will be treated to a variety of dishes of the best daily catch and produce specially flown in from Tokyo, Kyoto and Hokkaido.

Sushi Kou interior

Sushi Kou interior

Sushi Kou has three affordable multi-course menus at $50, $80, and $100 (minimum of 2 sets) for lunch and dinner. Each meal also comes with complimentary jars of homemade pickled tomatoes, radishes or seaweed appetisers. If you have not tried omakase, the $50 7-course menu is a good way to start. The $80 set menu has seven courses that span appetisers, sashimi platter, grilled item, fried dish, braise, sushi, and dessert. The $100 choice is an eight-course indulgence with more premium sashimi, sushi and top-of-the-line grilled Kagoshima Wagyu Ribeye.

The Sushi Kou $80 Omakase menu (see main photo above) begins with dainty serving of braised radishes and seasoned tofu topped with crab and roe (Kabu Ni, Inari Tanoki). The highlight is the heavenly sashimi platter of Otoro, Hamachi, Tai, Hotate, Akami, Shimaji. Fresh delectable thick slices of fatty tuna belly, sea beam, blue fin tuna, white snapper, yellowtail and sweet scallops. The next 6 courses are equally intoxicating: A yummy grilled skewer of fresh scallop with lady finger wrapped in tasty bacon (Hotate Buta Kushiyaki), a deep fried treat of unusual fish pieces (Nishin Tatsuta Age) with bones so fine that they could be consumed, soft braised Wagyu beef (Wagyu Nitsuke) in a hearty gravy with carrots and potatoes and a medley of sushi (Otoro, Hobo, Saba, Anago, Toro Salmon, Ikura) to round off the meal, another chance to sample the fresh sashimi as well as salmon roe and eel. A light refreshing dessert of delightful ice cream from Hokkaido, most notable flavour being surprisingly appetizing sea salt. Other choices are citrus, chocolate cubes, green tea and sesame to end on a sweet note.

Special Kaisen Don Set

Special Kaisen Don Set

The ala carte menu has a spread of choice sashimi like Uni ($68 whole / $35 half / $18 a quarter, sea urchin), Akagi (ark shell / $20), and Hirame (flounder/ $22). 26 different types of nigiri sushi including Toro Salmon (salmon belly / $4 apiece), Wagyu Beef ($7 apiece) and Ike Ni Anago (broiled sea eel / $10 apiece). Dragon Roll ($18), Spider Roll ($14) and California Roll ($14) where conventional maki of rice and fillings wrapped in seaweed are turned inside out. Three sizes of Sashimi Moriwase great for sharing – Hama ($30, 6 types of sashimi x 2), Iso ($45, 8 types of sashimi x 2), and Tairyo ($60, 10 types of sashimi x 2); and four choices for Sushi Moriwase (from $28 to $48). Prefer cooked food, delicious grilled seafood and meats such as Japanese Wagyu Tataki beef ($40), Surumeika Sugatayaki (grilled whole squid/ $12) and Gindara Teriyaki (grilled silver cod/ $16). Amaebi Karage (crispy sweet shrimps / $12), Mame Aji Tsumami (deep-fried small horse mackerel / $8) for crunchy bites.

Tempura Set with Sushi

Tempura Set with Sushi

Sushi Kou also has other set meals that come with chawanmushi, rice and miso soup. Range from Chicken Teriyaki Set ($16) to Special Kaisen Don Set ($26) layered with pristine sashimi. Diners can also supplement the set with sashimi for just $7, or nigiri sushi for $8. There is also the “Today’s Special” offer limited to 10 redemptions a day. Value Set lunch choices like Salmon Tuna Goma Ae Don Set ($12)), Niku Udon ($14) or Tempura Udon ($16). Pair your meal with Tiger Beer ($7), Asahi ($9) and Asahi Black ($9), Sake (from $15/160ml, $80-$300/ bottle) or Shochu (from $25/ 250ml, $120/ bottle).

Sushi Kou
1 Tras Link, #01-16 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867
Tel: 64448433
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10: 30pm (Daily)

Author: Rebecca Tan
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