Affordable modern Japanese fine dining at Syun
Renowned Japanese chef Hal Yamashita has brought his brand of affordable Jap-Jap fusion cuisine to Singapore in his latest restaurant, Syun. The chef, who believes that the core of good cooking is simplicity, has created a menu that marries premium produce imported from Japan with everyday ingredients, and plays on the melding of regional dishes from Japan’s various provinces.
In his interview with The Dining Table, Chef Yamashita is visibly delighted with the opportunity to open his first restaurant in Asia outside of Japan at Resorts World Sentosa. He is putting forward his signature dish – over 80,000 pieces served in Japan alone – to Singapore. One of the must-try dishes is the superbly melt-in-your-mouth Sea Urchin Rolled by Wagyu Beef in which briny sea urchin is wrapped with two slices of Kuroge Wagyu beef then topped with caviar and served in a refreshing citrusy yuzu sauce.
For Chef Yamashita, the major considerations in the planning and development of the overall restaurant concept and its menu are quality and freshness of natural ingredients which should also be good for health and safe for consumption. His website says that a restaurant is a place for him to “express the beauty of fresh ingredients directly to you. This is my philosophy. So my style is not to interfere with those natural flavors through unnecessary cooking, but in fact to bring out and enhance the natural flavors of the ingredients for your benefit, through a careful selection of their combinations.”
Maintaining the natural flavours does not mean less preparatory work. In fact, one of Chef Yamashita’s iconic dishes requires a preparation time of close to a week. The perfectly Grilled Cod with Saikyo Miso Yuzu Miso Sauce and Dried Mullet Powder in which the cod has been marinated in miso and dried mullet roe with a yuzu miso sauce. This dish was dressed with a pink ginger flower and served sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan cheese, and every bite of the cod delivered a quiet riot of wonderful flavours.
Among the food served at the media tasting session was the Chef’s Selection of Sashimi (2 kinds) featuring fresh fish from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market. We enjoyed kampachi and salmon served with different sauces such as yuzu mayonnaise and garlic soya sauce. We also enjoyed the tasting session was the Seafood House Special Jyu which featured rice generously stacked with premium ingredients such as sea urchin, salmon, scallop, prawn and crab stick, along with scrambled eggs and fresh fish roe.
Syun is located at Resorts World Sentosa’s Festive Walk. This 50-seater restaurant occupies 1,700 square feet, and features a casual dining space with two private dining rooms for seven to eight diners each. The restaurant’s interior is inspired by the Japanese Wabi-sabi concept, where the aesthetic is centred on the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, with a strong connection to nature. Natural wood is also incorporated into the finishing of the sushi bar counter while the floors feature Black Sandalwood and intricate wooden lattice sliding doors separate the two private dining rooms.
Speaking from his own dining experience, when he dines at restaurants or Singapore’s hawker centres, Chef Yamashita believes that the most important consideration is the overall dining experience. At Syun, he hopes to provide that moment or space with the right environment, high food quality and great service for diners to come together to connect and enjoy their time together.
“People come to Resorts World Sentosa for many attractions. If they come to my restaurant, enjoy the food and the experience, and they come away happy, then I’m happy too!”
Festive Walk, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269
Tel: 6577 6688
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm to 3pm (Lunch), 6pm to 11pm (Dinner) (Tues-Sun); Closed on Mondays.
Joh Ju is a PR professional specialising in B2B communications for clients in life sciences and hi-technology industries. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring Singapore for unique finds and good food that can be shared with her friends, family and the odd strays in the neighbourhood.
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