Review: Koji Sushi Bar at China Square
Tucked away in the quiet corner of China Square, Koji Sushi Bar is a surprisingly obscure and adorably quaint sushi eatery. Serving one of the most value-for-money rice bowl donburi sets around in town, Koji Sushi Bar is relatively unknown compared to the bigger names like Sushi Bar and Koh Grill & Sushi Bar. Size isn’t everything when it comes to sushi restaurants. This cozy homely sushi bar sits no more than 40 people at any one point of time. If you’re lucky enough to go at the right times, be sure to ask for the indoor air-conditioned seats where you get to watch your food being prepared right before your eyes. The restaurant deserves a fair share of raves. From the intimate cozy décor to the warm friendly service and the quality meals, Koji Sushi Bar hits all the right notes at a pocket-friendly price. Koji Sushi Bar specializes in their donburi sets, but they also have a decent selection of sides (Ippin Ryori). On my recent trip to Koji Sushi Bar with a friend, we loved the food so much that we managed to finish off three rice don sets, along with the accompanying salads and miso soups. The salmon and ikura don set ($17) is one of the best you can get in Singapore. It’s not only beautiful to look at but also tastes delicious. The bowl was filled to the brim with fresh salmon. The salmon sashimi was well-marinated with hints of sesame oil, soy sauce, specks of black and white sesame and a tinge of sugar.
Next, we had the tuna tartare rice bowl ($17). It is definitely the most photogenic bowl out of the three sets we had, but also the least memorable. The wasabi gave the dish some kick, but the tuna tartare itself was unremarkable. The tuna lacked flavour. We were mildly surprised by the lackluster quality of the tuna tartare donburi considering how good the salmon and ikura set was.
The pork cheek donburi set ($17) looked the least photogenic out of the three, but it was my favourite – goes to show that a book should not be judged based on its cover. The pork cheek practically melted in my mouth. It was tender and wonderfully seasoned and the cold onsen tamago (soft-boiled egg) enhanced the richness of the dish.
Overall, we had a wonderful meal at Koji Sushi Bar, and we are planning to return to try the other dishes in the menu. On a side note, if you’re planning to try their omakase dinners, reservation is required so that the chefs can prepare an exquisite selection for you. Koji Sushi Bar 3 Pickering Street, #01-42,Nankin Row, Singapore 048660 (10 minutes walk from Chinatown MRT – Exit from Downtown Line side) Tel: 6225 6125 Opening Hours: 11:30am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm Goh Weiying is an avid foodie who loves experimenting with new recipes and baking up a storm. Weiying hunts down good eats all the time and shares her love of food at ThreeLittlePiglets.com as well as cashback-coupon site ShopBack.sg.
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