Sunday, February 01, 2015

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, Wisma Atria

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, Wisma Atria

I have never eaten at this restaurant before because I couldn't make myself join the queue. Hence this was a first visit to Koh Grill (#04-21 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, 435 Orchard Road, tel : +65 9180 3805). But years ago, this establishment was known as Hamoru Japanese Restaurant and they used to be located at the Food Republic at Suntec City. I've had that and so yes, I've had that shiok maki before.

Koh is home grown Japanese, somewhat like Akashi with differences. There's a more casual vibe. Not a place for Japanese food snobs because you're not getting that kind of quality nor skill here. This is the sort of place that one goes to eat stuff that one cannot get a "proper" Japanese joints because those are far too traditional/serious skilled and not localized. Generally not for Japanophilic food adventurers but who's to say eh? 

Koh Grill is known for their maki rolls though.

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, pitan maki

That's the pitan maki. A roll topped with diced century egg, a rich chilled century egg sauce and tobiko. For people who like century eggs and I rather enjoyed this.

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, shiok maki

Koh's shiok maki is iconic. A contemporary maki stuffed with unagi, draped with salmon, generously slathered with mayo (I think it's just mayo but I cannot be sure) enhanced by an aburi.  Seem to remember it feeling more shiok in the past when I popped them in my mouth. But maybe my taste has evolved since.

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, foie gras

As the name of the restaurant implies, one can get grills. That's the foie gras on a stick. Pretty good, but it costed a bit more than Kazu. That means it's expensive here for the quality and quantity.

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, lamb

We tried the lamb yaki out of curiosity. That little rib of meat costed as much as a larger rib of lamb at Kazu. Didn't taste half as good. Admittedly, it was a fairly tasty marinated protein that was nicely grilled and chopped to bits but I couldn't really tell what meat it was. 

This where I re-emphasise on the restaurant being localized because it's a local practice treating lamb carried down from the previous generation(s). They marinate lamb to death because they think everyone dislikes the natural flavours.

This defeats the purpose of ordering lamb, no?

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, cod tobiko crust

That's cod with a tobiko mayo crust. If that could be described as a crust since it wasn't very crusty. It actually tasted pretty good but the meat was a pretty thin and ragged for a fish like cod.

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, gyu

Here's their gyu yaki. To be fair, this wasn't doused with additional seasoning which masked the natural flavour of the meat. Just some salt and pepper which they got right. On the other hand, this was also one of the least beefy tasting bits of beef I've had. And a little sinewy. So while it wasn't a third as good as the wafu steak from Tampopo, it costed almost as much.

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