Singapore: Aoki (Set Lunch)

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Another lament on the declining standards of set lunches – Aoki’s mazechirashi, previously the gold standard for chirashi bowls, has significantly dipped in quality since my first time having it ~5 years ago. It probably doesn’t help that the price has increased to $40++ now!

Perhaps it was just a bad day to go – the chef was a touch too heavy-handed with the shoyu, while the fish was overly mushy at times and could not be picked up using my chopsticks without crumbling. Tako was chewy, a rather miserable and mushy serving of uni, an overload of tamagoyaki that threw off the sweet-savoury balance of the bowl…Thank goodness for sweet bursts of ikura which perked up each otherwise mediocre spoonful.

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Or perhaps, the inevitable has happened and I’ve been spoiled by my exposure to exceptional sushi, whether via a conveyer belt hole-in-the-wall joint or in a more elegant setting. Nevertheless, I’d still expect a blue-chip Japanese restaurant stalwart to offer a significantly higher quality than what I had the other day. If I remember correctly, A’s beef bento box fared much better, but I didn’t have much of it to give a fair comment. At least the dessert mochi didn’t disappoint, and ended off the meal on a decent note.

Aoki Restaurant
http://www.aoki-restaurant.com.sg/aoki/
1 Scotts Road, #01-19 Shaw Centre, 228208
6333 8015

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