It's been a while since we last went to Sushi Tei, and we were craving for some Japanese food today. I usually avoid Orchard Road like the plague come Christmas period but I had to run a couple of errands in the area so we popped by the Sushi Tei branch at Ngee Ann City.
I must admit I've never been a fan of this Sushi Tei branch because it's right smack in the middle of nowhere. The almost glass enclosure is separated from the main shopping mall, between the super busy taxi stand and the always jammed packed Orchard Turn, so all you see are cars, cars and more cars. I much prefer the gleaming Paragon outlet. But, we were in the area and wanted a quick Japanese fix. Get in and out of Orchard area with as little to do with the Christmas crowd as possible.
The Fiance is a lot more disciplined when it comes to his pre-wedding diet of cutting out carbs. He relies on a staple of meat, fruits and vegetables, so beef is his best friend right now. The Gyu Yanagawa ($12) beef with burdock root and egg on a hotplate was sweet and savoury at the same time. Egg was nicely done, still a teensy weensy runny, and the beef was soft and tender.
The Saba Shio ($10) grilled mackerel with salt was fresh, moist and soft, with nary a hint of fishiness as most freshwater fish usually do.
The Jumbo Yakitori ($6.50) grilled chicken skewers brushed with teriyaki saucewas juicy and succulent. Leeks help balance out the sweetish marinade with a refreshing element.
The Yasai Itame ($6) pan-fried assorted vegetables went a little overboard with the shoyu. Even the generous helping of fragrant garlic in this couldn't mask the saltiness of the dish.
The Agedashi Tofu ($5) deep fried beancurd was crisp on the outside with a thick chewy batter, and smooth, soft and wobbly on the inside.
I couldn't resist ordering the Cha Soba ($8) my favourite cold green tea soba noodles. At least this is choc-a-bloc with antioxidants and nutrients. I couldn't quite finish this on my own though.
I was left to fend for myself with the Ebi Tempura ($10) as well. No fried foods for the Fiance who's gunning for his 6-pack. This, to me, was well worth the caloric grease. Succulent prawns coated in a golden crisp light-as-air batter, delicious.
Update 15 April 2012: This Sushi Tei institution has since been closed down and will make way for another Japanese eatery chain, Ichiban Boshi.
Update 28 May 2012: Sushi Tei has re-opened on the 5th floor (where most restaurants are located) of Ngee Ann City.
391 Orchard Road
Ngee Ann City
Tel: 6737 8878
Open daily from 11.30am to 10pm