Now that we're trying to purchase our home, we've cut back on our spending. Yes, that means $200-a-pop kaiseki meals are a no-go. Sob! And because we've been so spoilt by our kaiseki meals, and nothing but the best will ever do for us anymore, we've refrained from having Japanese food in quite some time.
But we were recently hit with a craving for Japanese fare, and so, to satisfy that without putting a dent in our housing fund, we headed to Sushi Tei, possibly the most value-for-money, mass market Japanese food chain in SG. We just stuck to the simple, cannot-go-wrong, cooked stuff. Besides, my brothers like the place and had suggested heading there for our monthly dinner meet-up. We went to the Thomson branch because it's super near to Pops' place, and figured it'd be quicker if we walked instead of driving over.
The Salmon Mentai ($6) a slice of salmon coated with a layer of creamy cod roe and baked till a caramelized char on rolled sushi rice is great for newbies who are a little averse to the idea of raw fish.
Tamago Maki ($2.20), J-Cup's fave for its simplicity, was reasonably well done. Compact sweet egg omelette with moist vinegared rice and crisp seaweed.
The Salmon Shio ($10), a thick fleshy piece of grilled salmon seasoned simply with salt, was done well, moist with delectably crisp skin.
We also had the Gindara Teriyaki ($12.80), grilled cod fish brushed with teriyaki for a smoky sweet finish.
The Asari Misoshiru Soup ($10.80) with asari clams flavoured with salty miso and smooth beancurd cubes was rich and full of umami goodness.
The Dobinmushi ($6) a clear broth flavoured with a whole salmon, crab leg and sweetened with vegetables served in a teeny tea pot, was delicate but sweet.
301 Upper Thomson Road #03-46
Tel: 6457 6678
Open daily from 11.30am to 10pm