Hidden away in a little nook on the second level of Keppel Island is a little-known Japanese restaurant, Takumi Tokyo, beloved by the Japanese expat community. With expansive views of the marina and Sentosa coastline, the restaurant is sophisticated, but relaxed. An insider tip is to partake in their weekday lunches; they serve up unbelievably cheap sets that make it very worthwhile to drive out here for lunch.
The Saba Set ($15) comprised a perfectly grilled slab of fish, burnished to a gorgeous gold and delectably moist. The bonito-flaked parboiled spinach and sauteed mushrooms were served refreshingly chilled.
The Tempura Hot Soba Set ($15) paired a wholesome bowl of soupy buckwheat noodles, with a duo of massive inari sushi, marinated spinach, and sauteed mushrooms.
My favourite, the Tempura Soba Set ($15) juxataposed the piping hot crisp of tempura moriawase with the cool clarity of the icy soba noodles. This was sided by kelp-garnished bamboo shoots, bonito-topped lady's fingers and a couple of inari sushi.
The Pork Cutlet Don Set ($15), with a sirloin cut was tender but the egg scramble was a smidge overdone.
The Beef on Garlic Rice Set ($15) was aromatic and flavourful. Loved the copious lashings of fried garlic bits.
The Tai-Chazuke Set ($18) topped with oodles of soy-marinated sea-bream, and a teapot of dashi stock to add on as a porridge, was comfort food at its delicate best on a cool rainy day.
All the sets were started off with a half-cup of Chawanmushi, dotted with shitake, chicken and prawn dice.
To round off the meal, we were served a dessert of fruit cups, with melons, pineapples, strawberries and mangoes in a pool of sweet syrup.
An off-menu item that the chef very kindly obliged at my request, the Dobinmushi ($16) was refined, delicate, and choc-a-bloc with sparkling fresh seafood.
#02-01 Marina at Keppel Bay
Keppel Bay Vista
Tel: 6271 7414
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 12noon to 2.30pm for lunch; 6pm to 10.30pm for dinner
Sundays from 12noon to 3pm for lunch; 6pm to 10.30pm for dinner