Sushi Jin

Sushi Jin joins the Les Amis Group's ever-expanding stable of restaurants. Branded as an economical alternative to big sister Aoki, Sushi Jin attempts to corner a upper-mid-tier share of the mass-market, mid-range, Japanese restaurant scene. So even if it's nowhere close to the price points of mass-market notables Sushi Tei or Akashi, Sushi Jin is significantly cheaper than leading Japanese restaurants Hashida or Shinji.

The menu is a lineup not unlike that of Sushi Tei, where modern ingredients spam and pork floss feature in bastardized maki rolls alongside traditional yellowtail or tuna sushi. The difference lies in the fresher ingredients, flown in straight from the Tsujiki Market on a thrice weekly basis, and highly-skilled, properly-trained chefs.

In line with its mass market appeal, it's located at the brand spanking new mall annexed to the equally brand spanking new One Farrer Hotel & Medical Center, off Rangoon Road on the fringes of the Little India. You can't get a more regular, everyday-joe locale than that. That being said, I'm not entirely sure being that off the beaten track is sustainable, as the restaurant hardly draws any foot traffic from its immediate hinterland.

The Tai Carpaccio ($32), a pretty kaleidoscope of sea bream garnished with seasoned kelp, black truffle and chives, was a must-try. Aromatic, balanced and delicious.

We had ourselves a duo of Sashimi, with fat slices of Sake ($16 for 5 pcs) and Kanpachi ($26), salmon and amberjack respectively, which were swimmingly fresh and wonderfully finessed.

We also got a couple of Tai ($12) and Chutoro Sushi ($22) seabream and bluefin medium fatty tuna which were sparkling sweet and scrumptious.

The Spicy Tuna Maki ($14), a large roll stuffed with julienned cucumbers, nori and minced tuna, was burnished with a robust spiced mayo sauce. Fantastic stuff.

The Zosui ($6), porridge, done Japanese-style with carrots, shitake and egg drop, in a delicate dashi stock, was incredibly comforting.

Sushi Jin
One Farrer Hotel & Spa
1 Farrer Park Station Road
Owen Link #01-11
Tel: 6443 3378
Open daily from 12noon to 2.30pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Website: www.sushijin.com.sg

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