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Koji

I was meeting C for lunch and she suggested Koji though she was there just the day before! I figured it must be that good and I will never say “no” to Japanese food so off we went.

We both had the sashimi bowl ($17), although I must say the other rice bowls (salmon avocado, tuna tartare, pork cheek) also called out.

And it was EXCELLENT indeed! There were very generous chunks of sashimi; what sets it apart is that it also has a mix of tempura batter bits, jellyfish, ikura, tobiko (or maybe ebiko) and minced tuna on top, with a couple of sprouts and slices of cucumber. Each mouthful was a riot – the soft chewy sashimi with the taste of the sea, further enhanced by the umami bursts of the ikura/tobiko and the cool jello crunch of jellyfish, plus the crunch of the fried bits and the buttery smear of the tuna. Sublime! It was also not too salty as compared to other chirashi-dons I have had. IMG_2795.JPG IMG_2796.JPG You can choose from white or brown rice and also opt for a top-up of uni ($8). The rice bowl comes with complimentary miso soup and a salad. I also like it that other than the usual green tea, they also serve yuzu tea ($3) which was fruity and light (not too sour, not too sweet). IMG_2793.JPG Koji is a small space and I suspect Qs will form once word of this new set-up spreads so check it out before it gets too crowded. Super highly recommended! IMG_2789.JPG #01-42 Nankin Row 3 Pickering Street
Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm / 5-10pm

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&Sons

I heard good things about &Sons and small plates are always interesting so off MissY and I went! We decided to choose 4 small plates to share.

Tagliolini, Crab & Nduja ($9)

20140623-105030.jpg Nduja? Had to google this – so Wiki says it is “a spicy, spreadable pork sausage from Italy”. Ahhh… even without knowing what it was, I liked this dish a lot. It was salty, creamy and flavourful with the crabmeat and nduja. Post meal, I found out that the white stuff on top is olive oil snow.

Paccheri, Iberico Pork & Truffle ($15)

20140623-105129.jpg MissY liked the paccheri from her previous visit. So we ordered the “Pa–Char-Ree”. This needed googling too; we learn new things everyday – paccheri is a traditional Neapolitan pasta, generally made with semolina of durum wheat in the shape of giant round tubes, and that erm, it is pronounced “Pa-Kar-Ee”. (Take note, MissY!)

It looked like a tall cinnamon bun, pasta style with cream, shreds of iberico pork and whiffs of truffle. It was a little on the bland side for me and I definitely prefer the tagliolini.

Snails & Bone Marrow ($15)

20140623-105328.jpg My 2 loves! How can this go wrong? But it kinda did. Honestly, I couldn’t even tell where the bone marrow was; think the bone marrow could be put to better use. The entire dish also tasted oddly bitter and the snails were overdone.

Burrata, Asparagus Cream, Hazelnuts ($15)

20140623-105415.jpg We thought we’d better order some veg to balance our carbo-rich meal. This came recommended by S but I wasn’t too impressed. Whilst the burrata was clean and pillowy, there was nothing fancy about the rest of the salad.

Overall, I must say I was somewhat disappointed. The reviews were good and the menu held so much promise; but it didn’t translate to a good meal. Perhaps it was an off-day but I won’t be anxious to return.

20140623-105504.jpg #01-19 China Square Central
Open Mon-Fri 11:3am-2:30pm / Sat 5pm-1am
http://www.sons.com.sg/