Needed to go Orchard for an escape game in the afternoon, so we stopped by Sumiya Charcoal Grill Izakaya because we didn’t managed to dine here the last time.
This restaurant belongs to the RES Group, the same group that also owns Ichiban Sushi, Shimbashi Soba and the whole lot of 10 Japanese restaurants (Shokutsu 10) in nex. We thought we would be able to use our Ichiban rewards card but we can’t; they have their own rewards card. 🙂
The deco is quite modern with high tables and chairs which are not typical of Japanese restaurants.
As part of the welcome (and farewell, I guess) a waitress will strike a drum whenever customers enter (or leave) the restaurant. It actually startled us because there wasn’t a lot of customers at this time when we were there. Haha…
Looking at the menu, wifey immediately noticed natto! That comes in the form of Healthy Nebaneba Chasoba Set (S$13.80) which is green tea buckwheat noodle topped with fermented soy bean, minced chicken, seaweed, poached egg, lady’s finger, and Japanese yam (all slimy stuff!).
I ordered the Sashimi Bakudan Chirashi Don Set (S$13.80) which is assorted sashimi, avocado, vegetable on rice. Both sets are served with chawamushi, appetizer, Japanese pickles, salad and miso soup. Both sets were yummy; the natto set has all the ingredients that wifey loves, and the chirashi set has very fresh sashimi and very generous portions too.
Then it occurred to us that this is a charcoal grill restaurant, so how can we not order a skewer-grilled or kushiyaki (串焼き) dish? So we ordered Jin San’s Omakase 6 Kinds (S$25) which is 6 kinds of skewers of the day. We got prawn, sweet potato, pork, corn and some things which I can’t remember. Haha…
The skewer-grilled stuff were nice and I guessed it would go very well with glasses of Asashi… But its only the afternoon so we didn’t indulge ourselves… 🙂