Thanks to Starhub, we had a 1-for-1 voucher, and decided to try out Takujo at Emporium Shokuhin, serving contemporary Japanese cuisine.
Emporium Shokuhin is this huge area in Marina Square ground floor that has a collection of fresh fish market (with fresh lobster from Hokkaido!), frozen meat market, groceries, and many restaurants all congregating together.
The restaurant was surprising quiet at 6:45pm on a Friday night (maybe the price put off many people). Even when we finished around 8:30pm, there were only 4-5 tables full.
Since it was 1-for-1, we opted for the Takujo 8-course Signature Dinner Set ($128++), where we would get to try both grilled fish options 🙂
The menu was surprisingly in English only though.
- Yasai no Reisei Yose: First up was the lightly poached Japanese vegetables with bonito consomme. The dressing was quite refreshing and the ingredients were fresh.
- Duo of French Oysters: Both varieties of imported French oysters were fresh, plump, and juicy, and they went well with the ponzu sauce.
- Tokusen Sashimi: No surprises here, the 5 types of sashimi were fresh and delicious.
- Flamed A5 ‘Miyazaki’ Wagyu: The Waygu beef was so fragrant! The well-marbled beef was so tender 😀 Pity the beef was sliced too thinly, so the shoyu sauce kinda overpowered it sometimes.
- Hotate Furai: The Hokkaido scallop was definitely one of the highlights of the meal. The crust was nicely crisp, and as we bit into the huge scallop, the juice oozed out. The scallop was so fresh and juicy; we could not get enough of it! The spicy miso sauce was a tad too spicy for us though.
- Hon Maguro Kama Shioyaki: One of the option, the chargrilled Bluefin tuna cheek was fatty and flavourful, and went well with the Ehime sea salt, ponzu and grated radish.
- Hamachi Kama & Daikon: The saltier alternative was the Ehime yellowtail cheek, which was served with a savoury sauce on a braised daikon.
- Ise Ebi Chazuke: The live lobster was very fresh and sweet, and the Niigata rice went well with the savoury broth.
- Valrhona Chocolate Ganache: The dessert that took a good 20 minutes to arrive… and they actually brought out the dessert of the day instead, which did not look anything chocolatey at all, so we enquired, to discover that the staff did not know their menu too well. We waited a while more for the correct dessert to appear, and it was not bad.