Omakase is a Japanese term used in a restaurant to give the Chef free hand to decide on the menu. Originated in Japan, it has become a part of modern dining scene worldwide. To ensure a memorable dining experience, boundaries are set like price, dietary restrictions or even includes items that you dislike.
Minka is a stylish and contemporary Japanese restaurant located at Oxley Tower, Tanjong Pagar. The restaurant is small and can only fit less than 20 pax. Most of them will be seated on the Chef’s table, having the view of the chef preparing their meal.
We decided on the $98 Omakase Menu to ensure we get to try more items.
|Walnut with Bonito Flakes|
Appetizers: Walnut with Bonito Flakes and Onsen Egg. The walnut is crunchy, well coated with salty, umami bonito flakes. Meanwhile, the onsen egg is served cold with sweet sauce. The egg is rich and creamy and you can taste the sweet sauce in between each slurp. Meanwhile, the ikura (salmon roe) gave it an intermittent burst of salty flavour.
Sashimi. A small portion of sashimi, consist of Bonito, Otoro and Octopus. The bonito is marinated in ginger seasoning to offset the salty flavour and infused sweetness to it. The octopus is springy and crunchy, while the Otoro, just melts in your mouth. We were hoping the portion can be bigger.
|Sashimi, consist of Bonito, Otoro and Octopus|
Vegetable. Chilled spinach with light soy sauce. A very light seasoning to allow the spinach flavour to shine, it can be mistaken for sesame oil instead of soy sauce.
Sushi. All the sushi here uses Japanese Premium Sushi Rice and seasoned with black vinegar. Each grain of the sushi rice is soft, yet still QQ (chewy).
|Aburi Sushi Preparation|
Aburi Engawa Sushi. Part muscle in the flounder edge, fatty and melts in your mouth. The charred accentuate the flavour of the fish and the lime finish, reduce any overwhelming flavour from the fish.
|Aburi Engawa Sushi|
Ika (Squid). Crunchy with a bit of stickiness plus a touch of sweet soy sauce.
Aburi Hotategai Sushi (Scallops). Combining a slight bitterness from the torch with the sweetness of the scallops.
|Aburi Hotategai Sushi|
Tai Sushi (Japanese Snapper). Crunchy, springy and followed with a subtle sweet taste of the flesh.
|Tai Sushi (Japanese Snapper)|
Hiroshima Oyster with Yuzu Jelly. Plump, brainy, sweet and shiok. The yuzu jelly compliments the huge oyster nicely.
|Hiroshima Oyster with Yuzu Jelly|
Hirame Sushi (Flounder). It has a tough and chewy flesh. Topped with a red sauce extracted from Japanese red leaves, which give it a bit perky taste.
|Hirame Sushi (Flounder)|
Kampachi Belly Sushi (Yellowtail). Rich and fatty with peppery finish from the yuzu citrus pepper. Yum Yum.
|Kampachi Belly Sushi|
Maguro Sushi (Tuna). A generous cut from lean part of Tuna meat with yuzu shavings.
Chutoro Sushi (Medium Fatty Tuna). This is one of those OMG feel with you finish chewing and swallowing the sushi. It is fatty and melts in your mouth like no other.
Uni Sushi. Rich, creamy and heavenly. The seaweed helps to balance the richness of the uni.
Chopped Tuna Belly with Ikura. Another delicious fatty tuna, topped with salty popping salmon roe. Difficult to eat it all in on go, but it is just so delicious.
|Chopped Tuna Belly with Ikura|
Aburi Sashimi Rice Bowl topped with Ikura. Bitter and slightly chewy. However, after the gastronomic height of the sushi and hand roll, the rice bowl is pale in comparison. Should have served this at the beginning or replace this with a non-sashimi dish such as Oyakodon or Ramen.
|Aburi Sashimi Rice Bowl|
Miso Soup. A palate cleanser to wash down all the delicious sushi and final rice bowl.
Dessert. Matcha (Green Tea) or Black Sesame Ice Cream. We tried both and we find both very yummy. The green tea and black sesame flavours are really strong.
|Matcha Ice Cream|
|Black Sesame Ice Cream|
Overall, it was a unique and enriching experience. Aside from the food, the most intriguing experiences is to see up front Chef J at work, creating most of the dishes and pick his brain as well. Kanpai!! Cheers!!
Budget per Person: $26 - $50, $51 - $80, $81 and Above
138 Robinson Road
#01-06 Oxley Tower
T: +65 8689 1686 (Inc. Whatsapp)
Mon – Fri: 11.30 – 14.00; 18.00 – 22.00
Sat: 18.00 – 22.00
Closed on Sunday.
*Please note: Only 6PM, 7.30PM and 8.30PM seatings are available for dinner.
Lunch offerings are Kaisendons and Chirashi bowl.
Menu available online