I felt a sense of tranquility as I stepped into Nadaman Restaurant, an ambience most apt for an evening of Japanese fine dining. It was there that we enjoyed their Exclusive Kaiseki Menu at $260++ per person. Expensive, but worth every cent of indulgence.
Tip: Think of reasons to have your business meetings, department welcome/farewell/celebratory lunches there, and put the tab under company expenses! (Yay, wallet is saved!)
Haha okay okay, I'm just kidding about the company expenses thingy! But Nadaman's elegant and contemporary setting indeed makes it an ideal choice of venue for business gatherings.
Their two tatami rooms, together with a western-style private room, offer privacy away from the main hall of the restaurant.
There is also the Kappo section which faces the open kitchen, as well as two teppanyaki counters, if you prefer a more interactive atmosphere.
Part of a renowned chain of fine restaurants worldwide including Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, Nadaman has been satisfying discerning tastebuds with their traditional Japanese cuisine since 1830. It has been more than 180 years since the founder, Mr Nadaya Mansuke (Nadaman) opened his restaurant in Osaka, Japan!
Their specialty is in the time-honored multi-course kaiseki-ryori, which is often described as 'the art of transforming blessings of nature into food'.
Of course we expected nothing less, and was greatly amazed by the showcase of seasonal fresh ingredients, exquisite plating and the chef’s mastery in various cooking techniques.
We started with Appetiser - Simmered “Moroheiya” with Mild Sauce, “Hokkaido” Tofu with Sea Urchin, Okra, & “Jyunsai” Vegetable. The tofu was lusciously creamy with the subtle taste of sea urchin in each spoonful. So memorable!
Even though I don't really fancy raw food, the Sashimi - Flounder “Karei”, Amberjack & “Hamo” Conger Eel, was simply too aesthetically lovely to pass. Its taste of freshness impressed even a non-sashimi lover like me.
Next up, we had the Assorted Grilled Dish - Grilled Tilefish, “Matsutake” Mushroom, Japanese Sweet Corn, Lotus Root, “Hoozuki” Tomato, Edamame & Deep-Fried Abalone. I love the meat of the tilefish which was prepared to moist tenderness, coupled with crispy edible scales!
It was followed by the Simmered Dish - Deep-Fried Baby Yam and Lotus Root with Tempura Sauce.
What sealed the deal was the Main Dish - succulent slices of Pan-Fried Wagyu Beef which was paired simply with Rice Dish - Boiled White Rice with “Ayu” Sweet Fish served with Red Bean Miso Soup and Assorted Pickles, that brought me to a realm of gastronomy blissfulness.
The serving of Dessert - Japanese Peach & Muscat Grape, signaled the end of a fantastic meal.
I left the restaurant reluctantly, but is sure I will visit again. Thankfully, lunch sets and ala-carte options are more affordable. But for the full Nadaman experience, kaiseki-ryori is the way to go.
Address: Shangri-La Hotel, Lobby Level, Tower Wing, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Contact: +65 6213 4571 / +65 6213 4398
Opening Hours: Daily Lunch 12pm-2.30pm & Dinner 6pm-10.30pm