Sushi Jin may appear to be like just any typical Japanese restaurant from the outside. But the moment I stepped in, there was a sense of refinement in the ambience, and the server's polite and attentive service immediately set it apart from other mid-priced casual joints.
Opened by the Les Amis Group, Sushi Jin aims to bridge the gap between the mass-market and fine-dining tier of Japanese cuisine by offering 6-star experience at 4-star prices. I can't afford to go to Aoki or Fat Cow all the time, but I can certainly see myself returning to Sushi Jin on a frequent basis.
The restaurant may not be big, but is able to comfortably accommodate a long sushi counter where all the cooking actions are, a separate small dining area with a few tables for more conventional dining, as well as an exclusive private sushi bar for 5 pax. Reservations are highly recommended.
Chef Raymond Tan is the man chosen to head this establishment. He may only be in his early-30s, but already has almost a decade of culinary experience under his belt, having been trained in Tokyo and worked in the kitchens of Akanoya Restaurant, Kinki and Fat Cow before joining Les Amis Group last year.
With produce flown in from Tokyo's Tsukiji Market 3 times a week, one can undoubtedly expect freshness and quality when it comes to Sushi Jin's sashimi and sushi offerings.
We went for lunch, and my friends ordered the Sashimi Set Lunch ($38, 6 kinds of assorted sashimi) and Sushi Set Lunch ($32/$45, 5 or 7 kinds of assorted sushi & 3 kinds of maki). The sushi came looking seemingly smaller in size than usual. Tastewise, both my friends thought their sets were "not bad", "ordinary", "like that lor". Though they finished the food, I could tell they were not very impressed.
But the two dishes that I had were both very good.
The Truffle Seafood Chawanmushi ($15) was a bowl of warm, smooth egg custard brimming with pieces of prawn, crab meat and scallop under a layer of sweet, flavorful stock. It even came with slices of black truffles, perfuming the bowl of warm comfortness with its earthly scent! This is certainly an affordable indulgence worth repeated orders.
What can be said when I actually do not have much appetite or hunger that day but ended up finishing the Wagyu Don ($35) in its entirety? D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.!!!
The beef bowl's beautifully layered smokey and truffled aroma captured my immediate attention and I took an instant liking to it the moment I sent a slice of that immaculately pan-seared Wagyu beef into my mouth. It was succulent, wonderfully salted and simply yummy together with a big spoonful of rice that is drizzled with truffle soy sauce and smothered in runny onsen egg.
I can have another bowl of this... and another... and another.
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The weakest link in our dining experience was the run-of-mill ice cream that was served together with our lunch set. But since the dishes I had were way beyond satisfactory, I can close one eye to this imperfection.
Ask me if I will return to Sushi Jin again, the answer is definitely YES!
Address: One Farrer Hotel & Spa, 1 Farrer Park Station Road, Owen Link, Singapore 217562
Contact: +65 6443 3378
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun Lunch 12pm-2.30pm & Dinner 6.30pm-10.30pm