Azuma Sushi Japanese Restaurant is Edo Ichi Group's first venture out of Malaysia and it has landed on the shores of Singapore just a month ago.
The casual, fast-service dining joint found its place in the new Tanjong Pagar Centre; Not just any building, but currently the tallest building in Singapore at 290m!
Its menu is so nicely done and extensive, we were spoilt for choice in deciding what to order.
We started the ball rolling with a healthy Crab Meat & Octopus Salad ($7.80). While the ingredients used are pretty standard across the industry, a notable mention goes to the yuzu wasabi dressing which is made in-house by the chef.
Next up, Sashimi Moriawase Aki ($36.80) comprising of 5 kinds of assorted raw fish including tuna belly, salmon belly, red shrimp, white fish meat, and scallop. We thought the sashimi could be fresher and perhaps be better-handled.
That aside, I love how the scallop is wrapped in a thin slice of lemon. This allows the lemon essence to infuse into the scallop, giving it a refreshing, zesty hint.
Out of the 5 available chirashi don options, we decided to proceed with the Hokkaido Don ($31.80) which looked the most enticing with its varied toppings, but was let down by the vinegar sushi rice which could do with a bit more seasoning.
When it comes to the sushi section of the menu, there are just as many variations to choose from. For something more interesting than the usual, the recommendation would be the Mentai Aburi Yaki and Cheese Aburi Yaki series.
For fans of mentaiko or cod roe, there are a couple of mentaiko options at Azuma including Mentai Yaki Soba/Udon ($13.80), Hotate Mentai Cheese Yaki ($8.40), as well as Salmon Mentai Island Roll ($13.80)
Perhaps the salmon roll would be more enjoyable if the mentaiko mayonnaise topping was more generous.
I'm not a huge fan of deep-fried stuff but still gave the Tempura Moriawase ($10.80) a shot. The batter was light and it coated the prawn and vegetables evenly. Surprisingly, it wasn't as oily as imagined.
Apart from the sea urchin topping on the Uni Chawan Mushi ($10.80), the silky-smooth steamed egg custard had some hidden goodness underneath. The simple addition of prawn, chicken, and Japanese fish cake elevated the taste of the egg custard further.
My favorite at Azuma would be its Garlic Fried Rice ($6.80). This dish left such a deep impression and had me craving for seconds.
Even before digging in, the aroma of fragrant garlic already got my gastric juices flowing. By all accounts, it is a simple fried rice dish, but it hit all the right notes, especially the golden-brown garlic bits topping which sealed the deal.
Definitely a must try for garlic lovers!
There is currently a wagyu beef promotion during dinner service (5-9pm) on weekdays and whole day on Saturday. Unlike the picture in the promotional menu, the beef in our Wagyu Beef Mini Don ($28) turned out to be almost well-done. This dish would probably only appeal to customers who appreciate their beef thoroughly cooked.
Although the ice cream here is not made in-house unlike the outlets back in Malaysia, it is still rather decent. A more interesting dessert selection would be their Crystal Mochi ($7 for 4 pieces) with choice between red bean, yellow bean, yam, and green tea for the filling.
My advice: Best to dig into the mochi fast before its skin starts hardening.
Food quality is not of the most premium but still acceptable considering its price point. It would be unfair to draw comparisons with the higher-end Japanese restaurants so come with expectations managed.
It is commendable that the service staff were polite, opened to feedback, and always ready to refill our green tea promptly, making the overall dining experience at Azuma Sushi a pleasant one.
Azuma Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Address: 7 Wallich Street, #B1-04/05 Tanjong Pagar Centre, Singapore 078884
Contact: +65 6702 7866
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-3pm & 5pm-10pm / Closed on Sun
Prices are (1) Stated in Singapore dollars (2) Subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST (3) Correct at point of published date.
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* Written by Sam @sgfoodsteps, a guy who wants to take you on a food adventure.
* Edited with additional inputs by PinkyPiggu
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