Upon hearing good reviews of Mizu restaurant at West End, I decided to try their lunch bento boxes reputed for good value and taste. I went to Mizu on a wet Saturday afternoon and ordered a deluxe bento box which consisted of six pieces of sashimi, salad, four pieces of fish karaage, two pieces of gyoza, tempura vegetables and prawn, rice, miso soup and my choice of main which I opted for wagyu yakiniku beef. My dining partner had the same bento box and had a salmon teriyaki for her main.
The restaurant was not at all packed perhaps due to the incessant rain. A group was having a sushi cooking class with the 'sensei' in full view within the restaurant. Our bento sets took about ten minutes to serve. Being a Japanese food lover, I tasted every item slowly to taste its authenticity. I believed the salad was served with Japanese style dressing freshly prepared as it did not taste anything like bottled dressing.
Next was the miso soup, which tasted authentic. The fresh sashimi was delightful and consisted of tuna, salmon and hamachi. The fish karaage tasted a bit dry, probably due to the slightly thin slices that made it hard to retain its juiciness during the deep-frying process. The gyoza was vegetarian which was fantastic for my partner who does not eat pork or beef. The tempura vegetables were fried perfectly with a minimal amount of oil.
However, the prawn was a bit disappointing as it lacked the freshness and was compromised on the springiness. The wagyu beef was tender and tasted fabulous. I tried a bit of my partner's salmon teriyaki that I felt was a bit on the salty end but was still delicious nevertheless.
Overall, our dining experience at Mizu was good and we will be back based on the freshness of the sashimi and the exceptional value. Furthermore, the sushi on the menu did look appetizing which would be on our list the next time around. The lunch bento sets are of good value and would certainly be worth a try!