While its name suggests that it only serves sushi, Saizen Sushi Bar also serves a good range of hot Japanese food that is worth trying out. Presentation of the dishes is what you would expect from a Japanese restaurant with the food being a feast to the eyes as well as the palate.
Sukiyaki is a dish that is a bit like a stew consisting of beef, tofu and vegetables in a sweet soup made from soy sauce, sugar and mirin accompanied with a raw egg. To eat it, crack the egg into the bowl provided, beat it and mix it with a bit of the soup. This serves as a "dipping sauce" for the ingredients. All of the ingredients were cooked just right with the egg adding a savoury element to the slightly sweet taste of the ingredients. For a bit of extra cost, you can have it accompanied with rice or udon noodles.
The Karaage Chicken in the Karaage Chicken Don was fried to golden brown with the crisp coating contrasting wonderfully with the tender meat. It also had the characteristic gingery flavour that I find to be essential to Karaage Chicken. In addition to rice, the chicken was served with a salad whose fresh taste complemented the chicken nicely.
Karaage Chicken Don
Saizen also offers a good range of bento box meals, with your choice of meat served with rice, salad, a spring roll, sushi and mochi. The Aburi Salmon we chose had a slightly firm texture with a delectable char-grilled flavour from the process of searing it with a cooking blow torch. The mochi that accompanied the meal had a delicious peanut flavour that was not too chewy.
Much like the Karaage Chicken, the Seafood & Veg Tempura was cooked to perfection with the vegetables having the right amount of bite to them and the seafood being very succulent. As expected, the tempura is accompanied with tentsuyu sauce to heighten its flavour. Tentsuyu sauce is the most common accompaniment to tempura, made from soy sauce, dashi and mirin.
Seafood & Veg Tempura
Ambience of the restaurant is quite cosy despite its small size. We got 25% off our total bill by using our Entertainment Book voucher . Saizen also offer a sushi deal on Sundays where all the products coming off the sushi train is for a low price of $3 per item.