Wasabi Bistro

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WHY GO

Tucked away in a quiet cor­ner of the Man­darin Ori­en­tal Ho­tel, Wasabi Bistro of­fers one-of-a- kind Cal­i­for­nian- in­spired Ja­panese cui­sine.

WHAT TO OR­DER

The Wasabi Sam­pler starter is a beau­ti­fully pre­sented com­bi­na­tion of the restau­rant’s sig­na­ture starters while Kumi’s No. 1 — a crab­meat and av­o­cado mix wrapped with white­fish — is a de­light­ful blend of del­i­cate flavours that lies in the chef’s se­cret sauce. The other bites are the ahi poke, mini tofu, a de­lec­ta­ble creamy spinach in a goma sauce, a fresh and lightly bat­tered shrimp tem­pura, and a rain­bow sushi roll. The sashimi shar­ing plat­ter is ex­tremely fresh, ex­cel­lent with a gen­tle touch of wasabi. The uni is rich and but­tery with a sweet briny flavour.

From the tep­pa­nyaki kitchen, the Grade 5 Ja­panese Wagyu is ten­der, rich with the clas­sic tex­ture that one ex­pects from an in­tensely mar­bled meat like this. The miso cod is pleas­antly light and does not have the in­tense oili­ness that some­times comes with a grilled cod.

To end the meal with some­thing sweet, the yuzu sher­bet and sesame ice-cream does not dis­ap­point — the yuzu is ex­tremely re­fresh­ing and ab­so­lutely per­fect for those who pre­fer a fruity dessert while the sesame ice-cream is creamy yet airy, not over­pow­er­ing the palate.

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