A yen for th­ese

A new restau­rant on the block, a two Miche­lin-starred hotspot and the re­turn of a crowd favourite.

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Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ex­ec­u­tive-turned-en­tre­pre­neur Hisamizu Taka­hashi’s first F&B ven­ture, RIZU, isn't a tra­di­tional sushi restau­rant. In­stead, jazz mu­sic plays in the back­ground of this dimly-lit 30-odd-seater in Dux­ton Hill as din­ers pick from a small but well-cu­rated menu fea­tur­ing as­sorted live fish sashimi, ni­giri sushi, sig­na­ture rolls and more. The lat­ter two stand out, in­clud­ing the ac­ces­si­bly priced five-piece as­sorted ni­giri ($30) and the spicy crunchy tuna roll (S$32), which comes with minced tuna, spicy men­taiko, tem­pura crumbs and spicy mayo. We say, skip the desserts and leave some room for carbs. Among the three types of rice bowls on the menu, the star is the in­dul­gent and mor­eish Sea Eel, Urchin, Sal­mon Roe Foie Gras and Caviar Rice Bowl ($50). 39 Dux­ton Hill. Tel: 6904 8880

Sushi Hashida's new home is now a stately two-storey Mo­hamed Sul­tan shop­house, com­pris­ing a bar and three din­ing rooms on the ground floor. The up­per din­ing hall hosts pri­vate events, meet­ings and wed­dings for those who want a more ex­clu­sive venue. The au­tumn menu high­lights seafood pre­pared in ex­act­ing ways, such as kin­medai torched on skin side to re­lease its oils, while the last of the sum­mer bonito sashimi ex­udes suc­cu­lent sweet­ness with clam liver sauce. Chef Ken­jiro 'Hatch' Hashida has turned his thoughts to sus­tain­abil­ity, in big and small ways. He takes wasabi root skins, nor­mally dis­carded, to be cooked in soy sauce and com­bined with fresh wasabi for a tex­tu­ral condi­ment. All his in­gre­di­ents are or­gan­i­cally farmed, and free from ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied or­gan­isms or an­tibi­otics. Un­der new par­ent com­pany Cloud Eight, chef Hatch is also open­ing in El­lis Street, San Fran­cisco in Jan­uary and Tokyo in Au­gust 2019. Lunch from $80 and din­ner from $300.

25 Mo­hamed Sul­tan Road. Tel: 8428 8787

RIZU Sushi Hashida

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