This blog has always been about finding great value meat dining in Singapore. Whether it’s the best steaks or the tastiest beef stew or the most satisfying burgers, you can find a great value option right here. However, I was hoping to beef things up a little by including a special entry from time to time.
After doing a little research, I came across that looked like decent and pocket-friendly meat sushi. More specifically, beef sashimi. I’ve never had that stuff before but I was more than open to trying some. So when I heard about Niku Kappo serving this stuff, it was almost a no-brainer decision.
Now, let’s get to the raw potential of today’s meat.
As I browsed the options available, I got more and more excited. Just seeing the various platters of meat sushi available was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. After what must have been at least 5 minutes of consideration, I went with the Tokusen Niku Sushi Mori or Special Assorted Meat Sushi ($38.90).
Almost forty dollars for nine pieces of sushi may cause some of you to crinkle a brow, wondering if I was really seeking value. Well, when you break it down, it’s around $4+ for each sushi. Add the fact that most of the meat come from Wagyu with clearly visible marbling, I would say that it’s price range easily falls within the ‘reasonable’ category. I was taken aback by the appearance though. Most of the beef sashimi were already brown due to oxymyoglobin having lost its oxidation, which we have seen in my review for prime steaks from Huber’s Butchery.
But how do they taste? Let’s get into a few of my favourites. The Grilled Wagyu Miso sushi tasted the closest to a well-marinated Wagyu steak, in my opinion. The miso added a layer of flavour to the tender beef that had a very clean and fresh feel. The Wagyu Toro Sushi reminds me of fatty tuna sashimi in appearance but it’s taste wasn’t at that level. While I could feel the tenderness and slight greasiness from the fat marbling, the tensile stretch of raw muscle could not be ignored. After a bit of chewing, I found myself still trying to break the meat down while my rice was already happily nesting in my tummy.
The Wagyu Uni Gunkan was by far the most memorable. A warship style sushi topped with generous portions of sea urchin, it delivered a rich, buttery and yet crisp flavour of the sea. At first bite, you feel the elements all mix together but then the buttery texture of the uni envelops your mouth and after a couple of seconds, this sour-salty flavour hits you like a wave flowing over your entire palate. Very interesting for my first time having this combination of beef and uni. The other sushi were either nice or passable.
For those who are wondering about the taste of raw Wagyu, you may wish to seat down. It wasn’t all that special but then again, maybe it’s because the sashimi I got was far from the highest grades. It felt a lot like consuming rare or medium-rare steaks, where you can feel the cold, stretchy beef with each bite. After a while, it was difficult to tell them apart by taste. Only the accompanying ingredients made the difference worth noticing. There was also a couple of chicken sushi but they were alright. Hard to notice them when they’re surrounded by so much beef.
Considering that the experience reminded me of eating rare steak, I was a little underwhelmed. I’ll give them points for pricing reasonably though, with some of the sushi delivering lovely depths of flavours. 7.2/10.
Roli took a shot at their signature Mt. Fuji Nabe, Beef ($22.90) and though the waitress already warned us on how large the serving would be, we were still surprised with the portions. It truly resembled as a mini mountain – stout yet impressive. It was basically a mountain of vegetables wrapped by 200 grams of fresh beef slices.
He thought the beef slices tasted average and contained a considerable amount of fat. But luckily for him, he had the appetite to bring the ‘mountain’ to its foundation, finishing even the vegetables. Because the beef was served already in a hotpot, the last few slices were eventually overcooked. Maybe the restaurant should allow patrons to have some of the beef served separately, to avoid such tragedies – which any beef enthusiast will agree that I’m not exaggerating. Given the portion, quality and price, I’d say this was better value than my beef sashimi. 7.5/10.
The service staff were very patient and very generous with their smiles. There were times when I thought one staff let her personal judgement interfere when interacting with customers, but I might be mistaken. The place has a standard restaurant ambience with spacious seating arrangements.
Should You Try It?
Try the Mt. Fuji Nabe. Unless you really want to try beef sashimi without burning a hole in your pockets, then maybe give the sashimi a try. Otherwise, try elsewhere…or wait for my next sashimi review.
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