Tatsu is a Japanese restaurant that has two outlets in SIngapore – at Chjimes and at Asia Square Tower 2. Today we tried out the restaurant at Asia Square. The restaurant is decorated with a dark-wood theme, giving the place a sombre ambience. There is a sushi bar, a teppanyaki counter, two private rooms and a general seating area for about 30 pax.
Tatsu has quite an extensive menu, covering the usual kinds of Japanese cuisine. They also have set lunch and dinner options. We decided to try their most affordable teppanyaki dinner course ($68) and some other dishes. The teppanyaki king prawn and salmon were presented very simply but tasted very good. Very lightly grilled and with a good firm texture, the seafood part of the dinner course was enjoyable. The tenderloin that came after that was however a different story. The presentation of the dish was lacklustre, to say the least, and the meat was sinewy. This was followed by the bean sprouts and garlic fried rice and dessert. These were all done very well.
The omakase sashimi ($40) was an assortment of several types of sashimi. The quality of the assortment of sashimi was good but the individual pieces were quite modest in size. The tempura maki (sushi with a tempura prawn inside) was very enjoyable with the crispy prawn balancing the soft grains of rice encasing it.
Our final selections were a teapot soup ($12) and a bowl of inaniwa udon with cod fish. The teapot soup was flavourful and we would recommend it. The udon was nicely cooked and had the smooth texture that inaniwa noodles are known for. The cod fish slices in the noodles were probably overcooked in the process and had given up most of their taste to the soup.
Overall, we had mixed feelings about our dinner at Tatsu. Some items were good and some were less so. We were also disappointed with the presentation of many of the dishes which were served in a practical manner rather than being treated as objects of beauty (which is something we have come to expect at good Japanese restaurants).
Service : 3
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 3
Overall Rating : 3 TOPs
Tatsu @ Asia Square Tower 2
12 Marina View #02-16 Singapore 018961
Tel: +65 6844 9855
11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nearby Stations: Downtown, Marina Bay, Raffles Place