We had lunch recently at the Aoki Restaurant and tried two of their sushi / sashimi set lunch items. Aoki is one of the leading Japanese restaurants in Singapore. As is the case with famous restaurants, its presence is hardly noticeable, there is no need to announce its presence. It is part of the Les Amis group of restaurants that are lined up in a row in Shaw Centre on the street level facing the HSBC Claymore branch. Look closely for the inconspicuous Aoki Japanese signboard or you might miss it.
Aoki Restaurant Singapore is a small restaurant. The small space is made even more challenging for its interior designers because it has split levels. What they have done is to divide it into two parts. The kitchen and sushi bar on the lower level and some booth seating on the upper. The booth seating tables have Japanese sliding paper doors. Very quaint and very private!
Aoki Set Lunch Menu
Here are pictures of the Aoki Set Lunch menu and some pages from their regular ala carte menu. The set lunches range from a $33 basic sushi lunch to a $115 omakase lunch. We decided to try something in the middle – the Nigiri Sushi Tokusen ($55) and a Shokado bento ($42).
The meal starts with a small appetizer for which a $4 otoshi charge per person is added to the bill. It was a simple salad.
This is the nigiri sushi. We started eating with our eyes as soon as it was presented. It was a beautiful dish. The layout was good and the colours of the sushi looked promising. Translucent sushi with a matte gloss sheen is always a good thing. The taste was as good as it looks. We think this one, together with the one at Shirashi in Ritz Carlton, are the best value sushi lunches that we have tried in Singapore.
This is the Shokado bento, its four compartments containing braised duck, vegetable tempura, assorted sashimi and rice. Salad and miso soup were served with both set lunches. Chawanmushi is served with the sushi.
Now we show you the individual items close-up. The highlight of this dish was the sashimi. It looked exquisite. There was no expensive cuts of tuna here but this was a good assortment of different types of fish and shellfish. Very fresh and clean tasting.
Here are the braised duck and the rice dishes. They were fine but not exceptional items but still, they looked like works of art. We do not have pictures of the tempura as it looked and tasted pretty ordinary.
Finally, the set lunch comes to an end with a trio of sweet dessert items. Moochi, ice-cream and jelly. A pleasant and simple dessert to let customers leave with a sweet taste in the mouth. Overall, the Aoki Restaurant is a very decent and pleasant place to have a high quality lunch of Japanese sushi or sashimi.
Please note that Aoki was closed for renovations in 2017 and will reopen some time in June 2017. The menu and decor may well change as a result of that.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Aoki Japanese Restaurant
1 Scotts Road
#01-17 Shaw Centre
(Opposite HSBC Bank, Tanglin Branch)
Tel : +65+ 6333 8015
Mondays to Saturdays : Lunch 12noon to 3pm; Dinner 6.30pm to 11pm