Founded more than 20 years ago in Upper East Coast Road by Nakano Jiro-San, Sushi JIRO 鮨 次郎 is now serving authentic Japanese dishes prepared at two swish locations – Sushi JIRO @ PARKROYAL at Marina Bay and Sushi Jiro @ Keppel Bay.
Sushi JIRO @ PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay
Marina Mandarin Hotel has been renovated and renamed Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay. The iconic atrium is now an inviting lush garden with pavilions shaped like bird cages.
Sushi JIRO is located level 4 of Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay. Its simple frontage is unmistakably Japanese. The interior is intimate and minimalist with wood furniture and neutral walls. There is nothing shouting for attention (except the safe entry paraphernalia on the front counter).
The sushi counter takes centrestage at the main dining area. There are cosy corners and private rooms which cater to those who prefer some privacy.
Sushi Jiro @ PARKROYAL Menu
Sushi JIRO’s omakase and sushi are what many guest will go for. There is a Jiro Imperial Course at $550 for 2 persons. There are also very reasonably priced lunch sets. The a la carte menu offers staple Japanese dishes like grilled fish and meats, sashimi, tempura, rice bowls and noodles. The current menu is on Sushi JIRO’s website (link below). Below a pictures of a few pages of the menu.
We visited Sushi JIRO @ PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay for lunch recently and ordered the Jiro Special Set ($68) and the Sushi and Sashimi Course ($100).
Jiro Special Set
The Jiro Special Set is a comprehensive Japanese meal comprising sashimi, uzaku, tempura, ika uni ikura, salad, onsen egg, udon, chawanmushi, rice and ice cream.
First up were the salad and chawanmushi. The chawanmushi had delicate flavours with sweetness and saltiness coming from different ingredients.
The main attraction of the set came in a wooden tray with sashimi, squid and sea urchin with salmon roe (ika uni ikura) and vinegared eel and cucumber (uzaku). The sashimi had good texture and tasted fresh. The uni was firm and rich with creamy sweetness. Every item on the tray had well-balanced flavours and was delightful.
The tempura was not greasy and was very palatable. The plumpness of the prawns combined with the crispy coating made the ebi tempura especially enjoyable.
Don’t worry if after all those dishes you should still hungry; a half portion of udon would be part of the lunch set.
The Jiro Special Set would end with a scoop of matcha ice cream.
Unless you must have sushi, we would recommend the Jiro Special Set. At $68, it is very good value for the quality of the food.
Sushi & Sashimi Course
The Sushi & Sashimi Course included a starter, chawanmushi, miso soup, sashimi, sushi, uni and ikura rice bowl, negitoro roll and dessert.
The sashimi and uni and ikura rice bowl of the Sushi & Sashimi Course were the same as the Jiro Special Set except you would get more. The highlight of the set was the 6 piece sushi platter. Each piece of sushi had a generous slice of fresh seafood completely covering well pressed seasoned sushi rice. There was a balanced combination of taste and texture with different elements merging into a delightful coherent whole.
The dessert for the Sushi & Sashimi Course was also matcha ice cream but with azuki beans and lychees added.
Generally, we think the food at Sushi Jiro @ PARKROYAL is like its interior design – clean, simple and straightforward. Sushi JIRO is an elegant place for good Japanese food well prepared with fine ingredients at a reasonable price.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Sushi Jiro @ PARKROYAL
6 Raffles Boulevard #04-600
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay
Tel: 6445 3055 | WhatsApp: 8126 2725
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 2.30 pm; 6 pm to 10 pm
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