April seems to be the shortest month this year. The Japanese food posts definitely tranquilized this perpetual yearning to be near you again. Well, sorta. But for how long?
In my last dedication to you, I thought of sending you a postcard of a sort. I thought hard on the subject. I wanted something significant that we could instantly associate with. Nothing of exorbitance or refinement. Just something that filled our days of spring and pollen.
And I found it here at Shokudo.
A self-service Japanese restaurant that is very much similar to Marche Movenpick. A magnetic strip is given to each customer where each order is recorded with a swipe of the card and the total is to be paid as one exits the restaurant.
The Sashimi Set (S$15 for 12 pcs) which consisted of maguro, sake, tako and mekajiki was a steal as the seafood were as fresh as a fastfood chain can get. The cuts were also rather thick.
Topped with bonito flakes, the Unagi Omelette (S$5.80) was perhaps the best dish of the day. The omelette was smooth and the unagi was soft. Wonderful texture. The flakes added a touch of savouriness to the sweet unagi marinate.
At S$5.00, the Yaki Gyoza was ordinary with an O. The skin was thick while the filling was rather minimal and bland.
The Chicken Katsu Curry Rice (S$7.80) was forgettable as the sauce lacked the denseness of flavours of the curry spices. Minimal usage of black pepper as well. The katsu was tender but rather bland.
In case you wondered, yes, I did have my ramen. The Char Siew Ramen (S$8.80) was an unimaginative mix and match of bland ingredients. Our little game of Sudoku was perhaps more interesting than this. The Ice Macha Float (S$4.80) was another disappointment as it was basically just dissolved green tea powder with crushed ice and green tea ice cream.
As far as the dedication goes, I've basically summed up the typical food that reminded me of us. The teary-eyed good ones and the humorously bad ones.
As for this postcard, Wishing You Were Here (at Shokudo)? You deserve much better than this, my Ohana-chan.
- Nic -
#B1-44E, Raffles City
Tel: (+65) 6837 3793
…さくら さくら ただ舞い落ちる
泣くな友よ 今惜別の時 飾らないあの笑顔で さあ
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms, simply falling
Believing that one day they'll be reborn
Don't cry my friend, now is the time to be sad for parting,
With that unadorned smile, well...
さくら さくら いざ舞い上がれ
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms, fly now
Basking in the light merrily, for all eternity
Farewell my friend, let's meet here again
On the street scattered with cherry blossoms
(Ending verses of Moriyama Naotaro’s Sakura)