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Shin Minori

Shin Minori

Off to Shin Minori we went for their dinner ala carte buffet. A total of 146 items were offered on their menu.

Sashimi Moriwase (Assorted Raw Seafood)

Sashimi Moriwase (Assorted Raw Seafood)

The first item we ordered was the Sashimi Moriwase, which included salmon, tuna, yellowtail, swordfish and octopus. All the sashimi items were very fresh and sweet. Having a couple of these sashimi platters would easily make this meal value for money.

Grilled Items - Shiitake; Nasu; Saba Shioyaki

Grilled Items - Shiitake; Nasu; Saba Shioyaki

Grilled Items - Shake Teriyaki; Buta To Garlic

Grilled Items - Shake Teriyaki; Buta To Garlic

Some of the grilled items we ordered included Japanese mushrooms, egg plants, mackerel with salt, salmon with sweet soy sauce, breaded pregnant capelin and pork with garlic seasoning. We would not recommend the mackeral with salt which tasted rather bland. The grilled items with the sweet soy sauce such as the salmon and meat balls were delicious, tasting of charred sweet fragrance likened to those of char siew with a Japanese touch. The pork skewers with garlic seasoning tasted mildly of garlic, which we felt could be better if the garlic taste was stronger. Nevertheless, it was a Yaki-Tori dish equally well-liked too. The capelins used in the Yaki-Tori were fresh, big and well loaded with eggs too.

(clockwise from top left) Pumpkin with Special Sauce; Octopus Ball, Salmon with Special Sauce; Deep Fried Beancurd in Chicken Broth

(clockwise from top left) Pumpkin with Special Sauce; Octopus Ball, Salmon with Special Sauce; Deep Fried Beancurd in Chicken Broth

(clockwise from top left) Chicken Pieces with Wasabi Mayonnaise; Deep Fried Baby Cuttlefish; Grilled Ginkgo Nuts; One Mouth Crab Tempura

(clockwise from top left) Chicken Pieces with Wasabi Mayonnaise; Deep Fried Baby Cuttlefish; Grilled Ginkgo Nuts; One Mouth Crab Tempura

The deep fried items were mediocre, something that we would not go on for more. The one mouth crab was interesting. As the name suggest, it was consumed in a mouth due to its puny size. The cold pumpkin side dish was unique too. A very good balance was striked between the natural sweetness, starchiness of the fruit and the salty soy sauce like gravy. The combination may sound a little weird but it tasted way better than imagined. Another interesting dish was the pumpkin chawanmushi. The sweet pumpkin pulp was the accompanying sauce on top of the steamed chawanmushi. This made an interesting and tasty revamp of the traditional Chawanmushi.  The other grilled item of ginkgo nuts varied in standard. The first round was served lightly salted and tasted great. However, the standard was not sustained the next serving.

Overall, the quality of the food was commendable. However, the service could have been a lot better. We waited very long before our food arrived. Some of the items we ordered even went missing. It seemed that the waiter/waitresses had forgotten to key in some of the items. The size of each serving was also irregular and we did not know how much to expect every time we ordered. Some form of standardization is needed to ensure that customers know what to expect and would not over- or under-order.

Shin Minori
#03-15/16, UE Square Shopping Mall
81 Clemenceau Avenue

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Written by foodphd

December 23, 2011 at 9:33 am

Posted in Buffet, Japanese

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