Shahi Maharani – The Royal Ambience

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A Happy New Year to all my readers out there. May 2010 be a year of momentous joy and delightful spirits. The decade has gone by and now its a renewal of beginnings for us all. As I craft this article, the riveting music of The Prayer sung by Celine Dion and Josh Groban is being played in the background, and their powerful voices have done nothing else but to leave moments of inspirational shivers through me. Within me I feel, this year is going to be a special year for us all.

Time to say goodbye to the year of 2009.

I have always wanted to visit Shahi Maharani. The exquisite exterior of the restaurant has always beckoned me to wonder what beauty lay inside. And during the Christmas week break, I took the opportunity to have a lunch buffet at the restaurant.

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Embracing The Shangri-La Legend For Christmas

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Celebrating Christmas with my family has always been special. It is both the picture of Nativity and my mum’s birthday. And for each year, the family has committed a tradition that the celebration will take place at a different hotel. For this year, Christmas came special at The Shangri-la Hotel. But perhaps it is more unique, as this time round, dinner has become a legend of finesse, with an alluring ambience that leaves a heartwarming emotion.

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Sunday’s Buffet Brunch At Hai Tien Lo

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Today’s Sunday Times Lifestyle section ran an article on the numerous buffet brunches in Singapore and how it was catching up as an icon of the generation. Mum spotted the little box on the who’s who’s brunches in the country till her eye became fixated on the the offering from Hai Tien Lo. The fantasy of Bird’s Nest Egg Tarts and Lobster Dumplings were simply stomach cravers that were too tempting to simply pass by.

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We first called the restaurant  at 1045 to see if we could make a reservation at 1130, but unbeknown to us, the establishment was already full and seats were pre-“choped” (reserved) in true Singaporean fashion. Yet, my mum left her name to the manager with hope and crossed fingers, just in case if there were patrons who finished early. True enough, we managed to get some decent seats at 1pm to a view that was simply breathtaking and marvelous.

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Kuishin Bo, An Upper Cut Family Buffet

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King Alaskan Crab Claws, You could go nuts digging through the shells.

I have recently heard about Kuishin Bo from Kenny (about two months ago) raving about the King Alaskan Crab Claws as part of the dinner buffet. And when Michel said he wanted to treat me to the buffet meal for dinner on Saturday, I was naturally quite excited and curious on what to expect from a $43.90++ Japanese Buffet.

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My very first impression upon stepping into the Great World City branch is the colourful wide variety of dishes on display. There was Sashimi, Handrolls, Sushi, Varied Appetizers, Unique Japanese Fried Cuisine, Teppanyaki, Paper Steamboats, Terriyaki Meats, Grilled delights and a varied dessert counter complete with a Chocolate Fountain.

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The presentation was good, exquisite and elegant, exemplifying the fact that each dish was carefully crafted and neatly arranged.

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Oiishi Sushi! Possibly Singapore’s Best Sushi Shop.

DSCF6253Sushi Kikuzawa Pte Ltd
360, Orchard Road #02-13
International Building
Tel/Fax : 6738 3833
Business Hours : 12.00-3.00pm    6.00-10.00pm
J2K3 Award Winner

Experience the beauty of the rice complementing the sushi as a whole! Immerse your tastebuds in a refreshing delight.

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 Mixed Sashimi Salad

Imagine taking that first bite into the sushi. Imagine a myriad of flavours bursting through your mouth, tingling your senses. Feel the warm sushi rice complementing the delicately sliced fresh fish. Take savour as the soothing vinegar from the rice emerge, broadly stretching the full flavour of the entire sushi. And partake the goodness of the creation from the Master’s hand.

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Chef/Owner Kikuzawa Masakatsu (left) behind the counter. The setting of the typical Japanese Sushi Shop is complete with the Chef dressed in a suit with tie and an overcoat.

Sushi Kikuzawa was introduced to me by my Uncle KY. It has been established in Singapore for over 5 years already and directly opposite the prominent Koka steamboat at International Building. However, this was my first time in sampling the cuisine which it served. The lunch we had was a buffet where all we had to do was just sit there and wait. Master Kikuzawa would then start the course throughout from beginning to the end with hand made sushi served right to your plate.

Honestly, I have eaten in many Japanese restaurants and have tasted sushi from there and even common established chains. Once you have tried the sushi from Kikuzawa, I believe your perspective of how the delicate sushi is supposed to taste like will change.

My first bite into the Maguro Sushi was startling!

The rice broke easily in my mouth and it was warm. The delicate flavour of vinegar kicked into action and brought out the flavour of the tuna. The tuna itself crumbled easily with each bite. And I can say that it was a fascinating experience.

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Unagi Nigiri Sushi, Salmon Nigiri Sushi (both grilled)

Where there is the normal sushi, also ask for the grilled sushi where available to certain varieties. The added smoky flavour and the increased texture would change your dining experience.

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Ume & Perilla Maki

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