Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki – Wagyu-Centric Kaiseki at Tras Street

There are not many restaurants in Singapore that focuses on Wagyu as its highlight and also, serving a ‘Tongue to Tail’ experience. The last time I had a wagyu-centric meal was in Kyoto 3 years ago and it was one of the best meals I ever had. So it definitely piqued my interest to see what Singapore has to offer at Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki

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I had a long time waiting for the friend to arrive and the phone connection was down, so I was just staring into space, or the bottles that were lined up on the top shelf

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And we were very lucky to get the counter seats which only sits 3 pairs of patrons

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Love all the attention to details. There was also a small (and cute) cow figure infront of us that brought a smile to my face

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The restaurant uses the beef from Miyazaki Prefecture and specially raised by Mr Muneharu Ozaki (and hence the name Ozaki beef)

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Beef Tongue | Seasonal Vegetables | Ozaki Beef Consommé Soup

Starting with the tongue as our first course, the soup was the highlight, even more than the beef itself. I love the rich flavour of the soup which you can evidently taste the sweetness of the beef without being too overpowering, yet in a clear and light texture

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Ozaki Beef Shabu | Sea Urchin ‘Uni’ Sauce

The softness of the beef was enjoyable and paired well with the creaminess of the uni sauce, leaving a lingering sweetness in your mouth

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‘Rosanjin’ Style Sukiyaki served with ‘Mangetsu’ Soft Boiled Egg & Truffle

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Dipping the beef slices with the creaminess of the yolk was satisfying with a melt in your mouth kind of texture though I can’t really appreciate the addition of the truffle here. I mean yes, they gave a lot and you could taste the texture of the truffle when you eat it together but yet not quite elevating in terms of flavour profile

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They gave a small rice ball as well, so you can mix it with the sauce. And I really love it. The sweetness of the onions with the sauce definitely went well with some rice

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Palate Cleanser

A tomato based fruit / sorbet before the next course arrived

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Braised Ozaki Beef Hamburg

This was probably my least favourite of the entire meal. I thought it was just too much vegetables lol. The beef was braised to tenderness and you could taste it in the sweetness of the broth but somehow I found this dish lacking and it failed to impress me

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Ozaki Beef Katsu Sando

And moving on to my favourite dish of the night. Small cubes of katsu sando with such a perfect pink in the centre, sandwiched with thin buttered toast with a lingering sweetness. Oh. So. Delicious

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Ozaki Beef Sushi

You are supposed to wrap the nori together and eat it like a sushi. The friend really enjoyed this but I found it too salty, so much that if I close my eyes I can’t really tell what I was eating. I thought if they had kept the flavour of the beef much simpler, it would have been better since you can taste the natural sweetness of the beef clearly

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Char-Grilled Ozaki Beef

Moving on to the mains, we had the sirloin cut of the beef that was grilled to perfection with a lingering oiliness when you chew into them

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Paired with spring vegetables, the Hokkaido sweet potato was my favourite, followed by the yuzu. And the rest, I thought it was a little strange. And the presentation, could have been better. I mean it’s colourful, but a better presentation could have made the dish slightly better

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Cold Somen w Oxtail Jelly

The somen was underwhelming. I thought it was pretty average but perhaps done so to highlight the oxtail jelly which was pretty interesting I must say. It honestly just tasted like jelly

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Homemade Hokkaido Shinmura Milk Ice cream, Burrata Cheese & Strawberry

I told the friend I can’t really appreciate the dessert. I felt the overall flavour was too strong and it wasn’t quite a sweet ending. And burrata cheese with milk icecream was hmm :/ not the best combination in my opinion

I say the meal did fall a little short of expectations. It’s good but when I looked back, it wasn’t a meal that I would keep thinking of. I felt like there were definitely better meals that the friend and I had out there that was more memorable and this is probably not one of them

Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki

57 Tras Street, #01-01

Singapore 078996

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