A Quaint Japanese Spot to Keep Secret: Marukyu

A rare find in the CBD, Marukyu is one of those quaint spots you’ll want to keep secret for fear of losing a little piece of (your personal) heaven. Minimalist décor and innovative creativity sprout from this Zen-like Japanese restaurant that brings together the beauty of imperfection—traditional sake barrels juxtaposed with modern furniture (sneak a peak at their sleek wooden lamps). What sets this place apart is the serenity of dining here (and their delicious homemade umeshu—it’s off the menu).

Interior_Marukyu for Gourmet Adventures

Interior 2_Marukyu for Gourmet Adventures

Former chef of Shangri-la Singapore (and owner-chef of Dezato Dining) Derrick Lau holds the fort in the kitchen, serving a mean chirashi sushi ($38) that hits the spot every time.

Chirashi sushi ($38)

chirashi don

Sushi platter

Sushi_Marukyu for Gourmet Adventures

If you’re one with changing palates, opt for the omakase menu (lunch from $68; dinner from $98) ranging from five to six courses. The current seasonal menu includes grilled Australian lobster with cod fish roe, and cold inaniwa udon with sakura ebi.

Grilled Australian lobster with cod fish roe

grilled lobster_Marukyu for Gourmet Adventures

Cold inaniwa udon with sakura ebi

Inaniwa idon_Marukyu for Gourmet Adventures

On our visit, we also tried the whelk shell ($30) simmered in dashi stock that envelops a bittersweet richness of oceanic flavors and chewy meat. If you’ve a hankering for Japanese (cuisine), you can always count on chef Derrick to deliver.

Marukyu, 116A Telok Ayer St., 6636-5608. www.marukyu.asia. Open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm.

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