Singapore has always been a place that gives me fond memories of good quality Japanese food and this timeat Keyaki, I was reminded again of this statement which yet again, held true to its word.
I was staying at Marina Mandarin, and Keyaki, located at Pan Pacific, was highly recommended by the hotel and the restaurant had pretty good online reviews too.
We had a business dinner here, and I was pleasantly surprised how packed the place was when we got there. You can’t tell from the serene, peaceful, quiet persona the surrounding outside Keyaki portrayed.
Each patron was greeted by a bowl of smoked seaweed fried with sesame seeds appetizer.
The sashimi slices were crazy fresh (you could tell from the bright glistened colours of both the maguro and salmon). Downside: Keyaki charges the sashimi by per piece. Each piece…a whopping SGD 6 and above, depending on what type of sashimis you are requesting for.
Eating the grilled squid was a fun filled adventure. Tender, smokey, nicely salted with the light miso, chewy texture was just about right. Frankly, I could whallop the entire plate on my own. Yumzers!
The makis were crazy good too! The soft shelled crab were freshly fried as they were still piping hot when served. Just as we took each bite, sinking our teeth in, the oily bits of the crab juices dripped out. The unagi makis were also yummylicious!
The grilled beef with teriyaki sauce was a slight let down though overall was still above average. I expected it to be smokey tenderlicious juicy crazy but it was just a little tee bit lacking in all of those aspects. Too bad we did not have any wine to pair with the beef.
The garlic fried rice. Phenomenal ! Full of wok hei and the garlic flavour was not too overpowering. Slight hints but not too subtle till you can’t tell the difference. I am not a huge rice fan but I ended up finishing it! Which is rare for my standards.
Total damage that night was about SGD 300. Crazy for Malaysians ! With that sum, I could probably get double the portion in a really good Japanese restaurant in Taipei! Maybe even Japan itself! But that is gonna cost me a flight ticket…
Keyaki – great place for business dinners! But for personal travelers, be prepped to save up a lot if you are from Malaysia, or use your savings for the average Jap restaurants like Sakae Sushi and Sushi Tei and you could still get pretty decent Jap food.
7 Raffles Blvd,
Level 4 Pan Pacific Hotel,
11.30 am – 2.30 pm daily
6.30 pm – 10.30 pm daily