Sunday 15 February 2015

Tomo Izakaya 2015 CNY Set Menu, Clarke Quay

In celebrating of the upcoming Lunar New Year, Tomo Izakaya is introducing specially curated Japanese-inspired Chinese New Year set menus, offering patrons a different dining experience. There are a total of three festive menus available this Chinese New Year: $333 (4-6 pax), $666 (6-8 pax) and $888 (8-10 pax). I'm glad to have the privilege to try most of the signature dishes on their CNY menus.

Unlike the usual set courses offered in restaurants, the Chinese New Year set menus at Tomo Izakaya features at least 8 course authentic Japanese dishes - good to be shared among friends and family. The mainstays include offerings such as Braised Pork Soft Rib Bone w Japanese rice cake as well as Grilled lobster w Walnut miso. 

Of course we started off the meal with an innovative Yu Sheng Tower - Salmon & White Meat Fish Yu Sheng. The ingredients are gingerly stacked, layer by layer, to form a tower. Amaebi (sweet shrimp sashimi), tobiko (flying fish roe), kanpachi and salmon are included.

The yusheng comes in 2 sizes suitable for 3-4 pax ($66) and 6-8 pax ($128). Premium add-ons such as Hokkaido hotate, chutoro and ikura are available in medium ($20) and large ($40) sizes.

All the sets come with appetizer, yu sheng, grilled dish, karaage items, rice dish, soup and dessert, as well as sake for tossing and pairing. The appetizer includes simmered duck, unagi with cucumber, edamame, deep fried baby river prawn, marinated octopus wasabi.

One of the item in the appetizer, Deep fried Baby River Prawn. The fried baby shrimp were pretty decent but sure addictive.

Marinated Octopus Wasabi - rich in flavour and crunchy in every bite.

Simmered Duck - it was well marinated but unfortunately the meat were tough and dry during my session. Otherwise, it would definitely be prefect.

Unagi with Cucumber - it sure looks good upon arriving on our table. The texture was a tad dry and rubbery, was quite a disappointing dish.

Sushi aficionados gonna love the Japanese tuna sushi which features toro and chutoro. 

Deep-fried whole white meat fish with Yuzu flavoured sauce - the name probably says it all -  Overall pretty decent, tasted like fried fish in sweet and sour sauce you get at economic rice stall.

Braised Pork Soft Bone With Japanese Rice Cake - The texture of the meat were soft and falls off the bone and its combination with thinly sliced Japanese rice goes along well. Doesn't look the most appetising dish but I must say it tasted one of the best among the best. 

Deep fried soft shell crab with salad - pretty average for a soft shell crab dish, there were some parts that tasted quite 'fishy' and lacking the juiciness.

All meals will be capped off with a heartening Hokkaido Dessert Plate. The matcha coated mochi tasted good, soft and fluffy in every bite. The sweetness of the azuki red bean were just right and not forgetting it's nicely mashed and smooth. 

Here's the 3 different set menu for CNY 2015. Tomo Izakaya is one of people's favorite Japanese Izakaya restaurants in town, where patrons get to enjoy a good time with loved ones over exquisite Japanese cuisines. The establishment will be open on the first day of Chinese New Year so everyone can enjoy all the specialities.

Tomo Izakaya @ Clarke Quay
3A River Valley Road
#01-04 Clarke Quay
Singapore 179020
Tel: 6333 0100

Lunch: 12pm - 3pm
Dinner: Sun-Thurs 6pm-1am (LO:12am)
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH 6pm - 3am (LO:3am)

CNY 2015 Opening Hours

18th Feb - Closed
19th Feb - Dinner only 6pm-1am
20th Feb - Dinner only 6pm-3am
21st Feb - Operation as usual

*This was an invited media tasting.

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