Cuppage Plaza is turning into a Mecca for good Japanese eats! First it was Kazu, then Nagomi, now it’s Kaiho Sushi.. I was undecided between omakase or ala carte and went for the latter in the end cuz the omakase menu didn’t really interest yours truly and I was hankering for some familiar favourites from the ala carte menu.
First up, an otoshi of fried tuna was served. I always think it’s a waste to deep fry fresh fish and this is no exception.
I can’t get over how addictive the fugu mirin boshi ($10++) was! Deadly or not, the grilled puffer fish has an incredible flavour, sweet-salty-smoky all at once. And the chewy texture is also similar to dried jerky (think chinese bak kwa).
I know you will think it’s strange if I say that I crave for natto. But I do! I saw maguro natto ($15++) on the menu and I went “I want!” excitedly. Just love the gooey concoction of red tuna and pungent natto. Note that this is an acquired taste =)
Delightfully buttery and melt-in-the-mouth fresh uni ($25++)!
The sashimi mori ($48++) was somewhat a hit and miss affair. Chutoro wasn’t as fresh as I’d like but the ama-ebi scored for its sweetness and creamy texture.
I didn’t think the seared aburi otoro sushi ($16++) and sweet tamago sushi ($3++) are worth raving about.
The anago sushi ($9++) is somewhat similar in taste and texture to unagi but less fatty. Milder in flavour too but still absolutely sublime!
You can see how much I love eel cuz I had the unagi kabayaki ($22++) too. It’s definitely richer and there’s something about the charred, unctuous flesh and the sweet glaze that always makes the freshwater eel so delectable!
The soft shell crab tempura ($15++) was good enough. Crispy and meaty.
While the quality is above average, I feel that there’s no “wow” factor, simply basic food done well. Reasonable prices but for the final bill paid, we should have gone back to Nagomi.