Restaurant Hoshigaoka is a good place to indulge in affordable, fuss-free Japanese cuisine. While we were there, we saw quite a few Japanese families dining there as well – a positive sign even before we started eating yay!
To keep things interesting, they do a monthly promotion for set meals where you get an appetizer, salad, main, rice and miso soup. We went in June so the featured items which caught our eyes were salmon for me (duh!) and steak for K. I remember each set cost less than 20 bucks – great value for money for the generous portions! This month’s promotion is slightly more expensive though –> see menu here
K loved the medium rare juicy steak and declared this to be the best dish for the day!
Me? I prefer the items from the ala carte menu! Like the deep fried soft shell crab… It was forgivably skinny and thankfully not oily at all.
Soft Shell Crab ($6.50++)
The hamachi (yellowtail) was the best out of the lot! Rather fresh, likewise the salmon and scallop (hotate). Can’t say the same for the swordfish (mekajik) and tuna (maguro) though. I reckoned sashimi is not their strong suit and you can get better quality elsewhere…
Sashimi Funa Mori ($28++)
6 assorted types of sashimi
Okie, this is my favourite dish for the day! The grilled fish head was superb with delicately fatty and soft cheeks. It’s not available everyday though, you know what they say about good things coming to those who wait 🙂
Grilled Yellowtail Cheek/Collar (market price)
off the menu
Unagi and cod are pretty much no-fail and no-brainer items for us to order since we love them too much. These were so good that I was so tempted to re-order, just to up my Omega-3 fatty acids intake you know haha #actuallyjustgluttony
Unagi Kabayaki ($22.50++); Gindara Teriyaki ($17.70++)
grilled water eel; grill cod fish
We can never say no to ice cream (check out how many soft serve we had in Japan), especially green tea! Not shown here is a taiyaki ice cream ($5.80++) favoured by K so much that he still craves for it every now and then!
Green Tea Ice Cream ($5++)
served with red beans
Skip this. Chocolate “cup” was ridiculously hard and impossible to break while the “tiramisu” only had cream cream and more cream. Make it a real tiramisu please…
Green Tea Tiramisu ($6.80++)
in chocolate cup
My special thanks to Yi Ting for the kind invitation!
#04-00, Isetan Scotts
350 Orchard Road