Shinji by Kanesaka is a sushi bar, located in a quiet corner of Raffles hotel in Singapore. The flagship sushi restaurant was first set up in Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan. However, in an effort to appreciate his love for Japanese gourmet and other culinary traditions, Chef Shinji Kanesaka, the founder, chose to set up another branch in Singapore. Since then, its fine dining experience has been creating raving reviews. |
The sushi bar even bagged many accolades for its fine dining. ‘Restaurant of the year’, ‘Best Celebrity restaurant (Asian)’ and ‘Best new restaurant (Asian)’ are a few jewels the restaurant is adorned with.
The interior of the restaurant is kept minimal and is surprisingly unembellished. The entire decor is done with organic wood and paper, which was exclusively flown from Japan for the furniture and fixtures. The highlighting feature in the decor of the bistro is its main sushi counter that has been singularly carved from a 220 year old trunk of Japanese cypress tree, a highly revered wood in Japanese culture. This counter has rich granular impression and exudes a subtle scent, atypical of the wood. The restaurant has Noren curtains that decorate the main entrance and a well hand crafted ceiling as well.
Monday to Saturday
- 12 noon to 3.00 pm
- 6.00 pm to 10.30 pm
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Tel: (65) 6338 6131
Chef Shinji Kanesaka, a two star Michelin, along with another sushi master chef, Koichiro Oshino, made the restaurant a huge success. Both are experts in their trade and have years of experience as well. Under their creative vision, a retinue of experts have evolved to cater to the budding sushi tastes of customers in Singapore. Being an out and out Sushi bar, the team of sushi experts are constantly available to serve each of the individual clients. Kimono clad waitresses greet and attend the guests on arrival. Although, rated as a fine dining sushi bar, the place is smaller compared to other conventional sushi bars. It only has a seating capacity of 40.
The menu is brief and comprises of abstract lunch and dinner options. Lunch consists of Setsugetsuka sushi course sets and Nigri sushi and maki sushi, miso soup and a dessert. There’s even a lunch Omakase special, which includes an appetiser, assorted sashimi, assorted cooked dishes, Nigri sushi and maki sushi (10 pieces), miso soup and a dessert. Their dinner menu also serves similar dishes as lunch. Although, known for its fine dining experience, many a Singaporeans have labelled it a high priced one. The Setsugetsuka sushi course sets range anything between SGD 75-180, depending on the number of sushi. Similarly, their lunch course totals a bill to the tune of SGD 250 per person.
For a fine dining sushi bar, the place is quite popular. Many food critics and restaurant reviewers have labelled the restaurant as a perfect place for sushi. Apparently, the precision with which they serve portions of rice, seafood and wasabi is perfect and enhances one’s taste for Japanese cuisine. The sushi is prepared from high quality seafood, which when coupled with perfect cut and cooking skills, enhances the flavour of the fish making the experience a memorable one.