Monday, September 8, 2008

Singapore - Hibiki

I'm not much of a tourist but we did end up at the Singapore Flyer - to Build-a-Bear for a special 8 year old.. and so after an exciting 45 minute session of breathing life into a "bear", well actually a Hello Kitty decked in a pretty pink t-shirt, and short denim skirt, with designer pink Skechers to match, and for extra money, has a beating heart and says 6 different things, we were thrilled to bits and peckish.

Hibiki sounded decent by most reviews and so we decided to give it a shot. We weren't terribly hungry and so ordered an assortment of little dishes to share over sake.

First up, the clams sauteed in butter and sake with mushrooms and green onion. Tasty enough but nothing to shout about.

The monk fish liver was served unusually crowded by more stuff than usual... with an especially tart ponzu sauce, and yam. The yam neutralised the usual exciting burst of liver creaminess with the ponzu and did nothing for the dish.

We ordered some kushiyaki - the Japanese green pepper with spicy mentaiko was unusual and the mochi wrapped in a sliver of pork was competent.

The sesame (Goma) tofu was cooly refreshing and creamy with a nice bite to the texture and was a welcome change to the previously saltier dishes.

The soft shell crab roll with avocado was disappointing since the oil used to deep-fry the crab wasn't the freshest - not rancid but just not fresh.

All in all, a competent but mediocre meal and just not that great... unfortunately. I may give it yet another shot but only if I have to build another bear, and if the grease of Popeye's next door is still not enticing enough.

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