The last place you would expect to find a Japanese restaurant is beside a food court. Koh Grill & Sushi Bar is located just beside (or some would say inside) Food Republic at Wisma Atria. The much raved about dish at this place has got to be the Shiok Maki, which has been reviewed and given a thumbs up by many food critics.
My partner insisted on the Pitan Tofu which i found mediocre (even though she liked it) as i am guessing the tofu wasn't homemade. The sauce wasn't bursting with the taste of century egg like what i expected it to be like and the only plus point was the generous amount of fish roe topped on the dish.
There was nothing to fuss over the yakitori as well. In my opinion, the mushrooms were a tad over-grilled and too dry, and i did not understand the black sauce which tasted like dark soya sauce drizzled over it. The pork belly skewers and cherry tomatoes wrapped in pork belly were slightly better.
The Cha Soba however, didn't make the mark. The noodles were slightly overcooked and the dipping sauce was not salty enough to my liking. I normally enjoy slurping my noodles even though it is such a simple dish but i found myself not enjoying this as much as i normally do in other restaurants.
The much raved about Shiok Maki certainly lived up to expectations. There was a generous amount of fish roe topped on the maki filled with unagi and wrapped with salmon. There was a lot of texture, and the sauce (which i couldn't figure out what is was) paired nicely with the duo, making it my favorite dish at the restaurant.
We decided to be adventurous and ordered the Foie Gras Maki with Swordfish (you can also opt for beef if you prefer). The whole maki had a smoky taste but i felt that there wasn't enough foie gras in the maki to justify the price tag of the dish. It was good (foie gras is normally good), but not worth the price nor the stomach space. I would gladly do with another serving of the Shiok Maki if given a choice, which also happens to be about half the price of the Foie Gras Maki.
While Koh Grill & Sushi Bar is located just beside a food court, don't expect to be paying food court prices. Prices range from SGD 2 (Yakitori) to SGD 28 (Foie Gras Maki). And if you are wondering what to order, you should know by now - Shiok Maki.
Koh Grill & Sushi Bar
435 Orchard Road
#04-21, Wisma Atria
+65 9180 3805
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