I grew up as an Orchard kid but have since stopped visiting the shopping belt due to convenience of online shopping and the expansion of shopping mall network island-wide. Centrepoint was a place filled with special memory as I recalled going there every Christmas when I was a kid to take photos of the beautifully decorated building.
Visited Centrepoint’s new food precinct called Gastro+ where Misato is located. Apparently this eatery was previously located in The Cathay, but I guess that’s a mall which I rarely frequent compared to their current location…
When we placed our order, the staff informed us that there would be an approximate waiting time of 30-45 mins for our food. Although it didn’t bother me, I can’t help but wonder if that’s the case wouldn’t it be a challenge to sustain turnover rate in a prime location where rental is probably quite high?
Nonetheless our drinks of Hot Green Tea and Lychee Ice Earl Grey Tea were served quite promptly. Luv the vessel used to serve the green tea, looks exquisite and the tea pot makes it fun to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed tea here. The cold drink was a combination of 2 ingredients that I love, making this a lovely aromatic drink.
We certainly didn’t have to wait that long for the first dish to be served – Cha Soba. What caught my attention was the lacquered box used to plate everything neatly together. Followed by the neatly arranged bundle of soba. The shop seems to pay much attention to presentation and beauty – it’s a Jap culture that is sometimes less pronounced in local Jap establishments.
Next we had eggs cooked in different methods, one Chawanmushi another Tamagoyaki. Usually I find the Tamagoyaki in Singapore a tad too sweet, but the ones served here were just nice.
The Gyoza served here were the hanetsuki gyoza, literally “winged gyoza” where they are served bottom side up and there is a layer of thin crispy base that provide added texture to the gyozas. Once again the unique crescent shaped vessel used for the soy sauce caught my eyes. So pretty.
The specialty for the day was Hoba Miso Beef and the staff explained that its made using A5 Wagyu beef with a special red miso paste, topped with ginkgo nuts, Japanese tofu and konnayaku. It was a unique dish and I really enjoyed the flavours of the miso, the chewy texture of the konnayaku and the tender beef. A standout dish at the eatery.
Last but not least, the finale that we were looking forward to – Shanshoku Warabi Mochiand Matcha Bavarois.
I’m always keen to try warabi mochi whenever I see it on the menu. This dessert seems to be making its way into more Jap eateries nowadays. The ones served here comprised of a platter of 3 flavours, good for someone like me who prefers variety over quantity. Portioning wise its just nice for 1 pax with 6 pieces. It also saves me some space for their popular Matcha Bavarois. The french pudding was jiggly and bouncy at the same time smooth and rich. In fact the 2 ladies who sat at the next table only came in to order their desserts.
I liked that many of their desserts are matcha base and not too sweet. I would really love to try their other Jap desserts such as Matcha Zenzai Mochi.
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