FOOD REVIEW: Keyaki Spring 2015 kaiseki

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Located on the 4th floor of Pan Pacific Singapore, Keyaki Japanese Cuisine is a stand-alone restaurant situated in an outdoor garden.

If you’re after fine-dining Japanese food, helmed by Japanese chefs, then you’ll love Keyaki.

We were there to check out their brand new Spring 2015 kaiseki – nine courses (!) featuring the freshest of produce shipped in directly from Japan! It’s available now til 31 May 2015.

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

This is the beautiful garden, complete with a pond full of Koi fish. It’s tranquil up here, with almost no one. A bit of a hidden treasure.

If you have kids, they’ll love running around on the grass and watching the fish. Just be careful they don’t try to jump into the water!

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

You can dine indoors, in cool air-conditioned comfort. They also have two tatami-style private rooms.

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Or you can dine outdoors in the shade, with a view of the garden and waterfall feature. Kids will be particularly fascinated with the three turtles in that pond – one of them is a serious sunbather, check him out sunning himself on the rock in the middle of the pool!

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Alternatively, seat yourself up close where the action is, by the sashimi counter. Hunter got very, very excited when he saw slabs and slabs of salmon sashimi in there!

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

But first things first. We unwinded over some warm sake. This is the perfect accompaniment when having a lovely Japanese meal, and it was lovely to sip warm sake between dishes.

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Pre-Appetizer –
Seaweed salad,
Sweet corn Tofu with seaweed miso

I thought I wouldn’t like the Seaweed salad, but the chilled dish had a subtle flavour and I found myself eating the whole thing.

Hunter ended up eating my Sweet corn tofu with seaweed miso (he’s the tofu MONSTER), so I suppose it was good!

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Appetizer –
Plum Jelly with egg yolk,

Grilled prawn with flying fish roe,
Sesame tofu with sea urchin,
Deep fried salmon and wrapped with tofu skin,
Ohba (Mint Leave) with Sakura (cherry blossom) glutinous rice

I found it difficult following what every item on this platter was, so just popped everything into my mouth. Except the tofu. Hunter ate that. But the rest was excellent! I really appreciated how it was different to the regular food you find in Japanese restaurants. Here, it was thoughtfully created, and very inline with the Spring produce. My favourite was that Obha with Sakura glutinous rice – I could eat that all day…

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Clear soup – Crab meat ball, Wakame seaweed, Bamboo shoots
Sashimi – Tuna belly, Sea bream, Spanish Mackerel, Sweet shrimp

The Clear soup didn’t do much for me, as I prefer a richer broth and I’m not a fan of bamboo shoots. But I was delighted to see the Sashimi platter. Not only was it drop dead gorgeous, it featured the freshest of sashimi! That sweet shrimp? Be still, my heart.

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Grilled Dish – Wagyu beef and topped with White radish and spring onions
Simmered dish – Squid meat and mountain vegetables wrapped with beancurd skin,
prawn coated with egg yolk

My favourite dish on the menu, the Wagyu beef! I savoured each and every slice, and prayed for more. Succulent and tender, it required nothing to accompany it, and was best eaten on its own.

The Simmered dish didn’t excite me. It was vegetarian, and we all know how I feel about vegetables…

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Tomezara – Deep-fried crab cake in shell

Great for social media photos, this Deep-fried crab cake looked really impressive and cool. The meat was sweet and cooked with mushrooms, then stuffed back into the shell and covered with panko breadcrumbs.

 

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Oshokuji – Chilled Ume(Plum) soba

Another gorgeous photo-worthy dish, these soba noodles were plum flavoured and so arrived in a beautiful shade of pink! Adorable for the kids, especially if you’ve got pink-loving girls…

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Dessert – Musk melon and mango

“What? Just a cheap dessert of a few pieces of fruit?”, you say?

Not so.

If you know your Japanese produce, you’ll know that Musk melon is one of the most expensive fruits in the world, and also one of the most sublime. It has a very soft texture, and tastes like it’s been injected with nectar. It was accompanied with very fresh and sweet mango, and a sweet strawberry.

A refreshing and non-heavy way to end an epic meal!

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Sooooooo. What about the KIDS?

If your kids love sashimi, like ours, then they’ll be delighted to see this arrive. Colourful and cool-looking (literally!), watch their eyes light up as they dig into the freshest of sashimi. You can custom what type of fish you want.

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Tamago egg sushi is always a winner for our kids, as is the impressive looking Cold soba. It rounds off a very healthy and delicious meal for children. Love it!

 

Pan Pacific Keyaki Japanese restaurant - spring kaiseki menu

Hunter, rather delighted with his personal portion of sushi. If you’re dining with kids, I’d recommend either sitting at the sushi counter (so they can be entertained), or outside so they can watch the turtles and fish.
 
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Savour the new nine-course Spring Kaiseki menu at Keyaki showcasing authentic Japanese cuisine crafted from premium seasonal produce. Now til 31 May 2015. Price starting from SGD180.

 

 

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