Wasabi Tei - the kind of place where service is curt and practically non-existent. Where the entire vibe is no nonsense. Where you are expected to scoot the minute you're done eating. And yet, I am pleased enough with the sashimi to cast all these to the wind.
Assorted Sushi with Udon Set, $18
This hole-in-the-wall restaurant purportedly witnessed finer days when it used to be run by Chef Peter, who has since left to open Chikuwa Tei at Mohammed Sultan, and now Mitsuba by Yurine at the Central. He was notorious for a temper as fiery as wasabi, and it certainly seems like the new local chef has picked up not just his kitchen techniques, but his spirit as well. (Chef Peter must have tamed down somewhat though since no one speaks of his temper anymore.) Quite remarkably, the trail he leaves behind isn't half bad even though he no longer helms the scene. (I've dined at Chikuwa Tei as well and found the food more than decent.) Not everything is as great as before, perhaps, but a few things didn't change - for one, the sashimi is still served fresh and gratifyingly chunky. And that is really quite enough to lure me back.
Assorted Sashimi with Rice Set, $20
All sets also include a standard appetizer of hijiki seaweed braised with chicken and a serving of fruits. On my second visit, I gave their chawanmushi a go. It was filled with a satisfying trove of ingredients and really hit the spot. This time, I went light and opted for a platter of Salmon Sashimi instead of a rice set. Six chunky slices for ten bucks - not a bad deal at all.
P.S. Instead of GST and service charge, a fixed $2 per seating is imposed which covers a drink of your choice.
Recommendations: Sashimi and Chawanmushi
14 Scotts Road
#05-70 Far East Plaza
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