I have seen this restaurant a few times when we come to Wisma Atria for lunch and finally one day, we decided to give it a try. I am not sure if I can call it a restaurant or a bar or a grill as it is situated inside the Republic Food Court on the 5th floor yet you get the feeling that it is cornered off on its own.
And the fact that this restaurant doesn’t have a Japanese name is unique too. We have since come here for lunch 4-5 times and have always ordered the same dishes. The sashimi is thick and fresh and the chef at the counter cuts the fish with precision and passion. If you sit at the bar, he will ask you if you like the fish or he can introduce other types of fresh fish for you too. I have always stuck with salmon and tuna and perhaps next time I will really try his recommendations.
While we were there, we saw slabs of fresh fish coming in and that should excite all the sashimi lovers out there.
The star of the restaurant is really the Shiok Maki – what I had was the 2nd generation Shiok Maki.
The 1st version has unagi (eel) which I am not a fan of so we ordered the 2nd generation (version) which is with prawn and mango sauce. It is slightly sour-ish compared to the unagi one, which the waitress said has a sweeter sauce. Biting into the Shiok Maki for the 1st time, you can really appreciate the burnt flavour of the salmon wrapping around the maki.
The salmon, rice, prawn, mango sauce and fish roe…. All the flavours come together superbly and you have a generous serving of fish roe as well. Other sushi places give such a measly amount of roe that you can barely taste it. Over here, we are given so much that it drops on the dish and we are happily, greedily using our chopsticks to pick each tiny one up. After that you get a satisfying ‘pop’ when you bite into the roe.
There are usually 3 waitresses and it depends who you get. The older lady is slightly more grumpy and doesn’t smile that much. The other 2 younger waitresses tend to forget orders or mix them up. And they don’t top up the green tea as much as I like them too.
But man, we come back time and time again just for the Shiok Maki, to hell with forgetting my orders sometimes.