Some time back, we celebrated a friend's birthday at Rakuzen, a japanese restaurant at Millenia Walk. We had never dined in a private room before and thus tried to ask for one. We were told that a minimum spending of $200 was required. Considering that we had 8 people in total, this shouldn't be too difficult to hit.
The room was tatami-styled in which you remove your shoes before entering, but being Singaporeans, one wouldnt get used to such sitting style for a long time, so they actually had space underneath the table for leg placements. Ambience-wise was fairly japanese, with traditional music in the background, wooden walls and friendly staffs.
Lobster sashimi (Small) ($36.00)
This was recommended as a seasonal special so we decided to share one. It arrived on the table with the fillers still moving! Eerie, but absolutely fresh and delicious. Okay okay you might call me cold-blooded, but still, food is food.
After we are done with it, the waitress offered to simmer the remaining head and shell in miso soup(there were actually a choice of 3 soups, but I can't remember the other two). We gladly obliged(its free anyway! Kiasu la..) and were served 4 bowls of lobster miso soup later on. Nothing too special, but u can taste the lobster faintly and chew on the legs for any remaining meat.
Unagi Yanagawa ($14.00)
Unagi simmered in semi-liquid egg, served on a hot plate. Great with a bowl of plain rice.
Yasai Tempura ($10.00)
Assorted vegetables in tempura batter. Served hot and fluffily light, there's little hint of oil remaining on the vegetables.
Hotate no Mentai ($12.00)
Baked scallops with mayonnaise. Frankly, the scallop bits feels rather like crabstick meat to me. Not bad tasting though.
Kaki Fry ($12.00)
Deep fried oysters. This was my favourite for the night. Love the way its crunchy on the outside, hot and juicy on the inside. Almost tempted for a repeat order!
Tempura Zen ($30.00)
This was my set order. Comes with tempura, a few slices of sashimi, chawanmushi, miso soup, dessert jelly and some side dishes. Suits those who wants a variety of stuffs.
SakuChirashi Zen ($28.00)
Teriyaki Zen ($26.00)
Two different set dinner for my friends, sashimi rice and grilled chicken with assorted sushi. According to them, the sets tasted quite good.
My girlfriend had a Katsu Jyu ($16.00), which is a pork cutlet rice with egg on top that tastes really good too, too bad I had to omit the photo cos it turned out real shaky.
Suginoka Bojyou ($50.00)
And just for the birthday boy, we opened a bottle of Sake! The cups came in different shapes, sizes and colour. The girls were busy choosing them and left us guys with the grey ugly ones..haha.
Total bill was $366.05 after GST. Almost enough for two rooms! haha.. Not really cheap but well worth for the occasion and company I had. On a side note, they also have booth seats that are almost room-like, great for couples to have a quiet dinner.
Have a try next time you are craving for jap food!