Thursday, November 24, 2011

Nagomi - My Favourite Omakase Place

I have been wanting to blog about Nagomi for quite some time but I kept forgetting. Perhaps the procrastination came from the fact that I go there so often that I will always tell myself "I will do it the next time I dine there". I had a fantastic dinner there again last night and today is the day for me to share with you one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Singapore.

Located at the 2nd level of Cuppage Plaza, Nagomi is one hidden gem that rewards those who seek it out.

Once you set foot in Nagomi, you will forget that you are in Singapore and may think you are actually in a restaurant in Japan. Dining in this intimate 25-seater restaurant is a truly gratifying experience. The dark wood setting and personal service create a warm and welcoming ambience.

I love both the bar counter seats and the tables. When it is more than 3 persons, I will usually sit at a table to facilitate conversations. Otherwise, if dining alone or in a pair, the bar counter is a great experience.

The restaurant holds shochu for patrons in individual earthen servers, which gradually smoothen the strong taste of the wine. This allows regular customers to appreciate the maturing aroma of their personal shochu.

Nagomi is an omakase restaurant, which means it doesn't have a set menu. The chef will serve a degustation menu based on the freshest produce available during the time. However, he will ask if you have any dietary requirements or restrictions. Here's a look at some of the dishes I had.

Amuse Bouche

The meal starts off with 2 small dishes.


Some days you get a tofu salad, some days you might get a juicy sweet tomato. It depends on what's the best available at the market.


At Nagomi, the fish is imported four times weekly to guarantee the natural sweetness of fresh sashimi.

Seafood - Fried, Grilled or Baked

Some days you get a dish of fried fish fillet, some days you might even get deep-fried sea eel.

Some days you might even get baked scallops with cheese.

Fish - Steamed or Grilled

You will most certainly get a whole fish. Depending on the type of fish, the chef will determine if it's best grilled or steamed with light sauce.


Yummy beef fillet with dipping sauce. We had this dish every time we dined at Nagomi. It's the signature dish.


You will most likely get the porridge unless you specify that you prefer something else. The alternative to porridge is rice with fish roe and miso soup. Both just as delish.

Always make a reservation if possible as the place is frequented by Japanese and local foodies. With only a seating capacity of 25 pax, you sure don't want to risk being disappointed if you turn up without a reservation. Nagomi is closed on Sunday. The price per person is about S$120++ (excluding drinks).

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