Hamachi Carpaccio from Shin Kushiya
Shin Kushiya has been around for a while, but I had always avoided it because of how commercialized it looked. Still, tonight we stopped at the VivoCity location (1 Harbourfront Walk #02-120, 6275-8766) in part because I spotted this item on the menu, which looked strikingly like Nobu Matsuhisa's signature yellowtail with jalapeño...at least, it looked like it on Shin Kushiya's nicely printed menu.
I was thus a bit surprised to find the dish itself adorned with bell pepper chunks, with barely a slice of chili pepper to be seen. Nor was it as fragrant...at least, to the best that my memory from over ten years ago could recall. Well, this place didn't exactly pitch it to be like Nobu's version, so it was my own fault for assuming so. I suppose that it was fresh at least.
Oh - and how did the other food fare? Given its name, we had to get some kushiyaki, some of which was fine, but some of which was totally drowning in sweet tare sauce (if I somehow end up here again, I'll definitely have to request that they don't use that stuff). At least I liked the ginger dressing in the kaiso sarada.