Pekin Street, 31, 048761
1 Maju Avenue, #02-03/06 myVillage @ Serangoon Garden
At Shin Kushiya, we are proud of our specialty kushiyaki - where the freshest ingredients are arranged artfully on bamboo skewers and grilled with care over Bincho charcoal from Japan that burns with just the right amount of heat to provide a crisp smokiness while sealing the natural flavours and juices within. A must-try is Aji Tataki Shin-style, where thinly-sliced horse mackerel sashimi is served with their home-made sweet miso marinade.
The same can be said of its other dishes. My favourite item is the Beef Inaniwa udon - a thin udon in a broth. A staple dish in virtually every Japanese restaurant, but oh so good. The quality of the noodles and the beef is obvious. The texture of the noodles is definitely not your typical run-of-the-mill grade, and is cooked al dente. The beef was tender and packed with flavour, and not overcooked.
The interior is rather dim, and this coupled with the dark furnishings make the place seem even darker. The service staff were good and accommodated with our various requests promptly.
We had a range of Kushiyaki which all had the distinctive smoky taste. The pork wrapped with mozzarella was amazing and the pork belly skewer was succulent and cooked just right. The salmon with mentaiko sauce was disappointing though; the salmon was overdone and the amount of mentaiko sauce was so little.
The Tosei Saba Yaki looked a bit burnt on first sight, although the flesh was soft and fresh. We also got Buckwheat noodles with tempura. There was nothing impressive about the tempura nor the noodles.
The desserts are rather pricey considering they are so small in size. Among four people, we shared three desserts - tofu cheesecake, soybean pudding and cream brulee. They were not overly sweetened and did not make us feel too full after eating them which was good.
There are some more items we had but it's really too much to list. Anyway, I had a overall pleasant experience dining at Shin Kushiya.
The skewers are grilled and not deep fried (alternative to 100% fried food. Old Chang Kee, I am looking at you..) so it might serve as a better choice to the health-conscious. I personally do not mind having Old Chang Kee's fried food variety but a change is always welcomed. Furthermore, Shin Kushiya is found only at big malls. The skewers are always kept warm if not piping hot. If you don't find it warm enough, you can always request the friendly staff to heat it up for you at no extra costs!