Omakase Tamaya Dining @ Cuppage Terrace

Who doesn’t love Jap food?!

We were searching online and browsing food bloggers websites such as Danielfooddiary & LadyIronChef but we couldn’t make up our mind on where to have dinner.

So… we decided to have something crazy and the menu is customized by by the chef! (We don’t have to make any decisions. Hahaha) I trust you chef.

Omakase is the Japanese tradition of letting a chef choose your order. The word means “I will leave it to you.” It’s a fine tradition that gives the chef creative freedom and the customer a memorable dining experience.

We went to Tamaya Dining at Cuppage Terrace! (Near Somerset 313, Opposite CentrePoint) You could.

I’m sure all of you are familiar with Cuppage Terrace, it’s a long stretch of bistro bars and restaurants with are shop houses in the heart of Somerset.

Tamaya Dining first started in 1999 and have been in operations since. Its an Izakaya concept serving different Authentic Japanese cuisines under one roof. From its ever popular  Omakase menu which ranges from 120/++ to 200/++, Shabu Shabu, Nabe, Sukiyaki and more!

Well..  Omakase is considered a request for a wonderful meal. If you’re looking to save money Omakase isn’t the way to go. Nevertheless, it usually represents an excellent value!

Most items are imported from Japan three times a week, (Every Tue, Thurs & Sat) hence they’re absolutely tasty and FRESH. They regularly feature seasonal items as well such as Baby Tuna of 3 months old strictly (which is rare and very seasonal, you wouldn’t have it often!)

Oohhh, and that’s Chef Sam who is very hospitable and dedicated in making sure that customers are satisfied.

I always like my Omakase to be flame torched and he tried his best to accommodate to me. He even specially customised some dishes for me to another that I like ( I’m quite picky sometimes with Omakase.. Oops hahaha)  Thank you Sam!!!

You have trusted the chef, this should be reciprocated with the best of everything at a value price. It’s a gamble that usually pays off I swear!

Sneaked a picture. (My food model of the day, hahahha)

Chef Sashimi selection for the day! Katsuo (Bonito), Hotate (Scallop), Kinmedai (Snapper) and Ama Ebi (Sweet Prawn) There are 3 different sauces for each Sashimi, Chef Sam recommended us on which sauces compliment the taste of each! 

 

Omakase typically earns you more attention from the chef. For example, the chef may explain each dish to you! Usually, as a form of appreciation, we would have some Sake or Champagne etc.. to toast the chef! Everything goes well with drinks and it also creates a positive and fun atmosphere with lots of laughter!

Just some of the dishes I took! Baby Tuna Aburi (flame-torched)

Negimajiru (Tuna and Leek Consomme)

Mizore Ni (Fish Of The Day Stew with Radish)

Negitoro Temaki (Minced Fatty Tuna Seaweed Roll)

Takenoko- grilled young bamboo shoot (seasonal)

Any good chef is a creative individual. Creativity isn’t always good business, however customers want to see the old predicable favorites on the menu!

HEADS UP for you readers out there: You would have to take the counter seats near the chef for Omakase. (makes it easier for chef to interact and serve you)

Omakase involves greater social interaction with the chef. If you’re able to speak some Japanese, it’ll be a bonus!

If you haven’t tried Omakase, go ahead and it’ll be an experience for you! I really love interaction and this is a place to be with Omakase dining concept by the counter seats. You could talk to your neighbors seated beside you and have conversations with the chef! It’ll be funnnnn.

I hope you’ll enjoy Omakase like I do!

Love,  ♥ Priscilla

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