Located on the 9th Floor of M Hotel, most people would not notice Hokkaido Sushi – if they are not looking for it, that is – but it is the respite of CBD office workers, hotel guests and regular patrons who visit the restaurant for the famed Omakase set meals. Recently, everyone has been captivated by their newest launch – The Hokkaido Buffet Experience, a buffet menu which includes most of their signature dishes at affordable pricing. This means that everyone gets a taste of their specialities at a reasonable price. At only $43++ per pax for a full-fledged Japanese dinner (see below for detailed pricing) in a resplendent hotel setting, it’s a steal.
– Gail & Jem
The Hokkaido Buffet Experience…
is picking up in popularity, so they have decided to inject a fresh new concept in conjunction with the buffet promotion. One Hon-Maguro (Bluefin Tuna) is procured every month (2nd or 3rd Tuesday of the month, subject to availability) and air-flown from Tsukiji Market in the morning to be expertly sliced up by sushi chefs in the evening. From Japan to diners’ plates in 12 hours, utmost freshness for all patrons is ensured.
Guests can enjoy three cuts of the Hon-Maguro, Otoro (Extra Fatty Tuna), Chutoro (Fatty Tuna) and Akami (Lean Tuna) as a complimentary sashimi platter. It’s all part of The Hokkaido Buffet Experience!
* You can visit the restaurant’s Facebook and Instagram page (#TheHokkaidoBuffetExperience) for shoutouts that will notify guests when the “Hon-Maguro Week” would be taking place. Watch the video of hon-maguro being prepared here!
Many have compared the marbled flesh of Hon-Maguro to wagyu beef, thus earning it the nickname “Wagyu of the Sea”. The difference in the distribution of fat within tuna results in the different cuts of tuna: namely the Otoro, Chutoro and Akami. The usual distribution in a tuna is approximately 30% Akami, 50% Chu Toro and 20% Otoro. Otoro is also regarded by many as the most premium cut of fish and one of the most expensive sashimi in the world.
From their ala-carte menu:
Pacific Oyster – $12 eachG & J: This wasn’t part of the buffet but we just have to give a shoutout for this big mouthful of goodness. Oyster fans, take note!
Dishes in the buffet include:
Pork with GingerWagyu Beef with KimchiWagyu Beef with MushroomAssorted TempuraSoft Shell CrabChawanmushiPitan TofuG: I really liked this. The “pitan” (century egg) was not cloying and was bouncy like how tofu should be. Extra points for the sprinkle of tobiko.
Truffle GunkanG & J: This was another unique dish that is worth trying, though we wished more truffle oil were added for more impact.
Unagi SushiSalmon Mentai AburiG & J: White rice is a main staple of Japanese cuisine. Only organic high-grade Japanese Nanatsuboshi rice is used in the restaurant. Did you know that the Nanatsuboshi rice is sweet even when eaten on its own? Hokkaido Sushi is one of a select few Japanese restaurants in Singapore who serve such premium rice, and we can only nod our heads in approval. The sushi melts in the mouth!
Assortment of Sashimi
Maguro, Mekajiki, Hamachi, Salmon, Scallops and Tako Garlic Fried RiceGrilled Ginkarei Shioyaki (Halibut)
G & J: Special mention must be made for this dish. The fish meat was so very fresh, and we did not taste a tinge of fishiness. Just this dish alone is almost enough to make up the price tag of this buffet. This is a die-die-must-try! Served with a light sprinkle of salt.
Hokkaido Cheesecake ($15 per slice for takeaway)G & J: The buffet ended off on a sweet note with this exquisite slice of heaven. Think soft and creamy cheesecake with a glazed cameralized top; it’s like creme brulee with a firm ice-cream-like texture beneath. Just imagining the taste of this cake on our tongues makes us wanna go back again!
Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant receives fresh seafood direct from Tsukiji and Sapporo every Tuesdays and Fridays, so you can expect nothing less than fresh off-the-shore samplings.
The list of dishes featured above is non-exhaustive. There are many more options available!
With an affordable price tag like that, there’s really no reason not to go.
M Hotel Singapore
81 Anson Road
* Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar
Monday to Sunday
Lunch – $38 ++ (U.P. $48 ++)
Dinner – $43 ++ (U.P. $ 55 ++)
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm (Last order 1.45pm)
Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.30pm (Last order 9.45pm)
* This was an invited media tasting from Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant.
Order everything to try!