Increasingly, many F&B outlets are using technologies to improve the ordering process and efficiency to elevate the dining experience of the customers. For example, many Japanese restaurants utilise iPad menu, automated ordering system and even fast food giants like Macdonald’s uses ordering kiosks for diners to customize their burgers conveniently. Such innovative technologies and solutions are definitely here to stay in the long run.
Sake Dispenser at Sumiya
Taking centre-stage at Sumiya near the front entrance is this circular, temperature-controlled Sake Dispenser from Italy and the only one in Singapore so far to offer an unique sake connoisseur experience. The second of such innovative Sake Dispenser in the world is in Hong Kong.
The Sake Dispenser boasts 16 different varieties of Japanese fermented rice wine, including seasonal selections (the current seasonal selections are the autumn sakes), to complement the wide array of fresh sashimi, charcoal-grilled seafood, Kushiyaki (grilled skewers) and rice bowls in Sumiya.
The friendly sake sommelier recommends swirling the contents in the glass and smell the aroma first before tasting the sake, just like wine. The sake varieties ranges from sweet, easy-to-drink brews to more full-bodied varieties.
Customers only need to insert a post-paid card into the machine, place the glass at the dispenser and select their preferred sake to be dispensed in quantities of either 20 ml, 60 ml or 120 ml portion.
This allowed convenience and flexibility in trying out various sake varieties without costing a bomb, as the lowest price starts from $2.20 for a 20 ml tasting glass of the Ichinokura Himezen Sweet, a delicate rice wine that makes an excellent aperitif.
Benefits of Charcoal Fire
The infrared rays emitted from the charcoal distribute heat evenly and the charcoal’s minerals and smoke are also absorbed by the food to enhance its natural flavour.
Fish-drying machine & Irori Genshiyaki
The second technology employed in Sumiya is this special fish-drying machine that emits heat to sun-dry the fish at a controlled temperature of 30 Degrees Celsius for 2 hours, thus enhancing the natural flavour of the fish.
The sun-dried fish will then be subjected to charcoal grilling (third technology). Irori Genshiyaki is an ancient Japanese method of grilling food over a charcoal flame. Interestingly, fish on skewers are placed vertically over pieces of smouldering charcoal on an irori (charcoal bed) and grilled slowly.
This method of grilling creates a smoky and evenly charred exterior while retaining the natural juices of the meat to keep it succulent.
Grilled Skewers of pork, chicken, beef, fish & vegetables (Kushiyaki)
My favourite has to be the Minced Chicken Ball Skewer grilled with teriyaki sauce as there are soft chicken bones inside the juicy teriyaki-glazed chicken thigh meat, which provided the extra crunch in every bite.
Homemade Dried Fish Irori Genshiyaki
[New Dish] Seared Chicken & Veggie Collagen Hot Pot| $14.80 Promotional Price (Usual Price: $32.80)
I would definitely return to try this dish again at the current promotional price, as it is really value for money for this “Beauty-in-a-pot”, which is so full of collagen goodness and tender chicken meat.
Air-flown Japanese Fish Irori Genshiyaki
The fish flavour was enhanced by the sun-drying and charcoal grilling technologies and the meat tasted really sweet and moist, which was accentuated by a simple seasoning of salt.
Today’s Chef’s Ryoshi Mushi | Open Price
This is a must-order signature hot pot dish with fresh ingredients in a special soy sauce and miso-based soup with garlic and chilli. This dish is inspired by Japanese fishermen cooking freshly caught fish and seafood in a tin can on the boat or on shore.
Diners can choose between the Hiroshima Oyster Ryoshi Mushi (8 pcs, $32) or an assortment of seafood in Today’s Chef’s Ryoshi Mushi, which usually consists of a fish of the day, prawns, clams and oysters.
This assortment of fresh seafood in an addictive spicy broth contained in an aluminium tin is definitely the highlight of the day for me.
[New Dish] Kamameshi Rice (Table-cooked rice)
Kamameshi or table-cooked rice, is a traditional Japanese rice dish cooked in an iron pot. Currently, the Oyster Kamameshi and Grilled Eel Kamameshi are having a promotion at $23.80 and $24.80, respectively.
Sumiya Tropical Dessert | $18.80
This beautifully hand-carved ice bowl containing matcha ice cream, cubes of mango, watermelon, rock melon, sago and sweet azuki bean paste in coconut milk sauce, is indeed a feast for the eyes and taste buds.
If you look carefully into the ice bowl, you will see 3 colours of seaweed (red, white and green) embedded in it. I truly marveled at the creativity and spirit of excellence in Japanese people.
Sumiya’s menu is specially curated by Master Chef Naoki Tsuzuki of the award-winning Kuriya Dining, who also leads the culinary team at Suntec City.
Although a little pricey, if you can look past that factor, I think the Japanese food here are really premium and one of the best I have tasted. The culinary concepts are also innovative to bring an extraordinary dining experience to their customers.
3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-332 / 333
Tel: +65 6235-1816
Lunch 11:30am to 3:00pm
(Last Order at 2:30pm)
Dinner: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
(Last Order at 9:30pm)
No monetary compensation was received for this review and all opinions expressed were my own.