On a lovely Saturday afternoon, a group of Burpple Tastemakers met up for lunch at Shinzo hosted by the hospitable Chef Lawrence Chia.
The seating layout at Shinzo has more seats around the counter, as it was designed specifically for Chef Chia to play host and interact with his guest. Shinzo pledged on their belief, with people coming to Shinzo as strangers but leaving as friends.
Chef Chia said to us in a joking manner; if you don’t mind standing throughout your meal, he can host more than 30 person, which makes it a true standing sushi bar. I smiled after hearing this and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t really joking when he said that.
Shinzo specialises in Omakase; one of the promotion you should not miss, is this Early Bird Omakase Dinner (6 course and 1 dessert at $68++) featuring Chef Chia’s creations made with the season’s best ingredients sourced directly from Japan. All you need to do is to enjoy your food, and end your meal before 7.30pm.
Shinzo serves lunch from Monday to Saturday, 12 pm to 3 pm and dinner from 6.00 pm to 10.30 pm.
Back to our lunch meet up, here are some highlights of the menu offering (Lunch Set at $38+ onwards)
Shinzo Lunch Menu. More can be found here – http://www.shinzo.com.sg/menu
To complete our lunch, we were treated to a trio of ice cream dessert made up of classic Japanese flavours – Matcha (Green Tea), Yuzu (Citrus) and Kurogama (Sesame).
Brief Note about the Chef
Chef Lawrence Chia started Shinzo Japanese Cuisine in September 2013, after spending more than 23 years as honing his skills as a sushi artisan. Trained under the famous Chef Yoshio Nogawa at the renowned Sushi Kaiseki Nogawa; Chef Chia helm the sushi counters of several renowned Japanese restaurants in Singapore, including Hinoki (at China Square), Tatsuya (at Goodwood Park Hotel) and Tatsu (at Asia Square Tower).
The word Shinzo means heart in the Japanese language. Chef Chia had proven to us his passion for Japanese cuisine and every dish he created was done with love.
Thank you Chef Lawrence Chia and Shinzo for the incredible experience, we had a great time together.