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09 July 2006 @ 03:04 pm
shunjuu izakaya sumiyaki  
one friday last month, i had an intense craving for sumiyaki, and it was too late to get a table at kazu. so i trawled through the web and found this place at robertson quay.

i rang them up and got a table for 7:30pm even though it was already late arvo and on a friday night too. i felt like i struck lottery or something. ok, i'm weird that way. eating something i really want to eat makes a big difference to me.

it was pretty good. not as mind-blowing as kazu, but not bad as an alternative (when you can't get a table at kazu). the one thing shunjuu has over kazu is the view. outdoor tables come with a great view of the river, although humidity is always an issue in singapore.

foie gras was a bigger portion than kazu's, although i feel the kazu ones are somehow more succulent. still very yummy though. minus points for only having regular lady's fingers instead of those wrapped in pork. cheese wrapped in pork was a winner. quail eggs in pork were not as juicy as those at kazu. asparagus and golden mushrooms, both wrapped in pork, were about average.

i think the pork they use at shunjuu isn't quite as paper-thin as kazu's, which gives their yakitori a different texture and taste. not entirely bad, but i still prefer kazu. :)

bill came up to $60+ for 2pax, including my plum wine. which puts shunjuu in the same price range as kazu sumiyaki.

feelin': fullfull
senprojectsen on July 9th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
foie gras has been banned in chicago!

JVdrag0nette on July 9th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
omg. why?
JVdrag0nette on July 9th, 2006 07:54 am (UTC)

the geese are forced-fed? what a dilemma. foie gras is so yummy!
.that girl.: butterfliesgirlwhowaits on July 10th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
Yeh we studied that in trade school that's why until now I can't bring myself to try it yet.

I blame the videos they showed in the classes >_<

JVdrag0nette on July 10th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on July 10th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
Oh! I've been here before...my cousin is good friends with the owner.I thought everything there was really yummy especially when BBQ-ed and topped with cheese
JVdrag0nette on July 10th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
i didn't try those topped with cheese!

i guess that means i'm going back there again. :)
.that girl.: the pirate catgirlwhowaits on July 10th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
Hmmm they all look so delicious :Þ~~~
JVdrag0nette on July 10th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
they weren't half-bad.... :P

you can get a taste when you visit!
 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on July 10th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
You ate some yummy looking food -even if it wasn't as yummy as the other place. I've never tried any of the dishes you had....oh...well the componants separately but not together like that. Altho I have never had quail eggs. hm.

Oh and I'm am still smoke-free - I am almost at a month now. and have lost about five pounds and am sitting here in my 'skinny jeans'...does every one have a pair of those or is it just me :) Have been bad about updating my LJ lately - just quicky things really :) No interesting food tho for me...its been so hot I really havent felt like eating much.
JVdrag0nette on July 10th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
you've never had quail eggs? you must! they're awesome! check out the asian grocery stores for little white eggs speckled with black/grey. :)

good work on maintaining the smoke-free self! i have skinny jeans too, which i'm still having problems squeezing into despite a healthier diet. i suspect they shrunk... or maybe i'm self-delusional. :)
 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on July 10th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
I will report back if I get to trying them - I am pretty sure I have seen them on menus too but I can't remember where. I'm thinking someplace I had sushi but I'm not sure now. I'm not sure where quail eggs would fit with sushi?

Oh YES! skinny jeans shrink the most - its the number one law of the universe - it comes right before gravity :)

JVdrag0nette on July 10th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
i'm not sure how quail eggs fit in with a regular japanese menu but sumiyaki places (which are grilled stuff on sticks) seem to all have them. they're reeeeally good when wrapped in pork slices and grilled to perfection!

agreed on the skinny jeans law!
(Anonymous) on July 12th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
wonder how they grilled the foie gras without ending up with a pool of liquid fats? yeah delicious but terribly unhealthy if you have too much.

i guess the price is reasonble given the location + foie gras. hmm ... but it sure looks like something i can do at home without burning a hole in my pocket??? :P

JVdrag0nette on July 13th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
i've heard that foie gras should be boiled before grilling or frying... but not sure if it's the truth and haven't had the good fortune to try cooking it myself... :)

i guess if you have a good grill at home, why not? :D do it and let us know how it went!
(Anonymous) on July 13th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
i see, so they are actually boiled quickly to harden the surface first before grilling. that sounds workable then. in raw form, i remember it was already melting at room temperature oops ... maybe i forgot to turn on the aircon hahahahaha ...
JVdrag0nette on July 15th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
can you do those wrapped in pork stuff? can i come over for dinner? :D