If you are trying to find a place for dinner with your date this Valentine’s day, look no further than Sumiya, a new Japanese grill restaurant at the recently revamped Suntec City.
Sumiya literally means Charcoal (sumi) house (ya). As the name suggests, the restaurant uses an ancient style of grilling called Irori Genshiyaki where fish is vertically placed surrounding the charcoal bed (Irori).
An evening at Sumiya @suntec is exceptionally pleasing. No noisy diner. People who were there in the evening are usually in a small group of not more than 3-4 pax and you could really enjoy your dinner in a peaceful and quiet environment. The open kitchen gives a clear view of the entire Irori Genshiyaki process. This is also a good conversation starters for the couples. (Note: The fish are grilled in the vertical positions so that the surface of the fish stays crisp while maintaining the succulence of the meat inside).
You could start off with skewers (for individual) followed by char-grilled (Irori Genshiyaki) fish which could be shared between both of you.
Iori Genshiyaki will take approximately 20-40min. While waiting, try their Ryoshi Mushi, traditional Japanese fisherman’s cooking style of seafood steamed in can.
A romantic dining experience won’t be possible without wine. To cater for a wider group of diners in Singapore, Sumiya offers various types of sake
imported from Japan. If both you and your partner are not familiar with Sake, fear not! Sumiya offers sample through the use of electronic sake dispenser by Enomatic. To work the dispenser, just insert a post-paid card into the machine and select the preferred sake to be meted in a selected portion.
For sample tasting, you could select the smallest portion (20ml). The machine is also able to dispense in half glass (60ml) and full glass (120ml) portion offering greater flexibility to those who want to try different sake without breaking the bank.
Sumiya is also the first Japanese restaurant in Singapore that introduces the circular sake dispenser which offers 16 specially-selected varieties of rice wines ranging from lighter, easy-to-drink brews to premium, more full bodies varieties. With the proprietary technology from Enomatic, the machine is capable of preserving the wine up to weeks without compromising the wine qualities while at the same time, assuring no wastage of the opened bottle. (Hey! technology is not just being cool! It has tangible benefits as well! That’s why it is not surprising that many F&B operators are jumping into it!)
Last but not least, end the dinner with Sumiya’s very own Tropical Dessert which is served in a hand-carved ice bowl filled with sweet red bean and sago in the coconut milk sauce.