Sushi Kuu.

Sushi Kuu @ Palais Renaissance.

Sushi Kuu @ Palais Renaissance.

Sushi Kuu was opened in the second half of 2013 at Palais Renaissance – the first venture out of Hong Kong, where it all started. The restaurant was appropriately decorated to suit the upscale market in the area, with its modern 70-seater interior, private booths comfortable for 4, and a long sushi bar for outgoing and curious diners to chat-up with the chefs.

Japanese Black Pork "Shabu Shabu" Salad :: $28++

Japanese Black Pork “Shabu Shabu” Salad :: $28++

Japanese Black Pork “Shabu Shabu” Salad ($28++) :: I found the meat to be slightly dry. The dressing, comprising black sesame, lends a nutty taste to the palate. While they were huge slices of pork, I don’t find it justifiable to pay that much for it.

Sea Urchin with Black Truffle Egg Custard :: $25++

Sea Urchin with Black Truffle Egg Custard :: $25++

Sea Urchin with Black Truffle Egg Custard ($25++) :: This ‘chawanmushi’, on the other hand, makes the ‘must order’ list. The texture of the egg custard, to begin with, was spot on; soft, velvety and smooth. The topping was evidently generous. Every mouth of it promises some black truffle. The uni, you get some every other mouth. For the price, I say this premium bowl of gold is worth your every cent. Because it is double the richness, I suggest sharing it with a buddy. It’s just about satisfying enough to have half of it. Plus, you save cost.

Kuu House Roll :: $65++

Kuu House Roll :: $65++

Kuu House Roll ($65++) :: No doubt, these are top quality, superior ingredients; of toro (tuna belly), uni (sea urchin), caviar, botan ebi (botan shrimp) and ikura (salmon roe). The flavour is further intensified with every burst of the ikura. The house roll comes in 4 pieces, and the hand roll, if you would rather, costs $35++. Unless your main goal is to have some of those high-caliber goods without filling the stomach, I would skip it.

Assorted Sashimi on Rice :: $65++

Assorted Sashimi on Rice :: $65++

Assorted Sashimi on Rice ($65++) :: The diameter of the serving bowl was at least some 30cm. The above Egg Custard is an appetiser I will come back for; this is a main course I will do the same for. The bed of sticky yet well-separated Japanese grains is crowned with thick slices of salmon, tuna, scallop, sea urchin, yellow tail, crab claw, botan shrimp and salmon roe.

Wagyu Beef on Rice :: $55++

Wagyu Beef on Rice :: $55++

Wagyu Beef on Rice ($55++) :: One of its signature dishes is the Wagyu Beef of Rice. The beef is grilled to perfection, with melt-in-your-mouth texture. It is just about as tender as you can get around. I thought the portion was reasonable, though compared to its counterpart, the Assorted Sashimi on Rice, I’d opt for the latter for a higher satisfaction and variety.

Green Tea Mousse with Yuzu Sauce :: $12++

Green Tea Mousse with Yuzu Sauce :: $12++

Hokkaido Milk Panna Cotta :: $12++

Hokkaido Milk Panna Cotta :: $12++

The meal will not be complete with its Hokkaido Milk Panna Cotta ($12++). It is highly recommended. No joke – my eyes lit up on my first mouthful. It’s well-flavoured, smooth, light, and milky. I will come back for this, as a dessert. It’s certainly the best ‘milk pudding’ I’ve had so far. With that, the Green Tea Mousse with Yuzu Sauce ($12++) paled in comparison, though objectively, it is still good. Texture is similarly good, with just the right hint of green tea and its bitterness aftertaste.

Sushi Kuu @ Palais Renaissance.

Sushi Kuu @ Palais Renaissance.

Sushi Kuu also serves up value-for-money set lunches for executives in the area. All sets come with miso soup, udon and ice-cream. The set lunches range from $32 to $66. During lunch, my favourite Sashimi on Rice only costs $52. Outside of the set lunches, be prepared to pay $50 and up for a main course alone. A plate of two sushi costs about $12 to $16 on an average, while five pieces of sashimi costs about $30 to $40.

This is by far my favourite Japanese restaurant; most value-for-money as well.

What’s worth paying for:
Sea Urchin with Black Truffle Egg Custard.
Assorted Sashimi on Rice.
Hokkaido Milk Panna Cotta.

Address: 390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance, #01-07
Telephone: 6737 0100 (takes reservations)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
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