Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dinner @ Sushi Tei, Serangoon Gardens

If you follow me on Instagram {find me as @aisakuraharuka} you would probably see lots of delicious home-cooked food on Wednesdays. That's because every Wednesday, we try to have dinner with FIL and spend some time with him. It is the only time when he gets to see Lil Pumpkin too since we do not stay with our parents.

"Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children"
~ Alex Haley

Last week we dined out instead at Sushi Tei at Serangoon Gardens. It is a nice 2-storey Japanese restaurant with 回転すし {kaiten-sushi, conveyor belt sushi} on Level 1, and floor-seating on Level 2. We prefer to sit at Level 2 so as it is not so cramped, and more space for Lil Pumpkin to roam. The restrooms are on Level 2 anyway so it's convenient heh.

Sushi Tei has many branches and serves a wide variety of mid-priced Japanese food. This branch is usually packed, especially during weekends... but service is usually good and fast. They have children seats and cutlery sets if you need them.

ソフトシェルクラブ{soft shell crab deep-fried}, 鮭刺身{salmon sashimi} and 茶碗蒸し {chawanmushi, steamed egg custard}.

We all love to eat the fried soft shell crab {even the Lil Pumpkin!!} and ordered 2 plates. Best to eat it as soon as it arrives at the table as it is nice and hot :) We always order chawanmushi to mix with Lil Pumpkin's rice too. It's so smooth and inside there are chicken, crab stick, naruto and gingko nut.

Of all sashimi, I like salmon the best and it was rather fresh. Sashimi is rather tricky and I don't recommend feeding it to young kids. I think there's no recommended age even in Japan {but obviously don't give it to babies} so use your own mother's instinct I guess. Even in the top local restaurants there are reports of food poisoning from raw food handled inappropriately, so best not to risk it. Let me know if you find a good article on this.

いくら明太スパゲッティ {ikura & mentaiko spaghetti, salmon roe & pollock roe spaghetti}, ホタテとサーモンの和風カルパッチョ {raw scallops & salmon carpaccio} & 照り焼きステーキ{teriyaki beef steak}.

I love mentaiko spaghetti and score that ikura is added!! Love love! Usually mentaiko has a bit of nori seaweed pieces but I like that they added the shiso {perilla} leave. Don't mind more than one ;p

Carpaccio is an Italian dish of meat or fish served raw & thinly sliced. This is a Japanese version and it is awesome :) My FIL likes it a lot and it has a little tangy taste... maybe from yuzu sauce? The teriyaki beef was delicious too as it was not too hard. Some places overcook the meat too much.

ホタテアボカドロール {hotate, ikura & ebiko avo roll, raw scallops, salmon roe & prawn roe avocado sauce roll}, 白玉アズキ{shiratama azuki, small flour balls & red beans ice-cream} & 白玉ぜんざい {shiratama zenzai, small flour balls and red bean dessert soup}.

I think the above sushi roll is a seasonal dish as Sushi Tei is having a Hokkaido promotion at the moment. The taste of the avocado sauce was not very strong and I would have liked a bit of wasabi there to give it a bit of kick. Inside the rolls was egg omelet and cucumber.

We also ordered カツカレー {katsu curry, pork cutlets curry} and タラ唐揚げ {tara karaage, deep-fried cod} which are not in the pictures. The boy enjoyed the curry and shared his rice with Lil Pumpkin. She also ate all of the tara karaage! At first I wanted to order chicken karaage for her {she loves chicken} but saw that they had tara. It was a little salty but still yummy.

For desserts, I had the shiratama azuki with matcha ice-cream. Sushi Tei offers different flavours of your ice-cream like kurogoma {black sesame}, yuzu {citrus}, shio {salty} or strawberry. I like kurogoma, yuzu and shio too. I've been craving for dango {rice flour balls} for while now so pretty happy to have it with my ice-cream. The boy enjoyed his shiratama zenzai too. It is a warm Japanese dessert and usually served with mochi {rice cakes}. There are many versions of it in different Japanese localities and is a must-have during お正月{O-shogatsu, Japanese New Year}. I'd rate it a 7/10 for families to bring their kids there.

Sushi Tei, Serangoon Gardens
64/64A Serangoon Gardens Way
Tel: 6283-7117
Mon - Sun: 11.30am - 10pm {Last order 9.30pm}

What's your fave Japanese dish?

*Note: This is not a sponsored or paid review. All views expressed are my own.

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Mrs Savage said...

Looks delicious, I did not know there was a Japanese version of carpaccio. Will have to seek some out in Melbourne :)

Unknown said...

Oh, these pictures are so beautiful. The food certainly looks delicious! It is wonderful that your daughter gets the enjoy this time with her grandfather. Have a wonderful week Ai!

Yvette Bowyer @DTLilSquirts said...

The food looks DELISH!!

Wish we had good food like that in Perth - i haven't really found anywhere that is special!!

Must go out of my comfort zone and try some different restaurants!

Deb @ home life simplified said...

Wow that is quite a wonderful spread - thanks for giving me a glimpse into a great dining out adventure

Karla {Ironmum Karla} said...

Yummoo!! It all looks so nice, I love love love japanese food, fave ever. It is a 'clean' food that makes you feel good after eating it.)

Ai Sakura said...

Mrs Savage: hope you find a nice one in Melb :)

Judy: yes, we didn't spend much time with my grandparents growing up so I'm glad she's forming strong relationships with hers..

Yvette: yup go explore with your hubs! :)

Deb: no worries.. I'm always happy to share about food haha

Karla: that is true! Even if I eat a lot.. I don't usually feel sick or bloated heh

SportyMummy said...

The food looks so yummy Ai! Japanese is my favorite! But, I really loved the photograph of your daughter and her grandfather with the beautiful quote...wonderful!

EssentiallyJess said...

I am the fussiest eater ever; I doubt I would pick anything of the menu! Boatman has had soft shelled crab before and finds it do hard to eat, since he usually has mud crab instead.

oomph. said...

YUM...salmon sashimi is my favorite, too. my kids love it as well. older daughter likes the sashimi, younger one loves it cooked.


claire said...

hi dear :) see you sat! can't wait! and i love sushi tei :D

Misha - TheBlingBuoy said...

Images of children with their grandparents are so powerful and so precious. Your little girl is lucky to be surrounded by so much love. :)

Lisa said...

It looks like quite a delicious and fulfilling meal! My bf and I go out for Japanese food all the time and we absolutely love it too.

I found your blog through the Tuesday blog hop and thought I'd stop by to say hi. Please visit my blog as well if you get the chance.


Unknown said...

Awwww that picture of your daughter and FIL is soooooo adorable! I love it and all that food is making me HUNGRY! Gee, thanks! LOL

Rhianna said...

Gosh that all looks super yummy. I have not really tried Japanese food like that before so not sure what my favorite is

Ai Sakura said...

Sportymummy: thank you! love that pic too..

Jess: I love all kinds of crabs heh.. they are all so yummy I hope you can try it at least once!

Oomph: Yeah I'm still giving my girl cooked salmon..

Kuaire: see ya! :)

Misha: she is blessed indeed :)

Lisa: I went over just now! Good luck on your Ms Marvel project ;p

Brandi: heehee sorry!

Rhianna: hope you can try some soon.. maybe something simple like grilled saba fish or udon noodles :)

Stacy said...

That photo of granddaughter and grandfather is soo perfect. The pose, the lighting, everything.

I used to dunk sashimi into hot ocha for Jo Ern. Only at buffets though, not going to waste sashimi if paying for it! :)

~Summer~ said...

I love sushi tei! and I miss it soooo much! =p

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Veronica @ Mixed Gems said...

That looked like an enormous feast for only four of you. I'd have to say all of it looked delicious. I wouldn't usually think of eating Japanese in Singapore but it would be interesting to see how it fared to that here in Australia.