[Review] Japanese Omakase with complimentary sake pairings-Shinzo’s new spring Menu


Cosy, unpretentious Omakase experience that delivers on taste and value-for-money. Step into Shinzo and be prepared for an exciting gastronomic ride to Springtime Japan.

Tucked in a first-floor unit at Carpenter Street in the CBD restaurants and pubs area in Singapore, Shinzo is a Japanese restaurant specialising in Omakase (お任せ), whereby guests leave it to the chef to decide what they will be eating.

[Review] Japanese Omakase with complimentary sake pairings-Shinzo’s new spring Menu - Alvinology
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To honour the trust that their customers place in them by going for Omakase, Shinzo professes to use only the season’s best ingredients sourced directly from Japan’s markets; all ingredients are air-flown from Japan twice a week. The word ‘Shinzo’ translates to heart, and the restaurant is named as such to reflect the love and passion that the culinary team imbues in their dishes.

Shinzo has been around for over eight years and has built a steady pool of regulars who are like old friends to the chefs and service staff. When we were there for the media tasting, we counted several of such regulars who were having friendly banter with the chefs like old friends while waiting for their food to be served.


The Chefs at the Helm at Shinzo

Shinzo is helmed by Chef Patrick Tan and Chef Kevin Ho, both of who trained under the revered Chef Yoshio Nogawa at Sushi Kaiseki Nogawa at Orchard road.

Chef Patrick Tan is a perfectionist who is known for shaping the culture at many renowned fine-dining Japanese restaurants in Singapore, including the Sushi Jin by Les Amis Group, Nogawa, and Sushi Chiharu. Chef Kevin Ho joins Shinzo from Nogawa where he spent the last two decades of his career there and was their head chef.

Chef Kevin Ho interacting with diners
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Chef Kevin Ho interacting with diners

Both men are deeply passionate about Japanese cuisine, elevating it to the next level and cultivating the next generation of Singapore’s sushi shokunin (sushi artisan). They take great pride in their sushi craft and maintaining an intimate setting in Shinzo’s 18-seater counter.

This was our first time dining at Shinzo and we were just in time for their new seasonal springtime Omakase menu. Both lunch and dinner menus are available. We’ll be reviewing dinner here. Please note that items can change depending on what’s the freshest catch available and the chef’s mood. That’s the beauty of Omakase after all!


Shinzo’s New Seasonal Springtime Omakase Menu

For Dinner Omakase, there are three menus to choose from:  Jyo-sen- $188, Tokusen- $208, and Kasen- $228. (prices are before GST and service charge)

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We tried both ends of the spectrum, the entry menu Jyo-sen, and the premium menu Kasen. You get a few more items to savour in the premium menu, and also more “wow” items like codfish sperm, fugu, and wagyu beef. That said, the quality of both menus is equally good. All looks so tempting, how to choose? One way is to use your appetite as a guide. The quantity of food given in the basic menu is already amply sufficient for one to feel filled, so go for the higher-tiered menus if you are feeling especially ravenous. Here’s how our experience went:

We were there on a Tuesday, so we got to enjoy the complimentary Sake Pairing on Tuesdays for dinner. Diners get to enjoy three different types of sake picked by the chefs to complement the night’s different dishes, elevating the dining experience.

[Review] Japanese Omakase with complimentary sake pairings-Shinzo’s new spring Menu - Alvinology
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One of three complimentary pots of sake


Jyo-Sen $188

Appetizers– 3 kinds

Enjoy the appetizers from left to right; from milder in taste to stronger in taste.





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