So tonight I wanted sushi something bad. You think after yesterday I would instead be heading to the gym only to emerge for medical checks should the staff force me, but somehow woke to a better mood.
But then I got stuck talking with a fellow hotel guest in an un-planned discussion of the current American political scene. Yep, bad idea that one. But at least this guy has seen more than a ranch in Texas!
So I arrive on the not too late side for sushi in Singapore but during the hungry ghost month and mere days from the Olympics and national day I came for a dinner of one, truly, minus all the past ghost fish that must have gripes with me and my serious sushi past.
You can say safely the entire country of Singapore is nearing ghost status. Expiates run for vacation, locals save up for the big holiday weekend, and the in-betweens hide in their hotel rooms ready to leave in the next 48hrs So ended up having sushi on fast forward, due again to my own errors.
The plan was to have time to walk you through an omakase experience @ Shiraishi, my now well established favorite sushi place and last request meal.
Wednesday is almost always the key day to get the most fresh fish and other rare products, with Saturday maybe being the next best here in Singapore. Normally those days or the days between are prime time. Even then Singapore is a rare country whereby Monday and Tuesday still out-do the best west-or-east coasts places on their off days.
So I was quite shocked to see it so dead. But then again, so is every other part of Singapore right now. Silly me, had I been on-time, I could have gorged my tummy and wallet with a near monopoly of choices.
So my plan to really show you it all for tonight is off but I still ate very well as always there. So no tiny violins for me, will leave those for the prior blog entry. Instead I will show you one classic shot of Shiraishi's staffs work, I took with decent lighting and a real camera plus tonights sashimi as well as some wonderful abalone with thin wasabi shoots. Note the drink in the sashimi shot is warm shochu with chili, shiso leaf, and hojiso. A rare thing not seen often outside of certain parts of Japan. Highly recommend it.
I have some other pics in which the food is so worthy to show, but yet, my lame phone camera, lack of time, and general lack of skills in all other ways has let you all down.
I promise next Wednesday to ensure you will see every bite including the return of fresh nama sake which is served near frozen. See, well worth the wait. Hopefully until then no ghost fish visits any time soon...