The next time you’re in town, make a stop at Misato restaurant. The food at this newly opened Japanese restaurant is really something to shout about.
Located in the new expansion area on level one of Centrepoint known as Gastro+, Misato specialises in Japanese food and imports 70% of its ingredients directly from Japan. Quality ingredients aside, Misato also makes a lot of its dishes from scratch, including many of its broth, dips and desserts.
Some of our favourite dishes include the Okonomiyaki, Seafood Kaminabe Set and cha soba.
We enjoyed the Okonomiyaki ($14.90) here as it tasted lighter and fluffier than the ones we’ve had elsewhere, thanks to the lower proportion of flour used. Misato’s version was packed with heaps of sweet, crunchy cabbage imported from Japan and topped with a sweet-savoury sauce that was not overly salty.
The Seafood Kaminabe Set ($20.80) was prepared with a delicate homemade niboshi (dried baby sardines) stock which didn’t overpower the broth’s seafood flavours. And what a photogenic dish it was – the pot was brimming with fresh vegetables, seafood like prawns and salmon. Paired with steamed rice, this is a perfect dish on a rainy day.
Many people make their own Cha Soba at home because it’s so simple to prepare and you end up with a dish that tastes pretty much like what you get at many restaurants. However, we recommend you give the cha soba at Misato a try as the broth is homemade and tastes much sweeter and tastier than the ones we’ve tried. At $13.80 you get three bundles of noodles served in a beautiful bento box with the dip served alongside. Admittedly it’s a a little pricey for cha soba but you can definitely taste the difference this handmade dish.
At Misato, the desserts are a must, especially if you’re a matcha lover.
Get ready to be blown away by the homemade Sanshouku (3-flavoured) Warabe Mochi ($8.80), which comes in 3 flavours: Kinako (roasted soya bean flour), Goma (Sesame) and Matcha (green tea). Enjoy the trio of mochi by starting with the most delicate flavour of the three, the Kinako, and work your way to the Goma before finishing off with the matcha. Unlike the chewy type of mochi, the ones here have an exceptionally soft texture, yet they are strong on flavours. This was particulary evident in the matcha mochi, which had a slightly grassy punch and ending with a bold bitter-sweet finish. The homemade mochi uses ingredients imported from Japan and takes more than 2 hours to make. Made fresh daily, best to go earlier in the day to try this dessert that’s limited in quantity.
Another must-try green tea treat at Misato is the Matcha Bavarios ($7.80). Don’t underestimate this wobbly- looking pudding. We took turn to jiggle it around just to see if it would hold its shape. The dessert not only stayed firm after rounds of jiggling (something very fun to do), it also stood up to the taste test. Bursting with green tea flavours, the pudding was spot on in its balance of milk, green tea and bitter-sweetness.
If you want to try a traditional Japanese dessert, order the Kuzukiri ($8.80) a refreshing dessert consisting of smooth ribbons of arrowroot noodles soaked in iced water to retain some firmness. On their own, the noodles tasted rather plain, but they paired very well with the sweet Kuromitsu sauce (black sugar syrup) served on the side. Taste wise, this dessert is refreshing and light.
While you enjoy the excellent food here, don’t forget to take some time to admire the exquisite tableware. Owner Tony Young personally sources all the various awe-inspiring pieces from Japan and spent a total of $400,000 on them! But we’re glad none of that exorbitant price was passed on to the diners as the food at Misato are more than reasonable for its quality and good looks.
Address: 176 Orchard Road, #01-33E The Centrepoint (Gastro+)
Phone: +65 6235 2822
Opening Hours: Daily 12.00pm – 10.00pm (last order 9.00pm)