It’s been a hot minute since we’ve talked about omakase, and this time, the spotlight is on AN Omakase, a Japanese restaurant along Keong Saik Road that aims to take you on a culinary journey that embraces “darkness and peace”.
Basking in its dark and sleek interiors, complete with atmospheric moon light fixtures and marble textures, really does make for an intimate omakase experience. Date night, when?
Although they are open for lunch, where you’ll find a selection of Donburi (from S$48), dinnertime is when AN Omakase truly comes alive. There are two menus to choose from: the 10-course Niji (S$288) and the 12-course Hana (S$388), with each menu featuring a selection of seasonal appetisers, sashimi, and nigiri.
You can also expect an array of unique courses showcasing the chef’s creativity and innovation, all of which are prepared using only the freshest and most premium ingredients from Japan and around the world.
We got to try the Niji omakase, which kicked off with an Amuse-Bouche of briny mozuku (seaweed from Okinawa) and sujiko, or fresh salmon roe — essentially just ikura that’s still within its egg sack.
After that, a Seasonal Cold Dish of sea snail, ankimo (monkfish liver), and seared sawara (Spanish mackerel) with an onion sauce was served.
There was also a plump and luscious Hyogo oyster adorned with caviar and gold leaf that I gladly slurped up.
Then came three different types of thick-cut Sashimi: madai (sea bream), akami (lean tuna) with shaved truffle, and my favourite of the lot, Hokkaido scallop.
The chef then brought out a Seasonal Hot Dish you don’t come across every day — shirako tempura. Yes, shirako is cod fish milt (AKA sperm), but get past that, and you’ll be rewarded with a unique tempura dish that’s crisp on the outside, and creamy on the inside.
If you’re the squeamish sort, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll also get to enjoy a flaky and tender grilled black cod in a soy-yuzu glaze.
At last, it was time for the highly-anticipated Chef Selection of Nigiri.
As a lover of fatty fish of all kinds, I absolutely adored the otoro (fatty tuna belly) which was seared with binchotan, and torched engawa (flounder fin), both of which were buttery and oh-so swoon-worthy.
The star of the show, however, was amaebi (sweet shrimp) nigiri crowned with seared foie gras, truffle caviar, and edible gold glitter — ultra-indulgent.
We also had ikura gunkan, before moving on to the pièce de résistance, an uni hand roll that practically made my eyes roll to the back of my head.
If you too agree that Japanese sea urchin is one of life’s greatest pleasures, you are in for a real indulgent treat!
Afterwards, there was tamagoyaki and miso soup, and the meal was brought to a close with the Mignardise, a dessert platter composed of warabimochi, cheesecake, and a chocolate bon bon.
Do note that not everything we tried will be the same as what you get — that’s the beauty of omakase, after all.
Feeling tempted? You might be happy to know that AN Omakase is offering 30% off all dinner omakase menus and sakes for a limited time only, so if you’ve got a date you’d like to impress, there’s absolutely no reason to wait any longer!
Reservations can be made here or by contacting +65 9053 2226.
📍 33 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089140
🕒 11.30am–10.30pm (Mon to Sat), 11.30am–8.30pm (Sun)
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Photos by Christabel Tan