Given that Fortune Centre is home to some of the most unique and value-for-money eats in Singapore, it’s always fun to walk around and discover new spots that have seemingly sprouted out of nowhere.
Japanese food may be aplenty in the little enclave, but the next time you’re looking to really treat yourself, Gyosen is where it’s at!
The restaurant is split into two sections: the main shop unit for guests having omakase, and the other being a cosy dine-in area.
If omakase is up your alley, you can opt for the 8 Course (S$188) or 10 Course (S$288) menu, or even splurge on the Premium Omakase (S$388)
Otherwise, you can simply stick to the impressive selection of donburi, sashimi, and hot dishes.
When it comes to fresh seafood donburi, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic chirashi don.
The exquisitely-plated Chirashi Don (S$28.90) boasts an array of fresh air-flown sashimi, including the likes of salmon, unagi, swordfish (mekajiki), and shrimp (amaebi), alongside freshly grated wasabi, ginger, edible flowers, and bonito flakes.
Mix in the accompanying sakura, sakura ebi, tobiko, and edamame into the truffle-flavoured mushroom rice, and you’re all set!
Although the sashimi slices weren’t as thick as I would’ve liked, they were fresh and tender, pairing delicately with the moreish Japanese rice.
If you prefer donburi of the cooked variety, options include the Wagyu Don (S$49.90), which features Japanese full blood A4 grade wagyu; Engawa Hotate Miso Don (S$35.90); and Unadon (S$17.90), because how can anyone resist a good unagi don?
We tried the too-pretty-to-eat Buta Kashira Don (S$25.90), which I actually preferred over the chirashi don, comprising tender, chewy slices of chargrilled Iberico pork jowl on a bed of seasoned rice with tobiko, sakura, and the centrepiece, an onsen egg perched right on top.
You’re meant to try the pork and rice on their own, before mixing in the onsen egg for the full flavour-packed experience.
But that’s not all — you can also choose to supplement your donburi with an appetiser or hot dish, ranging from grilled seafood like Gindara Misoyaki (S$36, pan-seared cod) to comforting classics like Hamaguri Osuimono (S$15, fresh clams in clear broth).
It’s hard for both me and my dining partner to resist anything mentaiko, so we obviously had to try the deceptively simple Fresh Mentai Potato Wedges (S$12).
Fried potato wedges (crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside) smothered in an umami mentaiko sauce — what’s not to like?
You can also top up S$2 for an additional serving of mentaiko sauce — you can never have too much mentaiko, anyway.
Need an authentic spot to satisfy your cravings while hiding away from the crowds? Gyosen has got your back.
Reservations can be made by contacting +65 8286 6959.
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📍190 Middle Rd, #03-16, Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979
🕒 12pm–2.30pm, 6pm–10.30pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun
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Photos by Christabel Tan