Posted by Welcome to the BJ FooDies spin-off blog at 10:15 PM

Cuisine: Japanese - Fusion
Yum Factor:
Fu to the Wu (service):
Moolah: $$$ - Costly Business Class
Repeat-Worthy: Yes

Opened by award-winning culinary champ Makoto, you can't help bt have high expectations before even trying the food

Although the location is one of CBD's finest (HuaMao), the restaurant is actually quite hidden amongst all the glitz & glam of neighboring high-end stores & the JW Marriot. Located inside the Deutsche Bank building, the expensive rent has the extremely upscale decor to match...although we found the 300 diner capacity to be more of a con than a pro as an intimate dining experience is always the opportunity cost for having alot of space

We visited during lunch & were pleased to find very reasonably priced & large selection of lunch sets that included options from sashimi platters to donburis & hotpots. All the sets comes fully loaded with miso soup, apple salad, pickels & a simple dessert. Not bad for a 'Nobu' quality Japanese restaurant :)

The sashimi donburi (¥65RMB) came adorned with 2 thick scallops & 4 large cuts of lightly seared sashimi pieces. Although some may find Makotos overall prices are a bit high, we have to say that his innovative food & high quality is worth it. The big thick scallops literally melted in our mouths & the light searing gave the shashimi pieces are nouveau but delicious taste. Although portions were of a good size, eating such good quality fish just left us wanting to order another lunch set for the sake of eatin

Dessert was less spectacular as it ended up being a standard fruit plate (just say fruit plate next time damn't, as guests are probably expecting a proper fancy dessert) But was a nice finish to one of the healthier & lighter lunch options around the city. Worth a try & a repeat for us - if only we were in the area more often

Foodie Addict: Xi2

China Central Place, 4th Floor - Deutschbank Building
81 Jian Guo Road , CBD