Celebrate Hina Matsuri at Mikuni from 1 – 10 March 2015
Hina Matsuri also known as Doll’s Festival, is celebrated each year on 3rd March in Japan. This occasion is a time for families or in particular, parents with young daughters to make offerings of food to miniature dolls as they pray for the happiness and health of their little girls.
Back by popular demand and for the third year running, Fairmont’s resident Japanese restaurant- Mikuni has launched a bento set lunch menu specially created to mark this festive occasion.
Available for a limited time only, from 1 – 10 March 15, these 8-course bento sets are exquisitely designed to charm the ladies. From the feminine pink colour accents to the floral touches, Executive Chef Moon Kyung Soo has taken deliberate care in the plating of every dish, right down to the garnishing so as to impress his guests.
Presented in a tiered style with all 8 dishes fitting perfectly onto a neat wooden tray, Chef Moon’s attention to detail was truly evident as each layer unravelled one tantalising item after the other. If you are all about first impressions, I am sure you will be won over from the moment the Hina Matsuri lunch bento is placed in front of you.
Starting with the Otoushi which looked deceptively like longevity noodles, it was instead thinly shredded yam topped with a 65C Onsen Tamago with a gorgeous yolk of just the perfect consistency and finished with black truffle sauce for a touch of grandeur.
The Grill item featured grilled eggplants with miso, shrimp and shitake mushrooms. The few of us who do not usually eat eggplant were hesitant about trying this dish but gamely did so anyway. And quite frankly, I never knew that eggplants could taste this good. Smoky, tender and robust in flavour on the whole, the flesh itself too was plump, soft and oh so delectable.
For Sashimi, enjoy the seasonal catch of Tuna, Yellowtail and Cuttlefish.
Most eye-catching of the evening however, had to be the Mikuni’s Bara Chirashi with its natural vibrant colours of raw fish, tamago and tobiko. Chef Moon had also thoughtfully filled up some spray bottles with shoyu so that you can conveniently “spray” your chirashi for a touch of umami. Word has it that he was inspired by the perfume bottles that us ladies usually use. But just be careful not to be mistaken and accidentally spray some on yourself!
The Tempura was an interesting item of battered organic figs with sesame salt, while the Braised item of Soy Braised Silver Cod that was cooked to perfection, had us wanting for more.
Finally, wash it all down with the bowl of Japanese Miso Shiru Soup.
The dessert was yet another show-stopper with that perfectly torched meringue exterior and golden hue colour.
Cut right through it and the cross section reveals Chef’s double-layered homemade Raspberry Ice-Cream with subtle sour notes, balancing out the sweetness of the meringue quite beautifully. And because it is his signature, the grand finale of this dessert was the hints of velvety-rich Hibiki 21 year old Whisky accentuating the decadence of it all.
The Hina Matsuri 8-course set lunch bento is priced at $88++ per person.
Level 3, Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560
Tel: +65 6431 6156
Reservations email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm