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Expensive but One of the Best Sushi Restaurants in Singapore


Restaurant Category : Japanese

The Keyaki Japanese Restaurant of Singapore located at level 4 on the Pan Pacific Hotel is an award winning restaurant that has been in operation for 23 years. First opened at the Pan Pacific Hotel in 1987, Keyaki re-opened late last year after a year-long renovation. We set out to discover for ourselves what this restaurant was all about and how it compared to other restaurants in Singapore.

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The First Impression: One needs to walk along the pavement of the hotel to enter it. The impression one gets is like walking into a different world from the busy streets of Singapore to the quiet calm of Keyaki. We were quite surprised at how empty it was for a Friday night. But we took into consideration the fact that we entered at 9:30 pm and the kitchen closes at 10 pm. But we couldn’t help wondering if the new sushi restaurant that had opened up in Singapore was stealing business away from Keyaki.

Décor and Ambiance: We were immediately greeted and taken to our table on arrival. The décor was very Japanese; simplistic in design with the concept of plants and water in a building introduced subtly. There was an outside seating in a Japanese garden which was very pretty. Wooden beams ran all across the ceiling and earth tones dominated the whole décor. The tables and chairs were in deep brown made of wood and simplistic in design. The designs on the wall were minimalistic and the separators used along the kitchen complimented the interiors. The in-built ponds added a nice touch with soothing water and exotic fish which swam around it. There was a mini-bar, a sushi bar and a teppanyaki bar inside the Keyaki restaurant. The service was very attentive and the servers dressed in typical Japanese attire added onto the ambiance of the place.

The Food: Keyaki offers robatayaki, sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, tempura and kaiseki choices in its menu. The menu offered limited maki rolls but a good selection of sushi and sashimi. The wine menu was not extensive, but had a decent selection of choices. The disappointment was the selection of sake offered; only about 10 to 20 choices which was quite limited for a Japanese restaurant.

We started with an order of edamame, our traditional starter, followed by five kinds of sashimi. The slices of sashimi were thin and disappointingly small. Each kind had three slices offered on the plate. To say that the fish was not fresh would be the kindest thing to say about its quality. We followed up by ordering three different kinds of rolls; Spicy Tuna, Spider Roll and a custom made roll, which they were glad to make for us. Each of the rolls were cut into six pieces. The presentation of the food was quite good and well served. We finished our meal with brow-tea ice-cream and green-tea ice-cream and they were both just ok. The overall quality of the food served in Keyaki when compared to the other restaurants in Singapore was just average and missed out on that wow factor.

The Calculated Impression: We weren’t much impressed with the Keyaki restaurant of Singapore. Though the ambiance was good with great service, the quality of food really put a damper on the place. The food just wasn’t worth the prices they charged for it, but after visiting multiple sushi restaurants in Singapore, I think it is about the only one I could actually recommend. Our rating for Kayaki Sushi Restaurant in Singapore is between bombastic and not.

What I liked: The décor and the service.

What I didn’t like: The average quality of food and the prices charged for it.

Rating: Between Bombastic and Not.

Address and telephone number of Keyaki Japanese Restaurant in Singapore
Keyaki Japanese Restaurant
Level 4, Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard
Phone: (65) 6826 8240

After visiting four different Japanese Sushi Restaurants in Singapore, we did not find any that we rated Bombastic, so we decided to list them in order from the one with the highest score (and our favorite) to the one with the lowest score.

Follow the links below to read the complete restaurant reviews for each of the Japanese Sushi restaurants in Singapore.
1. Keyaki Japanese Sushi Restaurant - Singapore
2. Hide Yamamoto Japanese Sushi Restaurant - Singapore
3. Aoki Japanese Sushi Restaurant - Singapore
4. Nadaman Japanese Sushi Restaurant - Singapore

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