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From Sushiro to Omoté in a Snazzy New Spot

The same restaurant we’ve been loving for chirashi and more, now bigger and better.

Remember Sushiro? Of course you do. From their humble days just manning a corner counter to their small, cosy joint tucked in Thomson Plaza, the well-loved name has won the hearts of many with their value-for-money chirashi dons. Now all settled in at their larger, cooler digs and sporting a new name to boot, Omoté is a refreshing reminder of why we became fast fans of Sushiro in the first place.

Omoté is the evolution of what we’ve wanted to be in the past three years,” the team tells us.

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Short for ‘omoténashi’, which means ‘Japanese hospitality’, and ‘Omotesando’, which refers to a hill district in Tokyo known for its buzzy dining scene, Omoté combines Japanese craft and modern pizzazz — with Singaporean diners in mind. This begins with the space. While much of it is kept sleek in wood and steel, subtle accents like a hot pink neon-lit sign and pop art paintings reveal its chic alter ego.

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It has also expanded to include a lounge bar, perfect for nursing a drink as you wait for your table, as well as private dining areas, which will come in handy for celebrations over chirashi.

In the past, we went to Sushiro for one thing — rice bowls piled mountain high with beautifully fresh and thick sashimi, or in the words of the Burpple community, “THE BEST CHIRASHI DON HANDS DOWN”. At Omoté, these old favourites remain (and at the same pocket-friendly prices too!) but the menu now runs a little wider as a nod to loyalists who once came craving for something other than their usual.

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“When we were still at our smaller outlet, people used to always tell us they liked the chirashi, but they also wanted to try something new and different.”

Enter the Sanshoku Omoté-Chirashi Don ($16.80), an amped-up version of the chirashi with a kick of heat for spice-lovers, and the Grilled-Unagi Omoté-Chirashi Don ($22.80), which sees the sashimi sharing its space with smoky grilled eel atop rice. Those looking to splurge a little can go luxe — the Luxe-Premium Omoté-Chirashi Don ($38.80) stars creamy sea urchin and sweet Hokkaido prawns alongside its usual cuts.

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With the space now roomy enough to fit groups, there are also more dishes for sharing. Expect delicious sides such as the deliciously charred Asari Garlic Flambé (garlic clams, $16) and Mentaiyaki Sushi Set ($22 for 10 pieces).

To drink, there’s a small selection of playful, colour-streaked cocktails, including a Shirley’s Temple of Bears ($7) that coaxes diners to have a little fun with their tipple. For traditionalists, there is also the Nikka Highball ($15) to wash down dinner with something bubbly.

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And if you’ve always been a fan of the brand, you’ll be happy campers to know you can now take a dash of Omoté home in a bottle. The RYORI line is adorably decked out in Omoté’s mascot bears and holds the secret to their spot-on seasoning — yep, we’re talking housemade soy, glazed teriyaki and mentaiyaki sauces, and natural wasabi!

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Read more Burpple community reviews about Omoté here.