Fort by Maison Ikkoku... Sick and bored of the old Chinese New Year tradition where you have to sit in a round table and eat steamboat wi...

Fort by Maison Ikkoku: Spice up your Chinese New Year this year with 12 Course Omakase Dining Experience & Personalized Cocktails


Fort by Maison Ikkoku...

Sick and bored of the old Chinese New Year tradition where you have to sit in a round table and eat steamboat with your family for reunion dinner? Spice up your Rooster year celebration this year with an Omakase dining experience at Fort by Maison Ikkoku, bound to bring phenomenal pleasure to both your eyes and mouth.

Besides their carefully-curated 12 course Omakase Chinese New Year menu which is only priced at $88++ for dinner, Fort by Maison Ikkoku is also renowned for their minimalistic and personalized cocktails. The cocktails are specially customized to suit your personal preference as well as to pair it with your food to achieve maximum experience. So, just sit back and relax while resident mixologist Matteo Cadeddu whip out a drink for you in no time!

Away from the hustle and bustle, Fort by Maison Ikkoku is also the ideal place to celebrate Chinese New Year this year if you want to avoid large crowd and spend some quiet time with your loved ones.

A pity I couldn’t fit all the 12 dishes into a collage frame but each dish has an element of surprise which makes the entire dining experience very complete. I thought the portion was also very well planned because I don’t feel too hungry or too full after the meal! It was just right!

Appetiser of the Day
Before the feast begins, they provided a small starter to clean your palette. The lotus was crunchy and flavourful. A good way to start your Omakase dining experience!  

Fatt Choi Lou Hei
What’s Chinese New Year without Lou Hei? But with so many different Lou Hei around Singapore, why the Fatt Choi Lou Hei at Fort by Maison Ikkoku. Besides being very refreshing, the team at Masion Ikkoku also added rum and raisins flavoured beans into their Lou Hei which surprisingly works. My eyes popped immediately after a bite because the flavour was occupying every single space in my mouth. If you are not a fan of alcoholic-related food, you can just remove it away or simply give it to an alcoholic person like me! Besides the rum and raisins flavoured beans, the other ingredients such as the salmon were really fresh. Overall, I thought the Lou Hei was very revitalising!

Swordfish Carpaccio in Asian Touch
I’m not an adventurous person when it comes to eating food that I’m not familiar with. When the swordfish was served to my table, I was, as usual, being sceptical and thinking of ways to avoid eating it. I was glad to try it because I fell in love with the texture of the fish instantly. Besides being smooth and tender, the swordfish turns out to be very sweet. Coupled with the chef’s superb marinating skills, the flavour (especially the sauce) was punk and addictive!

Buddha Jump Over the Wall
Serving in a nice glass cup, the Buddha Jump Over the Wall was rich and flavourful. They were also very generous in the amount of servings they give for an Omakase setting. The broth was definitely very alluring because you can really taste the herbs and spices used to prepare it. 

Smoke Goose Nigiri
Take out your phone or camera because your eyes will be in for a good treat. The server will torched the rosemary placed on top of the tender goose meat, not only to make it more visually appealing but more importantly, enhancing and combining the flavour of the rosemary with the goose meat. The combination was definitely deadly! Can I have more of this please? 

Truffle Tuna Maki Seaweed
Nobody can resist the smell and temptation of truffle, at least for me! The truffle was well incorporated into the Seaweed Tuna Maki. If you give me a full roll of it, I can finish in within a few minutes! This was so delicious!  

Lobster Udon, Kaffir
Thanks to the Lobster Udon, I think I can forget about losing my weight. The broth was legit addictive. It had this tom yum yet sweet flavour which I couldn’t stop myself from finishing very single gravy of it. It was very appetising as well. Together with the smooth udon noodles and sweet lobster meat, this was one of my favourite dish for their Chinese New Year Omakase menu!

Cheese Baked Live Irish Oyster
Hidden under the melted cheese lies a succulent piece of fat and juicy oyster that tasted especially good after the addition of the nitrogen, making it cold on the exterior and hot on the inside. The hot-cold approach definitely enhanced the flavour of the oyster and the melted cheese complements the oyster perfectly!

Otoro Nigiri
The Otoro was definitely fresh and tender. Combined with the nigiri sushi, it has a sophisticated essence, fantastic composition and exquisite marbling! Simple but yet very memorable dish!

Miso Abalone
Never have I imagined in my life that I would ever eat one big piece of abalone all by myself during Chinese New Year. Usually, the abalone at home are cut into smaller pieces and you have to fight over for it. Over here, you are entitled to one yourself. The abalone was so well-marinated that we questioned whether was it taken out from a canned food? We were wrong because it was prepared daily by the chefs! 

Unagi Don
The unagi was well-marinated and firm. Without any saying, Japanese rice are still my favourite rice. 

Homemade Matcha Creme Brulee Tart
The matcha tart is to die for! Seriously! The matcha filling has this tofu texture which literally melts in your mouth. The matcha flavour was also strong but not too overpowering. You don’t have to worry about feeling jelat after a while. The tart was well-baked and crunchy! A perfect dish to end and complete my Omakase experience at Maison Ikkoku!

Rainbow Cocktail // $26

Sake with Black Berry & Yuzu // $25
Lemon Fatal // $26

Earl Grey Martini // $25

Thank you Fort by Maison Ikkoku for inviting me and Jane for the great hospitality! Also, special thanks to Matteo and Nick for mixing the wonderful drinks for us!

Nearest Mrt Station: Dohby Ghout
Location: 5 Cox Terrace Singapore (179620)
What To Order: Chinese New Year Omakase Menu (Dinner: $88++) and 4 Course Chinese New Year Menu ($68++)
Restaurant Rating: 4/5
Food Ratings: 8.5/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai and @sgcafehopping)

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