Eat@Seven Suntec City: Direct from Japan - Fresh Tuna Sashimi at Mass Market Prices. MAGURO-DONYA MIURA-MISAKI-KOU Review [Media Invite]

Suntec City's recently revamped towers now houses a Japanese restaurant street concept, Eat at Seven. It houses 7 different Japanese specialty restaurants all in one stretch.

MAGURO-DONYA MIURA-MISAKI-KOU was the first of the 3 restaurant concepts we tried. The tuna comes direct from the Miura Misaki Harbour in Japan where Maguro fishes are caught - thus the restaurant name. They are already an established chain in Japan with about 15 outlets.

Our session started off with an enthralling live tuna-cutting session. The whole Bluefin Tuna is flown directly right from catch in Japan, in less than 24 hours to Singapore. We watched the animated cutting executed by the skilled Japanese chef: first the head, then the body - chutoro, toro, the cheek...and I lost count.

3 Cuts of Tuna:Akami, Chutoro, Otoro ($39)

To start, we were served 3 cuts of tuna sashimi.  First the akami (top loin), which is the leanest part of the tuna. Then, the chutoro, or bottom loin, which is a balance of slight fattiness and lean meat and finally, the most prized otoro, tuna belly. How to eat: Start from the lightest shade to the darkest shade of maguro, or the leanest to the fatttiest. Needless to say, it was very fresh. Zero fishiness and the supple, cold tuna piece slides easily in the mouth. Quality does make every difference.  For $39, you can get 3 slices, 1 per different cut of the maguro. It isn't cheap, but the price-quality (value-for-money) ratio is excellent. My guess is the sashimi does not pale in comparison to local omakase establishments.   

Maguro Sushi
What was unexpected was the Maguro sushi that we were served next. I dismissed it at first, thinking it nothing special and just like the sashimi with rice we are accustomed to. So wrong. Each slice of fresh maguro is laid atop a pressed mound of vinegar rice that is well-balanced with acidity and sweetness. I enjoyed every bit of it - the rice nearly overshadowed the sashimi, if not for the excellent complementary characteristics of the rice and sashimi pairing. I haven't tried the exclusive omakase Japanese eateries here, but this is really as good as local mass market gets, especially if they deliver on their promised of flown-in fresh tuna daily. 

Next we tried the grilled cheek (kamatoro) of the tuna. It was moist - slightly crisp on parts with the grilled skin. Served with the chef's (Chef Watanare San) refreshing special concoction of bonito shoyu, the grilled fish meat was delicious.

Lastly, we had the maguro hikkaki gunkan, or rather, nearly a mountain.piled high on to the gunkan. The mass market chains' versions are often flat with very little sashimi scraps. I'd prefer the normal sushi, but this was nevertheless still good, and definitely a gunkan-lover's dream with the pile of sashimi.

Until October 2015, they also have an opening special set lunch going at $49 instead of $79.

Judging from the sashimi quality, and thanks to their persistence in flying the maguro in directly from Japan, the quality is worth coming back for. Especially that chutoro sushi. 

Maguro-Donya Miura-Misaki Kou
3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City North Wing #03-314 S038983
Opens daily 11.30am-10pm