TAO Group and Marina Bay Sands have officially opened Japanese restaurant KOMA on 26 July. Featuring sushi, robata and izakaya-style dining, KOMA Singapore offers a menu that includes original creations from KOMA’s Executive Chef Kunihiro Moroi. The restaurant also boasts a bar and lounge that serves an extensive selection of over 30 types of sake sourced from across Japan.
Designed by renowned American design firm Rockwell Group, the 230-seat restaurant, bar and lounge is truly a one-of-a-kind work of art that is breathtaking in every way. Guests arrive through a striking 20 metre-long passageway that is inspired by the torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto.
Once inside the bar and lounge, guests are greeted by glass owls which line both the bar and a large wood “grid” suspended from the ceiling. The owls represent wisdom, luck, and good fortune. The “WOW” moment, however, is the 2.5 metre-high Japanese bell with 20 different faces that overlooks a traditional Japanese footbridge and reflecting pool.
The soaring 7-metre high ceiling features decorative acoustic panels in the shape of lily pads and is designed to mimic the surface of a pond. Anchoring the dining room is the 15-seat sushi bar with a dazzling display of the day’s offerings.
On the mezzanine floor, a semi-private dining room caters to intimate group gatherings, while offering an expansive view of the action below.
Adept in several styles of Japanese cuisine including sushi and sashimi, robotayaki and tempura, Chef Kunihiro draws inspiration from his nearly three decades of culinary experience and travels through Southeast Asia, to create adventurous dishes that aim to tantalise the taste buds. KOMA’s stand out dishes includes the Salmon Pillow, a crisp puff pastry shell filled with smoked avocado and topped with salmon sashimi and burnt jalapeño peppers.
Another stunning dish is D.I.Y. Spicy Tuna (Do It Yourself) – warm, round, crispy rice “discs” adorn the fingers of a mannequin hand, before they are topped with spicy tuna tartare and sweet soy sauce dips. One of the highlights of the sushi bar is the Surf & Turf Roll which comprises wagyu beef, Hokkaido uni and caviar. Also not to be missed is the Wild Mushroom Fried Rice with shiitake, enoki, shimeji and maitake mushrooms with koshihikari rice.
No meal is complete without KOMA’s show-stopping Snow Aged Niigata Wagyu Beef, a decadent dish which features the best wagyu available. This A5 waygu beef is aged in an intriguing process known as Yukimuro, or snow-aging, a traditional 200-year-old Japanese method of natural preservation. The beef is aged for 30 days to develop its umami flavour, yielding rich marbling and extremely tender textures for a melt-in-your-mouth experience.
Executive Chef Kunihiro said: “I am very excited to be part of KOMA, which has enabled me to combine two of my passions – food and travel. Through the dishes, I hope to capture the essence of my many adventures abroad and I hope these flavours will resonate with our guests.”
The opening of KOMA completes the final concept launched by TAO Group and Marina Bay Sands as part of a new dining and entertainment complex at the integrated resort, which includes LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, MARQUEE Nightclub, and AVENUE Lounge.
Address: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-67, Singapore 018972 | Opening Hours: 5pm – 12midnight (Sun – Thurs) & 5pm to 2am (Fri & Sat) | Tel: +65 6688 8690 | Website: www.KOMAsingapore.com | Facebook: KOMASingapore | Instagram: @KOMAsingapore.
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