Jin Fine Dining: The ieatishootipost $80 Eight course menu!

Updated on 6 May 2016

1.  Century Egg Tofu with dried silverfish appetizer

Fans of Chef Thomas Kok would be pleased to know that one of Singapore’s pioneers of Japanese food  has just opened his newest restaurant at the Amoy Hotel at Far East Square!  I have known Chef Thomas since his days at Hokkaido Sushi and he has been instrumental in my research on Sushi.  With his help, I managed to document most of the common sushi fish that appear in our menus in Singapore.  (You can read the Sushi Files here.)

2.  7 piece sashimi

Chef Thomas has been in the Singapore Japanese food scene since the early days.  He shared with me that when he first got into the Japanese food scene in the 70’s, Singaporeans knew little about Japanese cuisine and it was not easy serving raw fish to Chinamen (that’s us Singaporeans)  who are used to eating cooked food.   He shared with me that there was once at the end of a sushi meal when he asked his customer whether he would like to finish with some Cha Soba and the man looked up really excited thinking that he was eventually going to eat some hot food!  (He thought Chef had asked he he wanted Char Siew Bak – charsiew pork)!  How times have changed!

Ikura Chawanmushi
3.  Ikura chawanmushi

When I first posted about his latest restaurant a few weeks ago on my facebook page, many readers wrote in to ask if he was indeed the same Chef Thomas whom they had known from the past.  So, for the benefit of those fans of Chef Thomas, here is his photo and resume:

Thomas Kok
Chef Thomas Kok

1980 Nanten Japanese Restaurant @Hong Leong Building
1993 Denon Japanese Restaurant @Philip St
2004 Kaisen @Raffles Hotel
2007 Hokkaido Sushi @M Hotel

Is he the Chef you are looking for?

4. Grilled fish

The Japanese food scene in Singapore has developed tremendously over the last decade and continues to be a very popular cuisine amongst Singaporeans.  A top end sushi course here starts at $80per pax for a very basic lunch set and works its way up to more than $400 for a Sushi omakase.  Of course, you are not just paying for the food.  At that kind of prices, you expect a Japanese chef behind the chopping board as well as to be able to rest your elbows on hinoki wood counter top with kimono clad waitresses serving you green tea in ornate handcrafted Japanese tea cups.

5.  Tempura moriawase

Those kind of places are great showcases for the art of Sushi but like most Singaporeans, I am always on the lookout for food that is “Good and Cheap”.  This is of course a relative term because what I consider good, may not be good enough for some and to call anything “Cheap” unless it is ridiculously dirt cheap (dirt is actually not that cheap in Singapore) is to invite a potential barrage of virtual internet spit.

Wagyu don
6. Mini A4 Japanese Saga Wagyu Don

Therefore, I only hope that you will find the eight course ieatishootipost menu here to be “ridiculously reasonably priced” because I had to twist Chef Thomas’ arm in order to get him to agree to giving our fans an $80 menu which nobody would complain about as part of his opening promotion for his new restaurant.

Sushi Set
7. Five piece Sushi Set: Toro, Kanpachi, Salmon, Uni, Amaebi

With the help of our facebook fans, we came up with this unbeatable $80 menu which includes all the really shiok stuff that you really want to eat at a Japanese restaurant, viz fresh sushi and sashimi which includes toro (tuna belly) and uni (sea urchin) plus several other hot foods like Japanese Saga A4 Wagyu don, Ikura (salmon roe) chawanmushi, grilled fish as well as tempura.

8. Clam soup

Some of our fans have complained that sometimes the food that they get when they dine at the restaurant looks very different from the ones that I took photos of.  So this time, I have told Chef Thomas that he MUST make sure that the 8 course menu looks exactly like the photos shown here or I will kena sai! (get ugly complaints).   So far, I haven’t had complains yet, so I think those fans who have already visited the restaurant must be relatively happy!

To enjoy the special ieatishootipost menu, please ring up to make reservations and tell them you are going for the $80 ieatishootipost sushi set.

Chiraishi Sushi
Bara Chirashi Lunch Set $18.80

For those of you who just want a quick lunch, the lunch sets at Jin Dining are great value.  The bara chirashi lunch set @ $18.80+  is one of the best value chirashi bowls in town, and I have just managed to get Chef Thomas to offer his Hokkaido Beef don for the same price!

Jin Fine Dining
Jin Dining


Great new restaurant where you can get good quality Japanese food as great prices. This is the kind of place where most of your money goes to paying of the food instead of the ambiance.  Chef Thomas imports a lot of his seafood and beef direct from Japan, so the quality and prices are very good.  So far, none of our fans who have gone for the $80 ieatishootipost sushi course have written back to me to complain about it, so no news is good news!

Update 6 May 2016

Great News!  The $80 ieatishootipost sushi course is back on the menu!

Jin Fine Dining

Amoy Hotel, 01-02 Far East Square, 74 Telok Ayer St
Singapore 048464
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Opening hours:

Breakfast: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Lunch: 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM



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Thanks for the recommendation Dr Tay! I will be going for there again for the 2nd time, it’s really good!

Glad you enjoyed it!

Hi, when is the promotion until? So I just need to mention that I want the $80 course meal?

Chef still offering it. Just ring up for reservation and tell them you want the ieatishootipost $80 course!

Hi Dr Tay! I had the bara chirashi lunch set some time in December last year, and I really loved it! The rice was the tastiest rice I’ve ever had in a chirashi don. However, I went back last week and the rice isn’t as tasty anymore. They’ve also become more “giam siap” with the sashimi 🙁

So glad we made it before the promo ended for the Omakase set! We truly enjoyed the menu from start till finish…super Sedap! What a pity the promo ended..hope you guys come out with more of such menu!:)

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback!

i went for dinner yesterday with my wife and was extremely disappointed at the misrepresentation. i called earlier to enquire about the $90 omakase you mentioned and was informed that its now $120. so i enquired about the uob promo which is $100 (actually they call it $200 menu but 1 for 1). the person told me this uob promo is actually better than their normal $120 menu as it was valued at $150. so i ordered the uob menu. it turned out to be one of my most disappointing meal ever. i had 2 small starters. 3 small pieces of sashimi. teapot soup with just 2 slivers of mushroom. crab meat chawan mushi. 3 pretty small pieces of saga beef (i suppose it’s about 30g), one very small piece of kakiage, 3 pieces of sushi (salmon, eel and saba) and a small desert. i was so hungry after this meal. the manager could see that we were unhappy and i explained to her how dissatisfied i was. she offered us off menu small negitoro with ikura don to appease us and promised to feedback to management. i am not one to nick pick and i will give credit when its due. but this meal was a utter rip off as it was grossly misrepresented.

Thanks for your feedback. I will make sure Chef Thomas knows about this.

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