Sun with Moon is the kind of place where I wish could be a little cheaper so that I can come back to eat more often. I think that about sums it up for me.
I have heard so much about this place from the internet. The main highlights seemed to be the beef kamameshi, the hourglass sitting on top of it and the tofu cheesecake in a birdcage. So like any good foodie who has done his research on the internet, I came to Sun with Moon and made sure I ordered these dishes. The other thing was that they were having their anniversary celebrations and was offering 30% off everything in their menu which provided the impetus to go try it.
The Beef Kamemeshi was actually quite good. It is similar to your Gyudon (beef bowl) except that they serve it in an aluminium pot which they heat up so that the rice gets a little burnt at the bottom and sides ala claypot rice. So lovers of crispy burnt rice would be happy. Aside from that, the beef and sauce were very good and what I really enjoyed was the extra stuff they added like waterchestnuts and broadbeans. Overall, quite shiok. 4.25/5
By the way, we “Gei Kiang” (tried to be smart) and ordered the Beef with foie gras kamameshi which was not recommended by anyone on the internet. It turned out to be quite a disappointment. The foie gras was like the size of a carrom striker and hardly added any value to the dish except for the price! Just goes to show how important it is to do your research before going to any restaurant nowadays! 3/5
The beef sukiyaki was very nice except for the fact that they serve it with the beef already in the soup which resulted in it being overcooked when they served it. Otherwise the soup was very very good, one of the best I have tasted. Unfortunately the quality of the beef was not great considering the price tag.
As you can see it was not as marbled as the ones I usually get at Sushi Tei for a fraction of the price. I guess it was a matter of expectation exceeding the price thus resulting in disappointment in what should have been a good sukiyaki experience. 4/5
Now, I must say I was a little disspointed with the tofu cheesecake. Aside from the birdcage, I thought that the cheesecake was something I could get at a hospital canteen. Ok, it might not be as bad as that, but for all the fanfare, it certainly tasted quite ordinary to me. 3/5
Talking about the birdcage, I also felt that the hourglass was also just a gimmick rather than serving any purpose. In theory I suppose it is to prevent you from opening up the cover before the rice had some time to cook. But the fact is that the rice wasn’t even sizzling hot when I got it. It was all “Jor Hee” (for show)
Even with a 30% discount, I felt that the meal cost more than the amount of satisfaction derived. This is a shame because the food and ambience at Sun with Moon is actually quite excellent. Others might feel that the slightly better food quality, service and ambience really does justify the higher price which might explain the long queue and the need to reserve a table if you are coming on a weekend. I guess it all boils down to how fat your wallet is and how much you are actually willing to spend on tantalizing your tastebuds.