|Cui House Japanese Restaurant
|11:30am - late; seating til 9pm|
|2/F, 2 Fashion Mark, 51 Sect. 4th, 2nd Ring Rd.|
|028 6181 2444|
|Comments (Add Comment)|
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)|
We are enjoying the mix of shopping and dining that is developing around the new Tianhong department store, just off of the Hongpai Lou East BRT stop. There is a respectable mix of restaurants opening up in the four blocks, including the area’s first Starbucks, traditional local dishes, and international food. We picked up a tuan gou (a.k.a. Groupon) for a new Japanese place and dropped in for a business lunch.
The set lunch is a generous combination of pickles, a hand roll, small salad, miso soup, steamed egg custard, and a choice of main including tonkatsu, grilled chicken, grilled beef, or several types of seafood. We asked for the beef, which came on a sizzling cast iron pan on with slices of garlic that were well caramelized but not burned. The chunks of beef were tender and well-cooked, though bigger guys might like more of a portion. The hand roll was crunchy and delicious. The salad of shredded daikon, lettuce, and cucumber was simple and came with sesame dressing in the bottom of the bowl. The steamed egg custard was super soft and contained ginkgo and shiitake mushroom and garlic. The miso soup was salmon based and had seaweed and smooth tofu. Obvious attention was paid to preparation and presentation of each dish.
We thought the servers were very good, and liked the setting where almost every table has its own corner or alcove. We hope that places like this, where careful attention is paid both to flavour and to preparation, will raise the bar for Japanese in town. The menu is in Chinese, Japanese, and English and is partly illustrated. We like the value here too. Business lunch sets are RMB58 regular price, and they have fried rice plates or bowls of ramen or udon for RMB18-48. Sashimi is in high double to low three figures.