November 5th and 19th, 2014. I went to 3 Wise Monkeys twice. First time on their soft opening at night. At first, I thought it was a western bar and bistro, but turns out it was a Japanese Bar and Bistro. That logo was quite eye-catching. The 3 monkeys were all over the place. Second time, on the daylight. So, please enjoy my night and day pictures there.
3 Wise Monkeys. The name is so funny. But if you look at the logo, it’s funnier.
Iwazaru: speaks no evil | Kikazaru: hears no evil | Mizaru: sees no evil
The place is comfortable with 2 levels. Level 1 for dining. Level 2 for sake bar and smoking area. The interior was very simple. Not intimidating, for sure. It’s so cozy, I felt at home. It wasn’t very spacious but quite comfy for lunch or dinner with your family or friends.
Kaiseki Set Menu 1 – 350k
Zensai is an appetizer which consists of 3 menu.
1. Salmon and Avocado wrapped with rice paper. It’s so delicious I could take more than one roll.
2. Seasoned seaweed salad. This is what we called chuka wakame. I love the sour and sweet flavour that coming from it.
3. Ama Rakkyo Zuke (sweet pickle onion). Funny. The texture is similar with snake fruit. The taste? Sour and lightly sweet with a hint of spice.
Zensai (前菜 lit. before dish) is Japanese for hors d’oeuvre or more commonly, ōdoburu (オードブル?) which is a direct transcription of hors d’oeuvre.
Mukozuke : seasonal sashimi
Consist of 3 kinds of sashimi:
Tuna Sashimi 5 pcs 48k | Salmon Sashimi 5 pcs 48k | Tako Sashimi 5 pcs 48k
Those sashimi are so fresh and delicious. I think I don’t need sauce for those sashimi, but still I prefer with sauce. Delicate texture with mild flavour.
Sashimi (Japanese: 刺身, pronounced [saɕimiꜜ]; /səˈʃiːmiː/) is a Japanese delicacy consisting of very fresh raw meat or fish sliced into thin pieces.
Chawan Mushi 25k
Steamed egg with shrimp, chicken, shiitake mushroom and edamame.
The chawan mushi was delicious. It’s silky, smooth and very soft. They were very generous with the shrimp, chicken and the shiitake mushroom. And you should eat chawan mushi while they still warm. More delicious.
Agemono: fried dish
They served us assorted tempura. 5 kinds of tempura. Daikon Noodle Roll (shredded white radish wrapped with nori), Shiitake mushroom, Prawn, Shishamo fish, and last but not least Shiso leaf. The assorted tempura were so delicious. Fried perfectly. All of them.
Shishamo (柳葉魚, literally “Willow Leaf Fish”), or Spirinchus lanceolatus, is a saltwater fish (smelt) about 15 centimeters in length. It is slim and resembles a willow leaf; the Japanese name, shishamo, is derived from the Ainu name for the same fish, susam, which is supposed to be derived from a compound of Ainu susu “willow” + ham “leaf”, hence its name in kanji (jukujikun, where the characters have no phonetic relation to the word). It is generally dark on the back with a silver-white underside. The Shishamo is a Japanese delicacy and is grilled or fried whole and served with its roe intact (ko-mochi-shishamo).
Shiso (/ˈʃiːsoʊ/, Japanese: 紫蘇 or シソ, [ɕiso̞]) is the now common name for the Asian culinary herb, seed (spice), or entire annual plant of Perilla frutescens variety crispa, belonging to the mint family. A whole leaf of green shiso is often used as a receptacle to hold wasabi, or various tsuma (garnishes) and ken (daikon radishes, etc., sliced into fine threads).
Nimono: steamed tofu
Kikazaru Tofu 35k
homemade stuffed tofu with unagi and edamame with kinoko mushroom sauce
I think this tofu was the best way to start your day before meat and rice. The tofu was soft, smooth and melt in your mouth. I think the portion is enough. Inside you will find unagi in the tofu. It’s like screaming at you, “Surprise!!!” LOL
Yakimono: grilled seasonal meat/fish
Grilled Tongue (Gyutan) 150k
It’s expensive, indeed. But really worth the price. The gyutan was so tender, juicy and really tasty. It’s literally melt in my mouth. I think this was the best Gyutan I’ve ever tried. It’s like eating a marshmallow with beef flavour. Haha so cute, if it’s true. 🙂
Saikoro Steak (US Prime) 79k
The saikoro steak was cooked perfectly. Saikoro means dice in Japanese, that’s because the shape of the steak resembled a dice. The meat was so juicy and tender, and easily chewed. That’s the most important thing. If a meat is hard to chew, people will lose interest to eat the dish.
Saikoro Steak (サイコロステーキ) is a popular izakaya (Japanese tapas style) dish.
Tome-wan: rice or noodle dishes
Garlic Rice 25k
This rice was very unique. It’s only using garlic and shoyu sauce. It’s a little bit too dry, but for me, any rice will do. My tummy was very happy. If my tummy is happy, then I will be happy too. *dancing*
Mini chocolate and raspberry mousse. Tasted just fine. Not my type of dessert. I never like sour dessert, except sorbet. I have no idea. There’s something fresh about sorbet. Oh well, it’s kinda weird, right? Hahaha..
Tori Karaage 30k
Wow.. tori karaage is a very common dish in Japanese restaurant. Even now we could buy a frozen food, then fry at home. So, when they served tori karaage, I didn’t expect too much. But tell you the truth, it’s definitely one of the delicious dish there. And the owner told me the fun-fact about it. She took away 1 portion of the karaage. Her son dominated the tori karaage right away. Even his dad didn’t get the chance to look at the karaage. Not even a glance, I think.. LOL.
Aburi Salmon with Truffle Sauce 55k
Torched salmon belly with truffle sauce
OMG!! Just by looking at this, I was drooling. After I tried it, I was drooling all over the place. LOL. So scary yeah hahaha. Well, I will come back to this place for this. Definitely. I must bring my friends here. Btw, another fun-fact. This is a new place. But, the place is so crowded that sometimes the ladies (owner) must change their high heels into sneakers to become servers . I salute you guys!!
Dragon Roll 69k
shrimp, vegetable, wakagi, unagi, avocado, salmon, mayo, tobiko
Whoaaa, dragon roll. My chinese zodiac is dragon. That’s why I always adore dragon. It’s like hmmm.. my symbol of power. *powerrrr of dragoooon* Ok, back to the roll. The filling of this roll was very generous. Actually I love everything with mayonnaise hahaha.. I love the crunch crunch too. Taste delicious.
RICE AND NOODLE
Niku Udon 79k
This was my less favourite dish. The texture and the flavour was just okay for my taste-bud. Maybe because udon was never in my mind every time I went to a restaurant. Ramen was the first choice, but too bad, that day the ramen wasn’t in a good shape hahaha.. Are we talking about noodle or what? Hahaha.. Yeah, the ramen wasn’t in a good condition, so they didn’t sell the ramen that day.
Shoyu Butter Chicken 39k
Grilled chicken with shoyu butter sauce and house special salad
They told me that this is one of the most popular dish. I tried only a bite, because this wasn’t for me. One of the owner ate this, and asked me to try. The chicken was a little bit too moist for me, but that’s only because I prefer the crunch crunch chicken hihihi.. But it tasted so delish.
Chicken Katsu Set 59k
served with rice, salad and miso soup
I like this chicken katsu. It’s a simple menu, but it’s coming with rice *big grin* and miso soup. The rice was cooked perfectly with the right texture. The miso soup was savoury. I was very hungry *OMG, still hungry after those food above? LOL* so the chicken katsu set finished in a jiffy. Even the salad was fresh and tasteful.
Grilled Salmon Head 39k
served with salad and ponzu sauce
This grilled salmon head was their recommendation. It’s one of the favourite here. It’s really delicious. Very well-seasoned. I ate this salmon head with joy and happiness. Hahaha.. No no no.. I ate this salmon head with one of the owners and her friend. *hi Rara hi Jeff* *waving my hands*
Saikoro Steak (US Prime) 79k
with Kinoko mushroom sauce
I ate this one at the soft opening. And what I respect about this dish was its consistency. I ate the second time, and it’s still with the same texture, same flavour and more delicious. LOL. So, it’s juicy, tender, and soft. And it’s addictive!!! I wanna fly to 3 Wise Monkeys now to eat this saikoro steak -.-
Sake Sangria 125k
Sake sangria with fruity red wine taste and aromatic peach flavour
Their best cocktail! The combination was sweet and fragrant. And the presentation was very beautiful. Actually I fell in love at the first sight. *romantic feeling*
Young Yakuza 125k
Monkey shoulder Whiskey and Dry sake with sweet vermouth
It’s a really great combination. The subtle taste from the whiskey mixed with dry sake and sweet vermouth were leaving a very nice aftertaste. Light but strong. Amazing right?
Diamond Glory 125k
Perfect cocktail with sake, blue curaçao liqueur, elderflower liqueur with red molecular
Love it. The colour was romantic. Sweet flavour and cute bubble. It’s a molecular cocktail. The sake was inside the bubble. So, pop the bubble, and enjoy the cocktail.
Espresso Saketini 100k
Sake, Kahlua, vodka and espresso coffee
If you like sake and you wanna drink coffee, order this one. You’ll get everything you want. Delicious and very strong. I drank only a sip, because I avoided the espresso. But, I could feel the strong taste by the sip. Hmmmm..
Kiwi Mocktail 45k
Fresh kiwi muddled with lemon juice, monin kiwi shaken hard and charge with sprite
Don’t wanna drink cocktail? Don’t worry. They had this kiwi mocktail. Very fresh and thirst-quenching.
Thanks to 3 Wise Monkeys for your hospitality and all your good food *pat my tummy happily* Definitely will come back soon. And thanks for the goodie bag. Love it!!!
3 Wise Monkeys
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