You’ll find it near Tanjong Pagar MRT, beyond the snaking queue of Keisuke Keisuke Tonkotsu King and past the always-fully-booked Teppei. Step inside the unassuming restaurant into a cosy wood finish interior accented by strips of yukata prints that grace the walls.

If you’ve never had omakase before, Sushi Kou’s the place to treat yourself to the experience. These ’I’ll leave it up to you, Chef’ sets start at just $50 for a seven course menu and change daily, depending on what’s seasonal and fresh.

Of course, if you’re pining for something more premium, opt for the $80 or $100 omakase menus which let you have a go at grating your own wasabi (it’s hard work, but that makes the food taste even better). The $100 set is an eight-course menu and its star item is a grilled Kagoshima Wagyu ribeye (grade A5, the best).

All omakase sets need a minimum of two orders, but we love the fact that prices remain the same for both lunch and dinner.

If you’re more of a conventional set meal person, tuck into a chicken teriyaki set ($16) or a special kaisen don set ($26). Come early and you can redeem a Today’s Special–a lunch set at a steal (from $12, limited to 10 redemptions daily). Set meals come with chawanmushi, rice and miso soup.

Of course, there are other staples like udon and nigiri sushi, but let’s focus on the sashimi for now. These thick cut pieces come glistening and fresh, almost quivering on your chopstick when you dab each one with wasabi, shoyu and just let it segue with the juices of your tongue. We know the otoro (fatty tuna belly, $32) sure left an impression.

On the a la carte menu, sashimi moriwase comes in three sizes and starts at $30 (six kinds of sashimi, two slices each). Alternatively, if you’ve ordered a set meal, supplement that with sashimi for just $7. We’ll let you in on a secret: come on Tuesdays or Fridays, because that’s when Sushi Kou’s bounty arrives from Japan.

Opening hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10.30pm daily. Address: #01-16 Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link. Tel: 6444 8433