mi-Juillet dies solis: teppanyaki, sukiyaki and the MUN Bunch.

Sakae Teppanyaki - surprisingly quite excellent...

The MUN Bunch/Gang.

Perfect Singtel (telecom) advertisement.

"Please place at edge of table. Or on your head if view of said table is blocked by your many friends."

Chef's sashimi selection at Suju.


Cour Carre vest, Max&Co. wide-leg umber jeans, Old Navy tank top, Marni jelly Mary Jane pumps, Prada bag/Marc by Marc Jacobs bag

On Sunday, I had a teppanyaki lunch with the MUN Bunch (Shiru calls us the Gang). This group has weathered through plenty with me in the past two years - some are classmates, some are Environment Focus Group buddies, some are simply encountered, we stumbled only to find common interests and shared loves. The one thing we all have in common, and that brought us together is Model United Nations - whether or not we have passions for debating, negotiating, lobbying, socializing... we all love to bring our own voices out to make a stand. Our bonds began in November 2008, and locked in December 2008 in Boston and New York. (Shiru was always with us in ways even if she was not physically with us on the trip.) When I finally feel wistful enough, I'll dedicate a post to that magical and wonderful and unbelievable time.

I donned a menswear-inspired look for the day, because Mother just passed these jeans to me, and while they might place a little too much emphasis on the hips, they're incredibly comfortable and fun. More on the look here and here.

Meanwhile, dinner with my parents at the Japanese Restaurant Suju (333A Orchard Road #04-05/07 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897; (65) 6737 7764) was a relaxing experience with the right atmosphere for a lazy Sunday evening meal after a lovely viewing of Inception.

We had succulent sashimi, if that is even possible, with everything melting in our mouths - the scallops were particularly sweet. The sukiyaki pans provided a level of comfort, with not too much saltiness, and the beef very tender yet not too fatty. The salmon was cooked to the correct degree, and paired very nicely with enough salmon roe to give a tanginess to each bite.

The staff at Suju are all Japanese, from what I perceived, and pleasantly polite in the way Japanese all are. While they were very good at providing all we needed (constant refills of green tea, serving plates, recommendations), our only complaint was that there were rather few waitstaff that did not always notice when we motioned for any, but perhaps that could be attributed to us walking in at 8pm on a Sunday night.

Prices at Suju are rather high, for the overall experience that we had - I would recommend that you visit Akashi Japanese Restaurant at Paragon (290 Orchard Road #B1-01 The Paragon, Singapore 238859; (65) 6735 8887) or at Orchard Parade Hotel (1 Tanglin Road #01-01A Orchard Parade Hotel, Singapore 247905; (65) 67324438) if you're in town for a holiday with no time to try Suju as well; if you're local and have a choice between both, choose Akashi. However, Suju is also offering a complimentary S$30 Return Voucher with every S$100 spent with American Express, so take note of that as well!
(which I will post a review for very soon; fascinating film).

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