Sokyo chef Chase Kojima's newest sideline project is serious about taking his award-winning food to a new audience.
He points to the $38 Glacier 51 toothfish dish, which is available at his newly opened Simulation Senpai at Darling Square. "In a restaurant it'd be over $80," he says.
The upmarket Maker's Dozen food court where he has opened doesn't have all the bells and whistles (and overheads) of a restaurant, so he can offer relative value.
The dish of toothfish and baked saikyo miso cod is served over sushi rice and luxed up with king crab meat, Japanese whitebait and ikura-style salmon roe.
Simulation Senpai is a permanent bricks-and-mortar home for the pop-up concept Kojima operated at Tramsheds in Forest Lodge.
What's not to love when a hatted chef opens a sideline takeaway spin-off with the same devotion to produce and quality as the mothership?
In-the-know Japanese food lovers are already sliding in for Kojima's hoseki bako, 15 pieces of "treasures from the sea" served over "emi no kizuna" premium sushi rice, pickled ginger and premium wasabi. "It's $55, who knows what you'd pay for it at an omakase," Kojima says.
Open Tue-Sun 11.30am-2.30pm and 5pm-8.30pm.
Shop T01, 1 Little Pier Street, Haymarket, simulationsenpai.com