YAKITORI IS THE NEW THING
For those of you who have never tried Yakitori (don’t worry I only discovered it in the last 6 months too, hence the subtitle) it is essentially grilled skewered food – very tasty skewered food at that (I know what you’re thinking, no this is different to sate) but I suppose with it being Japanese it was always going to be tasty (and become mainstream). Since coming Singapore and seeing loads everywhere I’ve coincidentally heard about them popping up everywhere in the UK too – is it the next big thing? Perhaps.
Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant, 4th Floor of Cuppage Plaza, 5 Koek Road, Singapore 228796
This little gem of a restaurant is situated amongst several somewhat seedy Japanese restaurants and K-bars but don’t be put off as all is legitimate in this consistently busy yakitori restaurant. And I mean busy, you need to book in advance for the regular dinner time slots otherwise it’s generally free after 9 pm to have a cheeky quick supper (although some of the best sellers are out by this point – when it’s gone, its gone!). Their homemade Umeshu (sweet plum wine) is a perfect level of acidic and sweet, easy to drink and compliments the food just as well if you’re not a massive fan of sake (日本酒).
TRY: chicken meat balls (I know I thought it was weird too, but trust me on this…), chicken skin, foie gras, miso onigiri (rice balls), pork belly, asparagus or leek wrapped in bacon, enoki wrapped in wagyu beef.
ATMOSPHERE: service is good, food comes quickly and there’s a nice family run feel to it due to the size and authenticity of the food, plus they have a killer fan so you don’t end up smelling even if you sit at the bar overlooking the kitchen area (best seats in the house).