Ginza Rokukakutei Singapore
Thirty years after it opened its doors in Osaka, one-Michelin starred kushikatsu restaurant Ginza Rokukakutei finally makes its way to Singapore, its first overseas outpost.
Upon first glance, this 40-seater restaurant in North Bridge Road has a modern ambience with minimalistic wooden furniture. But it embraces its Japanese background by weaving the traditional Japanese kanji script in its décor. Foodwise, the highlight is kushikatsu—one of Osaka’s soul foods and Rokukakutei’s speciality. Head chef Hideyuki Tanaka helms the kitchen, serving up omakase sets showcasing premium ingredients flown in from Japan.
Coated in a delicate patina of breadcrumbs, the deep-fried skewers comprise delicate morsels of meats, seafood, vegetables et al. The scallop skewer is made using fresh, succulent aomori scallops, and the croquette of green peas comprises a velvety smooth green pea purée held together with its crisp breaded exterior.
Get a seat at the counter and watch chef Tanaka prepare the kushikatsu with his special oil spinning technique, which prevents the skewers from absorbing too much oil during cooking. They are then served one at time on a piece of bread to soak up any excess oil. The chef or waiter will recommend a suitable pairing with each skewer from a selection of six condiments—namely, lemon and mustard; house-made shoyu; mustard with sesame; red wine sauce; Japanese salt and pepper; and lemon juice and Okinawa salt.
Go for the omakase option of 20 skewers ($134) served along with vegetables and pickles. For wine connoisseurs, there is also the omakase menu of 15 skewers ($288) paired with champagne, four glasses of wine, pickles, vegetables and dessert. Although there is a fixed number of skewers in both options, feel free to stop any time and the bill will be adjusted accordingly.
#01-04 Odeon Towers, 331 North Bridge Road.
Tel: 6266 1077; facebook.com/ginzarokukakuteisingapore