Ginza Rokukakutei Singapore

Wine & Dine - - RESTAURANTS - —CSJ

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

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