I had truly cultivated a love for yakitori when I was staying in Tokyo for awhile. My Japanese Godfather had a favourite yakitori-ya where he’d have a meal at, at least once a week. When I was there, we’d drop by twice a week. We’d sit at the counter while he’d chat with the boss. They spoke really fast, occasionally asking for my opinion…most probably out of courtesy. I didn’t mind being left alone to watch the variety programmes showing on the tiny TV in the corner, eating good food and sipping on a big glass of Calpis High. Bliss.
When I came back to Singapore, I couldn’t find any yakitori restaurant that was as good as the one in Tokyo. Friends didn’t know. Even google couldn’t help. So for the longest time, I gave up the notion that I would be able to savour tasty yakitori outside of Japan….
until a month ago…
I got an invitation to a food tasting at BINCHO.
Maybe this sounds quite ungrateful, but I’m quite picky about the food tastings I attend because I’m quite wary of being bamboozled into writing a nice post about food I don’t really like. Shamed to say it has happened before, but now I tell myself, if I’m not gushing about it to my friends and family, then it really isn’t worth writing about. *2 & counting…*
The email said Yaki Tori and that peaked my interest immediately. A potentially good Yaki Tori restaurant in Singapore? NA NI ?! I nearly didn’t make it cause I was stuck at the shop covered in cake flour... But thank God I did, for I would have nearly missed out on a really decadent meal.
Because I’m not very good at writing and would not wish you to sit through horrible (vocab-wise) descriptions of the food and the space, I’m sharing my evening with you through photos and short-but-sweet comments below.
The front entrance at the back.
Back dining area.
Front row seats.
Chef Masashi has been in Singapore for more than 10 years so don’t be shy to have a conversation with him while he prepares your dish for you.
The chicken pate was quite divine.
Hello super fresh Uni.
For the Tofu fanatic. Must eat with the ginger and spring onions on the side.
Sweeeeettt little tomato…..didn’t even need the drizzle.
Not for the feint of heart. If I remember correctly, the heart, liver and oh the cockerel’s comb. The comb gave me a little bit of the eeby jeebies, but I got to try it just once.
Yaki Tori Shio | Tare
Chicken. A lot of tasty tasty chicken.
Grilled Vegetables Platter
Beautifully grilled vegetables – a refreshing bite from all the meaty disposition.
I chew the meat of the bone like a ravenous lion. You can choose wagyu beef if you’d prefer that.
Tsukune & Egg Yolk
Only had one chance to take that photo with the yolk on top of the tsukune. Made of meat from the chicken’s neck, it’s tender and juicy. This probably doesn’t sound very appetizing, but there isn’t much meat on a chicken’s neck so you can imagine how many chickens it took to make that one piece of meat…… #meatloversonly #carnivores
Simmer Kurobuta Don
After all the meat, it was hard to take more than one mouthful of the kurobuta don, which was very unfair to the dish. If you’re chuffed like me, must have the rice and meat with the broth to make it a good mouthful.
Best part of any meal for me
Amao Strawberry | Green Tea Ice Cream
You know how I feel about Japanese strawberries! And Green Tea Ice Cream…. Pshh. Obviously I LOVE THEM ALL.
The following dishes were from two set menus I got the privilege to nom on!
FUJI $80 | BINCHO $120
I know you’re probably thinking, HOLY CRAP, that’s expensive. But Yaki Tori is expensive, both in and out of Japan. If dinner is too pricy for you, you can consider having lunch instead. Their lunch menu is pretty affordable and very very good. They share their space with Hua Bee Coffee Shop which sells meepok. So if you’re going in a group, there’s an option of casual or finer dining!
Another post on that soon!
78 Moh Guan Terrace