It’s the weekend! Ready to chill out?
Head to Kinki Restaurant & Bar then!
Recently, I was invited to Kinki for a tasting and boy, did I have a great time there, thanks to the wonderful combination of alcohol, good food and fun company. Kinki is located by the bay so awesome views are a guarantee. Have some cocktails at the alfresco rooftop bar before dinner like I did. I like yuzu caipirinha ($16++), a concoction of rum, lime, orange, yuzu umeshu and sugar, for its refreshing bitterness. Geisha sake-rita ($16++, tequila, passion umeshu, orange liqeur, passion fruit syrup) was disturbingly bland so I’ll give that a pass next time. Spicy hachimitshu ($16++, vodka, honey umeshu, wasabi, lemon and cucumber) is for the adventurous tastebuds and the heat from horseradish is surprisingly delightful.
When dusk turned to night, we made our way down from the rooftop bar to the restaurant, where it’s a transition from light to dark… But dark it may seem, there’s splashes of colours everywhere! Far from being gloomy, the restaurant had a nice busy vibe on a weekday night.
Dinner was off to a great start with the superbly sweet and fresh momotaro tomato ($16++). A personal favourite of mine!
Get a little greens for balance. I’d highly recommend the sakura ebi salad ($18++), a fabulously wafu-dressed dish that I still remember fondly today.
Kinki’s truffle dressing hit me immediately when the tai carpaccio ($30++) was placed on the table! Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the thinly sliced snapper :)
Our assorted sashimi platter of otoro ($80++), shima aji ($24++) and uni ($56++) was very fresh! Of course, I wouldn’t have expect anything less.
Amaebi ($35++), shrimps so sweet and lush!
Unagi & Hokkaido scallop maki ($26++) is actually quite normal. But because it has everything I like, from eel and scallop to snow crab and avocado, I think I was the one who finished most of it~
Botan ebi & uni aburi sushi ($32++) is interesting.. I’ve never seen this combination before and it works! Creamy uni goes well with
almost anything and everything (biased me just saying)!
Carnivores (yours truly excluded), remember to try the foie gras & scallop sushi ($22++), one of Kinki’s signatures!
Omg, the anago sushi ($12++ for 2) is sooooo good! So soft that it just melted in my mouth. Sigh, I’m missing this.
I’ve been loving grilled fugu ($18++) ever since I discovered it a couple of years ago. A cross between barbecued cuttlefish and bak kwa, this is so addictive, especially with the spicy sesame togarashi aioli!
Love the roasted baby sweet potato ($12++) too! The sweet miso crème fraiche is a nice change from boring mayo or plain sour cream.
I’ve had countless miso cod and sadly, Kinki’s pomegranate miso black cod ($24++) didn’t leave any lasting impression. Can’t detect any hint of pomegranate at all.. It’s just decent and pretty forgettable.
Now, the last dish is also the one I honestly didn’t like. Kinki style okonomiyaki ($24++) has toppings of scallops, prawns and smoked bacon on thick toasted bread. Though described as a pizza, I think it’s more like bruschetta. Guess the okonomiyaki purist in me still prefer the traditional pancake-cum-omelette base.
No one comes to Kinki just for desserts. There’s only ice cream ($6++ per scoop, add $1++ for toppings) and nothing else (except a daily special). Black sesame, green tea and yuzu.. Take your pick! :)
Special thanks to Shasha from Foodnews and Carrie from The Marmalade Group for the kind invitation and for being such fabulous hosts!
Kinki Restaurant & Bar
70 Collyer Quay
#02-02 Customs House
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