Some good news for the worker bees among us! Kinki is nothing new to the veterans who work down in the ceebeedee with me. The rooftop bar offers up sweeping views of the marina, the bay sands, and the esplanade in the distance, alongside ingenious sake and shochu based cocktails (winners: shokult – a yakult & shochu mix, and a Japanese Pear martini). Within its plush (and brilliantly decorated) confines, you’ll find every species of banker, consultant, lawyer and auditor (something that isn’t so surprising given the hefty price tag that comes with most of their meals), and an innovative spread of (unfortunately pricey) contemporary Japanese cuisine. You’ll be glad to know then that I’ve discovered that their set lunches are somewhat of a steal and still deliver that signature Kinki thrill to your tastebuds
Off the set lunch menu we had the kurobuta katsu curry ($26, minced black pork cutlet served with apple curry, miso soup, grilled vegetables and side salad) and the tofu steak ($18, grilled organic tofu steak with garlic teriyaki sauce and sautéed vegetables, a side of momotaro tomato and salad). The curry was rich and the cutlet was crisp and the pork was oh so succulent. And I swear they’re putting some kinda drug in the garlic teriyaki sauce that comes slathered all over the tofu steak – couldn’t stop eating it! Wanted to lick the plate clean. The serving portions lean towards the generous side which make up for the fact that it’s a little pricier than your standard set lunch.
I suppose if you’re a japanese food purist and strongly believe in the subtle flavours and clean tastes of traditional japanese cuisine – then Kinki is definitely not the place for you. Kinki is running rapidly in the opposite direction. You’ll find no “zen” in this place, instead, there’s graffiti on the walls, good music on the sound system, and a really fun crew behind the sushi bar. So if you’re willing to try old things done in new ways, then you’re going to love it!
One last thing, if you’re ordering off the a la carte menu then you must MUST try the Snow Crab & Century Egg Tofu, Momotaro Tomato, Tai Carpaccio, Pomegranate Miso Black Cod, and the Spider Roll. Omsters nomsters to the max x10.
Kinki Restaurant + Bar
Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay
+65 6533 3471
Reservations are a must.