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Kinki – Japanese with an Urban Attitude

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We were roaming around the new Marina Bay Link Mall and Customs House looking for some interesting food places to satisfy our growling tummies when we stumbled upon Kinki. It was a rather unique Japanese restaurant, and as the description goes, it is Japanese with an urban attitude. It was a pretty funky place, with graffiti decorations and loud music. It was more towards street hip-hop culture, rather than the traditional Japanese settings. Rather unique, I should say.

Sake Sashimi

Sake Sashimi

We ordered the Sake (King Salmon) Sashimi ($18). 5 slices of sashimi came on a big bowl of ice cubes, with grated wasabi. Unlike the one we had at Sakuraya, the salmon pieces did not disintegrate that easily. There was still a bit of chewiness. The salmon was very fresh, nothing to complain about.

Roasted Baby Yam

Roasted Baby Yam

Roasted Baby Yam

Roasted Baby Yam

We had the Roasted Baby Yam ($12), which was topped with bacon bits. The funny thing was that the baby yam wasn’t yam at all. In fact, it tasted and looked totally like purple sweet potatoes. And we came to the conclusion that they were sweet potatoes. The plating of this dish was pretty simple, the roasted sweet potatoes tasted mediocre too. It just kind of reminds us of what you can get at cafes like Blue Mountain etc. It was simply not a dish worth having and paying for at Kinki.

Pomegranate Miso Black Cod

Pomegranate Miso Black Cod

Pomegranate Miso Black Cod ($24) – Grilled black cod marinated in Kinki promegranate-honey miso, served with braised gobo and scallions. We couldn’t really taste any pomegranate honey miso. There was something lacking about the Cod, somehow Kinki’s style of cooking did not bring out the essence of cod fish. In fact, you could find better prepared Cod fish at Chinese restaurants. The cod fish skin was also not crispy and well-cooked. A rather disappointing dish of cod fish. We did however, like the gobo, which was in fact burdock. It was slightly salty and savoury, with a chewy texture.

We were given bar counter seats and hence were in full view of the chefs preparing the sushi/sashimi. We were kind of attracted by the chefs who whipped out their blow torches and started searing their sushi. And under the recommendations from one of the chefs, we ordered the Foie Gras & Scallop Sushi.

Our foie gras & scallop sushi being seared

Our foie gras & scallop sushi being seared

Foie Gras and Scallop Sushi

Foie Gras and Scallop Sushi

Foie Gras and Scallop Sushi ($33) – Pan seared foie gras with Hokkaido scallop. When we first saw the chef preparing this dish, there were around 4-5 pieces of sushi served on a long rectangular plate. But for ours, as we ordered through the chefs, rather than the waiting staff, we were each given 1 piece of the foie gras and scallop sushi in a small round blue plate (to our diamay). We were rather disappointed with the plating and presentation; it just seemed so shabby. And not to mention, we felt that our pieces of foie gras were much smaller than what we saw previously. It did make us wonder if we had made the wrong orders. It seems a bad choice to combine foie gras and scallops. The taste and texture of foie gras overpowered the scallops. The thing about scallops is that you need to enjoy its freshness and juiciness. But when paired with the foie gras, in every bite we took, the foie gras simply covered the taste of the scallops. And sadly, the foie gras paled in comparison to the one we had at Table 66. Another thing was that if we hadn’t seen the searing of sushi done by the chefs, we wouldn’t have believed that our sushi was seared prior to being served. The act of searing serves to cook the surface of the food at a high temperature such that a caramelized crust forms. But in our case, we couldn’t taste any caramelized crust or at least a crispy outer texture. And these 3 pieces of sushi cost us $33 – talk about being overpriced.

Including the order of a 140ml flask of Jyunmai Aonomu ($28), the total cost of the meal came up to $135.36. Considering that the food wasn’t all that fantastic, fulfilling and satisfying, this meal was definitely not worth the price. We left, feeling disappointed and unsatisfied. Guess we wouldn’t be going back again.

Kinki Restaurant and Bar
70 Collyer Quay
Customs House


Written by foodphd

February 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

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  1. […] looked rather queer, the colour was a bit too dark and dull, unlike the salmon sashimi we tried at Kinki and Sakuraya. Texture wise, nothing too out of the ordinary. It seems to be lacking in taste;  […]

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