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Kimoto Gastro Bar – Affordable Japanese Fare In The CBD

James Chan

Kimoto Gastro Bar

Located in the Central Business District (CBD) at The Sail @ Marina Bay lies Kimoto Gastro Bar – A quaint, unassuming and warm little establishment that serves excellent kushiyaki (skewered and grilled food).

This place is perfect for a much needed relaxation sesh after a hard day’s slog in the office. A couple of skewers in one hand and a glass of beer or sake in the other (thinking whether I really need my job or not) just might do the trick!

One of the owners happens to be a sake distributor to various establishments in Singapore so you can be sure you’re getting the best stuff straight from Japan!

kimoto gastro bar asparagus with bacon

The Food

Here’s a list of things that YOU SHOULD ORDER if you ever find yourself at Kimoto Gastro Bar. I didn’t include sake because that’s a given with Japanese food. Sake just brings everything to a whole different level. If you’re unsure as to which sake to order, the friendly staff at Kimoto will point you in the right direction.

Kushiyaki

Kimoto Gastro Bar has a wide variety of Kushiyaki for you to order. My favorites?

kimoto gastro bar uzura tamago

Uzura Tamago (Quail Eggs, $4)

A perfectly hard boiled quail egg, the ones I’m used to eating at CNY steamboats, or so I thought. Then I sunk my teeth in and the soft onsen egg yolk burst into my mouth. Heaven.

Tsukune (Chicken Meatball, $4)

Kudos to the chef on this one. The meatballs were tender, juicy and marinated extremely well. Every bite was a joy.

kimoto gastro bar buta bara

Buta Bura (Iberico Pork Belly, $6)

Iberico Pork Belly? Six dollars? Yes please. Great tasting premium meat at a not so premium price.

kimoto gastro bar tempura

Tempura Moriwase ($12)

Another highlight of Kimoto is their tempura. They have this special tempura fryer that regulates the temperature of the oil. This results in a perfect crispy tempura batter (not the oil soaked stuff some places serve.. urgh).

kimoto gastro bar sashimi

Sashimi

FROM 5pm to 8pm GET 30% OFF ALL SASHIMI & 30% OFF ALL SAKE BOTTLES. Because Sashimi & Sake. No further explanation needed.

Look how pretty the Sashimi Set is (refer to image above) you can tell a lot of care and effort has been placed on the presentation. Tastes great too! Best part, ask them to fry the fish (it isn’t just there for decoration) after you’re done eating. SO CRISPY!

kimoto gastro bar sashimi again

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

Definitely. For a bar in the CBD, you’re getting maximum value in terms of price and taste. The downside? The place is a tad small so you might want to check on sitting availability before heading down.

 

Kimoto Gastro Bar
The Sail @ Marina Bay #01-15
6 Marina Boulevard
Singapore 018987
Tel: 6213 4595
https://www.facebook.com/kimotogastrobar/

 

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Try Some Japanese Sake With Your Food Next Time, You Won’t Regret It

James Chan

What Went Down

Inter Rice Asia organized a unique sake experience just recently and there’s no way I was going to miss this opportunity. Imagine, sake and western cuisine. Such a simple idea which makes one go, “why didn’t I think of that?” Or at least I did, when I heard about it.

The selection of fine sakes for the night were proudly sponsored by Kawatsuru, a sake company based in the Kagawa prefecture of Japan. Known for its rice-driven style with elegant, rich texture, Kawatsuru pays respect to the crane that symbolizes longevity and good fortune. Using almost all locally grown rice, Kawatsuru brews sakes that are soulful, round, and structured without being high-tone or showy.

The delicious food was concocted by Wildfire Chicken & Burger specifically for this pairing event.

The Food (And Sake)

sake Gravlax of Petuna Ocean Trout Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Firefly

Gravlax of Petuna Ocean Trout

Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Firefly

Looks and tastes like salmon but as its name suggests, it’s not. I particularly like the lemon zest they sprinkled on it. The trout is otherwise salty albeit with its rich texture. Pairing the dish with the umami of the Junmai Daiginjo gives the palate a well-rounded sweetness. A unique thing of this sake is it tastes better with more oxidization (try leaving it open for a week).

sake Chicken Roulade Paired with Junmai Ginjo Omachi

Chicken Roulade

Paired with Junmai Ginjo Omachi

What a tender piece of meat! The skin of the chicken makes up the bulk of texture and flavor of this dish. Without the skin of the chicken, the Junmai Ginjo would not have paired as well. The flavor of the chicken meat is very mild and would clash with the slightly more complex sake.

sake Lobster Slider with Crab Fat Sauce Paired with Junmai Yoimai

Lobster Slider with Crab Fat Sauce

Paired with Junmai Yoimai

Crab fat seems to be a “thing” these days, I saw a couple of F&B outlets advertising it recently. But no complaints there as this is definitely my favorite of the night! (I shamelessly asked for another serving). You get that distinctive powerful shellfish taste but with an added crunch as the meat is battered and fried to a crisp. Obviously with such a heavy punching dish, you’d have to pair it with a similar full-bodied sake counterpart. Enter the “Junmai” which had just the right amount of sweetness, did not clash with the lobster but you know it was there for sure and just complemented everything really well.

sake 72 Hour Slow-Cooked Black Angus Short Rib Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Wisdom

72 Hour Slow-Cooked Black Angus Short Rib

Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Wisdom

As you would expect how any slow-cooked meat to taste, the beef was excellent. Tender and soft to-the-bite. I like that they did not overly drizzle the meat sauce on the beef as it would have killed most of the natural flavors. The Junmai Daiginjo in this pairing is an unfiltered sake which leaves a stronger aftertaste to complement the stronger beef flavors. As much as I understand the logic behind the pairing, this sake is probably too intense for a “noob” like me.

Matcha Mochi

Paired with Sanuki Cloudy Nigori

The Sanuki Cloudy sake is a pretty interesting drink. It tastes like Yakult! Understandably a perfect pairing for sweet desserts with its refreshingly slightly sour-ish taste. My only comment for the mochi was that they used too much matcha powder.

 

Try Them Sakes Out Yourselves

Yeap Inter Rice Asia   is having a SAKE SALE this WEEKEND!

Click “HERE”  for more details

 

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