A definite must for those who regularly lap up the crystal liquids of Japanese Sake
Hidden in a heritage shophouse along Telok Ayer Street, Japanese gastrobar Kabuke quietly opened its doors earlier this month with lures of sumptuous delights, paired with a selection of rare Sakes. Drawing inspiration from the classical dance-drama performance of kabuki, each dish is specially matched with the bar's range of Sake pours to create a memorable dining experience for the curious, cosmopolitan customer. And boy, did we leave impressed.
The cultural kabuki experience begins the second we step into the gastrobar. Upon entering the bar, we were greeted by a vibe that's rather different from the usual Japanese places we've been to before. Hardly conservative - something that best describes the restaurant's interior of bold neon colours and quirky Japanese ornaments.
As the night falls, the unique lighting seemingly transforms to a more exotic shade. We felt like a part of a Wong Kar Wai movie scene, just sitting inside a seductively lit restaurant sipping on sake and nibbling on some sliders.
A standout feature of this sake bar is the fact that every single food item on the menu is labelled with a matching sake, a thoughtful gesture that is bound to score major brownie points with sake noobies like yours truly.
Baby Corn, $10
We love that the baby corn is topped off with meat floss and black sesame seeds, providing layers of textrues with every bite! Now that’s what we call a shiok slider.
Suitable sake pairing: Junmai Ginjo