Rumour has it Kenzi Sake Bar is definitely a first stop destination for spectacular Japanese sake and a perfect venue for people who had a long day at work.
Empty sake bottles floating across the ceiling for decoration purposes, heavy wooden furniture and tug-a-war ropes are a sign that this is a fancy Japanese restaurant. Their service is warm and friendly also very very informative about each dish particularly sake.
Like most Japanese restaurants, sake is highly versatile in every meal; therefore we ordered the “Takara” Shochikubai Kimoto 360ml ($32) candy sweetness on the nose that pairs well with sushi, tempura and spicy dishes. The essence of this sake is truly excellent with its rich rice flavour and is unbelievably smooth.
Before our sake was handed over to us, the waitress placed a dark wooden tray on our table, inside filled with magical hand crafted pieces of sake cups that ranged from different sizes and colours. She politely informed us it’s best to pick a cup that is smaller than regular standard sake cups as we requested to have our sake to be served warm.
We proudly went with these funky printed sake cups, although it would be fun to taste sake in another cup. Teehee
This juicy golden tempura battered Popcorn Prawn ($13) turned out to be err…just pieces of prawn. Don’t get me wrong, these mouth-popping prawns are amazing especially when heavily dipped in wasabi mayonnaise but maybe, if it was cut into actual popcorn sizes then sure will make the cut of BEST KILLER prawn POPCORN.
Crispy and utterly addictive is the Lotus Chips ($8) – A lightly unique fried snack of joy will be gone in a flash. It is outrageously difficult to find a restaurant that offers lotus in the form of chips. FREAKEN MINDBLOWLING!
I couldn’t control my Spiderman fingers slowly approaching the basket of thinly sliced pieces of lotus. Simply LOVE IT!
Pork belly has always been one of those guilty pleasures of mine. Without hesitation we ordered Buta Kakuni ($16) – A Japanese version of braised pork belly that originated in Japan’s South and is similar to Chinese pork dishes including dong-po pork is greatly seasoned with koikuchi shoyu, dashi, black sugar and sake. It’s true, juicy chunks of tender glazed pork belly are hard to resist.
In Japan, teppanyaki is commonly ordered and is served on a heated surface grill. The most famous teppanyaki-style dish is Teppan Wagyu Yakiniku ($24.50) – The tenderness of the medium rare beef made it to my favourite list. It appears this dish has a lot of different presentation from almost every angle imagined because of the ingredients including bean sprouts, chopped cabbage tucked underneath the wagyu, asparagus covered in a cheese swirl. To garnish, slices of red onion, spring onions and lemon slices.
Magnificent Teppan Wagyu Yakiniku presentation I have seen so far.
Please excuse me while I drool…
Too bad the Kushiyaki Chicken Thigh Momo ($4 each piece stick) was only ordinary and overpriced. The sweet tangy soy sauce is intense and is enough reason for you to try it but I personally wouldn’t order it next time.
Their signature dish Taste of Kenzi ($31.90) is not afraid to go a little over the top in presentation. A variety of nigirizushi including ebi, tamago, salmon, toro, maguro, squid and hotate. All nigiri have in common is fermenting vinegared rice that turned out to be cooked just right. Eating each piece of nigiri allows your tastebuds to really enjoy the flavour of the raw fish and this plate of sushi certainly focussed its flavours accurately to each piece of nigiri.
Turned the plate around and you get the other side of their delicious nigiri.
Give me some NIGIRI!!!
Best to go to Kenzi Sake Bar with a group of workmates after work as they have a variety of tapas and many sake to choose from their menu. You’d be completely surprised with their decorations as you enter their restaurant.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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