Located on the second floor of a heritage shophouse along Telok Ayer Street, Kabuke is a sake (restaurant) gastrobar that sets the stage for the showcase of sake and contemporary Japanese cuisine. They pride themselves with their Don Bowls, Somen, wide varieties of Tapas and Sake choices. Not the cheapest in town but the quality justify it all.
Their Baby Corn ($10) drizzled in house made sriracha mayo and furikake comes with a charred smokey taste. The pork floss added another layer of flavor and texture to the dish.
Tuna Tataki ($12) was well seared with a nice soft texture. Liked how it is a little savory and sour with the honey ponzu sauce.
On the other hand, the Wild Caught Hotate Carpaccio ($28) was so fresh, succulent and umami-sweet. The little truffle aroma and popping of the sea grapes and salmon roe in your mouth levels up the dimension of flavor in this one simple dish.
Much more have to say for their Wagyu. We had both their Wagyu Tataki ($28) and Kabuke Pleasure Bowl ($58). Their Wagyu had perfect tenderness and marination. The fried garlic slices really complements well with the wagyu slices. The slices of wagyu tataki is literally a melt in your mouth kind of experience, with contrasting flavor from shoyu and raspberry reduction that provides that tart oomph.
Not to state the obvious, I am indeed delightfully pleasured by their Kabuke Pleasure Bowl which includes a slab of fatty foie gras, uni and more salmon roe, drizzled in Truffle Shoyu and topped with an onsen egg. Break the onsen egg and give it a good mix, gives the bowl an additional creaminess touch. It’s a good bowl of goodness where you can taste both the land and sea.
It is definitely a well hidden spot on the second level of the row of shophouses along Telok Ayer where it serves really good japanese tapas and sake. A very cozy environment or night spot to grab some drinks with colleagues after a long day of work. Highly recommend all the food items mentioned above!
200A Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068638