Monday, April 25, 2011

Kinki - Sexy Gourmet Pleasures?

When you put the two words together - 'Kinki' and 'Food', you would well be forgiven for thinking of 'Nine and a Half Weeks', the classic erotic blockbuster movie of years gone by. But I've recently discovered an absolute gem for dining pleasure in Singapore that does not include any eroticism (unless you're into that kind of thing) :)

Following on with the similar theme here on my blog over recent weeks, here is another food article and accompanied by my very high recommendation.

Last Wednesday, Sammi and I were invited by Shasha of Food News PR, to dine at Kinki Restaurant and Bar, located along the Marina Bay Waterfront at Customs House... the view across the bay did in fact make me feel a little guilty that I was living it up in style, in direct view of my office in Millenia Tower (while my colleagues were undoubtedly slogging it out in the corporate jungle).

Millenia Tower

Kinki's conveys a refreshingly urban concept, with its cheeky moniker as one of the many things that sets Kinki apart from conventional Japanese restaurants. The decidedly hip-urban décor is designed by Chris Garver of Miami Ink fame, bearing vibrant colours and echoing his signature style of intricate Japanese tattoo designs.

Inspired by the legend, Chef Kinki (who was too small to fight with the Sumos, so decided to feed them instead), Kinki Restaurant and Bar is based on the urban ethos of "being brave enough to change the game. They're shaking up the dining scene with an ambiance that defies tradition, modern Japanese dishes peppered with our own touch, and a drink list that features muddles of intoxicating liquids from the East and West"

Upon arrival, we enjoyed some fabulous 'mocktails' to prepare our tastebuds for what was to follow, and took in the wonderful views of the bay.

Sammi and Marina Bay Sands

Although it was rather early for us to be drinking any alcohol, we did have to taste a couple of the very unique cocktails to accompany our food choices... very interseting to note, was the 'Spicy Hachimitsu' - an alcoholic beverage based on wasabi!!

Spicy Hachimitsu

Sammi opted for the Peach Blossom Margarita:

Peach Blossom Margarita

This is when the feast started... we began with the Momotaro Tomato:

Momotaro Tomato

Followed by the outstanding Foie Gras & Scallop Sushi:

Foie Gras & Scallop Sushi

To finish up the a-la-carte tasting (before moving on to the serious lunch set menus), we shared the Buta Sushi and Pomegranate Miso Black Cod... my oh my... I love my pork belly - to have it served sushi style was just sensational!

Buta Sushi
Pomegranate Miso Black Cod

From the set lunch menu, I chose the Jidori Chicken Teriyaki:

Jidori Chicken Teriyaki Set Lunch
Jidori Chicken Teriyaki Set Lunch

While Sammi opted for the Chiraishi Donburi:

Chiraishi Donburi Set Lunch
Chiraishi Donburi Set Lunch

After completely satisfying my taste buds (and what is soon to again become, and ample stomach), I had to join those colleagues I was talking about, and focus on an afternoon of business meetings... a very difficult task I grant you, when my body was craving a 'food coma' (thanks to Shasha for coining that phrase for me).

Kinki Restaurant and Bar is so very unique and conveniently located with some of the most stunning views of the Marina Bay, that I cannot recommend it enough - if it's lunch you're after, or you really would like to wine and dine your partner with 'Sexy Gourmet Pleasures' (a-la Nine and a Half Weeks) in a very 'sweet spot that oozes both local pride and global appeal', head on down for this 'Kinki' experience.

Kinki Restaurant and Bar

Kinki Restaurant + Bar
70 Collyer Quay #02-02
Customs House, Singapore 049323
T: +65 6533 3471 | F: +65 6533 3473

Operating Hours
Mondays to Fridays
Lunch from 12pm (Last order at 2.30pm)
Dinner from 6pm (Last order at 10.30pm)

Saturdays and Public Holidays
Dinner from 6pm (Last order at 10.30pm)


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