Restaurant Review: Getting Kinki for Lunch

5/6/11

Every so often Jeff and I like to meet up during his lunch break and...hey, this post is about our lunch, what were you thinking it was about?
Last week we were invited for lunch at Kinki Restaurant + Bar, a Japanese restaurant on the second floor of Customs House at Collyer Quay. The cheeky name isn't the only playful aspect of the place. The restaurant serves Japanese food, but some items on the menu have been tweaked with unconventional ingredients. As soon as you walk out of the elevator and into Kinki, you quickly realize this isn't your average Japanese restaurant.
For example, we ate fois gras and scallops sushi--I've never seen fois gras at a Japanese restaurant, but it was so amazingly good that I didn't want to eat anything else for fear of washing the taste away. We also had the Kinki-style Okonomiyaki, a dish normally served on a pancake base. Kinki has tweaked it a bit and serves it on a baguette, making it taste like a Japanese pizza. Their Tai Carpaccio is fresh snapper dressed with...wait for it...truffle oil (it was awesome). We'll most definitely order these the next time we're here.
Fois gras and scallop sushi...I had a dream I was eating this last night. Sadly, it was just a dream.

The restaurant itself has a gritty, urban feel to it much like a cool tattoo parlor. I later learned that this was not a coincidence; the restaurant has a large mural on the floor designed by Chris Garver, a tattoo artist of Miami Ink fame. Graffiti murals from local artists cover the walls and DJ booth as well. Although we came here for lunch, Kinki would be a great stop for dinner and drinks before heading out for a night on the town. If you come on Fridays, there's even a live DJ. 
Chris Garver-designed artwork on the floor of Kinki.

Oh, and here's something you don't here often about restaurants in Singapore: the service was good.

Also worth mentioning is Kinki's ongoing effort to support Japan after the recent earthquakes and tsunami. Kinki has limited edition merchandise available for purchase with proceeds going to the Singapore Red Cross, featuring Kinki, the restaurant's sumo wrestler turned sushi chef mascot. 
Kinki Restaurant + Bar is located at 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323. For more info, check out www.kinki.com.sg or give 'em a call at  +65 6533 3471.

Thanks to Shasha at FoodNews for inviting us to lunch at Kinki. 
Last three photos courtesy of FoodNews.

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