The Bar Kakure, which was soft-launched a month ago, has a couple of great things going for it. For one, it is helmed by a seasoned Japanese bartender, Kazuhiro Chii of Waku Ghin fame. For another, it is currently offering an exquisite 5-Course Omakase Dinner at an irresistible $95++.
Occupying the upper level of 29 Scotts Road, above omakase fine dining restaurant Ki-Sho, The Bar Kakure is an intimate 15-seater bar that boasts bespoke cocktails and limited edition sakes and brews from Japan. The decor is a flawless blend of East and West.
The 5-course omakase dinner features popular items from Ki-Sho’s menu, beautifully crafted with keen attention to detail. The appetiser, Bluefin Tuna Tartare with Caviar, is a beautiful assemblage of elements from the sea, with the toro and caviar’s umami flavours complemented perfectly by the jelly, rice crispy, and edamame. The freshness of the toro hits your tastebuds instantly.
While the appetiser preps your tastebuds with a refreshing medley of flavours and textures, the Bafun Uni Chawanmushi is the first hot dish of the evening that warms your senses. The aroma greets you first, with the uni adding a touch of sweetness to the otherwise unassuming and simple dish.
The Amadai with Uni Broth was one of my favourite dishes from the evening, and I almost wish there was an option to re-order it because the portion we had was sublime. The crispy scales are done to perfection, and the freshness of the fish needs little to elevate it on your tastebuds. The bite-sized yam is a nice touch.
The Wagyu A5 with Bufan Uni and Black Truffle is one for the books. Taken from Ki-sho’s menu, the penultimate entry in The Bar Kakure’s Omakase Dinner combines the best of Ki-sho’s culinary craft with a little fun DIY.
For maximum satisfaction, you are advised to roll the paper-thin slice of Toriyama wagyu with uni and shaved black truffle, and consume it in one bite. Correction – there is no other way to consume this subliminally delicious dish. The umami bomb hits you instantly in one intense, flavour-filled bite!
The final dish of the night proves the devil’s in the details. After four rounds of gastronomic extravagance, I was surprised to find a single bowl of Japanese curry as the concluding dish. However, looks are really deceiving, as the Wagyu Curry Rice with Onsen Egg completely blew us away in its simplicity.
The fork-tender wagyu and carrot chunks, combined with the mildly sweet curry, pair well with the sticky Japanese pearl rice. And the onsen egg, which you can pour over the rice, is *chef’s kiss*.
It would be sacrilege to leave The Bar Kakure without trying at least one of Kazuhiro Chii’s cocktails. The Melon Martini ($28+), made with Shizuoka melon, tastes fruity and refreshing.
The Bar Kakure embodies the ideal Japanese wining and dining experience outside Japan. The Omakase Dinner is a reasonable entry point for those who want to experience Japanese fine dining, so book your seats if you want a taste of what this gem has to offer!
Address: 29 Scotts Road Singapore 228224
Nearest MRT: Newton DT11/ NS21
Monday to Friday: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Saturday: 6pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Sunday