The UTW (“Under Ten Words”): Intimate, classy Japanese grill experience with omakase option.

The must-orders (if any): Kagoshima A4 wagyu roasted beef with red miso fond de veau sauce, crispy grilled chicken with yuzu pepper.

Summary: Taking over where Five Nines (which has since relocated to Cuppage) left off at its Keong Saik premises, Kyuu by Shunsui offers an intimate and classy Japanese charcoal grill experience which left me fairly impressed. Five Nines was always a bit posh in its European aspirations, and Kyuu by Shunsui maintains the ante with some marvellously beautiful plates and presentations. I have not had the benefit of trying their tempting Omakase dinner menu ($129++), and only tried their a la carte menu which is only available after 9pm. There is a compulsory daily appetiser per diner which costs $10, and in my case it was a King Crab Salad. The charcoal grilled dishes deployed the char with ruthless competence – the Kyoto Manganji chilli pepper with sweet soy sauce had a formidable char to its fresh crunchiness, and the crispy grilled chicken with yuzu pepper had a papery crisp to its crinkly soft skin and a similarly prominent char, with a great friend in the addictively delectable yuzu pepper. Elsewhere, the Kagoshima A4 wagyu roasted beef was a revelation, being baby buttock-soft, gloriously chewy and gently blood-juicy, with your choice of red miso fond de veau sauce, wasabi and rock salt to create your own sensation destiny.

I was not entirely persuaded by Five Nines, but Kyuu by Shunsui left me suitably enticed.

King Crab appetiser ($10, the appetiser varies daily).

Kyoto Manganji chilli pepper with sweet soy sauce ($9).

Crispy grilled chicken with yuzu pepper ($10).

Crispy grilled chicken with yuzu pepper ($10).

Kagoshima A4 wagyu roasted beef with red miso fond de veau sauce ($29).

Grade: A2.

Kyuu by Shunsui
29 Keong Saik Road
Singapore 089136


Shawn began documenting his food experiences since he started reading Law at the National University of Singapore. Initially he turned to food for solace from the rigours of university life, and food eventually became his safe haven away from the horrors of legal practice. However, it dawned on him one day that he has become sufficiently enlightened about the magic of discovering new and good food. Thus, he joined Burpple, a company with which his goals coincided - to help people decide what to eat. Secret Life of Fatbacks is an extension of Shawn's Instagram account (@Larvitar). For intellectual property reasons, he is unable to name the website anything related to the titular Pokémon character. Feel free to ask him in person what "Fatbacks" refers to. Shawn is not a professional food critic, food blogger or food photographer. He is simply a guy who loves food very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. He enjoys combining them in his writing, and hopes to put a smile on some faces along the way.

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