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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, and that it was time to share his findings with others. Instead of aligning himself with the vast sea of vanilla foodie influencer-style of writing, which would admittedly open more doors in terms of free meals and public relations love, Shawn decided to approach food writing by way of satirical humour, turning the don't-ya-wanna-eat-what-I'm-eating-cuz-I'm-a-public-figure self-importance/self-indulgent gravitas of Instagram foodie-ism in Singapore on its head and conveying his thoughts about food in a manner which is decidedly obscure at times and on others, frankly nonsensical. The rigours of legal practice and desire for a form of indulgent escape led to Shawn's second passion - experiencing and writing about new and luxury hotel properties. 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 critic, blogger or photographer. He is simply a guy who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. Shawn is presently a full-time lawyer, and when he is not premature ageing due to stress and vicious deadlines, he is somewhere spending an exorbitant amount of money trying out new dining places and hotels.

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