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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

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Shawn is a full-time lawyer based in Singapore. Neither a professional critic, blogger nor photographer, Shawn is simply somebody who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. When Shawn is not premature ageing and turning his hair further grey 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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