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Jinzakaya, an izakaya tucked away in Owen Link has a funky and retro vibe, thanks to the wall of vintage Japanese advertisement posters (we love the ‘King Kong versus Godzilla’ artwork) , and a television that plays nostalgic Japanese commercials from the 80s. We wouldn’t be surprised at all if a server dressed in an Ultraman costume jumps in on us. The food, however, isn’t entirely old school but a mix of modern and traditional izakaya Japanese bites rustled up with fresh ingredients. The yakitori from the charcoal grill are the standout treats here. Go for the Tsukune ($3.50), a skewer of moreish minced chicken, and the MBS 4 Wagyu Kushi ($9), a piquant, nutty morsel of meat that has been carefully cooked to medium doneness. For grilled mains, we recommend the Lamb Misoyaki ($35), a miso-marinated lamb rack that packs plenty of umami notes. Sake selections include Nabeshima Tokubetsu Junmai from Saga and Mizubasho Jyunmaishu from Gunma.
1 Farrer Park Station Road, Owen Link, #01-08/10. Tel: 6443 1173

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