By day, Kuro Izakaya is a ramen-donburi shop. By night, it transforms into a gastro-bar cosily lit by furoshiki-inspired lanterns.
The glass-lined contemporary restaurant, framed by tantalising rows of Japanese whisky, sake and shochu, serves up signature Kirin Krush, draft beer topped with a fluffy layer of frozen Kirin ($8), and seasonal whisky tasting flights.
For nibbles, we love their speciality Kuro kushiyaki platter ($36), comprising bacon-wrapped enoki, hotate (scallop) bacon, chicken yakitori, grilled king oyster mushroom and kurobuta pork on skewers. Other must-try items include onsen tamago ($12), a poached egg seated atop a bed of shirataki noodles adorned with yuzu peel, wasabi, ikura and baby cress; and smoked ajitsuke tamago ($8), a hickory smoked egg with a runny yolk centre with Hokkaido potato salad.
#01-604/605 Suntec City East Wing Tower 3, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6235 1066
Cover: Kuro Izakaya
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s March 2017 issue, Restaurants.