Started by the people behind Sushi Kimura at Palais Renaissance, The Gyu Bar is an upscale yakiniku restaurant situated at the Novotel and Mercure hotels on Stevens Road.

Upon arrival, guests are served a cup of complimentary house sake in any sake vessel they choose from the display wall. The welcome drink is a great introduction to the establishment’s wide selection of over 40 premium sakes available by the carafe, including rare Komagura organic sakes from Fukuoka.

The Gyu Bar Stevens Road: restaurant interior

The Gyu Bar, restaurant interior

The meats are another high point. The owners chose to feature premium Kumamoto beef as the meat is more tender and flavourful without being overly fatty as compared to other wagyu varieties. Each cow is bought whole, deboned, divided into cuts, then air-flown to Singapore and stored fresh-chilled.

The Gyu Bar Stevens Road: meaty spread for grilling

Customers can grill the meats on their own although the staff can assist.

We’d say the best way to savour the meat is to go for the omakase beef platter ($178), which features assorted beef cuts of the day such as chuck roll, top round, short rib, rump and tongue. To try the meat done in different styles, some good add-ons include wagyu yukke or beef tartare ($38), wagyu tataki ($38) and sirloin with sukiyaki and egg dip ($40). Customers can grill the meats on their own although the staff can assist.

The Gyu Bar Stevens Road: restaurant interior wagyu tartare yukke

Wagyu Yukke

Apart from beef, the restaurant offers a small selection of other meats such as chicken ($22) and pork neck ($22), and at lunchtime, fuss-free and substantial set meals are available, such as the signature roasted beef don ($35), which comes with miso soup, salad and dessert. An added bonus: the superior ventilation system touted here is no boast. You’d really leave relatively free of tell-tale barbecue smells.

#01-08, 30 Stevens Road. Tel: 6732 0702

This was first published in Wine & Dine’s May/June 2018 issue – Future Foods, ‘Restaurants’.

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