Monday, April 19, 2021

Kakurega (The Lair) 隠れ家 @ Smith Street - Brand New Yakitori & Sake Bar In The Heart Of Chinatown


Kakurega (The Lair) 隠れ家, located along Smith Street of bustling Chinatown, is a Japanese Sake Bar housed in a three-storey high shophouse that allows you to relish a range of curated sake over scrumptious charcoal-grilled yakitori. The sake bar's ambience is cosy with neatly spaced private rooms.

Eihire, Kawaebi Karaage, Kawahagi 4.5/5

For a start, we had a platter of Eihire - Sun-Dried Stingray Fin ($7.80), Kawahagi - Dried Leather Jacket ($6.80) and Kawaebi Karaage - Deep-Fried Kawa Shrimp ($7.80). They were absolutely delicious and immediately got my appetite going. Eihire may look kind of dry, but it actually had a very chewy texture that made it very moreish. In fact, they all were. Even the Deep-Fried Kawa Shrimp were crunchy and surprisingly meaty given their tiny size.

Shime Saba Aburi 4/5

I would also recommend sharing a plate of the Shime Saba Aburi - Flame-Seared Cured Mackerel ($10.80). It looks kind of lonesome to be served as it is. I can imagine enjoying its meatiness and intense flavours over a few servings of sake.

Gyu Tataki 4.5/5

From the Sumi-Yaki (Charcoal Grill), we had the popular Gyu Tataki ($18.80). A 230g Meltique Beef with Garlic Chips. The grilling was done perfectly, rendering its fats, and laced its flavours with a layer of smokiness.

Hotate Mentai 4.5/5

Another dish that delivers is this Hotate Mentai - Scallop with Mentai Sauce ($6.80). The scallop itself was plump and succulent, and what made it so satiable was the the thick layer of mentai sauce that added a rich mouthfeel and texture to the sweet morsel.

Apsara Bacon, Tori Momo, Buta Enoki 4/5

The spread of Kushi-Yaki at Kakurega is hearty and scrumptious. We had Apsara Bacon - Asparagus wrapped in Bacon, Tori Momo - Chicken Thigh, Buta Enoki - Enoki Mushroom wrapped in Pork ($3.80 each). Kakurega also offers Course Sets priced at $68 (Kaku-Classic) and $98 (Rega- Premium) for the best of Kakurega’s popular grilled items and Kushi-Yaki skewers.

Chashu Ringo Sauce, Mozzarella Chizu Maki 4.5/5

One of my favourites of the evening is the Chashu Ringo Sauce - Pork Belly with Apple Sauce ($6.80). I love the refreshing tart sweetness of the apple sauce that glazed over the pork belly, giving it enough acidity to cut through the meat's richness. The smokey caramelisation on the chashu was divine. Equally mouthwatering is the cheesy Mozzarella Chizu Maki - Creamy Mozzarella wrapped in Beef Short Plate ($6.80).

Photos and words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Kakurega (The Lair) 隠れ家
12 Smith Street
Singapore 058926.
Tel: +65 62230102
Nearest MRT: Chinatown (DT Line, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 5pm - 1030pm
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Chinatown MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Pagoda Street. Turn right onto Trengganu Street. Walk down Trengganu Street. Turn left onto Smith Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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