Saturday, July 17, 2021

Yen Social @ DUO Galleria - New Offshoot Of Michelin-rated Yen Yakiniku, Extending The Art Of Grilled Meats For More To Enjoy


Yen Social is a new yakiniku restaurant located at DUO Galleria. It is a casual concept compare to its sister concept Yen Yakiniku. The new concept is spacious, and the tables are well spaced. Noteworthy is the grill sitting in the middle of each table, that cost around two thousand dollars. The suction is excellent. I left the restaurant without the greasy smell on my shirt.

Farmer Salad 4/5

We started with the Farmer Salad ($16) while waiting for the meats to be cooked. The mesclun salad with watermelon and candied walnuts tossed in an oil-based yuzu dressing is light and fruity. It is not a wow dish, but I find myself going back, again and again, to freshen up the palate after a few slices of the grilled meat.

Yukke 4/5

Before moving to the mains, we had the Yukke ($20). The raw wagyu is seasoned with Yen BBQ sauce and topped with a raw egg yolk. Break the egg yolk and give it a good toss. The bbq sauce provides the rawness with a sweet finish.

YEN Social Butcher Platter ($109 for 300g) 4.5/5


Great for sharing is the YEN Social Butcher Platter ($109 for 300g). The platter appreciates the different wagyu cut, comprising thick-cut karubi, chuck eye roll, chuck short ribs, and Australian Wagyu ribeye. Out of the five different cuts, my favourite is the thin cut chuck eye roll with moderate marbling and a sweet, umami flavour..

30 Days Dry Aged Wagyu Ribeye ($68 for 100g) 4.2/5


A special at Yen Social is their in-house dry-aged wagyu. We tried the 30 Days Dry Aged Wagyu Ribeye ($68 for 100g). Indeed the dry-aging process locked up the juice for an intense flavour.

Iberico Pork Jowl 4.5/5

For those that do not eat beef, there are pork and chicken too. We had the Iberico Pork Jowl ($14) known for the snow-like marbling.

Wagyu Beef Noodle

It is not only meats on the menu. There are staples on the menu, such as rice and noodle dishes. One of them is the Wagyu Beef Noodle ($32) that comes with chunky Japanese wagyu slow-stewed for 48 hours, daikon and local herbs. What impressed me is the rich and deep-flavoured soup. Every sip, you can taste the beef's essence and the labour behind it.



Overall, I enjoyed the quality premium cuts offered at Yen Social. However, it does not come cheap with the premium cuts. Though I did not try their signature in-house dry-aged wagyu, I heard the flavour is even more intense. It has a whisky dry-aged Wagyu ribeye on the menu, using Kavalan single malt whisky from Taiwan. Chef Jones Chen is even looking at introducing a gin dry-aged ribeye in the future.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Yen Social
DUO Galleria
7 Fraser Street
Singapore 189356
Tel: +65 86696788
Nearest MRT: Bugis (DT Line, EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 6pm - 11pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit E or F. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

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