Tucked into the deepest corner of the supermarket in the basement of Isetan Scotts (Shaw House) is the Kaku-Uchi Sake Bar. It is just next to the sake section of the supermarket. The Sake Bar regularly updates their sake list so that customers can try the sake on retail. It appears that for lunch, a limited range of food is offered at the Isetan Scotts sake bar. We were attracted to by a sign offering curry rice at $6.50. Which seemed like a very cheap lunch in a prime Orchard Road location.
As I approached the counter, I was welcomed by the friendly chef and his assistant. I found out that the curry rice meant literally that – just rice with some curry. There were some meat toppings available but they require extra payment.
Here is a picture of the topping menu. On weekends (Friday to Sunday), the chef creates two special dishes – Omelette and Spaghetti Neoplitan. I was easily persuaded to try the Omelette ($13.90).
Unlike the meat toppings which had been pre-cooked at some central kitchen, the omelette was prepared fresh in front of me. I also realised that the omelette also includes a portion of fried rice which was also being prepared by the chef. Having the chef preparing the food right in front of me had its benefits. The chef asked my preferences – what size portion, would I like some chilli etc. I asked for a small portion of rice and a slight chilli flavour would be nice as Japanese curry tends to be more sweet than spicy.
After a few minutes of cooking, this is the end product – Omelette and fried rice curry at the Kaku-Uchi Sake Bar, Isetan Scotts. I thought that the omelette part was good. The outer part was slightly charred but the insides remaining soft. The fried rice part was average, mainly because Japanese rice was used which made it soggy and sticky. The chilli flavour was added directly into the egg and so they were good enough to be eaten on their own. I only used a small fraction of the curry provided.
Being seated at the sake bar, I could not resist looking at the sake menu. Basically all the names of sake were Greek to me. The sake is handled by another person at the counter who tried to explain them to me. In the end, we narrowed down the possibilities to the first two on the list – a Daiginjo Junmai ($12.50 per glass) and a Ginjo Junmai ($9 per glass). They were from the same producer, the Daiginjo being made from more polished rice and having a better flavour (was my understanding).
The Kaku-Uchi Sake Bar Menu
This is a picture of the two short-listed sake options. I can’t remember which is which. In the end I opted for the cheaper option as frankly I could not tell the difference. The more expensive one seemed to taste better but I think it was a placebo effect. In the end the Ginjo Junmai tasted fine.
It was a fun simple lunch (although not as cheap as anticipated initially) with a glass of sake at the Isetan Scotts sake bar.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Kaku-Uchi Sake Bar, Isetan Scotts
350 Orchard Road
Tel: 65-6733 1111
Isetan Scotts Operating Hours
Sunday to Thursday, 11am – 9pm
Friday, Saturday & eve of public holidays, 11am – 9.30pm
Nearby MRT Station : Orchard