Taki Kyoto Grill & Sake is a new Japanese restaurant at Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria, Orchard Road. Taki, formerly at Boat Quay, has taken over the space in Japan Food Town that used to house Dassai Sake Bar. The sake bar decor had been converted into a cozy izakaya style restaurant. It is a small place, with a few small tables and about six counter seats where diners can watch the chef in action.
Taki Kyoto Grill and Sake menu
Taki Kyoto Grill and Sake has an ala carte menu, but it was their various set course options that looked interesting. The prix fixe selections range from a Hana 6-course ($29, available from Monday to Thursday) to a Kyo 10-course ($105). We decided to take the Goldilocks approach and chose something in between – the Arashi 8-course which normally costs $48 but was offered as an opening promotion at $40. Here are pictures of the Taki Kyoto Grill and Sake course menus and a page from the sake list.
The meal started with a platter of appetizers. It was a bit of many things but no one item in particular stood out. The tofu was probably the best tasting item.
The second course was the best item at our lunch – giant sized chicken and leek yakitori. The skewers were each a foot long and the chicken were presented in beef ball sizes rather than the usual satay size. The bigger size meant that the insides of the meat remained very juicy and moist. The yakitori sauce coupled with a few drops of lime juice provided very delicious seasoning for the grilled chicken. If we return to eat at Taki, we might just order a couple of these to eat with beer and be very contented.
It is hard to describe a simple dish like chawanmushi. All I can say is that it was very good.
The next item was interesting in the way in the way it was presented. Grilled yellowtail with teriyaki sauce was concealed in a lantern like screen. A small gesture but a bit of drama during lunch is not a bad thing. The fish was fresh and the seasoning was good. It seems that the grilled items were consistently of a high quality.
The steamed clams in sake were quite ordinary.
The final savoury items were salmon and ikura mini don and soup. The salmon and rice dish was plain, but was saved by the fish eggs. Their saltiness and flavour added highlights to the otherwise flat taste.
The dessert was a scoop of yuzu citron sherbet. It was nice and refreshing end to our lunch at Taki Kyoto Grill and Sake.
Having lunch at a restaurant which has the word “sake” in its name, we could not resist having some to go with the food. Here are pictures of the two types of Japanese sake that we tried. The Aramasa No 6 Rtype was very good. Fruity, complex and mildly sweet, it was delicious. We also had dry sake “Sawanoi” for contrast. The latter had a sharper crisp taste. Both were good and we thought the dry sake went particularly well with the oily grilled items. The No 6 was an all-round pleasant sake that should please most people.
Value: 4 (food only)
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs