Saketoshi — Sake and Crypto come collectively alongside an umami-filled menu

Late-night drinks within the metropolis are one of many prime picks relating to unwinding with pals, particularly after a tricky week of labor. And for individuals who wish to partake within the Japanese expertise with out being within the Land of the Rising Solar, izakayas — basically Japanese bars — are those to go to. Properly, there’s a brand new izakaya referred to as Saketoshi that has arrange store within the Clarke Quay space lately in June, however whereas it additionally supplies that Japanese expertise, it has its distinctive features.

Residing on the primary flooring of the UE Sq. Buying Mall, Saketoshi was based by Jeff Ong, a person with a lot expertise with izakayas, having beforehand run a sequence of them throughout Malaysia, Singapore and Australia — this one now being his sole focus for the time being.

What units it aside from different izakayas? Properly, Saketoshi is an izakaya bar that specialises in Sake however not solely that, you’ll additionally be capable to pay on your meal with cryptocurrency. In reality, Saketoshi’s very identify is a portmanteau on these two aspects, with Sake referring to the Japanese alcohol and Toshi referencing Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym for Bitcoin’s creator. For cost, most crypto wallets are accepted right here.

In accordance with Jeff, Saketoshi was created to be an area for him and his crypto-enthusiast pals to loosen up and chill whereas discussing all issues crypto. “Consider it as a secure house to speak about cryptocurrency with no backlash or judgement,” Jeff says.

However whereas it was conceived to be a spot for crypto-enthusiasts to hang around and chat, it additionally extends past that area of interest. 

Saketoshi: Interior
Saketoshi brings the texture of a contemporary izakaya

If you enter Saketoshi, you’re greeted with a quaint atmosphere that touches on the look of conventional izakayas; that includes wood floors and tables (with some accompanied by comfortable couches) and subtly lit by overhead lamps — combining to create a comfy house that invitations all to come back in and unwind. For these eager to soak within the metropolis panorama, the restaurant additionally has an prolonged outside eating space for patrons to get pleasure from meals and drinks. 

Whereas we’re with reference to meals and drinks, let’s check out what Saketoshi is providing. We tried a number of meals objects from their menu, which paired alongside a few selections from their sake choice.

Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 45

Saketoshi: Dassai Junmai Daiginjo

And Sake is a wonderful place to start out. Our first drink was the Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 45 from the Chugoku area. Out there in 720ml (S$118) or 1800ml (S$299) portions, the drink is easy to down and supplies flowery notes for style.

Contemplating our curated meals choice was slightly bit on the heavier aspect, it was an apt pairing that helped to reset the palette after a few bites.

Amaebi Karaage

Saketoshi: Amaebi Karaage

The primary meals merchandise from the kitchen was the Amaebi Karaage (S$15). These are tiny candy shrimps which were deep fried to a beautiful orange hue, topped off with a slice of lemon you could squeeze over it.

It’s a beautiful bar snack that surprisingly will get addictive to eat. Every chew accommodates a deep prawn flavour, however it by no means turns into overpowering and deep frying provides a pleasant crisp chew to the outer shell. Since these are available in small sizes, it’s simple to take it multi functional chew, which makes it extra tempting to seize one other. Assume prawn crackers with the identical addictiveness however packing in additional umami flavour.

The one actual nitpick is that it chokes simply. After a few shrimps, the bits from the shell tended to get caught in my throat and had me coughing a few occasions. It’s not a nice feeling, however a glass of water helps. Nonetheless, I might say the Amaebi Karaage is well worth the occasional cough.

Ika Geso Karaage

Saketoshi: Ika Geso Karaage

The opposite fried bar snack on provide was the Ika Geso Karaage (S$15). Right here, you get squid that has been battered and deep fried, producing an attractive stack of calamari bites able to be eaten. Likewise, it comes accompanied by a slice of lemon and a few dipping sauce.

It’s most likely essentially the most acquainted tasting dish you will see that on the menu. The batter offers that good meaty, deep-fried flavour and crunch however inside, the squid is smooth and supplies quantity of chew. General, a good possibility as a bar chew.

Saketoshi Cocktail

Saketoshi: Saketoshi Cocktail

Coming alongside our fried bar bites is the distinctive Saketoshi Cocktail (S$39). However regardless of the identify and look, this isn’t a drink. Relatively, it’s a meals concoction produced from numerous seafood components.

It’s a new menu addition that has contemporary uni (sea urchin) because the centrepiece. Alongside it, a beneficiant serving of ikura and tobiko sits atop a particular home made sauce earlier than it’s completed with a splash of truffle caviar on the prime.

Uni may scare a number of individuals off with its peculiar style, however for these hesitant to do that: to not fear! The uni used right here comes contemporary and has a milder sea style, permitting you to understand the buttery texture higher. In the meantime, the ikura, tobiko, and caviar add totally different ranges of saltiness to the general dish that enhances the creaminess of the uni.

Scallop Ikura

Saketoshi: Scallop Ikura

For a style of the Hokkaido area, the Scallop Ikura (S$24) is an choice to attempt. Sourced from the Hokkaido space, the scallops are pan-seared after which topped with a beneficiant dollop of ikura, offered as a skewer so that you can choose up and eat simply. The scallops themselves are tender and succulent. Nonetheless, whereas the ikura is nice, it doesn’t essentially add that a lot to the dish itself.

Japanese Oysters Karaage

Saketoshi: Japanese Oysters Karaage

Our remaining deep-fried dish comes within the type of the Japanese Oysters Karaage (S$24), which comes offered properly of their shells, ready to be picked up and eaten. 

I’m not a fan of oysters; I discover the style too robust for my liking. This oyster dish, nevertheless, is one which I loved. Deep frying it with batter helped offset many of the robust briny style I disliked, however it nonetheless retained delicate hints of the oyster flavour for me to get pleasure from. The oysters additionally got here out plump and juicy inside, which mixed effectively with the crunch from the fried batter.

Whereas I’m nonetheless not transformed, the Japanese Oysters Karaage supplies a pleasant compromise for me to get pleasure from if I’m out with pals who love oysters. In case you’re like me, maybe it is a dish you might take a look at.

A4 Wagyu Steak

Saketoshi: A4 Wagyu Steak

If there’s one iconic meals merchandise you hear about on a regular basis in Japanese delicacies, it’s Wagyu. For these craving this luxury beef from Japan, you’ll be comfortable to know that Saketoshi is serving them up of their menu providing.

Their A4 Wagyu Steak (S$48) is grilled to medium-rare doneness earlier than being served up in slices with some easy garnishing, a aspect of rock salt, and a few dipping sauce. Whereas A4 is probably not the best high quality of Wagyu accessible, it was specifically chosen for its stability of marbling and leanness for patrons to get pleasure from longer.

And an important determination that was. Every slice of the Wagyu Steak is deliciously tender and juicy and dissolves simply in your mouth, however it isn’t too fatty to the purpose that it’ll make you are feeling sick after consuming a number of. After taking one, one other beckons to be taken and including a contact of the salt or dipping sauce accentuates that beefy flavour. 

Uni Tempura

Saketoshi: Uni Tempura

Going again to seafood, the Uni Tempura (S$24 for 2 items) from Saketoshi is the restaurant’s signature providing. The dish contains seaweed tempura as the bottom with slices of otoro (fatty tuna) and the principle star, the uni, resting atop it. Some truffle caviar is then laid on prime to complete it.

It’s actually essentially the most aesthetically pleasing dish we’ve had for the evening, with every serving laid on a wood spoon and plated in a bowl with pebbles and garnish — very zen-like. Fortunately, the style is of the identical high quality as its seems to be. 

As with the Saketoshi Cocktail, the uni is equally contemporary and has that wealthy, buttery texture when taking it in. The seaweed tempura brings delicate saltiness whereas the otoro supplies that burst of meaty umami flavour from the tuna fats. If you’re new to uni, this is a wonderful dish to attempt on your first time.

Scallop Foie Gras

Saketoshi: Scallop Foie Gras

The penultimate dish from Saketoshi is the Scallop Foie Gras (S$48). Right here, we’ve got two servings of foie gras sitting on a mattress of scallops and mentaiko sauce.

It’s most likely my favorite dish of the lot. I like the graceful buttery texture and wealthy meaty flavour from foie gras, and it’s all current right here as effectively, however mixed with the scallop and mentaiko, it elevates the dish to a different stage — the sweetness from the scallop and the salty, savoury style from the mentaiko additional enrich the foie gras’s umami profile to offer an thrilling kick of flavour with each chew. It’s a must-try for certain.

Aburi Engawa Donburi

Saketoshi: Aburi Engawa Donburi

Lastly, we’ve got some rice to finish issues. Saketoshi has a number of donburi choices on its menu, with the Aburi Engawa Donburi (S$28) being considered one of them.

The Aburi Engawa Donburi has rice paired alongside a flame-seared halibut fin, ginger, Japanese pickles, ikura, and an onsen egg. When you combine every thing collectively, the gooey egg clumps properly with bits of every ingredient, offering a delicate however refreshing style throughout. It is probably not as flavourful as the remainder of the meals we’ve tried, however it’s a good dish to have in-between.

Kotsuzumi Rojoh Hana Ari Tohka Junmai Daiginjyo

Saketoshi: Kotsuzumi Rojoh Hana Ari Tohka Junmai Daiginjyo

The evening ended with sampling the Kotsuzumi Rojoh Hana Ari Tohka Junmai Daiginjyo sake (S$158 for 720ml). Coming from Hyogo Prefecture, this Sake has a mellow however candy style on the palate and is beneficial to be paired with meat and fish dishes to focus on their flavour profile. Contemplating Saketoshi’s menu, it is a nice sake to have alongside your meal.

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Saketoshi could also be small in measurement, however it supplies a calming, cosy environment for pals to hang around within the metropolis. In the meantime, the meals on provide here’s a delight for these searching for issues to excite the palate, with a smorgasbord of umami choices and numerous sake selections to select from to raise your meal. Simply you’ll want to order a salad or two for the reason that ones we tried leans on the heavy aspect.

  • Handle: UE Sq. Buying Mall, 81 Clemenceau Avenue #01-14, Singapore 239917
  • Working Hours: Monday to Friday, Lunch from 12pm – 2.30pm, Dinner: 5.30pm – 10.30pm
  • Reservations: E book by way of WhatsApp or E mail
  • Social Media: Comply with on Fb and Instagram

Pictures by Sunny Low of the DANAMIC Staff.

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