ROBERTSON QUAY - Nothing says Japanese comfort food like smoky grilled chicken on sticks (a.k.a. yakitori), and for years now Shirokane Tori-Tama, a branch of the Tokyo-based Tori-Tama group, has been pulling in a solid fan base of Japanese expats and yakitori enthusiasts who can’t get enough of these chargrilled treats. The restaurant recently earned a coveted Bib Gourmand title, and we’ve featured them a number of times in different volumes of What’s Hot in Singapore as one of our favourite Japanese spots.
Why you should come here:
For those who are not total foodie fanatics, Bib Gourmand is Michelin’s category that highlights “exceptional good food at moderate prices”, and Shirokane Tori-Tama definitely deserves that title. This is the kind of place where you can come in and relax for a while and order plate after plate of skewers from the menu, which includes your choice of different cuts of meat including tender chicken thighs, liver, and wings, as well as a good variety of Japanese side dishes like nori salad, crispy pork belly and rice bowls at awesome prices.
What we love:
With just 45 seats, Shirokane Tori-Tama has a more intimate vibe than some of your bigger Robertson Quay spots, and we love sitting in front of the open kitchen where you can watch the chefs grill up the skewers behind a glass wall. We usually stick to the more familiar Western-palate-friendly dishes like the juicy chicken meatballs and chicken wings, but more adventurous types can go for the chicken necks, skin or hearts. No matter what you order, you’ll get tons of taste imparted from the bincho charcoal and special sauce aged for seven years, both flown in from Japan.
Fancy some sake with your skewers? Sister venture Orihara Shoten is just next door and they specialise in specialty sakes from all over Japan, so either pop in there for a quick pre or post-dinner drink or order sake straight to your table to complement your meal.
Yakitori skewers start at $3.50++ and set dinners are priced from $27++ to $39++.