Kabuke is not new to the scene, yet when asked for a good sake bar to go to, most remain unaware the speakeasy-esque sake restaurant. We've got the Korean cousins thriving within the same district, and of course, wine universally acknowledged, so why shouldn't sake get the same share of the spotlight? Especially when it's paired with such mouth-watering Japanese fare.
From the narrow stairway to an unassuming door, getting there has some sense of secrecy. This is matched with the shadowed den, with the lights mostly coming from the bar. There's the option of sitting there or at the tables facing the majestic kabuki fans that shroud the private-dining area.
Here's a spread that plays the sake wonderfully on the palate. Quite possibly because it's curated by in-house sake sommelier Keiji Heng. You start with an appetite-whetting scallop carpaccio and a sweet sake (that you will not find anywhere outside Miyagi), relish your way along flavourful sides, before culminating to the appropriately named Guilty Pleasure Bowl—that's Japanese wagyu, sea urchin, foie gras, caviar, salmon roe, onsen egg and truffle shoyu in one sitting. My god.
Tell us the Wagyu Sando doesn't look amazing. Come on, look at that Japanese Wagyu Cutlet, layered with a house-made wasabi mixed French cream cheese and sandwiched by a perfectly crisped Hokkaido Milk Toast. Biting into it is even more heavenly. We may be wrong about this, but you could probably have any sake paired with this. And you can if you want to. With sakes going one-for-one, happy hour happens Monday to Saturday, from 6 to 7 pm.
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Kabuke is located at 200A Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068638. For inquiries, call 8822 5525.