So Ace, Ah Tan and me went to a new Japanese restaurant last Sunday, and our Ace here decided to do a review on the restaurant, below will be what Ace has written on the experience, anything inside the square brackets will be my own opinion.
So this is our virgin post on food adventure…
So we went to this Japanese Osaka soul food(steamboat and bbq) at level 4 of Westgate named KINOSHITA, it seems to be pretty new and not so famous(googled with limited result. Its a pretty small place but you get the homely welcome feeling from KEN and the various chatty aunties…[Yes, I have to agree that the aunties are power.]
This eatery is more on quality over quantity (we went for the BBQ over the steamboat), you can choose from ordering a set or ala carte. They do have various cuts of pork and beef to choose from, seafood and vegetables as well.
[They have 3 different sets for BBQ: Ken set, Koji Set and the Masa set.]
The set comes with a nice mild bowl of beef soup and rice.
[We were served a complimentary bowl of edamame and salad.]
1. They uses smoke to bbq the meat, NOT direct heat surface like teppanyaki which i feel is better.
2. They do have those smoke absorb device to reduce the smell, apron are provided also.
3. Their house special sauce is one of their main attraction, goes pretty well with the marinated food for grilling.[Yeah, the sauce is really good, not the sambal though, its just like those that you buy from supermarkets.]
4. Aunties are quite efficient in clearing when you get overloaded with plates.
My personal fav is the pork belly with all those glistering fat… I mean juice. YUM! Do take note to keep an eye on the meat as they are thinly sliced with lots of juice, and the pit heat up pretty quickly – those dripping juices tend to catch “fire” buring the meat edges easily unless you like your meat on the charred side.[I had so much fun setting mine on fire that I forgot to take photos.]
Since i like juicy meat, i would recommend choosing meat that are thinner with more fat content, easier to cook. Unless you prefer seafood over meat, the meat choice would offer a better value for the price.
The side order of chicken karaage is nice but on the pricey end at 6 pieces for $9. Its worth a try if you like fried chickens.
The gyoza was alright[We had tried better ones].
They do have special of the day as well – that day was various beef tongue for BBQ I think.
They do serve alcohol like wine and sake as well, so it be a good place to gather after work. We spent around $40++ per person [And a small reminder, if you are not a vegetable eater, don’t go for the set, Ace and Ah Tan have to finish mine.]
Will try the steamboat and dessert on another occasion.[I really wanted to try the ice cream but was too full. D:]
Can always drop by Isetan at basement after a meal for some dessert or snack.