Amidst the craze over rainbow-hued grub and honey crater cakes, and the recent resurgence of cheese tarts in Singapore, there was one other food trend that also gained traction this year — yakitori. The past six months saw this subset of Japanese cuisine come to the forefront, with Shirotane Tori-Tama scoring a spot on the Michelin Guide Singapore’s Bib Gourmand list, and at least two brand new yakitori eateries sprouting up in the scene.
Defined as charcoal-grilled chicken skewers, yakitori comes under a larger category called kushiyaki, which essentially encompasses all types of grilled skewers. Popular types of yakitori range from chicken hearts to thigh and gizzards, and many restaurants serving these staples often offer other types of skewered meats such as beef, lamb and pork too. It’s also common to see sticks of seafood like prawn and octopus parked under the yakitori section on the menus at some of these eateries. A handful of these venues even dole out luxurious options such as foie gras, wagyu beef and kurobuta pork.
Here are 6 of the best yakitori restaurants in Singapore. All of them serve classics such as chicken balls and wings, but keep things interesting with their unconventional concepts, or by putting a twist on their renditions of yakitori. Examples include Chikin — which offers Sichuan-inflected skewers — and Provisions, a cocktail bar dedicated to yakitori and claypot rice.
(Featured photo: Studio Kel/Kelly Fan; Main photo: Provisions)