Filed in best japanese restaurants | October 31, 2020
There are two things that bind together the owners of Shukuu Izakaya: first, a lifelong friendship, and second, a deep love for Japanese food, sake, and culture. This is strongly evident once you walk into the izakaya and take a moment to look around: the interiors, the choice of decors, and the over-all commune vibe between and among patrons, owners, and staff.
While the ambience is both casual and welcoming, Luis, Mario, and their two other co-owners are serious about bringing the best izakaya experience to Singapore, starting with air-flown ingredients straight from Japan, down to the pride of their business—their artisanal line of sake.
- Rated one of the best sake bars: Shukuu Izakaya takes great pride in this title, so much so that it is right below their name on the website. The owners are actual fully-certified sake sommeliers who have made it their mission to spread love and awareness for the underrated Japanese spirit in this part of the globe. Go for the full izakaya experience by getting sake pairing recommendations. Kanpai!
- More than 90 kinds of tapas-style Japanese goodness: Shukuu’s menu is a testament to the hard work and dedication that the owners and staff put in to deliver a total izakaya. You’ll be delighted to find that the dishes are affordable, too! One of their best-sellers, Kaki No Sakamushi, 3 pieces of sake-cooked oysters, goes for only S$12.
- Sake Sake tasting events: If you’ve ever dreamed of being a sake connoisseur, be on the lookout for Shukuu’s annual Sake Sake tasting events where they showcase a grand number of sake from different parts of Japan for your drinking pleasure, and education, perhaps?
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MENU: Shukuu Izakaya offers tapas-style Japanese delights that are easy on the pocket and pair so well with their curated line of sake. Don’t commit much to the menu as it constantly evolves according to the owners’ creative drive, but they have the Japanese trifecta of goodness down-pat: fresh, fried, and grilled.
- Ika Kuro-Age (S$10), Surume squid in ink batter
- Shukuu Tamago (S$3.80), Sweet egg nigiri
- Torikawa Oroshi Ponzu (S$8), Chicken skin with grated radish and citrus sauce
- Hotate Mentaiyaki (S$18), Hokkaido scallops with mentaiko and cheese
LOOK AND FEEL: Shukuu Izakaya’s ambiance is decidedly Japanese, you just know you’re in for a great, casual izakaya evening.
AVERAGE PRICE/PAX: S$50
NOTE: Reservation is highly recommended.
- Buses: 10, 57, 655, 785, 97, 97E (Nearest bus stop is 03041.)
- Nearest MRT stations: DT18 and EW15 (Less than 5-min walk)