Satsuma Shochu Dining Bar is an izakaya* with more than 100 labels of of shochu** by the glass. Located on the premises of The Gallery Hotel at Robertson Quay, there are two seating options. On the first level, you will have a more casual and relaxing dining environment and be seated on tatami, while the second floor offer more formal dining environment with table and chairs.
The décor of the restaurant is very casual, which is normal for izakaya type dining establishment, as in Japan. The most catchy decoration is the stack and stack of shochu bottles on offer.
As the little devil and I are unable to consume alcohol at the moment, we stick with the food. While our two other dining companion, decided on take on the shochu. Their food are served in a small portion, which is more to accompany the drinks.
|Yellow Tail with Truffle Oil Dressing|
Yellow Tail with Truffle Oil Dressing ($25) and Chicken Skin mixed with Cod Roe ($10) are our starters. The yellow tail is fresh with subtle sweetness, and the truffle oil dressing gives the taste another dimension. The Chicken skin salad is really an indulgence for chicken skin lover like myself, crispy deep fried chicken skins combine with fresh cucumber and coe roe to make you feel less guilty when you enjoy the yummyynesss!!!!
|Chicken Skin mixed with Cod Roe|
For Kushiyaki – Grill items comes in a pair, we ordered:pork belly ($7), cheese rolled with pork ($5), asparagus rolled with pork ($7), quail eggs wrapped with pork ($6), ox tongue ($9), goose liver ($13), prawn with basil leaves and pork ($13), prawn with sweet miso sauce ($18), meat bar serve with raw egg ($6), Squid ($9), Sishamo (pregnant fish - $6), mushroom stuffed with mince chicken ($6).
|Ox tongue & Prawn with basil leaves and pork|
|meat bar serve with raw egg|
In case the petite dishes do not fill up your tummy, you can try their zaru soba ($12) and oyster omelette ($15). The soba is nicely al dante, while the omlette is generous in serving with tasty soy gravy.
Service is very attentive and good. The grill stuff might come a bit slow when the place is packed.
Overall, this place serve excellent authentic Kushiyaki to accompany the shochu. It is a good place to catch up with friends or entertain your clients. The best part, you can eat grill food and come out from the restaurant without smelling like the food itself. Cheers!!
Food & Drink: 8.5/10
Satsuma Shochu Dining Bar
1 Nanson Road
#01-10, #02-10. The Gallery Hotel
Tel: 6235 3565
Mon – Fri: 12.00 – 14.30 (LO 14.00)
Sun – Thu: 18.00 – 23.00 (LO 22.00)
Fri – Sat: 18.00 – 01.00 (LO Midnight)
Closed on Sat & Sun Lunch.
(PDF Menu Available on Website)
*Izakaya is restaurant servings various kind of food where people usually go to drink alcohol
**Shochu is a distilled alcohol beverage (made from sweet potato, barley, rice, etc)