Ann Siang Hill has gone through a revamp, with new joints stepping in and up! So when my dearest Agnes Lin (ex-boss, ex-colleague and friend) hunted me down for a dinner catch up with two other pals with her craving for Japanese food - I jumped to try Yen Yakiniku out!Key Takeaways:
- Yakiniku means "grilled meat"
- Quality food and great service which gives a wonderful and holistic dining experience (foodgasms included) - always comes at a pretty price.
- Sake on a work night is never a good idea
(If you are coming from Maxwell Market, it's past Scarlet Hotel and on the left at Ann Siang Hill.)
Most places with this concept serves you the meat, grill and leave you to your own devices. But not here at Yen Yakiniku.
Owner & Chef at Work
That's the Owner and they've got 2 others on ground to manage this place. Each chef have the capacity to provide a dedicated service to 4-6people, inclusive or taking orders, providing recommendations and pairings, cooking, serving and interacting with you.
And so, we got our own Chef looking after us the whole night.
Does this mean they were in our conversations? Nope and here's why according to the Chef: the width of their cooking space plus the high table gives both parties (Chef and us) ample personal space yet just enough distance to have a conversation when needed. Though the night, it was apparent that our personal space wasn't breached. (You definitely need this space when catching up with bratty friends!)
able Setting and White Wine at Yen Yakiniku, $15 for House Pour White
Let's look at the meat options we had first (since it's Yakiniku)! First up: Ox Tongue. First time trying Ox Tongue (I've not even tried Ox Tail Soup) and it was all I could do not to run out the door, screaming blasphemies. It was a "must-try" and fine, we went for it. Over at Yen Yakiniku, they use the better quality of meat which is from the deeper end of the tongue and not the tip.
Ox Tongue, before being cooked, $27 for 6 slices.
And boy-oh-boy, was it delicious! We were given a separate bowl where we had to squeeze some lime juice and told to dip these into the lime for the extra pow-wow. It was cooked to perfection (medium-well), with the chives, sesame seeds and homemade sauce. Look at that:
Ox Tongue, cooked.
Secondly, we got ourselves the Tenderloins. Chef said medium well and who are we to object. Heck, we even got a second round of these!
$78 for 3 potions, 3 people to share.
And then we had another 2 more round of beef, Wagyu Oyster Blades and Beef Short Ribs. Both were cooked to the recommended levels by the Chef.
$48 for 6 slices
With all that meat going on, we had to have some vegetables and glad we did (plus a O-Nigiri)! Over here, their vegetables are marinated with basic ingredients and also cook appropriately. For example their Asparagus together with seasonings inside was foil wrapped and cooked in an oven.
And then we have the lovely Eringi Mushrooms which were "sauteed" on one side (only) over the grill. It was definitely silky smooth and enjoyable to the moon and back! By the way, was changed (the grill) at different stages of the night.
$15 for 1.5 portions
The O-Nigiri was packed with salmon bites and rice. A nice carb addition (which was not needed at all) that we wanted to try out. Like their most of the other dishes, it was cooked over the Grill and served to us warm!
$6 per piece
While Henry and myself decided on the second round of Tenderloin, Agnes went for the Hokkaido Scallops. And according to her rave on instagram "Ended my dinner with a big fat HOKKAIDO SCALLOP. Last word to describe "heaven!""
What's a night out with friends and no alcohol? Although we each had a drink to nurse into the night (Agnes with her Red Wine, Me with my White and Henry with the Plum Wine), it felt off without some Sake to go around to add to our dinner experience. Mostly cause Henry was compelling
Per Bottle of course!
And to end the night, we had Black Sesame Ice Cream! Surprisingly, it was on the house for us (we were also given a complimentary round of Kimchi at the start of the night)! Black Sesame Ice Cream, $18.
Other reasons why I really did like this place:
- 100% about service including their interior and restroom!
- We didn't walk out smelling like smoke or meat.</li>
- Empty on a weekday night, there was one other group of three peeps aside from our group. They have a crowd on Fridays and Saturdays, and only opened for dinner service.
Our bill that night rang up to: $454.30
We were poised while in the restaurant, said our thanks and waltzed out. The second we were out, we gasped at our little bleeding hearts (or wallets) but as we headed over to Indochine for another round of drinks, we agreed that every penny spent was<strong> worth it.
My most expensive dinner to date, and it wasn't even a date!!
(For more images and details: https://rekasg.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/yen-yakiniku)
Tenderloin,Ox tongue,wagyu oyster blade
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Jul 01, 2015
Spending per head: Approximately $151.10(Dinner)
Dining Offers: OpenRice PromotionOther Ratings: