Bincho at Min Jiang
Time Out says
Hidden away behind the Min Jiang at Dempsey lies the second outlet of Bincho by Unlisted Collection. The man behind the binchotan grill is executive chef Asai Masashi, who now shuttles between both outlets. The first, Bincho at Hua Bee over at Tiong Bahru is a smaller joint hidden behind a humble mee pok stall while the latest addition to the restaurant group is a larger 40-seat restaurant that's directly connected to Min Jiang as well as the outdoor patio.
Try not to be overwhelmed by the large blackboard of menu items hovering over the open kitchen when you first walk in. Pick and choose a variety of yakitori or yasai maki – thin slices of beef or pork wrapped around seasonal vegetables like asparagus or Japanese yams. Other standouts include the grilled chicken thigh stuffed with sea urchin rice topped with more uni and ikura ($58) as well as the uni shabu shabu zosui ($68). It's meant to be eaten in two ways: first, gently swish the seafood in the broth made from sea urchins, soy milk and dashi before piling on a bowl of rice to your leftover soup. Top it off with more sea urchin, seaweed and spring onions to create a bowl of indulgent yet comforting porridge. One bowl won't feel like enough.
7A/B Dempsey Rd
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