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Torimaro Yakitori
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Time Out says

Singapore has its fair share of hidden izakayas – most are situated in town, but in soon-to-be derelict buildings like Midpoint Orchard and Orchard Plaza. With the new opening of chicken-focused Japanese joint Torimaro, it's veered off course: this izakaya bar is right in the middle of the CBD in Capital Square. 

For the month of March, their omakase course is priced at an affordable promo price of just $39 per person – the normal price starts from $68 per person. But it’s certainly worth it, with an array of chicken dishes done well. Now, apart from yakitori skewers, chicken isn’t always at the forefront of most Japanese menus – we’re much more used to prime cuts of wagyu beef or fresh sashimi. 

Up first: the omakase platter, a large plate filled with an array of Japanese bites – done in both modern and traditional styles. As a mishmash of potato salad, pickled celery, liver pate, and pickled tomato, it might be a messy array but it still isn’t anything out of the norm. Yet, the chicken tataki we might have hesitated over. It is indeed, raw chicken, but when eaten with spring onions, it was perfectly a-okay. 

There was also a series of yakitori skewers: chicken thigh, sasami – chicken tenders, and chicken wing. At this point, Tormaro’s generosity was evident with a chicken sukiyaki to follow. While most sukiyaki hotpots feature delicate slices of beef, this was chock-full with chicken, tofu, and tsukune, grilled chicken meatballs. 

Only the biggest eaters wouldn’t be whinging at this point. But after we thought we were entirely done with the omakase course, there was still a serving of fresh udon – noodles to be cooked in the simmered chicken broth. There was even dessert to end it all off: you could choose between a vanilla, melon, or yuzu flavour.

Pailin Boonlong
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Pailin Boonlong


23 Church St
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Mon-Sat 5-10.30pm (Closed on Sun)
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