|Counter seating with fresh produce on display|
Akanoya Robatayaki at the Orchard Parade hotel is a counter-seating restaurant where all sorts of fish, meat, seafood and vegetables are cooked on a robata (a Japanese-style charcoal grill) right in front of the diners. There are three large counter/display areas and we were seated at the corner of one making conversation much easier.
Robatayaki are an interactive dining experience. There is no menu. You choose your food from the produce on display and then the servers then call out your order very loudly while the chefs standing behind the counter, acknowledge each order as it's shouted out - a very noisy but fun atmosphere.
|Some of the many little dishes we had|
Then the food starting coming. There was tontoro kushi (slightly crispy yet juicy chunks of black pork), tebasaki (chicken wings) and yaki tori (boneless chicken thighs), tori tsukune (ground chicken meatballs served with a raw egg yolk and soy sauce for dipping) and the shockingly expensive marbled melt-in-the-mouth wagyu beef. For vegetables, we had beinasu dengaku (miso-slathered aubergine), , satsumaimo (tiny sweet potatoes), peko rosu (tiny red-skinned onions). For seafood there were a few kuruma ebi (Imperial prawns) and a hokkigai (extra large Japanese clam). The food came in random order and were placed on top of a long-handled wooden paddle before being served directly from the grill to us. Great fun, convenient and also piping-hot. Several iced green teas later and we were done. After a small plate of slice fruit, we reluctantly gave up our prime seats and left the restaurant. Our wallets were much lighter, our bellies full and most importantly, umami was experienced.
Ground floor, Orchard Parade Hotel
1 Tanglin road
Telephone: +65 6732 1866
*Open daily for dinner from 6:30 till 1 a.m. (last orders at 12:30).
*Reservations highly recommended