It has been confirmed that Chef Keisuke Takeda — founder of Ramen Keisuke, the hugely successful chain of ramen concept in Singapore will launch a new Japanese charcoal-grill restaurant at Paya Lebar Square on the 1st of April 2019. The new Sumiyaki concept named Charcoal-Grill & Salad Bar Keisuke follows the brand’s debut of Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei in March 2017 and corresponds to offering affordable and quality set meals accompanied with free-flow salad bar of more than 30 types of Japanese side dishes.
Chef Keisuke’s new charcoal-grill concept brings much of the same Japanese fare and ambience one might expect at a classic Robata-Sumiyaki joint in olden-day Japan, but with a bit more emphasis on traditional fish dishes such as Hokko Sumiyaki (Charcoal Grilled Dried Atka Mackerel $14.90++) Toro Saba Shioyaki (Charcoal Grilled Mackerel $11.90++), Karasu Karei Misozukeyaki (Charcoal Grilled Miso Marinated Halibut $18.90++) and Buri Teriyaki (Charcoal Grilled Teriyaki Yellowtail $21.90++).
Dishes cooked over the bincho-tan (white charcoal), in addition to the above-mentioned will include Charcoal Grilled Teriyaki / Miso Marinated Black Cod ($21.90++), Charcoal Grilled Teriyaki Salmon ($15.90++), Charcoal Grilled Salmon ($14.90++), Charcoal Grilled Salmon Belly ($16.90++), and Charcoal Grilled Homemade Fish Cake ($10.90++).
Non-seafood dishes such as Charcoal Grilled Teriyaki Chicken ($10.90++) and Charcoal Grilled Chicken with Rock Salt ($9.90) will join the line-up of slow-grilled fish items — served with traditional Japanese rice cooked in a small iron pot and comes with pickles, miso soup and onsen egg. Diners can also help themselves freely to the salad bar that features over 30 items range from mostly fresh vegetables to chilled soba salad, seasonal fruits and sweets.
All the main dishes are fire-grilled upon order and cooked to a specified level of doneness by the expert chefs. One should understand that there are certain pleasures in life one should never rush, especially when it comes to cooking meat and seafood over hot charcoal and getting that extraordinarily robust flavour — Good things just take time!
Tip: Once you decide on the main dish, place your order quickly. Get a drink or enjoy the salad bar and wait it out.
Some highlights of the main dishes on the menu
Verdict: In comparison to other Japanese restaurants serving Sumiyaki offerings, there is no doubt that Charcoal-Grill & Salad Bar Keisuke is in the league and it stands out with its competitive prices and quality of ingredients.
The menu is considerably more extensive than any other Keisuke concepts. But if you’re not after the grilled fish experience, you might be a little disappointed to find limited option of meat and poultry. Grilled fish is an indispensable dish in Japanese cuisine, where fish is eaten more often than meat — it come as no surprise that the best signature dishes are nothing, but delightful grilled fish.
Charcoal-Grill & Salad Bar Keisuke
Location: 60 Paya Lebar Road #B1-16 Paya Lebar Square Singapore 409051
Opening Hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Seating Capacity: 33 Pax (Strictly no reservation)
Payment: Cash or NETS only
Note: Charcoal-Grill & Salad Bar Keisuke is officially open on 1st April 2019