Dhoby Ghaut

Dhoby Ghaut

Featuring Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar (GR.iD)
Yong Kang Sng
Yong Kang Sng

📍Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar @ GR.iD

Ambience: 9/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Flavor: 6/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Service: 6/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Overall: 21/30 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍

On a Tuesday night, I visited Singapore’s Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar, which is situated conveniently at GR.iD - a short 7 minutes walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Exit A. Located at Level 3 of the building, even before I arrive at the bar, what really caught my attention was that between the walk from the automatic door entrance of GR.iD to the open doorway of Kamikaze, I was bedazzled with multiple neon-themed installations, cafes, and shops at the corner of my eye. It was really quite a unique sight as I rode my way up the escalators.

Upon my arrival at Kamikaze, I was welcomed into the bar by a waitress - who led me to my seats, of which I did not make any prior reservations. As I made my way towards my dining area indoors, I noticed that there was an atmospheric night lamp on every table, as well as a mid-size indoor water wall installation. These combined with the dim indoor lights at the bar was a refreshing change of atmosphere compared to the neon-themed experience outside the bar. There was also an outdoor dining area that offered street view of the famed Life of Liquor and Club FML, alongside other bars, restaurants, and stores.

With that, I give Singapore’s Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar at GR.iD a very solid 9/10 for Ambience.

I ordered (1) Fried Bacon with Enoki Mushroom, (2) Salmon Teriyaki Don with Onsen Egg, (3) Bucket of 5 Hoegaarden, and (4) 4 Skewers (Pork Collar, Pork Belly, Chicken Heart, and Shiitake Mushroom).

Frankly speaking, with the impressive ambience, my expectations of the food was really elevated - which perhaps may have induced what I felt was - a tinge of disappointment.

The S$10.90 Salmon Teriyaki Don with Onsen Egg was rather average as the Salmon Skin wasn’t crispy and the meat was on the drier side of the scale. I also felt that the rice to ingredients ratio was slightly unbalanced as there was a lack of variety of greens and other ingredients compared to the amount of rice.

On a more positive note, the S$9.90 Fried Bacon with Enoki Mushroom was really good. The Bacon was unbelievably juicy and the pairing with the crispy Enoki Mushroom was brilliant as it elevated the entire dish to a whole new plane. This is a must-try and will definitely be the reason why I re-visit Kamikaze in the future.

Last but not least we have the 4 S$0.90 Skewers - Pork Collar, Pork Belly, Chicken Heart, and Shiitake Mushroom. I’m really torn on this dish as I really loved the Chicken Heart Skewer but I really disliked the other 3 - especially the Shiitake Mushroom. Both the Pork Collar Skewer and Pork Belly Skewer were really dry and overcooked, while the Shiitake Mushroom Skewer just completely lacked seasonings and flavor. On the other hand, the Chicken Heart Skewer was just so on-point, as it had that sweet, chewy, and slightly metallic oomph flavor that I really like. However, for just $0.90 per piece, it doesn’t really give me much room to complain about its quality as it is really value-for-money.

With that, I give Singapore’s Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar at GR.iD a 6/10 for flavor and a 6/10 for service as well as their customer service was up to standard - with the waiter and waitress being friendly, readily available, and prompt in attending to our orders, queries, and requests.

Overall, Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar at GR.iD scored a 21/30 after combining the scores for Ambience, Flavor, and Service. To quickly conclude, the bar is honestly a decent spot for a casual night out with your friends, colleagues, and especially your significant other due to the impressive ambience that you can get here without breaking your bank.

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