The Place It is difficult to notice Niku Katsumata if you don’t usually stroll past Duxton Road. Opened since last October in a quiet fashion, we checked out this Japanese restaurant recently having learnt that it is a brand which hails from Ebisu in Tokyo. One main difference between the Duxton Road and Tokyo outlet is that the latter works by a members invitation only. We are still fortunate in Singapore.
The setting of Niku Katsumata is typical Japanese style – a counter seating, cosy cubicles for an intimate dining and mainly wooden furnishings.
The Food Wagyu Beef, Donburi and sushi are what you can expect here. We started with the Chef’s Special Appetiser (S$19), which features a trio of assorted A4 Wagyu Beef rolls such as Sea Urchin with A4 Wagyu Beef Sashimi Brushed with Shoyu; Marinated Ikura with Wagyu Beef Sashimi; and Foie Gras & Caviar with Wagyu Beef Sashimi Drizzled with Truffle Oil. The presentation and flavours are delicate for all three flavours, with my favourites being a close tie between the Sea Urchin and Foie Gras.
One of the main highlights we had which was introduced recently at Niku Katsumata is the A4 Wagyu Beef Set (S$38), which comprises five elements. We started off first with the Japanese Pork Prosciutto, followed by the Homemade Kimchi with Seasoned Sprout and Chinese Cabbage Salad Topped with Umami Seaweed.
If you are a true beef lover, you will enjoy the A4 Wagyu Beef. There are six thick slices of various cuts of the beef, which the staff will gladly grill it over a crystal clear glass panel for you according to your preferred doneness of the beef. I’m always a medium-rare water when it comes to beef, and I wasn’t disappointed by the succulent flavours of the meat.
The last part of the Wagyu Beef Set is a small bowl of Japanese A4 Beef Curry, which was a delight to have on its own. The curry sauce is not spicy at all, but very aromatic.
If you are simply looking to order an ala carte item, go for the Tataki Wagyu (S$20). It is essentially donburi, where you get slices of the A4 Wagyu Beef over the rice. What’s unique here is that it is also served with bonito soup stock, where you can choose to add to enjoy it like our local porridge. This is quite similar to my dining experiences in Japan where there are various ways to enjoy a donburi. I enjoyed the bonito soup stock and it will be a shame not to add it into the rice, as I felt that it further enhanced the whole flavour of the beef taken together with the rice.
There is also the option to top it up with premium ingredients (additional S$5 each) such as sea urchin, foie gras, ikura or caviar.
Rants The portions for the beef set may not be sufficient for a big eater. Unfortunately, the restaurant does not seem to provide any options to upsize the Beef Curry Rice, or perhaps other add-ons. Niku Katsumata only operates during dinner hours at the moment.
Will I Return Again? The experience is authentic Japanese. The quality of the food is good with some value for money dishes like the Wagyu Beef Set. It feels like a hidden gem along Duxton Road waiting to be discovered by foodies.
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This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Daily: 5.30pm to 11pm