The Place Located in Bugis area along Middle Road, En Yakiniku is a two months old Japanese Yakiniku restaurant and sake bar by the same team behind the adjacent En Sushi. The space of En Yakiniku restaurant is decked in neon lights with a relatively dark theme and high ceiling, which makes it quite spacious visually.
The Food The meats at En Yakiniku are mainly from Japan and the US, where the price range is quite wide too depending on which cut you go for. There is also a wide selection of side dishes and appetisers to go along with the sake bar concept.
I started with the Chawanmushi (S$3.40), Fugu Mirin Boshi (S$15.40) and Eihire (S$8.40). It was my first time trying Fugu Mirin Boshi which is grilled dried pufferfish. Eihire is grilled dried stingray fin, both of which are meant to go well with sake or beer.
For the meats, the best ones I had here is definitely the Miyazaki beef. The Miyazaki A4 Wagyu Ribeye [Shio / Tare] (S$54.90) is very well-marbled, leading it a very tender and flavourful profile.
There is also the Miyazaki A4 Wagyu Striploin [Shio / Tare] (S$54.90) where the cuts here at En Yakiniku uses the center portion or the “eye” of the entire Wagyu rib. This cut is well-marbled and tender just like the Miyazaki Wagyu ribeye.
The US meats are priced much lower than the Miyazaki ones, with the likes of the Kata Rosu [Shio / Tare] (S$17.90), which is the neck portion of the beef where the meat is lean and boasts a meatier taste.
There is also the Karubi [Shio / Tare] (S$28.90), also known as US Prime Short Rib, one of the most popular cuts of beef for yakiniku. Karubi typically has more marbling than the Rosu cut.
Another popular Yakiniku meat selection is the Gyu Tan [Shio] (S$21.90), or Beef Tongue, which is thinly sliced with a distinct beef flavour and a slightly chewy texture. It is common to grill one side for a longer period and leave the other side a bit rare.
Meats aside, there are also seafood options for grilling such as the Tiger Prawn (6pc/S$22).
Other than beef, I also managed to try the Iberico Pork Collar [Shio / Tare] (S$14.90) and Spanish Pork Jowl [Shio] (S$15.90). The porks meats are quite well-marinated in general and is a good complement to the beef.
Rants It can get smoky and it is not the most odourless kind of yakiniku dining experience.
Will I Return Again? The Japanese meats are relatively pricey here, as compared to the US meats. The wide variety of options on the menu is definitely one strong selling point at En Yakiniku, and you can also request for the staff to help you grill the meats if you are not confident of grilling it well. That said, Bugis is a tough meat competition with the likes of Hey Yakiniku and the newly opened Meow Barbecue as well.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
112 Middle Road
#01-00A Midland House
Tel: +65 6255 5744
Monday to Sunday: 11:30am to 3pm; 6pm to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter