Wanted a central, quiet restaurant to catch up with a secondary school friend so my friend obliged me to try Yakitori Enmaru at Level 4, Ion orchard. Yakitori Enmaru is know for robatayaki (炉端焼き) which is similar to barbeque but the food is slow grilled over hot charcoal rather than raw fire. I arrived slightly early and it was nice to be received by a customized reserved seat sign. This really gives the detailed Japanese touch. I was also promptly provided a hot towel, which I later realized is part of the cover charge of $5, which includes towel and appetizers. But the hot towel did help to make me feel welcomed!
We decided to share all our dishes. So we shared the main – Kaisen Chirashi-don ($29.80). The fish was fresh, but still doesn’t match my favourite Chirashi-don at Chikuwatei.
Because Yakitori Enmaru is known for its Robatayaki, we tried the chicken (Ibushi Yaki, $18.90). The smoking technique is supposed to infuse the chicken with a tender texture while having a charred flavour. While it was definitely tender, I felt this dish was too salty for me. Good thing they gave fresh cabbage as a sides, and the cabbage complemented the chicken when sandwiched together.
We shared other yakitoris, but pity they had a minimum order of 2 sticks so it limited the variety we could try. All the prices below are for all you see in the picture (>1 stick).
While the meats and vegetables were fresh, and the service was good, I found the food quite overpriced and most dishes slightly salty.
Address: 2 Orchard Turn #04-11 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Phone: +65 6636 7282