Kakiin Oyster Bar is a cozy Japanese izakaya in Orchard Plaza which accommodates 8-10 people in each seating. We made a reservation online for the 615pm seating but realised that it was already half full when we got there punctually. I later realised that the seatings run from 530pm - 8pm, and from 815pm - 1030pm. As everyone is seated at the counter, we could all watch the Japanese chef, and his 2 assistants, hard at work while navigating skillfully around the tiny kitchen. Even though the space is small, it did not reek of oil, or left us smelling like a walking bbq or fryer after we were done with the meal.
Highly recommended by a foodie I follow on instagram, the Chicken Liver($10) is a must-order. I'm not a fan of liver to be honest, but this was yum! I think it's largely due to the sauce that it's coated in, but the liver itself was wonderfully cooked. Each bite of the firm but tender liver did not lack that characteristic and distinctive taste of liver, which was nicely balanced out by the savoury sauce. Every mouthful promised a burst of umami!
We rounded off the night with some Caramelised Apples with Ricotta ($10). The sweetness of the warm apples went really well with the tangy ricotto cheese mix. While it wasn't by any means outstanding, we enjoyed it and would order it again if we return.
We started with 2 highballs(12 each). I asked if they do flavoured highballs and chef promptly said he could do a coke highball. Didn't think I was going to be charged $5 for a can of coke on top of the price of the 2 highballs to be honest but do take note of that!
The food at Kakiin is generally pretty good, and I can see myself coming back!