Kinki Restaurant + Bar is one of those places that you just don’t forget easily. The hip ambience and gorgeous panoramic view of the Marina Bay waterfront are a huge draw. Besides, who can ignore the cheeky moniker?

Located at the conservation building of Customs House in the Fullerton Heritage precinct, Kinki serves modern Japanese cuisine. During our lunch here, the restaurant is packed with the office crowd from the surrounding corporate jungle. Despite the busy chow hours, Chef Kinki succeeds in sending out some outlandishly strong culinary signals.

Sides & Starters

Tai (snapper) carpaccio

Tai Carpaccio

Presented on a long transparent platter, the Tai Carpaccio is eye-catching and exceedingly delicious. The thinly-sliced snapper is very fresh – there’s no fishy stench at all – with dabs of truffle dressing.

Momotaro tomato with ginger dressing

Momotaro tomato

For combating the hot weather, the cold dish of Momotaro tomato is a godsend that cools you down instantly. Spruced up with a sassy ginger dressing, the succulent tomatoes carry quite a kick. I can never get tired of eating this.

Pomegranate miso black cod

Pomegranate miso black cod

The beautifully-textured pomegranate miso black cod is meaty and moist, the sweet pomegranate-honey miso marinade caramelising on the outside of the grilled fillet.

Sushi & Sashimi

Foie gras & scallop sushi

Foie gras & scallop sushi

From the sushi menu you would discover the inventive pairing of foie gras and scallop. It’s hard to say that this unlikely marriage works when you only get to taste the overpowering flavour of the pan-seared foie gras and not much of the raw Hokkaido scallop. That being said, the foie gras does taste excellent. Be prepared to shell out the dough for this. At $22 a pair, that’s almost $13 a pop after taxes.

Zuwaigani (snow crab) sashimi

Zuwaigani (snow crab)

On the other hand, a surprisingly low-priced item is the Zuwaigani (snow crab). Served on ice complete with a little potted plant arrangement, get ready to tuck into chunky slices of sweet crab meat conveniently without the hassle of deshelling.

Spicy scallop maki

Spicy scallop maki

Stuffed with snow crab and asparagus and topped with a tiara of spicy scallop, the spicy scallop maki sounds really good on paper, but turns out surprisingly bland and bereft of pizazz.

Set lunch

For the lunchtime crowd, Kinki has a range of lunch sets available that include a side salad, miso soup and mochi ball.

Jidori Chicken Teriyaki

Jidori chicken teriyaki

If you’re in the mood for teriyaki, try the grilled Jidori chicken, enlivened with a teriyaki glaze and sesame.

Chirashi Donburi

Chirashi Donburi

For those with heartier appetites, the Chirashi Donburi comes with a medley of the chef’s seafood selection for the day.


Apart from the food, the wide repertoire of drinks makes Kinki an ideal venue for an intimate cocktail after dinner.

Geisha Sake-rita

Geisha Sake-rita

The Geisha Sake-rita is a refreshing margarita with Yuzu sake and passion fruit syrup. The marijuana leaf lookalike sure adds visual appeal!

Spicy Hachimitshu wasabi cocktail

Spicy Spicy Hachimitshu

If you’re the adventurous type that fancies some spice in your drink, like Bloody Mary, be sure to try the Spicy Hachimitshu, an intriguing concoction of vodka, honey umeshu, lemon, Japanese cucumber and yes, wasabi. While you may not get the nostril-searing effect, there is a distinct lingering spicy after-taste.

The Ambience

If you can, get a spot next to the windows. That way, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the waterfront scenery.

View of Marina Bay Sands casino resort from Kinki Restaurant + Bar at Customs House, Singapore

Kinki Restaurant + Bar at Customs House, Singapore

Looking around the restaurant, you may spot some wall paintings of a sumo wrestler lookalike. That’s none other than Chef Kinki, complete with fish-shaped hair chopsticks!

Kinki Restaurant + Bar at Customs House, Singapore

The menus, printed with Japanese comics on the cover, also feature the same character.

Menu with Japanese comic at Kinki Restaurant + Bar at Customs House, Singapore

While the prices at Kinki Restaurant + Bar may not be the lowest in town, with a view this good and a very attractive menu, neither your palate nor your wallet should feel short-changed.

Have Your Say!

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Kinki Restaurant + Bar
Customs House
70 Collyer Quay #02-02
Singapore 049323
Tel: +65 6533 3471 | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Operating hours:
Mon to Fri: 12noon – 2:30pm; 6pm – 10:30pm
Sat and Public Holidays: 6pm – 10:30pm
Closed on Sundays