Keisuke Chicken Yakiniku Tori Yaro
We were taken by surprise last year when Yakiniku Warrior broke into the kopitiam dining scene, introducing Japanese grilled meats to Singapore’s UNESCO-recognised hawker culture. This year, the Keisuke Group, better known for their ramen restaurants, followed suit with Chicken Yakiniku Tori Yaro, a chicken-only grill stall in the heart of Geylang.
My interest was piqued when I heard that this speciality stall would only serve chicken, which is unlike other yakiniku joints that serve mostly beef and pork. I wondered if the selection would be satisfying, whilst heading down with my colleague to give it a shot.
Food at Keisuke Chicken Yakiniku Tori Yaro
The menu here is succinct, with only nine assorted chicken bits up for choosing. These range from 100g-portions of Chicken Thigh ($4.90/$5.90), boneless wings aka Chicken Calvi ($5.90), and Chicken Tail ($4.90), and inside bitties such as Chicken Liver ($3.90). There’s also Chicken Soft Bone ($4.90), which wasn’t available when we were there.
To make things easier, they’ve curated two platters: Assorted Chicken ($12), and Assorted Chicken Intestines ($10). The former gives you 70g each of chicken thigh, tail, and meatballs; the latter comes with 70g each of liver, heart, and gizzard.
You get to opt between an original marinade and a spicy alternative, of which I much preferred the original. Each order comes with a serving of Keisuke’s trademark marinated beansprouts and an onsen egg.
This egg was specially selected for its luscious orange-red yolk, and tastes richer than your regular egg. Also complimentary are the house-made Original Yakiniku Sauce, Special MISO Yakiniku Sauce, and a particularly toothsome chilli oil that’s loaded with ultra-crispy garlic and shallots.
I was thrilled to see the chilli oil feature in this Tantan Tofu ($3.90), a chilled dish that is