Sumire Yakitori House hails from Japan with its first store in Tokyo starting business in June 2009. Its logo, a slight spin of the character 笑 (lit. smile, laugh), is further highlighted in its mission to promote that "smile is priceless". It can be achieved through good food and service.
I met a friend of mine to chit-chat over a light meal without ordering any main carbohydrate dishes.
Thinking that the cabbage would be light on the palate, I went to the take some of the leaves at the bottom. While it was undoubtedly fresh and crisp, the salt and garlic dressing was extremely salty. Having said that, the garlicky aroma was pretty strong in this particular appetiser.
Sumire Moriawase S$13.90
To get the best of five worlds, I went for the assorted skewers with sweet sauce. I enjoyed the chicken meatball best as it had a nice balance of meat and fats, followed by the chicken with leek and chicken thigh. The eggplant with chicken miso (Japanese fermented rice, barley and/or soybean) paste was good, albeit leaning slightly towards the salty side. Last but not least, the avocado was pretty creamy, although a tad dry. Pika's advice: You can replace the sweet sauce with salt.
Bakudan Korokke S$8.90
Explosive croquette - what comes to your mind when reading this? Let's cut it open and reveal the inside.
The explosive element turned out to be poached egg, which provided moisture and depth to the potato croquette that was sitting on a bed of lettuce. There were also quite a few onions inside that were naturally sweet.
Mini Taiyaki Ice Cream S$4.80
The sea bream-shaped waffle was filled with red bean paste that had the right level of sweetness, but I felt that it could be slightly runnier. I enjoyed the accompanying green tea ice cream of course.
Apart from the free cabbage appetiser, the food was more than decent. I won't mind going back to try some other skewers.
Sumire Yakitori House
80 Middle Road
(Sun-Thu: 11.30am - 10.30pm; Fri-Sat: 11.30am - 11.00pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Have a nice meal,