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Bincho at Hua Bee

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Bincho at Hua Bee is a 25-seat cafe and bar offering all-in-one unique dining concept which features Japanese including yakitori, fishball noodles, coffee and toast as well as a cocktail bar.

Tue - Fri: 18:00 - 00:00

Sat & Sun: 12:00 - 15:00

Sat & Sun: 18:00 - 00:00

Closed: Mon

+65 64384567
$84 based on 9 submissions
Celine Asril

Bincho chef cooks Moosehead dishes

Here's a tidbit: betcha didn't know the chefs of Bincho and Moosehead are actually good friends who really admire what the other does, so much that they frequent each other's restaurants on their days off. They're now extending their friendship to diners: chef Asai and Manuel have adapted three of their favourite recipes at the other's restaurant and will be serving it as a la carte dishes at their own space throughout October. At Bincho: grilled asparagus with fried leek and garlic miso ($14), grilled octopus finished with olive oil ($35), and deep-fried pig's ears with chilli powder ($16). Head on over to Moosehead's page to find out what they're cooking.

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grilled asparagus with fried leek and garlic miso ($14)
03 Oct 2014 • 296 reviews • 14 followers

Bincho chef cooks Moosehead dishes

Here's a tidbit: betcha didn't know the chefs of Bincho and Moosehead are actually good friends who really admire what the other does, so much that they frequent each other's restaurants on their days off. They're now extending their friendship to diners: chef Asai and Manuel have adapted three of their favourite recipes at the other's restaurant and will be serving it as a la carte dishes at their own space throughout October. At Bincho: grilled asparagus with fried leek and garlic miso ($14), grilled octopus finished with olive oil ($35), and deep-fried pig's ears with chilli powder ($16). Head on over to Moosehead's page to find out what they're cooking.
19 Jul 2014 • 2 reviews • 17 followers

Yakitori Degustation? Never again...

I am writing this review while I'm paying the bill.  This place is an absolute ripoff. 

Let's start with the menu,  what they have is a chalk board that they take 20mins to explain to each table. Despite the time spent, we are still left confused with what yakitori is being served in a set. The menu is omakase (we found out eventually) ,  but it's not stated anywhere. 

Prices are S$80 or $120 for a set. We ended up ordering the $120 set for the 2 of us to share. And we chose the beef as a main,  and later realised we had to add an additional $30. 

Mind you,  for a $150 yakitori,  the food better be good and plentiful...but it was disappointing to say the least.

The portions were tiny,  and food was just blah. Appetisers of mash potatoes (small spoon), chicken liver pate, and a tiny 1cm cube of salmon. 

We were then served 4 cubes of beef (add $30). A quarter of a tomato, 1 chicken mid wing, 1 piece (2cm cube)  of thigh, 1piece (2cm cube)  of breast,  and 3 mini pieces of softbones. 

This was followed by a small bowl of negri Don,  and a sip of chicken soup (the soup bowl was only a quarter filled). I then ask if I could get a refill and was told No. 

This has to be the most absurd yakitori place serving mediocre and expensive  food with miniscule portions. A wanna be yakitori Degustation restaurant with zero creativity,  blah food and exorbitant prices.

If I could give it a zero star, I would.  do not eat here. 

06 Jul 2014 • 147 reviews • 6 followers

More of a been-there-done-there. Good to experience at least once

Having heard of Bincho for yakitori and its unique restaurant design, my friend and I decided to drop by one evening for dinner. And indeed, one will not have guessed the real entrance to Bincho is actually the rear door that’s facing the car park. Wire letters spelling ‘Bincho’ was the only thing hinting of the restaurant’s presence.
 
As we were a little comprehensive, my friend and I decided to enter from the main door of Hua Bee as that door was left ajar. Haha. Because we entered through the entrance from Hua Bee side, we walked through the space of the 70-years old traditional coffee shop before going into the yakitori area which could house up to 12 people.
 
We were lucky to get counter seats despite having made no prior reservation. There’re only 6 of 8 counter seats with proper view of the chefs at work, although one may argue that there’s nothing much to see for yakitori as compared to omakase.
 
The menus are hung on the wall in the form of chalkboards. Besides the a-la carte items, there’re 4 sets namely Saklira ($60, to order before 7pm), Bincho ($120), Fuji ($80) and Miyabi which is the chicken soup steamboat ($65 per person, minimum 2 pax). And from the menu, we ordered the Bincho set which comprises of :-

1) Assorted appetizer –We were served skin of chicken feet, chicken liver, potato salad and vegetables.
 
2) Assorted sashimi – I was a little surprised to see tuna belly. What a nice surprise!
 
3) Lamb – We were given the option of lamb, fish or beef (+ $30). We went with lamb and I must say it was grilled to perfection with the meat being slightly pinkish in the centre. Meat was juicy and tender. Yum!
 
Due to the (silly) 3000 characters limit, please continue to read my review on other dishes here : PART2
 
11) Grill sea urchin, $60 – Ordered a0la carte, this is my first eating urchin from the shell, and I must say it’s not too bad. Although with this, I concluded I very much prefer my urchin raw. And because we were sitting at the counter in full view of the chefs, I caught the chef poking his bare finger into the shell to check if our urchin was cooked. Of course, he saw me catching him red-handed. But still, I ate my urchin without complaints. o_O I would have second guessed myself, but when I next saw him using a metal chopstick to check on his flying fish (poking the meat before touching the chopstick to check the warmth), I guessed he really was not supposed to be checking our food with his finger.
 
The dining experience was not too bad. We were advised to share the set if we were small eaters, and I am glad we took the staff’s advise by sharing one Bincho set, so that we can try more dishes from the a la-carte menu. But items from the a la-carte menu were a little pricey. Nonetheless, I enjoyed myself although it’s more of a been-there-done-that. Dont think I will be heading back again. 
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Wing with sansyo peppers.
23 May 2014 • 296 reviews • 14 followers

Amazing grilled chicken wing by guest chef, Watanabe-san

Will you ever find a grilled chicken wing more tantalizing than this? Likely, but it'll be rare. This is done by Bincho's guest chef, Watanabe-san. The yakitori specialist has been cooking since he was 15, and loves chicken for its versatility and quality. He flavours (and serves) this dish with sansho peppers, mountain peppers that is widely hailed as Japan's Szechuan pepper - taste bud-numbing, with a burst of citrus, it is great with the collagen-rich chicken cut. We are sure chef Asai Masashi will use this as inspiration for his regular menus.
23 May 2014 • 1 review • 46 followers

Very poor service

Service tonight was terrible. After taking my orders, I watched the staff cleared and set another table, refilled drinks for other tables but never served the iced water whicbi h I ordered. I waited 10 minutes for my iced water which did not arrived, then I decided to leave.
The management of Bincho at Hua Bee responded to this review:
25 Jun 2014
Thank you for your patronage and feedback on your recent visit. We regret to know that your experience fell short of your expectations. Please be assured that your comments will be considered carefully by the management as we aim to make your next visit a better one.