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Where to go for skewers and drinks in Singapore

Ditch the stiff business meetings in favour of meat-on-a-stick and booze.

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    STICKS AND SAKE

    LE BINCHOTAN

    The food: Le Binchotan offers French-Japanese cuisine mostly composed of sharing plates. For your skewer fix at this joint, head for the sumiyaki section of the menu. While most traditional Japanese places would simply do their selections with salt or a sticky-sweet sauce known as tare, chef-owner Jeremmy Chiam has a more contemporary hand with his seasoning. A stick of oily Japanese mackerel gets cut with thyme oil, lime and sumac, while lamb gets a savoury lift with a miso tapenade. There’s even foie gras on a stick, with fennel, orange and a balsamic reduction.

    The drinks: It’s got a tight but well-curated wine list that spans smaller producers from well-known regions like Burgundy, and some New World labels including long-standing Japanese winery Grace Wine. The list also expands to include sake, and you’ll find the highly prized Zankyo Junmai Daiginjo, Super 7 – a boundary-pushing sake made with rice that has been polished down until only 7 per cent of the kernel is left.

    #01-04, 115 Amoy Street, Entrance via Gemmill Lane.

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