Tucked near One Raffles Quay, The Sail and the up-and-coming Marina Bay Financial Centre, Customs House is slated to be the IT place for Shenton Way executives to hang out.

There are currently 4 restaurants at Customs House – Oyster Bar, Nueva Cuba, Proccaci (Italian restaurant that is opening soon) and Kinki.

As the title of this post suggested, I landed up at Kinki, a Japanese restaurant for dinner. Located at the 2nd floor of Customs House, the window seats offer a breathtaking view of Marina Bay. If dinner with a view is your type of thing, remember to make a reservation.

Graffiti, funky music and dark lighting. The restaurant reminded me more of Butter Factory, than a traditional Japanese restaurant. Kinki is intended as a trendy place for yuppies to hang out, but the price range is at parallel with serious and quality Japanese restaurants. Be prepared to pay at least $50 per person.

The restaurant was not very packed on a weekday, so this is the ideal sanctuary if you appreciate some peace and quiet within the vicinity of your office. Given that most of the restaurants are situated at the first floor, Kinki’s 2nd floor location is perfect for those who want to be detached from the rest of the office crowd.

Food-wise, I think the overall quality was acceptable for the price we paid. Special mention goes to the Foie Gras and Scallop sushi (above). I was initially very disappointed when I saw that I was paying $24 for 2 tiny pieces of sushi. But boy, they were really delicious! The pan-fried foie gras literally melted in my mouth, and after the initial flavour, I was transported to the heaven of soft and tender Hokkaido scallop. This is a plate of expensive sushi, but also a must-try at Kinki.

#02-02 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay

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