25 Dec '13, 7am

Find out why the latest yakitori bar, by the people who brought you Burnt Ends & Esquina, failed to add up

Find out why the latest yakitori bar, by the people who brought you Burnt Ends & Esquina, failed to add up

Wherever Loh Lik Peng sets up shop, the buzz follows – this time, it’s for the serial restaurateur’s hawker-esque yakitori bar. The space, by day, serves up mee pok by heritage hawker Hua Bee, and dressed up Japanese dishes and tipples at night. As befitting of Loh’s hipster modus operandi, evening diners must enter through a metal door in the back. The décor of course ticks all the grungy hipster boxes – Hua Bee’s traditional marble and wood kopitiam tables and old utilitarian wall tiles are kept alongside distressed paintwork, intentional rust, unfinished wood and burnished copper. Style over substance seems to be a common thread throughout the Bincho experience – with general cluelessness from the staff, who aren’t particularly helpful in explaining menu items (written messily in Japanese on a chalkboard, with one-word English translations) – except for recommending the...

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