KiRi Japanese unassumingly occupies a small shop on Onslow road in Shenton Park. It doesn't display anything that would catch it's attention, in fact it looks fairly ordinary. The restaurant is tiny seating nothing more than 30 people, but the amount of take aways it does is pretty impressive.
The whole place reminds me of the many Japanese restaurants in Tokyo. With it's simple decorations, sweet wall drawings, pleasant furnishings with wooden furniture. It's pleasantly Japanese with a casual feel.
Don't however, be fooled but it's interior designer, for the space they have they made do with lovely simple decor and the food - it's displayed with care like most authentic Japanese places do. The chef and owner uses it's Japanese roots to display their food pleasantly and with perfection.
The menu at KiRi Japanese consists of a combination of Japanese dishes from bento boxes to a la carte entrees and mains along with specials. When we went we opted for the a la carte entrees to share amongst us.
The textures, the taste and the flavours all displayed in their Nigari is so delicate. The sashimi pieces, so fresh was displayed on a circle plate with wasabi and ginger on the side of the plate; waiting to be combined and tried with the sashimi.
The beef fillet tataki was slightly seared to perfection with this lovely apple ponzu sauce which we wouldn't stop dipping into. It also comes with lotus chip! I'm usually not a big fan of tataki because it's so hit or miss, but this was definitely a hit!
The prawn cream croquette was beautiful. The creaminess with the crunch and surprisingly a lot of filling. Dipped in the sauce it balanced all the flavours.
Then there was the assorted tempura - lightly battered and not too oily.
Although we didn't order a lot, it was definitely more than enough. KiRi Japanese definitely knows how to cook their authentic Japanese dishes. It uses fresh produce and a lot of love has gone into it's dishes and that is seen by the way the food is displayed and the mixture of flavours it creates. It's casual and unassuming but it produces as authentic Japanese as it can.