A cross between a tachinomiya (standing bar) and izakaya (bar with seats), a concept that’s recently popular among bar hoppers in Japan’s major cities. Set in a retro-chic and casual bistro-bar atmosphere, En Sakaba offers a wide variety of Japanese-influenced tapas that are best paired with sake and beer. The comprehensive menu include an array of sashimi, agemono, yakimono and Japanese sharing plates like Kurobuta Niku No Hoho, a grilled pork cheek with wafu sauce ($10), Beef Truffle Carpaccio ($13), and Aburi Salmon Maki, followed by a range of umami-rich dishes such as Jumbo Hotate Yaki ($8), and Zuwai Kani Kourayaki ($13), En Sakab also offer a variety of value-for-money lunch sets, like the crowd-favourite Yakiniku Onsen Tamago Don ($15) and Kaisen Chirashi Don ($20).
Beverage wise, menu comprises of a good selection of shochu and sake, featuring over 30 brands of award winning label, including Masumi Tokusen from Nagano prefecture, Kitagawa Tomioh Gin no Tsukasa, a Junmai Dai Ginjyo from Kyoto, and the Kuboto Suiji, an unpasteurized Daiginjo from Niigata prefecture. Try the 5 course Sake & Food Pairing Menu ($48) to get a taste of various sake and dishes.
Update (June 2017): En Sakaba has opened their flagship outlet at Tanjong Pagar.