Takumi Tokyo is a little Japanese restaurant tucked away on the second floor of the Marina at Keppel Bay. Described as ‘a fun showcase of Japanese cuisine with a focus on impeccable craftsmanship’, it specialises in teppanyaki and robotayaki.
I was there for a group dinner with a total of 7 pax on a Sunday night. As we had a large party, we chose to be seated around a table, and to opt for the a la carte menu.
The ambience of Takumi Restaurant is very nice. The place is decked out in warm lighting and wood, and the seats are comfortably cushioned. Diners can choose to sit out in the open area, in a booth, or around the teppanyaki grill.
However this ambience was immediately destroyed when we asked the servers a few questions. The first server spoke Mandarin and Japanese (kudos on multilingualism!) but immediately fetched her colleague when we spoke in English. The next server who came by spoke barely any English and could not answer us, prompting the Singaporean head server to step in. While the head server was better versed in the restaurant’s menu, the order process was still slow.
Fortunately, most of the dishes we selected were served speedily and with good presentation. We had a platter of sashimi to start, then shared a myriad of dishes. The sashimi was fresh and came served with fresh wasabi, something by which I always judge Japanese restaurants! The sushi was also well made and topped with fresh fish.
Though Takumi Tokyo specialises in teppanyaki and robotayaki, its other selections didn’t disappoint. Their bamboo chicken – minced chicken cooked in a unique bamboo container – was delicious, as were their tempura and grilled vegetables. Some of my dining companions also chose to have both hot and cold sobas, which were delicious right down to the soup base.
One dish that we could have done without was the charcoal-grilled eggplant. We were expecting firm, smoky grilled slices of purple Japanese eggplant, but were instead presented with a disappointing pile of mush. Though that charcoal taste was definitely there, the actual ingredient left a lot to be desired. Tea is also not topped up unless you notify someone.
On a whole, dining at Takumi Tokyo was rather pleasant, though the servers could stand to be more attentive and better versed in the menu. Prices are also pretty affordable, with most dishes ranging from S$6 to S$24. While there are definitely more expensive options, the S$6 to S$24 range should fill even discerning stomachs adequately. There is also the option to have a set menu, which rings in at S$150 across the board, so the restaurant is great for both casual and impressive affairs.
Takumi Tokyo is open seven days a week, from 12pm to 2.30pm for lunch and 6pm to 10.30pm for dinner.
Takumi Tokyo Robata & Teppanyaki
2 Keppel Bay Vista, #02-01
Marina at Keppel Bay