Fancy unwinding over good food and a couple of beers at a chill spot offering idyllic sea views? Kibar Japanese Grill + Bistro is all that, and more. Located in Civil Service Club @ Changi, this all-day bistro specialises in modern French-Japanese tapas and sake. This hidden gem is one of the East’s best-kept secrets — not anymore.
The interior is chic and modern, with a mishmash of wooden and marble accents, as well as a fully equipped bar that’ll instantly put lift your spirits (pun intended) and put you in “holiday mode”.
Outdoor garden with sea views
For the full country club experience, head outdoors into the whimsical “secret” garden, where you’ll find alfresco seating overlooking scenic coastal views. Take a breather as you soak in the convivial yet relaxed atmosphere — a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The garden transforms into an enchanting oasis adorned with fairy lights as night falls. Grab an ice-cold Suntory Premium Malt and your best bud (or partner), and you’re in for a tranquil evening dining beneath the stars.
Fun Japanese-inspired fare
Aside from the classic Fish & Chips (S$24) and Hamburger + Fries (S$21), Kibar also dishes out tapas-style sharing plates and hearty mains with bold, umami flavours, such as the Mille Feuille Pork Katsu (S$17), Drunken Vongole + Kombu Butter (S$24), and Grilled Uni + Seafood Bibimbap Skillet (S$28).
Japanese binchotan kushiyaki
Some of their bestsellers, like the Ox Tongue Kushiyaki (S$12) and Pork Belly + Mochi, “Okonomiyaki” Style Kushiyaki (S$6), are expertly grilled over Japanese binchotan charcoal. I personally would order the unique Mentaiko Ciabatta (S$7) and Miso Yuzu Corn Ribs (S$8), which I swear I’ve seen on TikTok.
Fresh seafood & sashimi
Since you’re dining by the sea, why not dive right into all it has to offer? Slurp up Japanese Oysters (S$19 for 3pcs), exquisite assorted Sashimi (from S$14), or the artfully plated Chirashi Rice Bowl (S$28), which happens to be included in the set lunch available from 11am to 3pm.
Fusion pastas & noodle dishes
If you’re all about that laidback life, be sure to order at least one of Kibar’s innovative carb-laden creations, including the Aburi Mentaiko + Carbonara Spaghetti (S$21), Unagi + Soy Butter Spaghetti (S$21), and even a hulking Flintstone Tan Tan Ramen (S$52) fit for two.
Your meal would not be complete without picking your poison from the extensive selection of artisanal seasonal sake or crafted cocktails. Say kanpai!
Reservations can be made here.
BRB, I’ll be living the country club life with a drink in hand this evening.
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