Locating Le Binchotan is tricky but we’ll give you a tip: You won’t find the entrance to this 38-seater tapas bar on Amoy Street but on Gemmill Lane, a nondescript alley off it. Named after the white charcoal produced from oak trees in Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture, Le Binchotan boasts a sterling menu of dishes grilled to perfection with hints of Japanese and French influences. You can’t go wrong with the selection of yakitori sticks nor fine cocktails at this chilled-out spot right smack in Singapore’s CBD, just steps from Telok Ayer station. Book ahead to ensure seats for a fuss-free night out with your friends today.
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Japanese and French cuisine continue to inspire each other at Le Binchotan – an izakaya tucked in a quiet alley in the heart of Singapore’s CBD. Although the address lists Amoy Street as its location, the entrance is, in fact, on Gemmill Lane. Grilled specialties make up the focus of the menu, done over white charcoal from the oak trees of Wakayama Prefecture in Japan. Found close to Telok Ayer MRT station, Le Binchotan is easy to reach from all over the city-state.
Helmed by head chef Jeremy Chiam, the menu at Le Binchotan is the result of a joint effort between him and chef Atsuhiko Hagiwara from Tokyo-based French restaurant en.terrible. Dark wood interiors at this gastropub set the tone for a leisurely after-work hangout over small plates of Iberico pork jowl and Wagyu striploin. You’ll want to balance out all that meat with the fungi large plate, a creative spin on the classic risotto dish with its use of Japanese-grain rice and shiitake mushrooms. If there’s room for dessert, you might want to try the smoked chocolate dessert before settling in with its popular coconut-laced cocktail The Gin, The Flower and The Bowtie. A discreet hideout in the dense downtown core of Singapore, right by Telok Ayer station, Le Binchotan’s exciting fusion offerings will please even the most hardened foodies. Reserve a spot to get in on this secret gem before the word gets out!
Excellent offer of 1 for 1 omakase. We had the most expensive set and food was fresh and tasty. Cocktails were very very good. Must try!
fantastic meal! We had the 1 for 1 7 course omasake and was totally worth it! Starting off alright but was quick to build up which disj after dish exceeding previous expectations! hero dishes worth mentioning are the short ribs, scallops truffled cauliflower puree, capellini, smoked trout and sea salt caramel n choc mousse. Great ambience and service too!
Great quirky bar/restaurant - creative cocktails and food for sharing. Japanese cuisine with French flavors. You can choose to sit at the bar or enjoy privacy over a small table.
Great ambience and excellent service. My partner and I enjoyed our experience dining at Le Binchotan and will most certainly head back there again. Highly recommended!
We arrived for an early dinner at 6.15, there was no other diner at that point. The overall environment was very pleasant, almost like a hidden wine cellar. Staff are friendly too. We were ordered the 1-for-1 9 course Omakase meal, which originally priced at $210++ per meal. However, taste wise was a little shortfall of our expectations. Quite a few dishes were a bit too salty and the dish offering within the course can be better designed. Our 7th course was a steak, although one of the best dish, it came at a point when we were quite full. The next dish was risotto and ended with chocolate mousse, another “heavy” dish. Would have been nice to end off with choice of a lighter dessert.
Quality food, staffs and environment. Most of the dishes surprised me. The narrow space not really affecting the overall dining experience, instead I found it more cozy and interacting. Acoustic has yet to improve as there are a lot of hard wall surfaces which does not help to minimise the noise level, as a result everyone raises their voice.
On the up side - great quality food, creative dishes, fun setting and friendly staff. On the down side - very quiet (although it was a Wednesday night), quite expensive despite being a discounted 1 for 1 offer and the flavors weren't mind blowing (lamb with red wine jus, mash and brocollini for example). Worth a second visit, but next time on a Fri/Sat to benefit a more bustling crowd (hopefully).
Staffs are very friendly and professional. Love the ambiance. It does give an underground tunnel kind of vibe. I absolutely love the cocktails there. If you do go, you have to get their bespoke cocktails. Its very unique and interesting!
Had the 7-course omakase for dinner. A bit too salty for my taste, otherwise nothing wrong but no standout dishes. Service was nonchalant - poor presentation by the waitress (plates facing the wrong way etc) and little enthusiasm in introducing the courses. Spent about $200 as it's a one-for-one deal, but probably won't be back. Pity though, the space and decor has potential.
For two people, the bill was close to 500 SGD. At this price you expect great service. Whilst the food was generally quite tasty and well presented, the service was less than acceptable. Not worth the price paid.