Almost three years into its run, this dinner-only venue is still packing people in with its fusion-Japanese fare, such as the black pepper softshell crab bao, Tokyo hummus and paella-like unagi rice served in a hot pan. To reinforce the communal dining theme, all dishes are available in small or large sizes, under dim lighting and against a backdrop of graffiti art and rock ’n’ roll tunes. The open kitchen and cocktail bar counter on the side of the dining room provide a source of visual entertainment when you’re not downing the delectable Japanese-inspired cocktails, shaken with a great deal of vigour by the two resident bartenders. While the food may provoke a discourse on authenticity of Japanese flavours, the small but well-curated list of sakes is absolutely spot on. Given the vibe and the tiny tables, Neon Pigeon isn’t a place for corporate entertainment, but promises great fun on a night out with friends.