Robertson Quay/ River Valley
Lunch HoursMon-Sun 12pm-2.30pm
Dinner HoursMon-Thu 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 6pm-11.30pm; Sun 5.30pm-10.30pm
Accept Credit CardYes
Bring Your Own BottleYes
Shunjuu stays true to the traditional izakaya aesthetics, with cramped tables, an impressive sake display and a busy open kitchen. This gives the place a lively feel that diners crave—along with its izakaya offerings. There are more than 70 items to choose from, so start with the cod roe sandwiched between sliced whole cucumber; the saltiness and piquancy of the fish eggs are balanced out by the fresh, sweet Japanese cucumber. Chicken wings are succulent and infused with smoky flavours; the slightly burnt bits are also a joy to devour. Served cold, the cod roe spaghetti is a burst of freshness. Thin strands are generously tossed in a truffle oil and soya sauce mixture, and topped with vibrant orange salmon roe that pops in the mouth. Oysters are also worth ordering; they’re deshelled and filled with a cheese-mayo concoction that cuts through the brininess. For something different, try the exploded tofu stew, akin to the Korean sundubu jjigae. The reddish soup is filled with tofu and veggies and has a subtle heat that’s so comforting, you won’t mind having it in hot weather.
• When booking, request the counter table to watch the chefs in action in the open kitchen. If the weather is breezy, opt for the al fresco area.