Modern Japanese sake gastrobar Tanoke offers Japanese fusion takes on brunch favourites for its Sunday sake brunch.
Forget about your usual boring Eggs Benedict or avocado toast. If you’re looking for a weekend brunch of a different kind, mod-Japanese gastrobar Tanoke, located along Purvis Street, offers a casual Sunday a la carte brunch that comes with a free-flow sake option.
For its Sunday brunch, Tanoke presents various brunch specials and other dishes that are not on its regular menu. There are brunch plates such as Karaage & Pancakes, a fun twist on fried chicken and waffles featuring Japanese boneless fried chicken pieces on fluffy Japanese-style souffle pancakes that are topped with berry compote and whipped cream, and drizzled with a yuzu-spiked maple syrup. Then there’s Foie Gras & Onsen Benedict, a decadent take on Eggs Benny using onsen eggs, seared foie gras and ikura.
If you love a good Sando – Japanese-style sandwiches – Tanoke’s will impress. There are options for Boneless Chicken Thigh, vegetarian Portobello Mushroom, and an ultra luxe A4 Japanese Wagyu, all of which are made tonkatsu-style and then turned into sandwiches.
But if you’d like to try some of Tanoke’s popular binchotan grilled meats on its usual weekday menu, a small selection is available too. You’re looking at top-end steak cuts like Australian Wagyu MB7, A5 Tochigi Ribeye, and A4 Kyushu Tenderloin. Make sure you avail yourself of the small plates too, many of which we love. The Gobo Age crisps, creamy and tangy Fruit Tomato, and savoury seaweed-studded Ao Nori Omelette are all highly recommended.
The real reason though to visit Tanoke for its Sunday brunch is for the free-flow sake. For just $48++ per person, you get unlimited pours of Hitotoki Sparkling Sake and Bijofu Junmai Ginjo. The package also includes free-flow Asahi Super Dry beer, soft drinks, and fruit juices.
We were already impressed with Tanoke’s binchotan mastery when we visited earlier this year when they opened. Its weekend sake brunch? That’s just going to help the gastrobar cement itself as one of our favourite dining discoveries this year.