Singapore’s first Japanese Kushikatsu Restaurant & Bar concept on the colourful streets of Haji Lane. A part of Unlisted Collection.
Drawing inspiration from the neon lights on Osaka’s buzzing street scene, Panko gives off an energetic cyber punk vibe that sits right at home with its location on the original hipster neighbourhood of Kampong Glam. Take a walk through the restaurant and you will find many beautiful hand-painted murals, vintage Japanese posters and moving animation projections on the walls.
Featuring a cosy dining area and an interactive open kitchen bar, the eclectic décor and welcoming atmosphere makes Panko a perfect spot for groups of friends to gather.
MEET Chef Ishikawa Kazuma, who hails from a 4-generation family lineage of prestigious restaurateurs in Toyohashi city, Japan.
Shortly after his training, Chef Ishikawa honed his skills in Nagoya, Japan for twelve years before the opportunity of a lifetime came for him to move to 5-star Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Home to three Michelin-starred establishments, Hotel Okura was a defining period in his career where he developed recipes and grew as a Chef in a challenging environment. He later joined the illustrious Hide Yamamoto group in Singapore, where he took the charge as Chef de Cuisine in Hide Yamamoto at Marina Bay Sands.
With years of experience under his belt from across the globe, Chef Ishikawa brings the same culinary passion and dedication to Panko under the mentorship of Executive Chef Asai Masashi, the man behind the extraordinary Japanese yakitori hideout, Bincho.
SERVING up hearty skewers of meats, seafood and vegetables, Kushikatsu is a well-loved comfort food that originated from Osaka. Each Kusikatsu is lovingly skewered on bamboo sticks by hand, generously coated with a special egg batter, covered in panko breadcrumbs and cooked to a golden brown.
The secret, to Panko’s light and crisp Kusikatsu are the handmade panko breadcrumbs, made from a fascinating method of passing electric currents through the bread dough, yielding a crustless bread before grinding to fine crumbs. Joining the Kushi offerings on the menu are other complementary
Izakaya-style dishes including fresh sashimi, sushi rolls, donburis and more.