Renga-Ya (which means “brick house” in Japanese) is nestled on the grounds of the beautiful old convent, CHIJMES, among other establishments, offering exquisite cuts of beef from the land of the rising sun. Staying true to its moniker, the space has a very rustic feel thanks to its wooden floors, brick walls and warm lightings.
They specialize in two types of cooking methods—Japanese barbeque and flame-grilled steak—so you know they’re serious when it comes to meat. The showstopper has to be their Renga-Ya BBQ platter, which comes in 300g ($89) and 500g ($139), and features thick slabs of beef from Hokkaido and Kagoshima. They will be then cooked to how you like it over the hot charcoal. Those who prefer their beef flame-grilled, they can tuck into their steaks, ranging from different cuts such as tenderloin, striploin and rib-eye, alongside sauces of your choice, like their homemade steak sauce and peppercorn sauce.
Don’t forget to try their protein-heavy appetizers such as their deep fried oysters ($11.90) and their beef carpaccio ($14.90). They also serve up other Japanese classics such as their pork katsu doused in Japanese curry and beef udon soup.