YAKINIQUEST was opened in 2014 in Boat Quay, Singapore by husband-and-wife duo Suguru Ishida and his wife, Tomoko, to showcase the highlights of their yakiniku (Japanese grilled beef) chronicles.

Origins of the restaurant can be traced back to nearly two decades ago in Tokyo, Japan, when Mr and Mrs Ishida and their three friends – all fervent dining enthusiasts with an insatiable appetite for yakiniku – convened with a sole mission to uncover and document some of the most exquisite yakiniku dining experiences across the country. Together they conquered the menus of more than 2,000 of such specialty restaurants over the span of 15 years, with each experience meticulously documented online at, a site well recognised by the Japanese foodie community.