Wagyu has almost become the extravagant default if you need some quality beef for a Japanese grill experience. How about Tokachi Beef? Never tried it? Then you won’t know what you are missing out.

I was at Tajimaya, a Japanese charcoal grill Yakiniku restaurant at Vivocity, and was hugely intrigued about their Hokkaido Tokachi Beef Platter. (Plus it is a very photogenic plate.) It is said that Tajimaya’s Tokachi beef is air-flown directly from the subprefecture in Hokkaido, hailed as a tastier and healthier rival to the more commonly known wagyu.

Really? Tajimaya Executive Chef Umehara Shigeo explained that Tokachi cows are fed a specially formulated, grass-based diet comprising sweet local meadow grass, straw and dent corns to produce meat of an extremely high quality, creating superb flavour and texture. The cows are said to be fed a blend of traditional herbs to increase their resistance and enhance the flavour of their meat!

All in the mood for authentic Japanese yakiniku barbeque, we ordered a Hokkaido Tokachi Beef Season Menu for 2 ($198++, usual price $268++). The portions are generous, and the three of us were able to share this set.

The special set comes with Kimuchi (Japanese kimchi starter), Kani Chawanmushi (which is really smooth) and Tajimaya Salad (cool and refreshing).

The highlight is really the Beef Platter. When served, we almost could not take our eyes (and cameras) away from the bright and cheery-red beef slices with some finely dispersed evenly distributed creamy white marbling of the fats.

Seeing is believing, but tasting makes it believable.

There were the different cuts of Jo Rosu (loin), Karubi (short ribs), Zabuton (chuck eye roll, portion just behind the neck) and Sankaku (chuck short rib, meat just outside the ribcage), all 90 grams each.

The good news is: everybody had their favourite part, though my preference went with the longest rectangular shaped Sankaku for its intense marbling and tenderness while the cushion-like Zabuton also had an amazingly rich and luscious ‘buttery’ taste.

Comparing the Tokachi with the other types of beef, the words ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ is really an understatement. Where I was most impressed was while it was already tender, the meats had a certain quality of bite and leanness you may not find in lower grade beefs.

I know some customers are always afraid of barbecue because of the possible smoke and greasiness. Surprisingly, I think I still walked out of the restaurant smelling good, due to the high performance exhaust system.

If you prefer Shabu Shabu, the restaurant next door Shabuya also offers the Hokkaido Tokachi Beef Season 7-course menu for 2 ($158++). American Express holders are also entitled to a $10 discount and a complimentary bottle of Sake with each set purchased.

The hands-on Japanese Yakiniku experience over charcoal grill is always fun while catching up with friends. Plus, Tajimaya has an amazing view of Sentosa and Resorts World Sentosa, especially magical looking under the mysterious night sky.

Tajimaya Japanese Charcoal Grill Yakiniku and Shabuya Shabu Shabu
Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT), Tel: +65 6377 0070
Opening Hours: 12:00pm-3:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Mon-Fri), 11:30am – 4:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Sat, Sun, PH)

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220 COMMENTS

  1. The variety of food and the physical appeal of the restaurant is as scenic and welcoming as the location (Vivocity @ 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-102/103, Singapore 098585).

  2. Gambatte!

    Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT).
    Email: quietstar87@hotmail.com

    nice buffet are always worth gaining that pinch of fats as having a good meal always makes me feel happier and unforgettable, especially having the crave to try it next time again ;).

  3. The location of the restaurant is at Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585.

    And oh my gosh, beef! This is one luxurious food giveaway. If only I would be so lucky. *q*

    Thank you! <3

    achromatism@gmail.com

  4. The location of the restaurant is at Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585.

    Oh my gosh, beef! This is one luxurious food giveaway. If only I could be that lucky. *q*

    Thank you! <3

    achromatism@gmail.com

    • Mmmmm, daniel’s food diary indeed portrays an accurate assessment of the awesome unique food in town. Especially for this new outlet in vivo city! It’s a must-try especially for all those japanese foodies!! What are you waiting for? Get your butts down to:

      Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT).

      You will have one hell of a shiok time there!.

  5. Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585

    You already have my email, I entered when making this comment 🙂

  6. Mmmmm, daniel’s food diary indeed portrays an accurate assessment of the awesome unique food in town. Especially for this new outlet in vivo city! It’s a must-try especially for all those japanese foodies!! What are you waiting for? Get your butts down to:

    Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT).

    You will have one hell of a shiok time there!.

    Email add: ruijie90@hotmail.com

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    Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT).

    email: max_yeetkd@hotmail.com

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  8. I am just staying not too far across the road. 😛

    Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT).

  9. Location >> Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT).

    Email >> WebCrawler_73@yahoo.com.sg.

    Comments >> It would better if it was facing the Sea, its lovely in the evening with the setting sun. In its current location, its able to draw the crowd and stand on its own despite close to other food outlets. I like the food variety and freshest choice.

  10. That beautiful beef marbling…m.mmmmm~ droolz.

    Location – Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585 (Nearest MRT: Harbourfront MRT).

    Email: reifoh AT gmail DOT com.

    Itadakimasu~~~

  11. I’m don’t believe ill win, but ill try!

    Location: Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT), Tel: +65 6377 0070
    Opening Hours: 12:00pm-3:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Mon-Fri), 11:30am – 4:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Sat, Sun, PH)

  12. Can't wait to try the awesome beef at Tajimaya, Jap restaurant in Jap designed shopping mall! (VivoCity is designed by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Toyo Ito). It will be a great homecoming dinner at my favorite shopping mall.

    Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT), Tel: +65 6377 0070.

    benjaminltf@hotmail.com

  13. Stay away from this restaurant if you don't want to ruin your quiet evening dinner. They have the rude most waiters in the world. Have you ever heard a waiter snatched the menu from your hand and asked you to get something from the next table? Horrible man! Horrible!

  14. This luxury restaurant is located at Vivo City #01-102/103, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT).

    Enjoy and Have a new dining experience!

  15. Had a wonderful time in Korea having Kobe Beef with my Husband and we have yet to find another restaurant that is quite like it.However after reading Daniel’s Food Diary and seeing the pictures of the ultimate Hokkaido Tokachi Beef Yakiniku Experience I’m really excited and it would be wonderful to try this place out as the pictures look fresh and delectable!

    Still Shabuya located at Vivocity,1Harbourfront Walk #01-102/103 Singapore 098585 near Harbourfront MRT
    My email is shann.12240@yahoo.com.sg

    Thanks!!

  16. Location of Shabuya:- Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-102/103, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfont mrt).
    Email address:angaitingaileen@yahoo.com

  17. Congrats to Teoh Peiling and Suet May Lee for winning vouchers from Shabuya at Vivocity to enjoy a buffet spread! [Giveaway Ended]

  18. Saw a rat running across my table. I told the staff that there is a rat and the best part is… They told us, they had a pest control last night. This is why the rat is out. I got nothing better to say, what a good reason. I definitely will not visit anymore. Just a note for others patrons and beware of the restaurant hygiene.

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