5 Best Japanese Food Surprises at Anchorpoint
There are always surprises at Anchorpoint. I remember my first visit was when I needed food after IKEA, and found my way opposite across the overhead bridge.
There, I found a cluster of brand outlet stores, from Cotton On, G2000, Giordano, Pedro, Billabong, Capitol Optical, Typo to Charles & Keith (Ladies, are you thinking of going already?). I was happy to continue with my work-wear and stationaries shopping at more affordable prices.
Anchorpoint is the first mall to introduce the concept of premium outlets under one roof. If you need to settle your hungry tummies, you would find a range of restaurants, cafes, fastfood, bakeries and food court within.
For Japanese food lovers, you can also settle your cravings for fresh sashimi, sushi, hotpots, BBQ, delicious tarts and well-stocked Japanese snacks and health food all at Anchorpoint.
Fish Mart Sakuraya
Anchorpoint #01-32, Tel: +65 64742495
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10pm (Shopping), 11am – 9:30pm (Dining)
This is what I would call the “Japanese One-Stop Centre”. Fish Mart Sakuraya which has been around for 27 years has a few components – A mini-mart with well-stocked groceries, seasonings and Japanese tidbits, fresh fish section, and restaurant to enjoy delicious sashimi, hand-made sushi and Japanese cuisine such as Japanese cuisine Udon and Ebi Katsu.
That means you can choose your own fish from the display, and leave it to the chef for sashimi cuts. No extra charge, no additional service charge, and no GST. Sake (salmon), Hamachi (yellowtail), maguro (tuna) and otoro (fatty tuna) are some of the more popular selections amongst local customers.
If you come in a bigger group, try their Sakura Sushi plate ($28.00), a big assortment plate of favourite sushi types such as tuna, amberjack, salmon, omelet and Hokkaido sweet prawn.
The two things that impressed me most are the affordability and freshness. Fish is imported regularly from different regions in Japan such as Hakata. Side dishes are at $3-$5 per plate, Tempura Moriawase at $12; lunch sets of Oyako Don at $11.00 and Kurobuta Katsu Don at $15 which comes with miso soup and appetizer.
Anchorpoint #01-12, Tel: +65 64791670
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
I have been a fan of Maison, known for their quality European-Japanese cuisine and gorgeous Japanese fruit tarts. Dishes such as Escargots Baked with Garlic Butter ($9.80), Tonkatsu Curry ($16.80), Mentaiko Spaghetti ($16.80) and Seafood Paella ($24.80) are customers’ favourites.
My regular orders are the Hamburger Steak ($16.80) and Omu-Rice ($15.80) which comes with ketchup rice wrapped in omelette. I wanted to try something different, and didn’t regret the choice – Beef Stroganoff Butter Rice ($16.80). In fact, I went back the following day and ordered the same thing during dinner.
This dish came with fragrant and rather flavourful butter rice, wrapped with moist omelette (the way I like eggs to be cooked) and sliced beef surprisingly tender yet chewy. If you wondered why the special sauce is so rich, and perhaps salty to some, it is prepared patiently for a total duration of 49 days. 49 days!
Akari Japanese Natural Products
Anchorpoint #B1-37, Tel: +65 64712314
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Akari is opened by two Japanese friends, who wanted to bring in natural products and organic foods from their respective home towns Miyazaki (Kyushu prefecture), and Ehime (Shikoku prefecture).
This eventually became a retail store selling a wide range of products and macrobiotic foods mainly sourced directly from small enterprises in Japan.
While the group of us didn’t originally intend to buy anything, we all left with something. I have been looking for a meal replacement drink, and found the Healthy Standard Green Smoothie ($39.90) thick and natural tasting (bought the banana flavoured).
Apparently very popular in Japan, it did not have the overpowering aftertaste some protein shakes would have, and is packed with minerals, enzymes, fibres and vitamin. (Did a check – Akari sells it cheaper than some online sites.)
Many other products from pure Japanese Honey from Ehime Shikoku (loved the autumn flavour), Amino Kurozu Vinegar Drinks, Japanese Tidbits, Green Tea Powder, Kyushu 7 Grains Pancake Mix, natural indigo dyed apparels, and organic supplements such as kale and black garlic are available… It’s a Healthier Japanese Minimart.
Anchorpoint Copperdome, Tel: +64794001
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm Daily
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Gyu Kaku is a Japanese BBQ Restaurant is known for serving meats in various premium cuts in different marinades. Lunch sets are also pretty affordable.
Nabehide Japanese Hotpot Dining
Anchorpoint Copperdome Level 2, Tel: +65 64790368
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 10:30pm Daily
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Nabehide is a Japanese hotpot restaurant (above Gyu Kaku) which prides themselves of using premium quality ingredients such as Japanese Kagoshima Wagyu along with their homemade Goma and Ponzu dipping to enjoy freshness at its best.
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January 08, 2018