Not surprising to see an influx of Japanese restaurant openings, and this month we are likely to see long queues outside the Michelin-starred Tsuta Ramen 蔦 which will open in Singapore.
There are some hidden treasures which are ‘underdogs’ here, namely the noodle houses yet to be aggressively promoted.
Also, a Japanese restaurant that serves 10-course omakase sets for $18! Will this be another Teppei in the making in time to come?
Speaking of which, Teppei will open yet another concept this month. Watch this space.
Cafes entry here > 10 New Cafes In Singapore October 2016
10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore October 2016 – The Japanese Restaurants And Noodles Shops
#B1-20 The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843
Tel: +65 6733 0449
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm (Mon-Thurs), 11:30 am – 10:30 pm (Fri-Sat), 11:30 am – 10:00 pm (Sun)
Tensho by the Ministry Of Food (MOF) Group has opened at The Centrepoint’s Food Hall, located at basement 1.
The tempura don restaurant serves up just two types of Tendon – Mixed Tendon ($14.90), and Vege Tendon ($13.90). The good thing is the meal is served with chawanmushi and miso soup.
The Mixed Tendon contains tempura prawn, two slices of dory fish, onsen egg and vegetables on notably a higher grade of rice that what MOF typically serves.
Consider this bowl value for money. Tensho (Centrepoint)
Kyoaji Japanese Dining
176 Orchard Road #04-17/18 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Tel: +65 6694 4068
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 10:30pm (Sat- Sun)
“Kyoaji” represents “taste from Kyoto”, and its Executive Chef John Phua used to be from Fukuichi Japanese Dining. No wonder I found several of the dishes (Eggplant with Seafood, Almond Prawns) on its menu familiar sounding.
Items offered include Sushimi Moriawase ($88), Gozen Sets ($28 – $45), Chirashi Zushi ($35), Nigiri Zushi ($38.00), Ikura Chawan Mushi ($15), assorted Maki ($18 – $30).
Another popular choice would be the Chirashi Zushi ($35), with assorted sliced raw fish topped on sushi rice. There was a crab stick somewhere in the midst, which I thought was out of place. Kyoaji Japanese Dining (Centrepoint)
Japan Foods Garden
1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, #B1-01 (Within Food Republic), Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 6493 7300
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Do not confuse Japan Foods Garden (note the extra ‘s’ behind food) at Shaw Centre Basement 1, with Japan Food Town at Wisma Atria. Even though they are a short walk away from each other.
This Japanese Food Court with 5 different stalls is located at the back of Food Republic at Shaw Centre.
The 5 stalls are: Soba and Donburi, Akasaka Yukun Steamed Unagi, Bear’s Curry Café & Bar, Banzaiya Obanzai Sushi, Gyu Tetsu Tokyo Teppanyaki
Two of the concepts (the soba and unagi) are brands that are brought in from Japan, while the other three are original brands created for Japan Foods Garden. Japan Foods Garden (Shaw Centre)
1 Tras Link #01-06 Orchid Hotel Singapore
Tel: +65 6443 3463
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Mon – Thurs, Sat), 6pm – 11:00pm (Fri), Closed Sun
10 Course Omakase for $18? No service charge. No GST. For real.
The catch? Only 18 portions are available daily.
After the 18th person, Omakase sets are priced at $38, $68 and $98, still considered wallet-friendly.
There are also plans to convert this restaurant to a 24-hour operations eatery. But when questioned, the service staff revealed, ”No manpower.”
9 Scotts Road, #01-01/02/03, Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228 210
Tsuta’s Singapore outpost will open in Pacific Plaza, along Orchard Road – adjacent to the upcoming Kam’s Roast Goose outlet.
The intimate 18-seater will offer ramen in three soup bases: a Miso Soba; a Shio Soba made with an enticing chicken-seafood broth, rock salt, red wine and rosemary; and Tsuta’s signature Shoyu Soba, made with dashi brewed from a combination of chicken, clams and three types of soy sauces, including one specially brewed by an artisanal soy sauce producer in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture.
NOW Noodles +
Novena Square 2 #02-65, 10 Sinaran Drive Singapore 307506
Tel: +65 6251 0177
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm Daily
You don’t get many of these around anymore. A noodle eatery focusing on just 5 types of nodles, with occasional specials.
Dry Laksa, Dry Mee Siam, Fried Mee Tai Mak with Century Egg, Heng Hwa Noodle Soup and Vegetarian Mee Goreng. All at $9.80. No service charge. No GST.
Get a trace of home-style cooking, as though your mum prepared this for you, with many ingredients made from scratch.
273 Thomson Road #01-06 Novena Gardens Singapore 307644
Tel: +65 6256 0261
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10:30pm Daily
This new Vietnamese casual concept is quite promising, serving familiar Viet street food of Pho ($14), Banh Mi ($7 – $9), Spring Rolls ($8 – $10), and other side dishes.
The menu is inspired by the traditional recipes from Hanoi, with emphasis is on the modern usage of fresh ingredients, and strong flavours like mint, coriander, thai chilli, fish sauce, and many secret herbs & spices to add depth to the dishes.
Chinatown Point #02-34 Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Tues – Fri), 11:30am – 10:00pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
‘Kin Khao’, means “eat rice” in Thai, also a commonly used Thai expression to imply “to eat”.
This is for fans who love traditional kuay teow neua or Thai Beef Noodles, together with premium, imported beef from Australia and the US.
It is said to use a recipe which has been passed down through many generations.
I had the Sirloin Bowl ($14.90) and generally liked the robustness of the soup base. However, the egg noodles used didn’t feel ‘right’ – not the typical Thai style.
Hai Di Lao Hot Pot
Vivocity #03-09 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 6250 7557
+65 6250 7667
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6am
Hai Di Lao 海底捞 has opened at Vivocity Level 3.
Compared to the other branches, I thought that this Vivocity outlet felt more spacious in terms of spacing between table, had some booth seats, and the ventilation was better without that stuffy feeling.
While most hotpot restaurants serves up a choice of 2 soups, widely termed as the “Yuan Yang” pot, Hai Di Lo can offer an option of 4 broths at the same time – from chicken, mushroom, tomato, seafood, laska to their ever popular spicy Sichuan pot.
My personal favourite was the laksa soup base. Hai Di Lao (Vivocity)
Valley Point #01-21/22/23, 491 River Valley Road Singapore 248371
Tel: +65 6235 1613
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11:00pm (Mon – Thurs, PH), 11:30am – 12am (Fri), 8:00am – 11:00pm (Sat – Sun)
Brez’n at Valley Point serves up Bavarian classics, which is considered uncommon in Singapore’s context.
Are Pork Knuckles, jumbo Sausages and Schnitzel calling your name?
I would recommend the sandwiches.
Instead of the typical sliced bread, the sandwiches are made with pretzels. Filling options include meat loaf slices, vegetarian, smoked salmon or honey-glazed leg ham ($12 – $15). Brez’n (Valley Point)
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