Unlike other Thai Express brands Xin Wang, Poulet and Kiseki, Shokudo does not enjoy the same amount of success. I won’t be surprised if some gets it confused with the old marche-style Shokudo Japanese Bazaar at Raffles City.
Yes, Shokudo Japanese Coffee House is the one at Orchard Cineleisure (right up the escalator) and Bugis Junction. A much-needed revamp to its menu has finally arrived.
Flipping through its very extensive menu of over 130 items from starters, pizzas, pastas, hot stone rice, curry rice, maki, rosti, burger, hot plate, udon, dessert and drinks… all 14 pages of it, this reminds me of a everything-also-sell Hong Kong café selection, but Japanese style.
Some customers were ordering this mountain pile of rice, and I told myself “I must have this!” The Mount Fuji Curry Omu Rice ($16.80) is a show-stopper. Come on, rice wrapped with omelette topped with thick beef patty, covered in melting cheese with greens all soaked in Japanese curry? They should call this Mount Curry Eruption.
The blend of thick Japanese curry and cheese together is an amazing pair, as if the plainest rice can also taste good with it. The patty is really thick and juicy, and I think it would take two of me to finish this.
Seems like battered fish fillet burgers are the IN-thing now (spotted it at Grub and Department of Caffeine). Which teen can resist the Ryoshi Fish Burger ($10.80) which has this big slab of deep-fried fish across the bun with a sunny-side up sandwiched in between? Puts all the ‘tiny’ fish burgers to shame.
One of my greatest weaknesses is chicken wings, so I can be a little bias on this. Shokudo’s new Yuzu Chicken Wings ($7.80) served with wasabi mayonnaise has such a deliciously sweet glaze with tender meat, it is clearly my favourite dish that day.
Admittedly, some of the other items are the standard usual safe stuff – such as Unagi Mushroom Cheese Pizza ($14.80) and Seafood Avocado Carbonara Pasta ($15.80) – that should appeal still to the youths and masses. You get the sense that the new menu is trying to ‘play’ around with different versions of the same thing. The rosti alone has 5 different combinations.
While they took away my previous Shokudo favourite which is a Squid Ink Curry Rice, this casual Japanese-western menu hits a right note as there is almost something to order for everyone. Think Hong Kong cafe, Japanese food.
Shokudo Japanese Coffee House
Bugis Junction #01-53 (Bugis MRT) Tel: +65 6338 9216
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11pm (Sun to Thurs), 11.30am – 12am (Fri & Sat, Eve of PH)
Cathay Cineleisure Orchard #02-06A/B (Somerset MRT) Tel: +65 6736 0971
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2am (Sun to Thurs), 11.30am – 3am (Fri, Sat & Eve of PH)