Craving for some appetizing and affordable Japanese food all at one place? Some may not know that there is a relatively NEW Nihon Food Street on Level 2 of Millenia Walk.
The Nihon Food Street boost of a range of Japanese dining options, which includes Ramen shops Chabuton and Uma Uma, Tonkatsu specialist Saboten, Sushi restaurants Sushi Murasaki and Tomi Sushi, and newly opened Kurama Robatayaki which offers Japanese grills and sake.
Not forgetting other familiar favourites such as Teppei Syokudo, Miharu Sapporo Ramen, Rakuzen, Sandaime Bunji and YAYOI on Level 1.
Yes, there are that many choices! For your next dinner spot and weekend gatherings.
11 Must Try Japanese Restaurants At Millenia Walk For An Oishii Time!
Tel: +65 6837 0335
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Chabuton serves up a wide array of ramen created by its Michelin starred chef, Chef Yasuji Morizumi, hailed as ‘King of Ramen’ on Japan’s television programme.
If SPICY is up your alley, come to conquer the Level 1 to 5 Yoruton Ramen ($12.90).
This is a SUPER SPICY bowl which has a blend of fiery chilli paste made of plentiful of chilli padis, topped with char siew, bamboo shoot and Japanese leek, in Chabuton’s rich tonkotsu soup.
Level 1 is suitable for those with low tolerance, while a Level 5 should be tongue-torching and perhaps stomach churning.
I admit, I couldn’t even conquer a 3.
Tel: +65 6837 3432
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm (last order at 9:30pm)
A lover of Katsu? Saboten is one of the largest Tonkatsu chains with over 500 stores worldwide specialising in Katsu.
From Tenderloin Katsu ($23), Fried Shrimp Gozen ($23), Salmon Katsu Gozen ($21), Chicken Katsu Don ($19) to Chicken Katsu Curry Gozen ($18.50), have your fill on meals skillfully battered and fried.
The special tonkatsu sauce is said to be made of 10 different spices and onions, carrots, tomatoes and apples to bring out the best flavour.
If you love your cheese, have the Cheese Tenderloin Variety Katsu Gozen ($22) plate with a mixture of Cheese Tenderloin, Asparagus Cheese and Crab Cream Croquette which is crispy on the outside, oozy in the middle.
Tel: +65 6238 1123
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Tomi Sushi is established in the Niigata prefecture since 1954, and first opened at Millenia Walk as their first outlet in Singapore.
Recommended dishes include the Sushi Gozen ($54), Tokujyo Chirashi ($54), and for lunch the Osusume ($45) and Sushi Bento ($38) containing a variety of nigiri and sides.
You can also choose to sit by the counter, for a selection of 5 Nigiri ($28) made with freshly imported fish and 100% Niigata Koshihikari rice, dipped in a traditionally brewed soy sauce created by Tomi Sushi.
Tel: +65 6341 9668
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
THIS. Yes, this. A Premium Wagyu Don ($85) that spells indulgence, sumptuousness and savour all at the same time.
The Donburi includes Kagoshima Wagyu Beef, WITH buttery foie gras, uni, ikura, black truffle, onsen egg and further drizzled with truffle soy sauce. Every spoonful, you are probably consuming something luxe.
Other Dobunri choices include Gyu Don ($38), Bara Chirashi ($32), Kaisen Don ($38) and Hokkaido Don ($68).
One of the highlights is the Omakase, affordably available for lunch ($48, $78, $128); and dinner ($128, $180) where you may experience some notch off-the-menu items. Freshest ingredients are air flown thrice a week directly from Japan.
Kurama Robatayaki and Yoi Sake Bar
Tel: +65 6341 9668
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:00pm, 6pm – 11:45pm (Mon – Sun)
Ah, a newly opened robataya (fireside cooking) restaurant in Singapore – for both a meal and ‘show’.
Choose from the fresh product on display, confirm selection with the service staff, and see the food grilled right in front of you.
For recommendations, do not miss the moist savoury Tsukune (chicken meatballs) with an egg on side. You can also pair your grills with sake from Yoi Sake bar. Kampai!
Uma Uma Restaurant & Bar
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 12am (Mon – Sat), 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Sun)
This Uma Uma Restaurant & Bar at Millenia Walk feature several concepts – Hakata-styled Ramen from Uma Uma Ramen, grilled Yakitori and Kushikatsu (deep-fried breaded skewers) prepared by Head Chef Shota Kaneko, with cocktails and drinks by Horse’s Mouth.
Ramen wise, the ‘old favourites’ are the Uma Uma Ramen ($14), Bushi Tonkotsu ($16) and Mazesoba ($14) – a dry style ramen topped with onsen egg.
The Mazesoba may remind you a Japanese version of the local ‘bak chor mee’, with springy noodles added with chasiu, bamboo shoots, leek and sprinkling of spring onions. You may get hooked on the sauce.
Exclusive to this branch, Uma Uma also features a special menu of over 12 types of Yakitori and Kushikatsu prepared a la minute, paired with specially created homemade sauces.
YAYOI Japanese Teishoku Restaurant
Tel: +65 6337 0034
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
YAYOI is known for its Teishoku (Set Meal) which usually includes a main dish, side dish, a bowl of Japanese Kinme rice and miso soup.
One of its best sellers is the Hitsumabushi Teishoku ($21.90), containing premium unagi (eel) on rice with dashi broth prepared in a kama-pot.
The restaurant recommends diner to enjoy the set in four different ways – in its original form first, with added condiments, with ochazuke dashi, and the 4th way – your own liking. It is a different and refreshing way to taste unagi! I enjoyed the grilled unagi pieces, glazed in a sweet and flavourful sauce.
Salmon Mabushi Teishoku ($19.90), Gyu Mabushi Teishoku ($18.90) and Tori Mabushi Teishoku ($16.90) are also available on a seasonal basis!
Miharu Sapporo Ramen
Tel: +65 6733 8464
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6pm – 10pm Daily
Fans of authentic Sapporo style miso ramen would find their way to Miharu Sapporo Ramen, which is one of the first Japanese restaurants in Singapore to serve this style of ramen.
Their Sapporo style ramen is commonly associated with medium sized, curly yellow noodles in miso-based ramen, topped with sweet corn, butter, and bean sprouts. A point to note is the soup is generally rich, thick and saltier than the typical Tonkotsu soup bases, suitable for the colder weathers of Hokkaido.
The key ingredients to the ramen, such as noodles, miso, kelp (konbu dashi) and soup base are all directly supplied by manufacturers In Hokkaido.
The recommended include Tokusen Miso ($14.80), Tokusen Shiro Miso ($14.80) Miso Tonkotsu ($14.80) and Tokusen Shoyu ($14.80) and Tokusen Ton Shio ($14.80) – special pork flavoured soup base with a unique taste of salt.
If you have not been to Miharu for a while, also check out their latest additions – Chicken Nanban ($8), Kikurage Salad ($5), Chicken Karaage ($6) and Macha Ice Tea ($2.50).
Tel: +65 6333 1516
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 11:00pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 11:00pm (Sat), 11:30am – 9:00pm (Sun)
Sandaime Bunji established in Tokyo Ginza, is an 80 year old family business known for making Kamaboko — a fish cake snack.
Specialties in Singapore’s outlet, which is their first outside Japan, include grilled Gyutan which is ox tongue, Oden and handmade Umen.
What really caught my attention was the Wagyu Round Roast Beef Set ($24.90), which came in a towering bowl with slices stacked above rice. The portion is generous with 250 grams of beef, tasty and tasty, worth every bit of its price.
Hint: It is even more affordable during lunch time at $19.90!
Tel: +65 6333 1171
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, Last Order 2:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm, Last Order 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Rakuzen offers a comprehensive menu of Japanese cuisine from Assorted Sashimi, Sushi, Sushi Rolls, Deep Fried Items, Noodles To Rice.
One thing to note is that rice is imported from a particular farm house with the brand “Akitakomachi” in Akita prefecture, un-milled when transported from Japan to Singapore, ensuring its quality.
If you are a fan of sushi rolls, something new (and limited period) on its menu is the Hotate Green Roll ($18) – includes fresh scallop and crispy fried lotus root on the outside, wrapped with crab, egg and cucumber.
Tel: +65 6238 1945
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Teppei Syukudo has been popular among office executives for its signature Kaisendon, with a selection of salmon, tuna, swordfish and yellowtail sashimi cubes marinated in their special Teppei sauce.
(Don’t say Bojio) NEW to this outlet is the TRUFFLE Kaisen Don ($19.80) which is the signature bowl perfumed with truffle oil.
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Millenia Walk.