Shokudo Japanese Coffee House (Plus a GIVEAWAY worth a total of $90!)

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Shokudo Japanese Coffee House introduces a revamped menu, adding a slew of new items to the extensive menu encompassing over 130 items, in conjunction with the celebration of fresh spring blossoms in Japan.

A brand by ThaiExpress Concepts Pte Ltd, Shokudo Japanese Coffee House is best known for its Yoshoku-style Japanese cuisine –a style of Western-influenced Japanese cuisine.


Mount Fuji Curry Omu Rice ($16.80)

A notable new highlight ready to knock curry lovers off their socks is the Mount Fuji Curry Omu Rice, which features scrumptious omelette rice topped with a thick slab of juicy beef patty concealing melty cheese in between, huddled together in a shallow pool of their signature Japanese curry, topped with fresh greens, and served with potato salad and pickles on the side. Continue reading

Ramen Keisuke’s 4th Ramen Store in Singapore: Tonkotsu King Four Seasons

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Smacked right in the hustle and bustle of the Bugis precinct is Ramen Keisuke’s 4th ramen store in Singapore –Tonkotsu King Four Seasons. Since its debut at Orchid Hotel last year, its immense popularity has led to the opening of two outlets shortly after to cope with high demand.

Chef-owner Mr Keisuke Takeda is one of Japan’s most highly praised celebrity ramen chef, affectionately known as the “Ramen Revolutionist”. His exceptional culinary flair that infuses innovative concepts into the traditional Japanese staple has earned him countless accolades and a strong fan following in both Japan and Singapore.

This 56-seater restaurant located at Singapore’s Bugis Village features an exclusive menu that’s inspired by the four beautiful climatic seasons in Japan: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Always passionate about pushing the boundaries about ramen dining and staying true to his vision of presenting different ramen concepts through each restaurant under his belt in Japan and Singapore, the bar is raised once again with the launch of this menu.

Combining his vast experience in Japanese and French cooking methodologies, his winning formulae lies in the flavourful and aromatic broth. Continue reading

Tampopo at Liang Court

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A long contender in this rapidly expanding parameter of Japanese restaurants in Singapore, Tampopo continues to satisfy the local and Japanese taste buds with its consistent quality and authenticity.

It has been established for almost a decade, with its first semi-casual dining outlet situated at Liang Court. The outlet spans across two decks to cater to the overflowing crowds during peak hours. Its popularity is marked by the presence of families and the office cliques.


Hokkaido Tonkotsu Miso Ramen ($15.80)

Also a pioneer to bring in the immensely popular Kurobuta black pig, their various methods of execution will not disappoint.

The extensive menu covers a multiplicity of Japanese food items. Ramen, sushi and tempura are just a few out of the many items available.


Black Pig Layer Katsu Don ($23.80)

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Dolce Tokyo at 313 Somerset

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Dolce Tokyo sets its sights on sugar-coating the dwellers of Orchard Road. ‘Dolce’ means ‘sweet’ in Italian, and true to its namesake, Dolce Tokyo serves a variety of Japanese and Italian-influenced desserts.

Those who are too engrossed in what’s within will find the bustling surrounding melting away to leave one basking in the cosiness and comforts of this chic enclave. But still, the open concept allows diners to people-watch while having small talks.

The relaxed vibe and convenient location are major pluses for shoppers who’re taking a pit stop before continuing their shopathon; or students who’re running out of brain juices from incessant mugging in dire needs of unwinding; or trendsetters strutting their style, habitually seen in stylish cafés.

Apart from sweet treats, this 56-seater café serves up an arresting array of Japanese-Italian influenced cuisine and coffee.


Iced Matcha Latte ($7.50)

The menu is extensive and attractive primarily due to its sheer variety and vibrant colours, but it is a pain to read. The font choice is deliberately snazzy, but it overthrows its sole purpose of allowing diners to make their choices with ease, without having to squint their eyes.


Mixed Crostini ($16)

The Mixed Crostini is a delightful platter of grilled bread topped with shrimp, ikura (salmon roe), okaka (smoked skipjack tuna), mentaiko, tamagoyaki, and gammon ham. Though quite a mess to consume, with bits and chunks scattering over the table as you pick them up, each and every distinctive component is nevertheless palate pleasing.

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Keyaki at Pan Pacific Singapore introduces Weekend Set Brunch

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Set foot in a sanctuary of calmness and serenity… Keyaki sits on the fourth level of Pan Pacific Singapore, where a glass door opens to an enchanting Japanese garden.

Surrounded by a beautifully sculpted garden and koi pond, with soothing sounds of water flowing from the mini waterfall feature, this makes the perfect backdrop for an exquisite dining experience.

Renowned for the use of fresh, seasonal imports from Japan, Keyaki offers sashimi, teppanyaki, sukiyaki and more.

They have recently launched a Weekend Set Brunch, served from 11.30am till 2.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, priced at $60++ per person. The 8-course set brunch includes assorted sashimi, chawanmushi, tempura, cod fish with teriyaki sauce, teppanyaki, California roll, miso soup and dessert.

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Ito-Kacho Yakiniku Dining at Mandarin Gallery

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Ito-Kacho is an upscale destination for barbecue and meats, with great emphasis on Japanese cuisine as its name may suggest –very much unlike the run-of-the-mill buffet joints where heaps of inexpensive meats are displayed in the open, contending with bacteria against contamination, where masses of ravenous and competitive diners vie for the most valuable cuts of meats to smack on worn-out grills, while perspiring in the sweltering conditions.

A subsidiary of a large Japanese corporation known as Sumikin Bussan, Ito-Kacho was founded in 2009 in Japan. This well-established Yakiniku (barbecue) restaurant’s biggest pride would be the Japanese Black-Wagyu, which is air-flown chilled from Kyushu with the HACCP stamp of quality. It is one of the finest (if not the finest) beef in the world due to its smooth texture and robust flavour.

The meats are kept at a constant temperature, chilled and never frozen –this ensures that the high quality remains consistent and the marbling is retained.

Tucked away in the posh locality of Mandarin Gallery – amongst upscale fashion and jewellery retailers – is Ito-Kacho’s flagship branch in Singapore, and also its first outside of Japan. Its comfortable yet appointed interior is awash with soothing tones of wood, matched with dim lighting and intricate architectural details.

A sophisticated dining experience coupled with top-notch quality beef, it is no wonder several celebrities have been spotted dining there. We even spotted a couple of local Mediacorp actors at separate tables during our visit. Continue reading

KUMO Japanese Kaiseki Restaurant

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As I take my first step through the entrance, I was immediately enthralled into a trance of palatial serenity. Contributing to that, are the gentle babble of water that runs from mini simulated cascades, natural elements that correspond to the wild forests of Japan, and the dimly lit milieu posing cosiness amongst sophistication.

KUMO Japanese Kaiseki Restaurant at Icon Village offers an exquisite dining experience. Soaring to great heights like clouds in the sky, its menu is constantly changing and shifting with new textures, tastes and shapes, bringing out the best of each season’s ingredients. “Cloud” translates as “kumo” in Japanese.

Running the show is Executive Chef Hirohashi Nobuaki, who brings his wealth of experience beyond the Japanese shores to share his culinary joys with Singapore.

Let this Kaiseki restaurant take you on a gastronomic journey through progressive courses. If you’re hankering for a surprise, something unpredictable and spontaneous, Omakase dining is a recommended choice for the culinary adventurous, where diners entrust the chef to freely craft a menu based on his reading and judgement on his guests’ tastes and preferences, reflective of the freshest produce available during the season.

Here is a peak of what to expect this spring.

Omakase Kaiseki ($168++ or $198++ with 5 pieces of nigiri sushi)


Assorted seasonal appetiser

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Food Trail at Bugis+ with Omy bloggers

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Last weekend, a group of Omy.sg bloggers were invited to a 6-hour-long food trail, covering over 10 dining establishments in Bugis+. With an empty stomach and a voracious appetite, we sampled a wide range of cuisine from American to Chinese, and Korean to Thai, available in the promising mall.


(Hashtag for the event: #BugisPlus; follow me @melicacy on Instagram)

Regrettably, I had an event to cover earlier in the day, hence I missed out on several restaurants. Nevertheless, I’ll be featuring some of the restaurants I’ve visited at Bugis+ during the past few months, in addition to what we’ve sampled during the food trail. Continue reading

Ebisboshi Shotengai

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Dear Ebisboshi Shotengai, I have misspelled your name at least 5 times before I finally got it right, and I need to spell it at least 10 more times to be 99% confident I will get it right the n…ext time I attempt to spell it.

Considering majority of Singapore’s population do not speak fluent Japanese – although many of us can effortlessly utter a few simple lines like watashi wa (fill in your name) desu, kawaii ne, ohayo and arigato gazaimasu – a shorter and easier-to-remember name would be a virtue. Catchy names are always arresting.

Difficult-to-remember name aside, fortunately for this establishment the food draws the attention of patrons –even the ones who can’t pronounce its name.

What Ebisboshi Shotengai at Great World City has to offer, is a combination of 3 different Japanese dining establishments –housed under a single concrete roof, complete with their own respective menus.

Each establishment has its own distinctive trait and specialty, decked out in noticeably contrasting layouts and settings that are different from one another.

If you enjoy observing sushi chefs in action, head to Uomasa. This establishment has more than 15 years of history to its name.

For those who’re less proficient in Japanese, ‘Uo’ refers to a seafood village, while ‘Masa’ means good fortune and prosperity.


Salmon Shioyaki ($7.80)

Uomasa serves predominantly seafood, showcasing Sashimi, Sushi, Robatayaki and Izayaki (hence you have a wide selection of alcoholic libations to accompany).
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IKYU

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IKYU is a modern Japanese restaurant located in the Tiong Bahru enclave, pronounced as “E-Q”, and literally translated as “Take A Break” in English.

A respite from the frantic city on an off-the-beaten-path street, its food is what draws the crowd. This 54-seater diner was full house on a weekday evening when I visited.
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(Re-visit) Kohii at One Shenton

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Kohii was where I first met Derrick from SgFoodonFoot. I’ve been blogging about food for over a year and a half now, and I’m so glad I got to know so many wonderful people whom I now call friends.

Read my previous review here: http://melicacy.com/?p=3221

Kohii celebrated their first year anniversary in August, which saw the launch of new items and a dinner menu. This calls for a re-visit!


Waldorf Salad with Walnut ($10.50)

One thing I like about Kohii is their range of salad dressings –Soy Vinegrette, Sesame (Goma) and Miso. To me, it is always the dressing that makes or breaks a salad.

The Waldorf Salad is an extremely healthy vegetarian option in the menu that consists of green apples, walnuts and greens, served with a lemon wedge and strips of seaweed.


Cha Soba Tossed with Shoyu ($10.50)

If you’d like to include some healthy carbohydrates in your diet, a healthy vegetarian option would be the Cha Soba.

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RamenPlay @ Nex

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The ramen craze has taken Singapore by storm, and has caught on in Malaysia in recent times, with new ramen joints sprouting prevalently islandwide.

In this ultra-critical city, our conception of chain restaurants being less worthy of attention, and deemed to be average, is clearly misconstrued.

I live in close proximity to Nex, and I visit the mall at least twice a week. I’ve walked past RamenPlay numerous times, sometimes curiously peeking into the restaurant, but never stepped foot inside until now.
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