IKYU (7-course Omakase paired with Sake)

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IKYU is a marriage of merrymaking, modern sophistication and refined Japanese culinary techniques. A sign of high calibre and success, this Japanese restaurant withstands the test of time and continues gratifying diners since its opening in 2012.

I visited IKYU when it was newly opened and left with nothing but praises. A new occasion to revisit arises; it is merely an occasion to revel in top-notch Japanese cuisine. This time round, I’m having the 7-course Omakase paired with Sake, priced at $138 per person.

Fresh slippery scallop sashimi got the ball rolling, reaching an elevated height with black truffle scattered all over. Next course was a sashimi platter comprising some of the freshest varieties available. Continue reading

Ginzawa Japanese Restaurant at Palais Renaissance

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Palais Renaissance, positioned at a quieter corner along the bustling stretch of Orchard Road, has a new addition to its dining offerings. Ginzawa is a new Japanese concept underlining traditional Japanese fare with modern twists, and encompassing multiple facets of Japanese cuisine from kaiseki and seasonal omakase to lunch set dons and chirashis.


Deluxe Tempura Moriawasu ($35) – Anago Ippon Age, Uni Tempura, Amaebi Hotate Kakiage

The menu consists of sections dedicated to steamed, grilled, sushi and tempura dishes. Also available are seasonal offerings that allow the chef to showcase his creativity and culinary techniques. The man behind these dishes is veteran Chef Donny Tan, whom has accumulated over 30 years of culinary experience at Japanese restaurants in the US, Europe, Japan and Singapore. Continue reading

What’s new to eat at Orchard Central

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One of the purposes of my multiple visits to Orchard Central from the start is to pamper my palate with Dean & DeLuca’s Red Velvet Cake (Dean & DeLuca’s a great place to shop for gifts too, especially for homecooks or housewarming parties). Now, there are so many more reasons to visit the mall, I can’t even keep track. Evolving into a food paradise, the inviting selection of F&B outlets include the relatively new Lady M Confections (an expansive dessert outlet spanning across two levels), amongst well-established favourites such as Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant (giving great value for money spent), Cold Stone Creamery, BWB | burger VS wings + bar, Tony Roma’s, and TungLok Seafood to name a few.

Green Rabbit – Crepe & Salad Gastrobar – #B2-06

So what’s new and noteworthy at Orchard Central? The health conscious can sink their teeth at Green Rabbit – Crepe & Salad Gastrobar. Founded by a husband-and-wife team, this casual quick-serve eatery focuses heavily on quality, freshness and affordability. If you ask why put crepes and salad together, it is because the couple believes that every health-conscious individual’s diet plan should encompass cheat days. They started this venture after receiving raves and encouragements from friends who’ve tried their crepes.


Koi Nippon ($9.90)

Design your own salads from $7.90 or try their pre-designed salads from $8.90. The Koi Nippon comes highly recommended, comprising romaine, thick slices of smoked salmon, tofu cubes, corn kernels, soba noodles, broccoli, sesame seeds, cherry tomatoes and white miso dressing. The portion size is generous, and diners can even request for extra dressing at no extra charge.


Mona Laksa ($9.90)

You are encouraged to be slightly more adventurous here, because the Mona Laksa is well worth stepping out of the comfort zone for. It comes with romaine, prawns, vermicelli, boiled egg, alfafa sprouts, julienned carrots, crunchy croutons, sliced onion, and creamy laksa dressing that will blow your socks off. We had the prawns substituted with pieces of chicken breast and found it to be highly satisfying as a meal. I didn’t think I would be able to stomach all that greens, but at the request for more of that delicious dressing, I wiped out every single morsel left on the plate. “Tom Yummy” (tom yum inspired) is another novel creation next on my want-to-try list.


Strawberry Chocolate Crepes ($5.90)

Signature crepes are priced from $4.90.

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Recommended Hotel Accommodation in Tokyo, Japan: Hilton Tokyo

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When I returned to Singapore from Japan, I couldn’t stop raving about the spectacular experience I had at Hilton Tokyo. It was by far my most memorable hotel stay.

Hilton Tokyo resides in the west side of Shinjuku, an area home to Tokyo’s largest concentration of skyscrapers including several of the tallest buildings in Tokyo such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, KDDI Building and Park Tower.

Its close proximity to Shinjuku Station means easy access to restaurants, entertainment and shopping. The hotel multiplies the level of convenience by providing complimentary shuttle bus service to Shinjuku Station throughout the day.

Clustered within the bustling Shinjuku district are departmental stores, malls, boutiques, electronic shops and more.

Along the tracks northwest of Shinjuku Station is Omoide Yokocho (memory lane). The narrow lanes and alleys are filled with tiny eateries serving yakitori, ramen and more.

Return from a day of sightseeing, shopping and eating to the spacious and luxurious hotel room in Hilton Tokyo. The King JR Suite Executive, spanning across 474 square feet of space, is where I wallowed in. Continue reading