It’s a good time to be a fan of Japanese food. From the quintessential flavours of Kyoto at Wisma Atria’s Japan Food Town to Emporium Shokuhin’s two new concepts, there’s plenty of feasting to be had!
Taki Kyoto Grill & Sake Bar
Taki Kyoto Grill & Sake has moved from their former Boat Quay digs, bringing authentic ingredients fresh from Japan to their new Wisma Atria address at Japan Food Town.
Featured prominently on Taki’s seasonal menus are premium ingredients air-flown from Japan, ranging from freshly caught seafood to Matsusaka beef (more commonly-known as black-haired wagyu). Highlights include Hassun ($20), an assortment of appetiser dishes, and the kaiseki set ($35) that comes prettily presented in a bento box.
To pair with sake, choose from the variety of kushiyaki-style fire-grilled skewers (from $9) available or opt for more traditional Kyoto-inspired bento and kaiseki options (from $48).
Salon de Royal Kyoto
While you’re in the area, pop by Japanese brand Salon de Royal Kyoto’s choco-licious pop-up store. Boasting chocolate fit for royalty, this is the first time the luxury chocolatier is branching overseas in its 82-year history.
If you’re lucky, you may just catch one of Salon’s five visiting patissiers at the pop-up store. They’ll be showing off their exquisite chocolate-making skills and even giving out samples for the public to try at five different time slots each day.
Salon de Royal signatures include pecan nut ice cream packed into a Monaka rice flour wafer; chocolate bonbons packed in traditional lacquer craft boxes; and chocolate pieces in various flavours that include matcha, caramel, and sesame. Prices range from $12 to $200.
The pop-up store runs until end May, so be sure to catch them while you can!
Level 4 Japan Food Town, Wisma Atria, 425 Orchard Road. Tel: 6694 6535
Carousel’s Taste of Japan buffet
From 4 to 13 May, head to Carousel for their limited-run Taste of Japan buffet menu (from $86 per person). And to kick start this promotional menu, diners on 4 May will be treated to a hon maguro (tuna cutting) ceremony.
With over 110 Japanese delicacies, the buffet line has an extensive range of sushi and maki delights in addition to live stations serving up teppanyaki, tempura, noodles and sweet treats.
Visiting chefs Makoto Nishikawa of Royal Park Hotel Japan’s Genjikoh restaurant and Takeshi Yamada of Yokohama Royal Park Hotel’s Shikitei will also be dishing out signatures like stewed bamboo shoot with shaved dried bonito; country-style stewed vegetables and broiled marinated swordfish.
Lobby, Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road. Tel: 6589 7799
Ishizuchi Sake Bar
Launched in collaboration with established sake distributor Ishizuchi Shuzo Co, the world’s first Ishizuchi sake bar opens at Japanese food enclave Emporium Shokuhin.
Sake fans will be pleased with the varieties of premium sake on offer, including the likes of Ishizuchi Junmai Daiginjo Ishizuchi Mazamune, Ishizuchi Shinsei Daiginjo and Ishizuchi Gentei Daiginjo Muroka Genshu. Workshops and masterclasses at the bar are in the pipeline, so watch this space.
And One to Watch Out For: Shio & Pepe
This Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant is slated to open sometime in mid-May. Expect a family-centric restaurant serving up dishes like Japanese curry chicken pizza. Watch this space for more on that front.
(Edit: Shio & Pepe is now open! Check them out here.)
Emporium Shokuhin, #01-18 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6224 3433
Cover: Taki’s Hassun appetiser