Japan Food Town officially launched on Saturday, July 16, 2016!
We attended the media launch where members of the media were given food tasting tours of all the restaurants available. Currently, Yakiniku Heijoen (#04-47) and Tonkatsu Anzu (#04-48) are the only two out of the sixteen to not have opened for business.
It was tough having to pick out our favourites but we reckon these 5 restaurants will satisfy any discerning taste buds out there.
This style of udon was invented in 1860 and has remained unchanged in 150 years. Using the handmade tradition of Akita craftsmanship and skill, artisans work for 3 days to transform clear water, salt and flour into a silky, chewy udon with a firm bite. Between the umami-packed shoyu and refreshing sesame ginger sauces, it was hard to decide a clear winner. You won’t be disappointed trying both.
NEXT: Machida-Shoten →
Phwoarrrr, the soup stock here packs quite a punch. Machida-Shoten is known for “Iekei”, which means “house-type”, or noodles that are cooked to your specified softness/hardness. Broth strength and oiliness can also be specified to your liking. Combined with the tender pieces of chashu, ajitsuke tamago (ramen egg), crispy nori and spinach, a hot piping bowl of ramen would prove comforting on a cold, rainy day. From $15.
NEXT: Osaka Kitchen →
This tiny, cosy shop serves sophisticated flavours and the finest Wagyu beef. One bite into this juicy, fatty cut of meat and lo and behold, it melts in your mouth with a velvety finish. We wanted more, more and more! For a truly memorable experience, opt for the Omakase menu ($80) which includes the Wagyu beef and their speciality pork belly okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake).
NEXT: Rang Mang Shokudo →
Korean fried chicken? It’s time to move over! Tokyo’s Rang Mang Shokudo fried chicken is marinated in buttermilk for 6 hours, and fried twice in low heat for an umami flavour that elevates fried chicken beyond fast food. Try it for yourself and see the difference – then wash it all down with their signature frozen lemon cocktail. Chicken is fried to order for maximum crisp and freshness! Pair it with sauces like yuzu, black vinegar or simply have it plain. From $6.50 for four pieces.
NEXT: Sabar →
Sabar is a play on the word “saba”, which means mackerel in Japanese. Sabar also sounds like 38 in Japanese. Hence, this mackerel bar features the best catch from Japan’s northern Pacific coast. As 38 is their lucky number, the restaurant sits 38 patrons, serves only whole fish measuring 38cm long and has a special menu that costs $38. From saba sashimi to grilled saba, Sabar knows its saba.
NEXT: Inaniwa Yosuke →