S'pore now land of the rising Japan eats
THE obsession with Japanese culture and cuisine in Singapore has grown to the point that little pockets of Japan can be found everywhere from Cuppage Plaza to Tampines 1.
On Saturday, the latest cluster opened at Wisma Atria - a 20,000 sq ft space with 16 concepts, called Japan Food Town.
It joins the existing players such as Emporium Shokuhin at Marina Square, Eat At Seven at Suntec City and Kuriya Japanese Market Yokocho at Tampines 1.
By the fourth quarter, another cluster called Itadakimasu by Parco will open at 100AM in Tanjong Pagar.
Japan Food Town
435 Orchard Road, #04-39/54
Wisma Atria Shopping Centre
Open 11am to 11pm daily
By the end of next month, all the 16 outlets will have opened in Japan Food Town, which covers over 20,000 sq ft.
Currently, 13 are in operation, with another two expected by the end of July.
All the outlets come from existing brands in Japan.
They include handmade udon at Inaniwa Yosuke, handmade soba at Yomoda Soba, teppanyaki at Osaka Kitchen and ramen at Machida-Shoten.
Itadakimasu by Parco
100 Tras Street, Level 3, 100AM
Opening by end-2016
Opening in the last quarter, it will take up 14,000 sq ft on level three of shopping mall 100AM in Tanjong Pagar.
The restaurants that will make up the cluster are yet to be decided but Parco estimates there will be five to 10.
6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-18
Opening hours vary
If you want to bring home what you eat, then Emporium Shokuhin offers you that option. This 34,000 sq ft space on the first floor of Marina Square's new wing consists of eight dining concepts and a Japanese gourmet grocer.
After a meal at one of the original restaurants - Gyuu for yakiniku, Senmi Sushi for sushi and sashimi, Tsukeru for shabu shabu or Burosu Honten for ramen, walk it off by checking out the live seafood tanks or beef dry-ageing facility.
10 Tampines Central 1, #B1-07
Just last year, the Tampines 1 shopping mall saw the opening of Kuriya Japanese Market Yokocho - a 3,500 sq ft space housing five concepts with a shared seating space.
There are four food kiosks - Wadori Yakitori, Ichiban Bento, Men-ichi Ramen Express and Idaten Udon - and a retail section selling Japanese produce and items.
Eat At Seven
3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-313
Suntec City Mall
Open 11am to 10.30pm daily
Eat At Seven comprises seven Japanese eateries all housed in the same enclave.
They include Enbu, which serves Japanese craft beer,
Nigiro cafe which specialises in casual Japanese-Italian dining, and NikuNoHi which does hot plate yakiniku and sashimi.
This cluster opened at Suntec City in end-2015.
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