If there’s only one type of cuisine I’d have to choose to eat for the rest of my life, it would be Japanese food, hands down, without a doubt. With a wide range of refined cooking styles, and carefully crafted dishes to choose from, there’s always something new to try.
From now through 31 August 2016, HSBC credit cardholders will enjoy 15% off your ala carte bill. Be prepared to be spoilt for choice at your favourite participating Japanese restaurants over this two-month long promotion.
If you’ve been procrastinating to try out some of Singapore’s best Japanese restaurants, don’t miss out on this HSBC Eazy Gourmet deal. Go on and use this list to start planning which restaurants you should head to next.
1. FORT by Maison Ikkoku
FORT by Maison Ikkuko is an exquisite cocktail and dining restaurant located at the (now defunct) Singapore Pinacotheque De Paris, situated beside the Battlebox office at Fort Canning.
It is furnished with a mix of alluring classy deco juxtaposed against a hardy industrial interior, which aptly exudes the heritage of Fort Canning Hill.
While Maison Ikkuko is home to a range of bespoke cocktails that are not seen on their menu, at FORT, guests can be treated to a full spectrum of culinary and cocktail pairing experience created by Senior master mixologist and executive chef Ethan Leslie Leong.
Sous Vide Salmon with Passionfruit (S$38++). Be blown away by this perfectly cooked, pink in the middle salmon. While the salmon roe adds a robust oceanic flavour to the fish, the passionfruit balances the dish out with its citrusy tang and sweetness.
Spicy Maguro Handroll, The Fort (S$18 for four pieces/S$28 for eight pieces). Prettily adorned with edible flowers and onion sprouts, the handroll packs a burst of flavours from the heat and freshness of the ingredients.
The pillow soft rice, velvety smooth spicy maguro and crunchy cucumber create a delightful play of textures in your mouth. You can get all these a la carte dishes at 15% off the total bill!
FORT by Maison Ikkoku: 5 Cox Terrace, Fort Canning Arts Centre, #01- 02/03, Singapore 179620 | Tel: 6336 0507 | Opening hours: Daily 4pm – 1 am
2. Ishinomaki Grill & Sake
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake is furnished in the style of a Japanese fishing village, which will transport you into a fishing boat cabin with fishing tools decorating the cemented walls of the restaurant.
Instead of using pre-ordered ingredients, Ishinomaki Grill & Sake imports a special “Black Box” from Japan’s renowned fishing ports to create the dishes in their menu.
Chefs would only know what’s in the box every morning when it arrives at the restaurant, making every visit a new dining experience.
The Yakitori Chicken Skewer (S$3), Tsukune Minced Chicken Balls in Skewer (S$3), Yaki Onigiri Grilled Rice Ball (S$4) and Shiitake Grilled Mushrooms (S$6), are all great starters and small bites before a hearty meal.
There are up to 35 different skewers to choose from the menu from meat, to vegetables and seafood that will delight everyone.
Sashimi & Unagi Seiro Ozen (S$34). Tuck into a comforting meal of grilled eel served atop a bed of steamed rice in a wooden box. The meal comes with an assortment of sashimi flown in from Japan.
Other main dishes on the menu include chasoba, udon, and porridge, which are going at 15% off the total bill!
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake: 390 Orchard Road, B1-02 Palais Renaissance Mall, Singapore 238871 | Tel: 67371065 | Opening hours: 1130am – 1030pm
3. Tenkaichi Japanese BBQ
Tenkaichi is helmed by Mr Naing Ye Guang, who is also a head chef of the restaurant. The restaurant prides itself in specialising in offering premium Wagyu Beef Yakiniku in Singapore.
Wagyu Beef Yukke (S$15.90). Seasoned with soy and topped with a raw egg yolk, the ground wagyu was surprisingly addictive. Mix it up altogether for a slippery mouthful of salty richness.
Waygu Karubi (S$19.90). The Japan beef short rib had a marbling score of 7+ (AUS). It melts right in the mouth and has a rich buttery flavour. Watching the fat sizzle on the grill will make your stomach rumble in protest from the wait.
Each table comes with a grill ready to be fired up, you’ll get to play chef and barbecue meats to your preference. However, be careful with the heat – too low fire and your meats will become soggy, too high heat and they may be burnt. You can get all these a la carte dishes at 15% off the total bill!
Tenkaichi Japanese Restaurant: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square Shopping mall, #03-129, Singapore, 039594 | Tel: +65 6250 8918 | Opening Hours: Daily, Lunch 11:30am – 2.30pm (last order 2.00pm), Dinner 6.00pm – 10.30pm (last order 10.00pm) | Website
4. The Flying Squirrel (TFS) Private Works
A spin-off from The Flying Squirrel (TFS), TFS Private Works focuses on Omakase-styled dining and Japanese-inspired tapas, while staying true to its roots by serving up fresh food and rendering good service.
A long marble table spans across the restaurant, making it a chic and friendly atmosphere for small gatherings of 20 to 30 people, where you can relish in quality food and long hours of conversations.
Omakase Sushi Platter (S$88). For a lighter meal, opt for a sushi platter featuring seasonal catches from quality imports. It comes with five different assortments to indulge in, while not being completely filled up.
Signature Cocktail (S$26). Keep some stomach space for whisky, wine, sake and cocktails —the bar is Singapore’s first flagship Suntory Hakushu bar, including a wide selection of Suntory whiskies and wines. Enjoy these a la carte dishes at 15% off the total bill!
TFS Private Works: 179A (2nd Floor), Telok Ayer St, Singapore S068627 | Lunch: 12pm – 3pm, Dinner: 6pm – late, Happy Hour Monday – Friday: 5pm – 8pm (except on Public Holidays) | Tel:+65 6221 7073 | Website
Chabuton is home to scrumptious ramen recipes created by Chef Yasuji Morizumi, the ‘king of ramen’ and world’s first Michelin-starred ramen chef.
Every bowl of ramen is made from ingredients imported from Japan or specially sourced products by companies appointed by the Japanese headquarter team.
While the interior and furnishing are kept simple, the unpretentious restaurant sees many satisfied customers slurping up the entire bowl of ramen, right down to its last drop of broth.
Chabuton Tonkotsu Ramen (junior portion: S$8.30, regular portion: S$11.90). A signature dish of Chabuton, the rich broth is only made achievable by simmering pork bones over many hours.
Filled with collagen, the soup leaves behind a creamy texture in your mouth, and is served with a slice of char siew, Japanese leek and white sesame to enhance its flavour.
The Chabuton Kara Kara Ramen (S$12.90) is made with pork bone soup and packs a punch of heat with its spoonful of spicy minced pork.
The bouncy ramen soaks up the broth making it absolutely tasty when eaten with the slice of char siew, along with other toppings. You can now enjoy these a la carte dishes at 15% off the total bill!
Chabuton: 10 Tampines Central 1 #02-09/10 Tampines 1, Singapore 529536 | Opening hours: 11:30am to 10:00pm | Tel: 6854 0335 | Facebook
Other participating outlets:
- 313 Orchard Road #B2-01 (S) 238895, Tel: 6636 8335
- 10 Tampines Central 1 #02-09/10 Tampines One (S) 529536, Tel: 6854 0335
- 1 Vista Exchange Green #01-41 The Star Vista (S) 138617, Tel: 6339 0335
- 9 Raffles Boulevard #02-15 Millenia Walk (S) 039596, Tel: 6837 0335
6. Yakitori Hibiki Lounge
Mr. Hibiki, the founder of Hibiki Company is the “Yakitori Association” Chairman and is known for being a Yakitori ambassador.
The company has opened a Yakitori theme park showcasing skewers from different prefectures, and is now on a mission to provide Singapore with an authentic Japanese dining experience.
Yakitori Platter ($23 for 5 pieces, $40 for 10 pieces). Yakitori has a long history in Japan and is considered a traditional Japanese food. Yakitori Hibiki Lounge adds on to the culture with its special miso barbecue sauce, which are exported all around the world.
The menu offers a wide variety of yakitori selections, like kurobuta pork belly and tsukune, which when dipped into their special umami sauce, packs a flavourful salty punch in your mouth. Enjoy these a la carte dishes at 15% off the total bill!
Yakitori Hibiki Lounge: 833 Bukit Timah Road, Bukit Timah Road #01-06, Royalville, Singapore 279887.
Eazy Gourmet, lets you indulge in the dishes from the land of the rising sun “eazily” and conveniently. Hop on down now to these restaurants and enjoy 15% off all ala carte meals, or head over to HSBC website to view more participating restaurants and information.
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