En Japanese Dining Bar's sashimi platter
Japanese cuisine is not only about sushi, sashimi, ramen and tempura – the creativity is limitless. So, it's a good thing we do not have to travel to Nippon for a taste of authenticity: from French-Japanese fusion food and izakaya-style (sake bar-style) appetisers, to authentic home-style meals, we recommend three distinctive restaurants and their signature dishes, all known for innovation, style and quality.
Creations by one-Michelin-starred chef Laurent Peugeot
LP+Tetsu at Tanglin Mall offers an elegant blend of French and Japanese flavours, a result of the collaboration between Michelin-starred chef Laurent Peugeot and Food Junction. The smart-casual dining restaurant is modern and sleek, making it a suitable venue for both business lunches and romantic dinners.
While many of its offerings are seasonal, the set menu changes every month and the à la carte menu, every quarter.
Scampi with deep fried udon and scampi consomme from LP+Tetsu
Two of its signature dishes date back to its inception in 2011: the Scampi ($56) is an inventive work of art – it is rolled with udon, deep-fried and served over cooked bell peppers and mango in a glass with a richly-flavoured scampi consommé poured in at the table. This is both an aesthetic and culinary pleasure.
Époisses cheese from Burgundy from LP+Tetsu
The Époisses cheese from Burgundy ($22) may look like an ordinary deep-fried cube at first glance, but it oozes with the melting ‘king of all cheeses’ and will heighten your palate with its rich and distinct creaminess. It is a must-try.
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LP+Tetsu | Address: 163 Tanglin Road, #03-18 Tanglin Mall | Tel: 6836-3112 | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm
LP+Tetsu is modern European chic meets Japanese Zen
Slice beef shabu shabu salad with sesame dressing from En Japanese Dining Bar
En Japanese Dining Bar
Okinawan cuisine with Izakaya style appetizers
The word ‘en’ means ‘circle’ in Japanese, and En Japanese Dining Bar has been the ‘circle of gathering’ for more than ten years since opening in 2001. With branches at River Valley UE Square, Bukit Timah Crown Centre and Millenia Walk, En Japanese Dining Bar has been attracting local executives and expatriates with its quality Japanese food, drink selection, and choice of music from Japanese classics to Okinawan folk songs.
Skewers of grilled chicken meat ball with egg yolk from En Japanese Dining Bar
It is rare to find a resturant specialising in Okinawan cuisine locally, and their extensive menu also includes standard Japanese fare such as sushi, sashimi, tempura and kushiyaki, and a wide variety of izakaya-style (food to accompany drinks) appetisers to complement sake and shochu.
En Japanese Dining Bar builds upon the concept of modern Japanese dining bars
We recommend their specially made tsukune (grilled chicken meat ball skewers dipped with raw egg yolk, $9.90), and gyu shabu salad ($9.00 for half-sized, $16.80 for full size) which includes tender sliced beef cooked shabu-shabu-style, drizzled with fragrant sesame dressing.
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En Japanese Dining Bar (Bukit Timah) | Address: 557 Bukit Timah Road, #01-14/16 Crown Centre | Tel: 6468-5710 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 6-11pm, Fri-Sun 12-3pm, 6-11pm
En Japanese Dining Bar (UE Square) | Address: 207 River Valley Road, #01-58 UE Square | Tel: 6732-6881 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6pm-12am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am
En Japanese Dining Bar (Millenia Walk) | Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #P3-05 Millenia Walk | Tel: 6333-4755 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6pm-12am, Fri-Sat: 6pm-3am
Suju Japanese Restaurant
Home-style Japanese cuisine
If you crave an authentic taste of homely Japanese cuisine, Suju is your restaurant. Located at the Mandarin Gallery, this restaurant is very particular with their choice of ingredients: as Suju is the first overseas outlet owned by miso and soy sauce producer, Suju Masayuki Shoten from Karuizawa in Nagano, they use their own quality products.
Dishes at Suju are usually cooked with home-produced miso
Suju’s dishes allow the real exquisite taste of the ingredients to shine: try the tori mono kurozu itame (which is sautéed chicken and vegetables with original black vinegar, $26), sabamiso (stewed mackerel with original miso, $26), and gindara misozuke yaki (marinated charcoal grilled silver cod with light miso flavour, $32).
Chicken and vegetables sauteed with “kurosu” black vinegar from Suju Japanese Restaurant
Suju is extremely proud of their “super A grade” rice which is imported from Japan. It is polished every day and cooked in small made-to-order portions in a copper pot. This method adds shine and perfect texture to the rice.
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Suju Japanese Restaurant | Address: 333A Orchard Road, #04-04 Mandarin Gallery | Tel: 6737-7764 | Opening hours: Daily 11:30am-5pm, 5-22:30pm
Suju at Mandarin Gallery has a homely feel
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