Craving for Japanese food? You can satisfy this urge within Orchard Central, one of Orchard Road's iconic shopping malls. Orchard Central is home to a mix of Japanese F&B outlets, from Japanese buffets, rice bowls to shabu shabu and tonkatsu, one will be able to find the various Japanese selections available under one roof.
Last week, we were brought on a Japanese food trail within Orchard Central and tried out a couple of the Japanese F&B outlets in the mall. Feeling hungry yet?
First up, ramen. Singaporeans love for ramen will never fade and you can find ramen at Orchard Central in the form of Nantsuttei. Hailing from Hadano, Nantsuttei ramen is known for that dark layer of roasted garlic oil.
As you can see, Nantsuttei setting is somewhat very traditional Japanese. Treat yourself to a choice of Basic Ramen, Dragon Ramen, Tomato Miso Ramen and Miso Ramen. My bet would be on the Dragon Ramen which had a good flavoured broth and the slick pork belly. Do eat the bowl of ramen at once when served to savour the best flavours, leave it too long and all that oil will form a thick layer on the surface.
Quote “OCJAPMAR” be entitled to 1 free Tamago (egg) when
you dine at Nantsuttei.
Valid till 31st March 2016.
While stocks last, 1 per customer only.
Hungry for more? Nantsuttei also offers sides like the Fuufu Enman Gyoza ($6) to fill your
Japanese cuisine also comes in the form of hot-pot. To many, Japanese hot-pot would mean shabu shabu - thinly sliced meat simmered in a pot of boiling broth.
Located on the 8th floor of Orchard Central, Shabu Sai is renowned for its value. You order your choice of soup base and meat and you'd be able to enjoy a buffet spread of ingredients to go along with your meat.
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$36.99 daily for lunch and dinner
Shabu Sai can be your place to dine in when you have that craving for hot soup and good meat.
While there are a good selection of soup bases to choose from, Shabu Sai also has a special base monthly. For March, they have this herbal broth which was also my favourite. The counters were stocked with plentiful of hot pot items, there would definitely be something for everyone.
|the herbal broth|
Loved the freshness of the free flow meats. The selection beef, pork and chicken will tempt you to order everything. The fatty beef would be my pick of the lot, thinly sliced and cooked almost immediately when you dip it in the boiling pot.
Ootoya Japanese Restaurant has been one of my favourite japanese joints to go to for a decent Japanese traditional meal. Its extensive menu will probably leave you with more than one dish that you want. I frequent Ootoya for their really fresh soba and tonkatsu dishes.
Ootoya's soba are handmade which makes the noodles very springy. If you’re lucky, you can even watch the Sensei flip and twirl your noodles at the counter. Normally, I would complement my soba with an order of Ootoya’s Pork Katsu.
|hand made soba|
Their seafood sets are also recommended - you get to choose from 5 different fish sets and like the charcoal grilled sea beam below, the fish served are out of Japan and freshness is guaranteed.
Not to forget, Ootoya also serves up a wonderful selection of desserts. Matcha lovers will be glad to know that the Matcha Parfait here will sweeten up your meal.
Quote “OCJAPMAR” and be entitled to 1 free red bowl
dessert when you spend a min. of $20 at Ootoya in a single receipt.
Valid till 30th April 2016.
While stocks last, T&Cs apply.
Ootoya Japanese Restaurant
Besides these 3 restaurants, Orchard Central also houses a couple other good Japanese eats like Sumiya, Genki Sushi, Kiseki Japanese Buffet and Tonkichi. Still not convinced ? Then its probably time to get down to Orchard Central to try out these places yourselves.
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