Curated selection of outstanding regional Japanese restaurants – represent heritage of authentic cuisines
November 17th, 2016
Located on the 4th level of Isetan Singapore on Orchard Road, Japan Food Town opened in July 2016 with 16 casual dining outlets offering a wide diversity of premium quality and authentic Japanese cuisines at approachable prices. The meticulously detailed food hall concept evokes an authentic Japanese design aesthetic while showcasing the carefully curated assemblage of highly-rated Japanese restaurants that exemplify the best of Japanese cuisine. Participating restaurants were hand-picked to represent the heritage of regional produce and famous cuisines from across a wide range of Japanese prefectures. Guests at Japan Food Town can enjoy a variety of unique Japanese dining experiences within the convenience of a single destination.
Focussing on fresh seasonal produce, and unique prefecture specialities, the freshest ingredients are flown in daily from a Logistics Hub in Okinawa, ensuring the freshest delivery of ingredients direct from Japan. Supported by joint venture partners Cool Japan Fund, the Japanese Association of Overseas Promotion for Food & Restaurants, and corporate sponsors, Japan Food Town is able to introduce to Singapore diners unique ingredients such as Matsusaka Beef, Kinme Mai, and Kindai Maguro.
Japan Food Town is open daily from 11am to 11pm. With limited seats available at some restaurants – direct reservations are recommended.
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A selection of the Japan Food Town restaurants
Hokkaido Izakaya – fresh Hokkaido produce
Hokkaido’s unique geographical location means access to the best flavours of the sea and the land. Explore the authentic flavours of Hokkaido via delicate soba handcrafted from the freshest Hokkaido ingredients.
Hokkaido Izakaya serves the best of Hokkaido’s produce from the towns of Yakumo, Akkeshi, Furano and Kamishihoro in a friendly, casual environment.
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30am – 3pm & 5pm – 10:30pm ⁄ Sat & Sun 11am – 3pm & 5pm – 10:30pm
Contact: +65 6262 3461
Sushi Takewaka – authentic Edo-style sushi from Tsukiji
Takewaka’s first shop started about 28 years ago in Tsukiji, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. Due to its close proximity to Tsukiji, Takewaka has managed to maintain many years of experience and relationships with fishermen and wholesalers to pick the best quality fish and seafood for their EDO Style Sushi.
Sushi is only at its best when the ingredients are fresh and full of flavour, and that’s exactly what you get at Takewaka. Carefully selected good quality fish and seafood will be prepared by their skilful and humble chef.
Opening hours: Daily 11am – 10pm
Contact: +65. 6262 3247
Osaka Kitchen – Specialty teppanyaki wagyu
Osaka Kitchen brings the most famous dishes Osaka has to offer – Teppanyaki using Wagyu beef and Okonomiyaki cooked lovingly and with dedication on a hot plate right in front of diners. Yakisoba is another popular dish available on the menu that compliments Teppanyaki cuisine perfectly.
Opening hours: Daily 5pm – 11pm (closed Mondays)
Contact: +65. 6262 3271 (reservations required)
Nabe Seizan – 2-Michelin star Tokyo restaurant
The original Seizan restaurant in Japan is a 2-Michelin starred Kaiseki restaurant currently helmed by the Tokyo- born chef Haruhiko Yamamoto.
The young chef, who is only 35 years-old, opened his restaurant in April 2011. Chef Yamamoto strives to bring out the true flavour of each ingredient rather than rely solely on sauces. Seizan’s original outlet is located in Mita, Minato in Tokyo.
Opening hours: Daily 11am – 3pm / 6pm – 11pm
Contact: +65. 6262 3259
Yakiniku Heijoen – Tokyo restaurant famous for black hair wagyu
Yakiniku Heijoen treats their beef like fine wine, carefully procuring only top quality black hair wagyu from all over Japan, for quality that is consistent year-round. Before the beef even sees the kitchen, it is aged first for tenderness, and to bring out a deeper concentration of beef taste and flavour.
Yakiniku Heijoen goes by the name Heijoen in Japan with its main outlet in Tokyo since 1970.
Opening hours: Daily – Lunch 11:30am – 3pm Dinner 6pm – 11pm
Contact: +65. 6262 3294
Ginza Anzu – fresh Kyushu produce at tonkatsu eatery
Anzu is a farm-to-table concept eatery from Kyushu, famous for their authentic Tonkatsu. Anzu prepares everything from fresh Kyushu produce, serving fresh vegetables grow by themselves.
Signature tonkatsu dishes include top quality Japanese Black Haired Pork, deep- fried and served with homemade sauce, then plated on delicate Imari porcelain.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11:30am – 11pm
Contact: +65. 6262 3408
Shabu Shabu Tajimaya – beef & vegetable Shabu Shabu buffet and Sukiyaki
Shabu Shabu Tajimaya is known as Gyuta in Japan – a humble eatery from Hyogo that’s operated on a simple motto since 1997: “Good quality food with reasonable price”. Try their beef and vegetable buffet Shabu Shabu or Sukiyaki, and you’ll quickly realise they’ve over-accomplished their motto with amazing quality food and amazingly reasonable prices.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11:30am – 11pm Sat & Sun 11am – 11pm
Contact: +65. 6262 3240
Bar Nippon – fresh seasonal fruit cocktails & smoothies
Japanese fruits have long been celebrated for their exceptional flavour and quality, and Bar Nippon serves them up in juice cocktails and smoothies. Every piece of fruit here has been imported directly from Japan. Watermelons and red melons from Hokkaido and Okinawan passion fruits and papayas are currently in season.
In addition to the fresh fruit cocktails, Bar Nippon also serves a curated selection of premium Japanese whiskies and sake.
Opening hours: Mon- Fri 11:30am – 11pm Sat & Sun 11am – 11pm
Contact: +65.6262 3425
Dassai Bar – refined sake from Yamaguchi province
The first Dassai Bar outside of Japan serves only premium Junmai Daiginjo sake imported directly from the Yamaguchi brrewery exclusively for Japan Food Town in Singapore. Dassai’s fine sake is a flavourful blend of the old world and new. Refined, top quality rice is painstakingly milled till just the precious fermentable starches remain, an extravagant process that results in sake with an identity – delicate, refined and graceful.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11:30am – 11pm
Contact: +65. 6262 3465
(Pop-up bar until end December 2016)
(food images credit Japan Food Town)