So in my quest for good Japanese food haunts, I’ve been asking everyone where I can find great Japanese food and I thought the perfect ones to ask would be my Japanese sponsors!
Rika-san from Peony Tokyo has been in Singapore for over 7 years, while my eyelash sponsors Nao-san and Tomoki-san have been in Singapore for around a year or two, and I thought it was perfect to ask because Rika-san would know the best places after being here for so long, and Tomoki-san would know the best food that resemble home’s.
Orchard Plaza #03-16, 150 Orchard Road
Tel: 67335989 (call for reservations / to check if they’re full)
Opening Hours: 7pm – 11pm Mon – Sat (closed on Sundays)
Otowa Yakitori came HIGHLY recommended by Rika-san as “possibly the best Yakitori in Singapore” and that means we just HAVE to try it out. By some stroke of luck we managed to get a seat for 3 at around 9pm+ and we made a quick dash for it!
Be warned though, that service is quite curt – only the chef doing the bbq-ing is (evidently) Japanese and somehow it seems to lack a friendly, cozy Japanese feel. They could probably take a leaf or two from the super affable Teppei-san (who has also just opened Hana Hana, his Yakitori joint just next to his Omakase place) but most importantly, we’re here for the FOOD.
Otowa is a tiny Yakitori joint which seats up to only 12 pax maximum and it is located in quite the dingy location of Orchard Plaza amidst pubs and karaoke lounges on the 3rd floor, which feels… even quieter and older than Cuppage Plaza. Word of advice: get someone to accompany you to the toilet if you’re female.
If you noticed, he grills items by type – some go on a grill instead of facing the charcoal directly. Ventilation in this place wasn’t too bad, but expect to smell a little.
First up, chicken with leek!
At the end of the day, I won’t say it’s the best Yakitori in Singapore (I’ve yet to try all the Yakitori joints so it’s hard to make a verdict) plus I’m not a huge Yakitori person, but it’s a nice place for a little chat with 1-2 friends – it’s all counter seats so it can be a little hard to converse. Great food, but don’t expect bantering like you would at Teppei (maybe I’ve been spoilt by the talkative chefs at Teppei!).
It’s averagely priced, but expect approx $30 per person (depending on the number of sticks you eat of course!) since the drink already costs $9, yah?
77 Boat Quay
Opening Hours: 12pm – 1130pm Daily
Check their Facebook page for daily specials!
I usually avoid Boat Quay like death because it’s just SO HARD to find a parking lot there. And even when you do you better have some serious parallel parking skills and then pray that no drunkard pukes on your car, etc etc. Okay la that’s at night. But even in the afternoon it’s a terrible terrible place to park. Plus you have to walk so far if you don’t park near where you’re eating!
This place is good enough to make me wanna come back. Even if I have to take public transport!
Katana-shi was recommended to me by Nao-san and Tomoki-san and they say that this place charges reasonably.
Katana-shi occupies a little shop house along Boat Quay, near all the 杀人放火 tourist-trap places and Yang was surprised that the food was so good! And I was even more pleasantly surprised by the Japanese staff and Chef!
This place serves a good variety of cocktails/mocktails/alcohol, but the menu is not exactly izakaya-expansive – however, all the dishes that we ordered came super, super good. They also serve you REALLY fast, which is a plus!
Katanashi has ample seating (more than Otowa for sure) but it can be quite crowded so do make a reservation before going down! And remember that part of the street beside Boat Quay gets cordoned off for the safety of drunkards on weekends. : x So don’t drive there on Friday cos you’re gonna have to walk quite a distance.
They also have seating outside, beside the river and I find that spot fantastic actually, if you can do without air conditioning.
I’ll be sure to ask to be seated outside next time! There will DEFINITELY be a next time cos imma bring my friends here! ; D Even the husband likes this place, which is rare! The chances of him liking a place I recommend is like 1-100, man. -_-‘ What a picky eater.
Oh yes this place offers special set lunches too! I’m looking forward to trying it out when my husband gets a chance to run out a bit further. ; p
Okay, till the next Japanese food review! Upcoming on this blog will about the beef dons offered at both Yoyogi & Fat Cow, and Teppei’s latest yakitori joint, Hana Hana!
P.S. I’m not the best food reviewer I know because of my limited vocab for describing food but you all must try okay when I recommend a place! ; p