Where to Eat in Singapore This Week: Wa-i Sushi, Takayama, Takeshi-San, Brewerkz, Luke’s Lobster
The feasting continues even after the first two days of Chinese New Year. We all know how Chinese fare can be rich and filling—especially if you’ve had too much—so you might already be craving for different flavours to give your palate a break. Look no further than this week’s recommendations of Japanese restaurants, serving up crowd favourites that go beyond your usual sushi and sashimi.
Naturally, Japanese options aren’t the only suggestions we have for you. For variety, we’ve also tossed in a cult-favourite lobster roll joint which has opened its second outlet in the east, as well as a homegrown gastro bar that launched a delicious kids’ menu.
1/5 Wa-i Sushi
The Japanese restaurant, which opened in December 2020, is our latest destination for quality and affordable Japanese fare. The best way to take full advantage of your dining experience here is to order the eight-course menu, which brings you a parade of beautifully crafted dishes made with the season’s best.
Apart from the usual nigiri sushi and seasonal sashimi, you also have the likes of miso-grilled cod with a touch of citrus to brighten the flavours; flame-torched A5 Wagyu beef; and miso soup brimming with otoro and Asari clams. Book here.
After a few days of reunion dinners comprising filling dishes such as pen cai and nian gao, eat something different like Japanese fare. Chef-owner Taro Takayama's 10-course menu showcasing the best of Japan’s Tottori Prefecture will give you just that with offerings such as seasonal fish prepared as pristine sashimi slices; snow crab served in a claypot packed with premium Koshihikari rice; and scallops brightened by citrusy yuzu notes.
It’s not all seafood—you’ll be able to dig into the prized A5 Kumamoto Wagyu, too, beautifully paired with burdock and black truffles. The menu is available throughout the month of February. Book here.
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The Holland Village food enclave has gotten more exciting with the recent addition of this casual modern-Japanese restaurant. The extensive menu is a good mix of classics like uni chawanmushi and sushi (served in a six-piece set) as well as contemporary dishes. These include the scallop pasta and the extremely indulgent A5 Wagyu truffle inaniwa udon coated in a rich and creamy sauce.
Takeshi-San | 38 Lorong Mambong, S(277694) | 8875 1515
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4/5 Brewerkz One Fullerton
Save the weekend for a family trip to this restaurant, which has recently introduced a new kids menu. Executive chef Seow Tzi Qin ensures they eat well by giving popular favourites a creative spin. For instance, the mac & cheese has been reimagined as macaroni and cheese croquettes that are smothered in marinara sauce and topped with candied bacon. His version of pizza features toppings of pork floss, mozzarella cheese and Japanese mayonnaise. Qin balances these delights with healthier dessert and drink options. So order the Traffic Light, a refreshing popsicle made of real fruit juice.
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5/5 Luke’s Lobster
Easties will be glad to know that the lobster roll joint has opened another branch at Jewel. That means you don’t have to go all the way to Orchard to have a taste of its signature lobster rolls, crafted with sustainably-sourced seafood, served chilled within buttery brioche buns and finished with a generous swipe of mayo, lemon juice and the brand’s secret seasoning.
Luke’s Lobster | 78 Airport Boulevard, 01-K209 Jewel Changi Airport, S(819666) | 6241 5765
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