Shio & Pepe is a new Japanese Italian Kitchen that has opened at the Emporium Shokuhin. This Japanese supermarket and restaurant cluster in Marina Square has seen quite a few changes since it opened in 2015. Shio & Pepe restaurant takes over the space formerly occupied by the Tsukeru Shabu Shabu restaurant. We have refreshed our post on Emporium Shokuhin to reflect the recent changes. You can read it here.
Although the entrance to the Shio & Pepe restaurant is small and narrow, the space inside is quite cavernous. It is a very large place and the high ceiling makes it even bigger. We were there for lunch on a Sunday and it was very sparsely populated. Shio & Pepe serves Italian dishes with a Japanese interpretation. We think the term yōshoku is used to describe this type of fusion cuisine.
Shio & Pepe Menu
The menu at Shio & Pepe is in electronic form. Ordering is done by way of the iPad on each table. We decided to try one item from each of the Pasta, Pizza and Hamburg folders. Here are some pictures from the tablet. The options for each folder are more than what we have shown.
The Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Pizza ($16.90) was not much different from the typical Hawaiian pizza we find elsewhere. We were hoping for a unique Japanese version of it, but the predominant taste was that of the pineapple and ham.
The Hamburg Steak with Oroshi Ponzu ($19.80) was the best dish of the day. It looked like the photograph in the menu and the taste was good. The ponzu sauce was very salty and we used very little of it.
The mushroom aglio olio pasta ($15.50) was the least liked dish of the day. It looked nothing like the picture on the iPad. It was quite salty and the pasta was too soft.
Overall, while it was nice to have a big spacious restaurant almost all to ourselves, we thought the food at Shio & Pepe was quite average. A small bottle of Asahi SuperDry costs $8 which was quite reasonable. Ice water in a plastic tumbler costs $0.50.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Shio & Pepe
6 Raffles Boulevard
#01-18 Marina Square
Nearby Stations: Promenade, Esplanade, City Hall