Sake Hall at Katong Square is a restaurant established by Tanesei Trading, a wholesaler in Japanese food and sake products and the sole agent for the Japanese Prestige Sake Association in Singapore. Tanesei is also the local partner of Baikohken Japanese Ramen Restaurant in Singapore. Patrons can thus expect to find nice ramen and a good array of sake at Sake Hall.
Sake Hall @ Katong Sq
Sake Hall takes up the space at level 1 of Katong Square formerly occupied by Baikohken Ramen Restaurant. In fact, other than the change of name and change in menu, everything else seems to be the same, including the tableware and the staff. That should not be surprising as Tanesei is involved in both Sake Hall and Baikohken Ramen Restaurant 梅光轩. Tanesei also runs J-Mart, which stocks a variety of Japanese products ranging from rice & snacks to chilled & frozen products.
The restaurant has the typical casual Japanese eatery look. Sake bottles are used extensively as part of the decor.
Menu of Sake Hall
The menu of Sake Hall is not extensive. There are ramen, rice bowls, grilled fish and a few side dishes. There is also an offering of Oden which is not in the regular menu. Below are pictures of the menu and various posters promoting their food and beverages.
Lunch at Sake Hall
We visited Sake Hall at Katong Square for lunch recently. We ordered the Miso Ramen ($13.30), Tonkatsu Shoyu Ramen ($14) and Buta Don ($13).
No sake for us for lunch, so we just ordered green tea. Hot green tea was $4 per pot. Cold green tea ($4) was the same green tea but with a glass of ice, which the staff would top up regularly.
The Miso Ramen and Tonkatsu Shoyu Ramen looked the same, except that one came with seaweeds. There were two pieces of charsiew, runny eggs, bamboo shoots and spring onions in each bowl.
The charsiew were tender and palatable. The noodles were bouncy and the light soup base was flavourful and not too salty. Overall, they were satisfying – comfort food.
The Buta Don was served with salad, pickles and soup. We liked the rice bowl better than the ramen. The teriyaki pork slices were tender and juicy. The sauce had a nice consistency and flavour. The rice bowl was tasty and enjoyable.
Nice Neighbourhood Restaurant
Sake Hall at Katong Square is quite a good place for drinks. It is also a simple casual diner where there you can get decent ramen and good rice bowls. It seems to be quite popular with Japanese families. Sake Hall is like a neighbourhood restaurant. It is not fancy but an affordable place for a nice meal when you want to eat out with the family but don’t want to settle for hawker food. It also has the added attraction of offering more than 40 types of sake plus a range other beverages.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
88 East Coast Road
#01-13 Katong Square
Tel: +65 6344 0968
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 3 pm; 5.30 pm -10.30 pm
Closed on Wednesday
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