We recently had dinner at Tempura Horikawa, Hotel New Otani, Tokyo. The hotel is an icon in Tokyo. It is a huge place, housing more than 1,000 guest rooms, countless meeting rooms and conference facilities and a 10-acre Japanese garden. As far as we are concerned however, their most important feature is that located within this complex is a large number of restaurants – 37 to be exact. It is advisable to do your research first before going to the restaurant of your choice. The restaurants are spread out over the complex and some of them are located in far-flung corners which are hard to find. Tempura Horikawa is a restaurant located on the Lobby level together with a cluster of other restaurants .
We had a really enjoyable time feasting at Nemuro Hanamaru, a sushi restaurant that is located in the Stellar Place shopping mall in Sapporo. Although we are not usually keen on conveyor belt sushi restaurants (who knows how long the thing has been on the belt right?), we were impressed by the high recommendations given by the hotel staff and by the warm atmosphere when we arrived. And warmth is something that is greatly appreciated in winter in Sapporo.
Sapporo is a lovely place when it is coated with a fluffy layer of snow. To avoid issues of accessibility when the weather is not so friendly, we stayed at one of the hotels that is connected to the JR station. From here you are connected via a large network of underground facilities to many malls and also to the airport which is a short ride away by rail. If you are arriving from Tokyo, you can use the stored value Suica card. The journey from Chitose airport to Sapporo city JR station is about 30 minutes and costs around 1,000 yen. Stellar Place is probably the nicest mall in this vicinity and we believe that Hanamaru sushi is a must-try place should you be in the area.
Holqa is another new cafe in Katong. It is in the row of shop-houses along East Coast Road just opposite Roxy Square. You may see many people milling in front of Holqa Cafe because the bus stop is right in front of the cafe. Inside, you will find a small cafe serving the usual range of coffee, tea, cakes, light bites and sandwiches.
Rookery – one of the dictionary meanings of the word is a breeding ground or communal living area of certain species of gregarious birds or mammals, such as penguins or seals; another meaning is a crowded tenement house. The owners of Rookery Singapore chose the name because they wanted the place to be about a “gathering of awesome individuals indulging in wonderfully good times over simple good food“. At lunch time, the cafe bar did feel like a noisy crowded house. Crowding aside, Rookery is a nice atmospheric communal space for drinks or casual bites.
Eat, Drink, Plunge – the tagline of Sandbank, the new restaurant in East Coast Park. At Sandbank Parkland Green, you can eat pizzas and grilled meats, drink ice-cold beers and plunge into the 15 meter pool – and you can do that till 12 midnight. The sister restaurant of the Bank Bar & Bistro in Shenton Way is an exciting family restaurant by day and cool bar by night in a unique setting along the ever popular East Coast Park.