Weekday set lunch at Akira Back Singapore, South Beach

Akira Back is a chef who was born in Korea and raised in Aspen, Colorado, USA.  Akira Back Singapore is one of the many restaurants originated by him. It is located on the ground floor of the JW Marriott Hotel South Beach. He has a string of restaurants that stretches from  Las Vegas, New Delhi, Jakarta, Toronto, Seoul, Dubai  to Bangkok. We get tired just by reading through his list of accomplishments. Yet, it appears from the Akira Back website that he is not done expanding his empire. A new concept, ABar, will open in Singapore and Bangkok. Another outlet, Fish Pool by Akira Back, is scheduled to open at South  Beach at the end of 2017.

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Why did the Korean chicken cross the room at Bugis? – Kogane Yama

Kogane Yama premium tendon bowls

Kogane Yama at Bugis Junction

Why did the Korean chicken cross the room at Bugis? To enjoy Japanese tendon bowls at Kogane Yama. Well, popular South Korean fried chicken restaurant chain Chir Chir opened a new outlet in Bugis Junction last year. Part of what used to be Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory on level 2 of Bugis Junction has been carved out to house a new tendon restaurant, Kogane Yama. Perhaps it is a sign that the popularity of Korean fried chicken has reached a peak in Singapore. Japanese Tempura Donburi, or tendon in short, is now trending.

Kogane Yama at Bugis Junction

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Lunch at Japanese Restaurant Suju, Singapore

We had lunch recently at Japanese Restaurant Suju, Singapore in the Mandarin Gallery along Orchard Road. It is the Singapore branch of a restaurant from Japan which was started in 2005 by Suju Masayuki in Karuizawa,  Nagano prefecture of Japan. According to the Japanese Restaurant Suju, Singapore website, they focus on traditional Japanese food and the basics of Japanese food culture such as miso and shoyu. The Suju Japanese restaurant in Singapore “began with the hope to introduce this natural Japanese taste to the global customers.”  We can say with certainty after our lunch that we are glad they decided to set up in Singapore!

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Cheap and good Japanese food in Singapore

We have some suggestions if you are looking for cheap and good Japanese food in Singapore. The Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria is celebrating their First Anniversary by offering some one for one deals over the period 15 July to 10 August 2017. Here is a picture of the poster that we saw during our recent lunch there.  Do note that there are some important limitations to this deal.

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Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar, West Coast

Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar is a Japanese restaurant in the Clementi / West Coast area of Singapore.  It is situated among a row of shops within the Faber Drive housing area.  Nobiro Restaurant’s location in a quiet residential area means that the diners are unlikely to be casual passers-by.  It took some deliberate effort in order to locate the place.

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Coffee and dessert at Henri Charpentier Tanjong Pagar Centre

First, the bad news. Henri Charpentier has closed their cafe in Dempsey. It was a beautiful place that served wonderful desserts. Henri Charpentier, which started as a dessert cafe in Kobe’s suburb of Ashiya, had opened had opened their first store in Singapore at Dempsey Hill.  You can read about our visit to the Dempsey outlet here. Thankfully, we also have some good news. Henri Charpentier Tanjong Pagar is their new cafe at Tanjong Pagar Centre. It is a nice place but not are glamorous as the old one. The French-inspired Japanese patisserie also has a small outlet at Orchard Central.

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