Shinjuku Izakaya

So our second stop ( and last stop for the night) we went across the road, into this Japanese style sliding door restaurant. It turns out to be a Izakaya – again the crowd is all Japanese (not complaining – i mean the best part is that you can just talk about your own circle of things without worrying and seeing a familiar face around) and the old lady that attended to us was very friendly and gave us table right inside. It was those table where you had to take off your shoes and enter! *mini gush Japanese moment!!!*

the whole menu was in Japanese( all the lessons paid off) and their english menu was pretty limited .. but good thing we have Japanese proficient people around, so we managed to get some orders rolling! I must say this place seem very close to Japan in terms of, what they offered on the menu, is really what you can find in Japan!!! and not very common in the Japanese restaurants around Singapore

Mini uni don and miso soup

Close up of the mini uni don

Potato Salad

All we ordered so far .. Spot the Oden? and the other exciting Japanese dish..

We ordered FISH SPERMs!!! yes! this is very unique to Japanese dinning! I tried it on my Japan trip and I mistook it as tofu before the Japanese traders told me it was actually fish sperm! it the one right at the top right corner, looks like toufu brain .. but it tastes heavenly! something different.. its very soft and goes well with the sauce!

Spot the Ika butter? andd!! the most authentic Japanese dish - Fish sperm

the ika butter was a disappointment to me .. the squid was tough .. I think the better Ika butter would be the one at Nijimaru instead.. but other than that, the other food made up for it

Blueberry flavoured and Mango Flavoured alcohol

this to round off the whole experience!
Would definitely come back when I feel like having a bit of a “i want to experience Japan moment”

Ratings: 5/5 of us will return to this quaint little joint

Shinjuku Japanese Restaurant
22 Cavenagh Road,
GF Hotel Grand Central,
Singapore

Food trail

We all decided we will unwind a little and embarked on a ‘food trail’ at Cuppage – its like Singapore’s mini Japan heaven ..  So i met one of them first .. while waiting for the rest to arrive, we walked around and found this small corner yakitori shop that only seemed to have Japanese patrons. So we entered (all the Japanese classes paid off) they had menus in English as well .. So while waiting for the rest to come from work, we ordered

Fried Pigeon eggs

Yummers! this was good! not too over fried and oily!  ..  My friends that came later ordered this and loved it as well 🙂

Chicken and Leek, Gyu (Beef) Tan (Tongue)

I thought the gyu tan was quite interestingly cut .. I was used to it being in cube or in a thicker cut .. but this place sliced it which is pretty smart and good. Usually the gyu tan if eaten in cubes, always have that tendency to be over hard and over cooked, this sliced up version was executed and I thought was well thought of.

Our friends arrived! so the party started. ..

Pork Belly with leek

This was also nice.. the fat and meat ratio balanced out well .. especially nicer when dipped in mustard they provided! 🙂

Tako yakitori

I ordered this and this didn’t really turn out to my expectations .. It was a little tough to bite and abit over burnt – like I felt i was eating rubber .. good try but I don’t think I will order my takos in this style of cooking again

Chicken Jagaimo

This was a chicken stew (usually its beef) so i thought give it a shot. Came out not too bad! not too saltish as well

Zou sui

My friend felt like eating porridge. It was rare because the more she ate, the hungrier she got.. so we encouraged her nonetheless! ahhaha .. and it all got polished off eventually (not by her though :/) so it was pretty good .. a little blend  but not bad ..

assortments of yakitori: special pork, chicken and leek, asparagus

We continued ordering more yakitori! and it all was good! I would return for the special pork, pigeon eggs, chicken and leek .
I think they were pretty short handed, as there was only 1 girl to attend to the whole shop, while the chefs were behind bbq-ing the sticks. It felt as if I was back in Japan and entering into the yakitori bar with all the smoke and OLs, salarymen chillaxing over a beer and enjoying their yakitoris.

This place has a limited sitting.. and most of the seats are around the bbq counter .. so be prepared to come out smelling like a yakitori stick yourself!

but.. we didn’t stop there and hopped on to another joint .. 🙂

Uma
150 Orchard Road
#01-26
Orchard Plaza
Singapore