Itadakimasu: Signature Japanese Dishes That You Can't Miss
Japanese cuisine encompasses preparation and presentation honed over centuries to ensure that it is refined, elegant, pure and delicate; while celebrating the flavours, textures and colours of its seasonal produce.
Calia’s signature Wagyu Beef Bowl features premium Marbled Australian Wagyu Steak with 63 degrees egg and Yuzu Koshu on Japanese Akitakomachi rice. Looking for something more? You can also upgrade your steak to a Japanese A5 Wagyu steak, air flown directly from Japan. Calia celebrates the best in Japanese-inspired cuisine designed by Michelin Starred Chef Francisco Araya, who has previously worked at some of the world’s best restaurants.
Sukiyaki, a Japanese hot pot dish with a sweet soy sauce broth that is typically served with beef and vegetables, is the perfect dish for a sit-down meal with friends and family, as it is typically cooked and served at the table. Get your Sukiyaki fix at Suki-ya, a buffet style restaurant that accommodates all ages. Alternatively, enjoy the signature Beef Sukiyaki at Rakuzen, a popular local Japanese chain that offers a private room seating of up to 10 pax, for a more intimate dining experience.
(From left to right: Suki-ya, Rakuzen)
Another signature dish of Japanese cuisine is ramen. Ippudo Ramen is renowned for its Tonkotsu Ramen, and has been described as “the most famous tonkotsu ramen shop in the country”. Another gem in the mall includes Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, whose Char Siu Miso Ramen is made with superior ingredients and magnificent, robust flavors. Complete your ramen journey by heading over to Aori Ramen and Bari Uma to taste each outlet’s unique signature broth.
(From Left to Right: Ippudo, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Aori Ramen, Bari Uma)
Head over to Kampachi for a sweet treat and delight with their signature dessert, Abekawamochi, that is made of firm yet chewy and light rice cake (mochi), coated in mixed nuts.
For more Japanese dishes, embark on a food hunt to try out these oishii signatures from these selected outlets:
Signature Dish: Tori Curry Cheese Gozen
Served together with the Miso Soup, appetiser and fruit slices, the breaded fried chicken is served with Japanese curry, topped with a slice of cheese.
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Signature Dish: Mentai Yaki Soba
The noodles are stir-fried with seafood, pork, vegetables and soft-boiled egg, coated with premium Japanese mayonnaise for a smooth texture.
Signature Dish: Buffet Spread
Known for its wide buffet spread and smokeless BBQ pit, Rocku Yakiniku serves their meat at an optimum thickness that's perfect for charcoal BBQ. Choose from a mouth-watering selection of proteins that include imported beef (bacon, strip-loin, rib-eye), lamb (shoulder marinated with Shichi-mi togarashi [Japanese seven-chilli pepper], chicken (thigh), pork (collar, bacon, belly) and seafood (butter fish, prawn, squid, saba, scallop, mussels).
Signature Dish: Golden Roll
Crafted by the in-house Japanese chef, the popular Golden Roll comes with a fresh King Prawn sushi roll topped with Mango for a tropical and refreshing flavour.
Signature Dish: Chicken Teppanyaki Dish
The signature chicken cutlets are fried with garlic and a blend of seasonings, topped with stir-fried bean sprouts, served alongside a bowl of fragrant jasmine rice.
Signature Dish: Wagyu Steak
Teppanyaki is an iconic Japanese style of cooking and cuisine, where meat and vegetables are cooked on a teppan (flat-surfaced grill) in front of diners in restaurants. Made to order and served on-the-spot, the Wagyu Steak has a ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ texture that will have you swooning with every bite.
Tonkatsu by Wa Kitchen
Signature Dish: Deep-Fried Pork Cutlets
Thick-cut pork loin are dipped into a special batter and coated with panko breadcrumbs before being deep fried to lock in the flavour and juice of the meat. The tonkatsu is then accentuated with the restaurant’s signature homemade sesame sauce to elevate the flavour, with hints of tart and tanginess.
Other notable outlets:
Fuji Sushi *Opening soon