Konjiki Hototogisu Singapore @ Great World, Kim Seang Promenade – Michellin-Starred Ramen From Tokyo with Exclusive Oyster Ramen

Japanese food lovers are incredibly privileged it seems, with multiple Japan-based food brands setting up overseas outposts in our country. Not that I’m complaining! 

Opened in 2006 by Chef Atsushi, Konjiki Hototogisu has grown tremendously, from a humble eight-seater stall in Shibuya, to a One Michelin Starred brand in 2019 and 2020 after attaining the Tokyo Michelin Bib Gourmand title four years in a row. 

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The Bar Kakure @ Scotts Road, Newton – 5-Course Omakase Dinner at $98++, Curated by Chef Kazuhiro Hamamoto

The Bar Kakure, which was soft-launched a month ago, has a couple of great things going for it. For one, it is helmed by a seasoned Japanese bartender, Kazuhiro Chii of Waku Ghin fame. For another, it is currently offering an exquisite 5-Course Omakase Dinner at an irresistible $95++

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Occupying the upper level of 29 Scotts Road, above omakase fine dining restaurant Ki-Sho, The Bar Kakure is an intimate 15-seater bar that boasts bespoke cocktails and limited edition sakes and brews from Japan. The decor is a flawless blend of East and West. 

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Softhaus @ Great World City, Kim Seang Promenade – Ice Cream Bar with 16 Flavours and 22 Toppings by Janice Wong (Media)

A nice ice cream parlour is in town! Janice Wong, chef and owner of the eponymous Janice Wong Singapore brand of sweets and desserts, just launched a new ice cream brand, Softhaus in Great World’s basement. 

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Taking over the space once occupied by the now-defunct Plentyfull, Softhaus brands itself as a place where “the wild and whimsical worlds of ice cream and art collide”. Here, ice cream lovers and fans of Janice Wong’s legendary 2am: dessertbar alike will find themselves spoilt for choice, with a dizzying array of 16 flavours and 22 toppings. 

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Sungei Road Laksa @ Jalan Bersah – Slurp-Worthy $3 Laksa with Extra Cockles From $1

With the rare, but welcome spate of sweater weather these days, comfort food has become the main order of the day. And a bowl of piping hot laksa is at the top of that list.

Mention the words “Singapore” and “laksa”, and the legendary stalls of Katong instantly spring to mind. But if you are seeking something closer towards Singapore’s central district, a humble stall by the name of Sungei Road Laksa is where you can get your fix for a low, low price of $3.  

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When in Shiga: 7 Local Delicacies to Eat Your Way Around Shiga, Home to Japan’s Largest Inland Lake

We visited this place in November 2019, prior to Covid-19. Do check for pandemic-related updates and precautions before making your visit.

Though overlooked by travellers in favour of her more famous neighbour, Kyoto, Shiga 滋賀県 also has her own undiscovered charms to offer. Aside from being home to Japan’s largest inland lake, Lake Biwa, Shiga also presents a bevy of culinary treasures, many of them exclusive to this humble and peaceful prefecture.

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If you’re taking a trip off the beaten track, here are some of Shiga’s local delicacies to feast on!

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15% off Marco’s Cellar Tuan Yuan 团圆 Reunited Box – Celebrate Mid Autumn Festival with Premium Tea and Urban Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (Media)

There’s nothing quite like commemorating the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, than with traditional treats like baked mooncakes and tea. This season, send your love in the form of bespoke gift boxes from Marco’s Cellar

Available in four variations, Marco’s Cellar’s Mid-Autumn Festival Gift Boxes combine traditional goodies curated from local brands. The Tuan Yuan 团圆 Reunited Box ($179) comprises four pieces of 100g traditional baked mooncakes, two tins of loose tea from the 1872 Clipper Tea Co., and a bottle of Urban Cabernet Sauvignon 2020. 

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Marcos Cellar Tuan Yuan 团圆 Reunited Box ($179)

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