Kiroi Freshly Baked Cheesecake @ Bukit Merah Lane, Queensway – Jiggly Japanese Cheesecakes Baked Fresh in the Heartlands

When it comes to cheesecake, no one does it quite like the Japanese. Soft, fluffy, and jiggly – these cloud-like darlings are lightly-flavoured, and don’t make you feel too guilty for indulging in a little post-meal sweets.

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While chain bakeries pop up relentlessly across Singapore, Kiroi Freshly Baked Cheesecake goes against the grain by staying true to their humble roots as a small-scale bakery.

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Chen’s Mapo Tofu @ OUE Downtown 2, Tanjong Pagar – Japanese-Szechuan Food by Michelin-Starred Chef; Islandwide Delivery Available via Oddle

I had my first taste of Chef Chen Kentaro’s 2-star Japanese-Szechuan cuisine during a media session at Shisen Hanten years ago. And since then, I haven’t been able to get my mind off his melt-in-the-mouth, buttery smooth Mapo Tofu with a spicy kickk

Well, good news for foodies on a non-Michelin budget: you can savour Chef Chen Kentaro’s mouthwatering creations at price-friendly points at Chen’s Mapo Tofu in the heart of Singapore’s central business district, OUE Downtown 2 in Tanjong Pagar! 

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Signature Combo ($12.80)

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[Closed] MAI 舞 by Dashi Master Marusaya @ Bukit Pasoh Road, Outram Park – Elegant Affordable Omakase (Media)

Update June 2020: Mai has closed.

Fancy Omakase that doesn’t break the bank? MAI 舞 by Dashi Master Marusaya may just be what you’re looking for.

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Located a stone’s throw from Outram Park MRT Station, MAI’s 38-seater premises are housed in an odd-shaped building on Bukit Pasoh Road. From the elegant, wood-themed entrance to the inviting warm lights of the sushi bar and private booths, diners are treated to the feeling of being whisked away to the elegant world of Japanese dining the moment they step in.

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When in Kyoto: Menbaka Fire Ramen @ Kamigyo Ward – Explosive, One of a Kind Experience with Live Torched Ramen

Fancy watching your ramen go up in flames before your very eyes? Or how about a side of dinnertime theatrics along with your meal?

Menbaka Fire Ramen in Kyoto is no stranger to both. Nestled deep in Kamigyo Ward to the north of Nijo Castle, the eatery has been serving up it torched ramen since 1985, when its founder discovered the fiery taste from combining green onion with extreme heat. Needless to say, the eatery opens to swarming queues of curious tourists right up to closing time!

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