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

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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TokyoTreat – Monthly Curated Subscription of Exclusive Japanese Candy & Snacks (Media)

Ever craved your favourite Japanese candy or snack? Well, here’s good news for all you Japanophiles – you don’t have to hop on a plane, or beg your friend to tompang ’em Japanese goodies for you anymore!

TokyoTreat is a monthly subscription service that curates authentic, Japan-exclusive candies and snacks. Expertly curated and professionally packed, each box contains mouthwatering goodies from a specific theme. Think #SHARETHELOVE for the month of February, for example.

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BOTAN Japanese Restaurant @ Far East Square, Telok Ayer – Premium Sushi & Classic Japanese Cuisine (Media)

Nestled among the lively, boisterous bars in Far East Square is a traditional Japanese eating establishment by the name of BOTAN Japanese Restaurant. Helmed by Executive Chef Thomas Kok, who spent an extensive period leading several F&B-related ventures in Japan, BOTAN prides itself on serving authentic Japanese dishes that emphasize good-quality ingredients.

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WAWA Seafood @ Stars of Kovan, Kovan – Street Food Featuring Live, Fresh Lala From a Tank (Media)

After making their mark on the hipster food festival scene with their fresh lala and made-to-order seafood dishes, WAWA Seafood has finally settled on a permanent outpost at Stars of Kovan in the north-east of Singapore. Occupying a compact unit below the condominium of the same name, the team strive to churn out mouthwatering, value-for-money dishes with the same freshness and taste.

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Kei Kaisendon @ Sembawang Shopping Centre, Sembawang – Free Flow Soup & Salad Opening Special (Media)

Fancy some delectable rice bowls topped with fresh spoils from the seas of Japan? Kei Kaisendon serves up generously topped rice bowls, made for sashimi lovers by sashimi lovers. With five outlets scattered across town, Kei Kaisendon has recently opened its doors on its sixth outlet at Sembawang Shopping Centre. 

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Let’s see what Kei Kaisendon has to offer for the seafood lover in us!

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When in Kyoto: Nanzenji Junsei 南禅寺 順正 @ Sakyo Ward – Dine On Kyoto-Style Yudofu in an Edo Era Setting

Aside from graceful geisha and ancient temples, Kyoto is also known for her sublime food culture. Elegant kaiseki meals, traditional sweets, and vegetarian fare are just some of the must-dos on every foodie’s list when visiting the former capital of Japan.

Yudofu 湯豆腐 is one such dish that is eaten most commonly around autumn and winter, when the cold temperatures call for comforting, wholesome food that warm from within. While there are countless places where one can sample this time honoured dish in Kyoto, I found myself stumbling upon Nanzenji Junsei 南禅寺 順正, a tofu specialist.

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