Tipsy Penguin @ NTUC Income at Tampines Junction – Come Huddle for Wholesome Bar Bites and Burnt Cheesecake

Tipsy Penguin can be described as somewhat of a hidden gem in central Tampines. Since its opening some three years ago, it has been huddled between two bustling commercial centers, Our Tampines Hub and the trio of shopping malls around Tampines MRT station. Until the recent hiatus on live performances, Tipsy Penguin has served as a robust gathering place for residents and workers alike in the east. 

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Dosukoi x Donpachi Sake Bar @ Cuppage Plaza, Somerset – Hole-in-the-Wall Japanese Bar and the New Home of Fuwa Fuwa Kakigori

Every so often, you’ll stumble on a hidden gem that you would want to keep to yourself, as your secret go-to spot for your favourite food or drink. While I was admittedly a little hesitant to put this accidental new find of mine in the spotlight, sharing is caring. 

So without further ado, let me introduce you to my new favourite Japanese izakaya in Singapore: Dosukoi x Donpachi

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Tucked away in the basement of Cuppage Plaza (also affectionately known as Little Japan), away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, Dosukoi x Donpachi is a cozy hangout spot that looks to be run by a husband-and-wife team. The izakaya is home to an extensive line of homemade umeshu that is prominently displayed at the counter. 

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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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Kakurega The Lair @ Smith Street, Chinatown – Intimate Izakaya with Delectable Japanese Bar Bites and Premium Sake

In the  mood for some tipple after your visit to ChinatownKakurega The Lair is a new casual Japanese sake bar that opened its doors in December 2020. 

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The 50-seater bar spans three levels in the heart of Chinatown, along Smith Street. Tables are spaced relatively far apart from one another, guaranteeing you a cozy, intimate experience consisting of the twin pleasures of sake and yakitori. The dim lighting and wood-themed furniture adds to its inviting atmosphere. 

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