Gochi-So Shokudo @ Jewel Changi Airport – Premium Iberico Pork Restaurant with Seasonal Specials (Media)

It’s not often you can use the words “Iberico pork” and “wallet-friendly” in the same sentence, so it was a pleasant surprise to discover that Gochi-So Shokudo, a casual Japanese eatery, has been serving quality dishes at affordable price points. 

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Since its opening in 2019,  more outlets have popped up around Singapore, bringing its pork dishes to customers islandwide. Its Jewel Changi Airport is situated next to the HSBC Rain Vortex, with plenty of seats abound. 

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L’Entrecôte The Steak & Fries Bistro @ Duxton Hill – Authentic and Intimate French-Style Bistro

Steak and fries is an unpretentious dish that has been enjoyed for generations at many a bistro in France. After all, you can’t go wrong with a solid cut of steak and crisp, umami fries on the side! 

L’Entrecôte The Steak & Fries Bistro has perfected the art of steak and fries so well, it has become synonymous with the very dish in Singapore. So when Restaurant Week rolled around late last year, I couldn’t pass up on the chance to try it for myself, along with other classic French fares.  

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Baba Chews Bar and Eatery @ Katong Square, Katong – All-Day Modern Singapore Dining (Media)

There’s something intriguing about seeing where culinary innovations take us, especially when it comes to modernising and elevating our favourite childhood foods. It seems almost befitting that Baba Chews Bar and Eatery is situated in Katong, which many consider the heart of the beloved Peranakan cuisine. 

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Like its home base, Katong Square, Baba Chews Bar and Eatery’s menu has undergone a few updates, with new Peranakan fusion dishes alongside other classic European offerings. 

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Gyosen @ Fortune Centre, Middle Road – Hole-In-The-Wall Japanese Donburi and Omakase

While Fortune Centre has established itself as a foodie haven for vegetarians and vegans, that has not stopped a handful of Japanese and Korean eateries from setting up shop in this unassuming mall. Gyosen has quietly made a name for itself with its affordable Japanese rice bowls and omaksase which are housed in two adjacent units on the third level. 

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Shinsora @ Odeon Towers, City Hall – Intimate Omakase Featuring Edomae Sushi by World Sushi Cup Champion

Shinsora has much to be proud of. Not only did it survive the worst of Covid-19 when it opened, but also its two chefs, Chef Sky Tai and Chef Leon Yap, are also World Sushi Cup Champions. Quite a mean feat considering both were born and raised outside Japan. 

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Today, the 10-seater omaksase restaurant continues to operate out of its Odeon Towers-based premises, with no more than a SafeEntry code hinting at its presence within Standing Sushi Bar. One might even mistake it for a private dining room with front-row seats to the sushi-making action. 

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Sen-ryo Singapore @ ION Orchard, Orchard – Affordable, Luxe Japanese Food with Two-Month Waiting List

Sen-ryo has been on my list of places to try for a while now, but it was only recently that I finally got to visit this famed Japanese restaurant at ION Orchard. Not for my busy schedule or procrastination, but for a waiting list that averages up to two months.  

The Tochigi-based brand has been around since 1999, with a whopping 13 outlets scattered across Hong Kong, where its rise to fame in the region started. Its ION Orchard outpost is its first in Singapore, with queues showing no sign of abating in spite of it having passed its one year mark.

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