The Place Taking almost half of the third floor space at Tanjong Pagar’s 100AM shopping mall, itadakimasu by PARCO assembles seven Japanese dining concepts under one roof. A trendsetter, PARCO first introduced the concept of a Japanese food street in Singapore back in 2010 when they developed the first itadakimasu by PARCO at Millenia Walk.
Six years on, in Dec 2016, their latest concept opened at the west end of Singapore’s Central Business District in Tanjong Pagar – just minutes walk away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station. While the location has changed, itadakimasu by PARCO seeks to continue to deliver authentic and wallet-friendly dining concepts to diners.
The Concepts With all seven dining concepts fully operating, Japanese-food lovers can now enjoy most of what Japan has to offer in terms of variety – from Soba (Nadai Fujisoba Ni Hachi) to Tonkatsu (Saboten), one of the Panda’s favourite Shabu Shabu (Shabu Shabu Gyu Jin) and Japanese BBQ (Yakiniku Heijoen). What’s more exciting is that five of the dining concepts here are originally from Japan – Yakiniku Heijoen, Saboten, Nadai Fujisoba Ni Hachi, Yayoi and Numazu Uogashizushi! So, before you plan to head down, here’s a snippet of what to expect in each of the Japanese dining concept at itadakimasu by PARCO.
Nadai Fujisoba Ni Hachi
Specialising in Soba, this Tokyo-originated soba restaurant has been dishing out their noodles since 1966 from their original shop in Shibuya, Tokyo. This is their first restaurant in Singapore, with selections from Hot and Cold Soba, Dipping Soba and Don, with sides including tempura, sliced duck meat and unagi. To truly enjoy what Nadai Fuijisoba Ni Hachi has to offer, go for their Kamo Nabe (S$30 per person, minimum 2 pax), a hotpot dining experience with their signature Dashi stock (made with Dried Bonito) and prepared à la minute at your dining table by the chef. Sliced duck meat and duck meat balls are cooked together with a trio of vegetables, soybean sprouts, pea sprouts and spring onion; with soba noodles added at the end of the meal, to be enjoyed with the remaining soup, and fully enhanced with the flavours of the duck slices. You must head down for this.
For a side to share, we strongly recommend the Special Truffles Dashi Maki Tamago with Crab Japanese Sauce (S$15).
Located just south of Mount Fuji, southwest of Tokyo, Numazu is a coastal city in Japan. Numazu Uogashizushi is one of the few sushi restaurants with auction rights at the Numazu Fish Market, and has their fresh catch sent directly to Singapore by air to ensure diners here get to enjoy some of the freshest sashimi Japan has to offer. Expect Nigiri and Donburi sets on offer during lunch hours too.
One of the largest Japanese Tonkatsu restaurant chains, Saboten was first established in Japan in 1966. With more than 500 restaurants now, Saboten continues to draw crowds in with its quality cuts of pork and their Uonuma Koshihikari rice – amongst one of the most premium rice grains from Japan. To keep its menu afresh for its regulars, Saboten launches seasonal menu with the ongoing promotion on Ebi Katsu (now till 31st Aug 2017). The Ebi Katsu & Tenderloin Katsu Gozen (S$28) gets you a portion of the premium Tenderlion Katsu and the delicious Ebi Katsu, both to go with a set of Japanese Rice, Miso Soup, Chawanmushi, Cabbage, Pickles and Dessert (Matcha Ice Cream, just top-up S$0.80 to upgrade to Yuzu or Rock Melon Ice Cream).
With close to 30 outlets in Japan, this is Yakiniku Heijoen’s first overseas outlet, and we were glad that it is in Singapore. Focusing primarily on grilled Japanese Kuroge Wagyu Beef, which translates to A5 Wagyu Beef ranking, you know you are about to enjoy some of the most prized wagyu meats here. All the meats here are directly sourced and imported from Kagoshima, Kyushu.
Shabu Shabu Gyu Jin
Under the same management as Yakiniku Heijoen, this eat-all-you-can Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki concept gives diners the opportunity to savour on unlimited meats. With selections of different cuts and soup bases, diners can pick their preferred course from the more affordable American Beef, or splurge on the Premium Japanese Wagyu Beef.
Ramen Keisuke Tori King
Amongst the first few concepts under the Keisuke group, Ramen Keisuke Tori King has long been a favourite for many, judging from the incessant queues of returning diners despite years of operations. The broth is prepared by boiling chicken bones, chicken feet, Japanese seaweed and an assortment of vegetables over eight hours. You can’t resist returning, can you?
Specialising in serving up Japanese Teishoku meals for its diners, primarily Japanese food sets consisting of 1 Soup and 3 Dishes. The dishes are typically defined as a main, a side dish as well as appetisers. This is a perfect spot for some comforting and homely Japanese food, and for a family meal with selections available for children too.
itadakimasu by PARCO
100 Tras Street
Level 3, 100AM Shopping Mall
Daily 11am to 10pm
Operating Hours for each restaurant may vary
For more information, visit itadakimasu by PARCO’s website.
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