We go Nippon-mad this month

It’s landed, and we couldn’t be more excited about the minimalist Cafe & Meal MUJI. With a natural flavours concept, the cold and hot deli menu (similar to Japan) offers a variety of well-balanced meals. Customise your own deli set with choice of three (1 hot + 2 cold, $12.90) or four (2 cold + 2 hot, $16.90) items, together with bread, white rice or 10-grain rice (our personal favourite!). Desserts and drinks include classic chocolate cake ($7.40) and refreshing mixed berries cheesecake ($8.40) that are best taken with the hibiscus tea and sunset tea ($3.90 each) respectively. #04-36 to 40 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road. Tel: 6735 0123


Newly opened Fukusen has launched with an eye-catching promo: if you or your friend’s name begins with F, K, or S, you can enjoy 1-for-1 lunch sets till 30 Nov! Choose from chicken teriyaki ($21), Kurobuta pork ($24), or salmon sashimi don ($24) topped with ikura, served alongside aburi salmon carpaccio. The 45-seater restaurant also specialises in omakase, starting from the five-course Hana ($80). #01-02 Hotel Clover, 33 Jalan Sultan. Tel: 6291 4818


Fans of Idaten Udon (formerly Ten-ichi Udon) at nex will be pleased to note that the self-serve concept has opened a standalone outlet at City Link Mall. Choose from noodle flavours like yuzu, matcha or pumpkin (limited period only), and decide if you want chilled dipping sauce or hot soup. Pick some tempura and sides for added crunch (meals below $12). Current promotional items are asari (clam) udon and kimchi beef ramen ($9.80 each). #B1-21 CityLink Mall, One Raffles Link. Tel: 6238 7490


What exactly goes into a modern sushi roll? Maki-San, which recently celebrated its third anniversary in Aug, packs its nori cylinders with white or brown rice and your choice of ingredients (three or five) plus a premium pick, a sprinkle (seasoning) and one house sauce ($7.90/9.90). If you can’t decide, we recommend California Dreaming ($8.90), with pops of ebiko, the creaminess of avocado and sweet crab stick and tamagoyaki. A carb-free option would be their Eelin’ Happy salad ($11.90). Oh, and don’t forget to keep those pretty packages for your trinkets! Outlets at The Cathay, The Arcade and I12 Katong. www.rollwithmakisan.com


Thanks to a project by Japanese and Singapore companies which include Eastern Green, Kidaya and La Ditta, in partnership with Cold Storage, we’ll soon enjoy Japanese premium vegetables grown in purpose-built clean rooms. The leafy greens are pesticide-free and will use 95 percent less water. These are also ready to eat (no need to wash before consumption), are harvested at peak flavour and will have a longer expiry date. The scheme will be kick started in 2015/6.