A whole lot of affordable Japanese cuisine – from premium Wagyu steak to century-old chicken broth hotpot – has popped up around the island

Motobu Wagyu is the star of En Grill & Bar‘s new menu. The premium beef (A4/A5 grade) is rich in dietary fibre and contains more unsaturated fatty acids (58%) than general black Japanese cows. Whet your chops with Wagyu and foie gras steak ($24), Wagyu Guinness ragu pasta ($18.80) and other unctuous dishes.

Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat & Eve of PH 6pm-3am, Sun 6pm-12am. #01-59/60 UE Square, 207 River Valley Road. Tel: 6732 6863

Feed your Monster Curry craving at its newest outlet in VivoCity. Enjoy the familiar 41cm-wide platters brimming with the signature full-bodied and balanced sauce with notes of caramel. We’ll have a Flame Monster Curry ($24; pork shabu-shabu, tori karaage, shrimp tempura, cheese, onsen egg), spice level Monster Hot, please!

Daily 11am-10pm. #02-126/127/129 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk

Wallet-friendly heartland hidden gem Marugoto Shokudou left a lasting impression with its
homemade pitan tofu and the off-menu seasonal braised red gurnard fish. Quick picks: from $25 for a three-course set (lunch options: fruit salad or sashimi, pork layer cutlet with red wine miso, yuzu or matcha ice cream). Try also fusion items unagi chilli padi maki, foie gras chawanmushi and their unique salmon skin maki. Omakase and alcoholic beverages available.

Daily 12-2.30pm, 6-10pm. #01-07 Broadway Plaza, 4190 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6. Tel: 6451 2822

It’s all about chicken at Hanamidori. The specialised restaurant hails from Hakata, Kyushu and its
signature chicken broth hotpot mizutaki, dates back to the 19th century Keio era. Poultry picks: hana soboro collagen salad ($9.90), and mizutaki karaage ($7.90, set $18.90) with the lift of ponzu and yuzu kosho. End your meal with their homemade collagen pudding ($5.90).

Daily 11.30am-10pm. #04-01 (within Tokyo Walker) Plaza Singapore, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6333 9287