The dining enclave at Changi Airport terminal 2 is home to six famed restaurants from Japan.
What are the restaurants that altogether define dining in Japan? All Nippon Airways tries to bring the same gastronomic experience to Singapore without the flight. With the success of Eat At Seven (Suntec City), they bring to us another riveting collective of eateries at Japan Gourmet Food Hall SORA!
Have a sip of Menya Takeichi’s collagen-rich chicken broth and you’ll understand why they are Tokyo’s number one chicken paitan ramen chain.
Made from simmering fresh chicken for hours, the luscious Special Rich Shoyu Ramen ($17.20) would give Singapore’s preferred tonkotsu base a run for its money. A homely dish where the flavoursome broth drapes over thin, springy noodles, succulent chicken meatballs and chicken slices, each bite is as gratifying as the next.
Do a quick search on the go-to place for okonomiyaki (Japanese grilled cabbage pancakes) in Dotonbouri, Osaka and Tsuruhashi Fugetsu pops up immediately. They have obviously found a fan within ANA, as it is served on business and first class flights.
The Mix Modan ($21) sets a new standard for okonomiyaki in Singapore. Skillful chefs magically transforms otherwise simple ingredients – cabbage, egg noodles, meat and seafood – into a mouth-watering centerpiece of Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise and dancing bonito flakes, served on a hotplate. The crisp, slightly charred, outer is that perfect contrast to the delicious mess of noodles, meat and sauce in the middle. Comfort food, at its best.
Talking about comfort food, you can’t forget Tokyo Sundubu. This Japanese chain is known for reinventing the simple tofu stew, originating from Korea, and has already earned a solid following in Singapore.
Try the Seafood Sundubu ($25.70) or Health and Beauty Sundubu ($19.30). Both are made with rich miso base and tategi (spicy Korean seasoning), and packed with hand-made tofu, vegetables and a variety of toppings from chicken, beef to shrimps. The former is our favourite, as the seafood adds a sweet yet briny flavour to the already rich base. Perfect with a bowl of piping hot rice!
Already a favourite among office-dwellers at Tanjong Pagar Centre, Kuro Maguro is bringing their generous donburi over to SORA.
Both the Toro Butsu Meshi ($29.80) and Kaisen Meshi ($23.30) are assembled from seafood and tuna, imported directly from Japan. The meaty yet fatty chunks of tuna melts in your mouth, while the sweet prawns had an enticingly creamy texture. This is a Tsukiji market experience, right in Singapore.
The snaking queues at Suntec City’s Eat at Seven months after its opening shows just how popular this Edo-styled tendon (tempura rice bowl) is.
The Kohaku Tendon ($17.70) is served overflowing with ten pieces of assorted tempura, including prawn, squid, fish, mushrooms, vegetables and, a personal favorite, chicken. The crisp batter and Nanatsuboshi Hokkaido rice soaks up the sweet yet savory sauce (spicy version available), bringing out the natural flavours of each component for a delicious meal. A Vegetable Tendon ($16.60) is also available.
Italian-Japanese restaurants are aplenty in Japan, for good reason. While drastically different, the flavours of each cuisine come together like a match made in heaven. The cooking style and herbs used in Italian cuisine is the missing puzzle to Japan’s obsession with the sixth flavour, umami. Must-haves include the classic Bolognese pasta ($14), served with a rich, tomato sauce, and the crowd-pleasing Mentaiko Pizza ($15).
To go with all that savories, SORA Bar offers a creamy Hokkaido soft serve that will have you wishing for a ski holiday in Northern Japan. A selection of Japanese beers, sake and the usual suspects of tiger beer and Heineken are also available.
Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2, 60 Airport Boulevard #036-059/059. Tel: 6386 7005