If you’re a typical Singaporean, nothing can go wrong with Japanese Buffet. Our love for Japanese cuisine and buffet meals are both fulfilled and relinquished at the same time. The dining industry have seen a rise in restaurants offering buffets specializing only in Japanese cuisines. From teppanyanki to sashimi to sushi to sukiyaki, such restaurants provide a variety of Japanese dishes that you can choose from.
Tucked away at the far west side of our sunny island, not many locals would have heard of Hoshi Japanese Restaurant. Located at IMM since 1993, I could recall my family heading to this restaurant for our occasional fix for Japanese teppanyanki in my younger years, probably when sushi chains such as Sakae Sushi were not the trend yet. After almost a decade, we’re back to this restaurant but with a whole new perspective of Japanese food.
Sashimi: If you’re a fan of Sashimi, you should be able to discern the quality with your sight and taste. Having tried fresh salmon sashimi from the fish markets of Hokkaido in Japan, nothing else in Singapore could be on par with that level of quality. So without being unreasonable, there is certain standards that we can distinguish for our local sashimi. Coming from an affordable buffet pricing, do not expect A* for their sashimi obviously. The slices are good enough to satisfy your sashimi cravings and do not carry any weird odour. But visibly, you can tell that the sashimi they have are not top-notch in terms of freshness.
Teppanyaki Salmon: This is what my brother and I grew up with. Only a handful teppanyanki restaurant serve their salmon fillets with a special sweet and grainy sauce that makes the dish delectable and appetizing. This could probably be the only thing that my family would return for.
Personally, there will only be two reasons for me to dine at this restaurant. One, if I’m at the West side of the island and two, the teppanyanki salmon. A friendly advice, one would enjoy their experience much better on off-peak weekdays. The service is more prompt and teppanyanki dishes are served as per ordered.
Hoshi Japanese Restaurant
2 Jurong East Street 21
Tel: +65 6425 0520
First introduced to Wild Honey on my birthday in 2009, I’ve witnessed how much this place has grown and blossomed into one of the most popular brunch places in Singapore. Located snugly in the posh floors of Mandarin Gallery, the small restaurant has a cosy and warm ambience. From wooden chairs to plush cushion seats to high table stools, patrons can be seen lounging in the restaurant chatting over brunch and a cuppa.
Before you make your order, you need to take a good look at the menu first. The brunch menu is named according to regions and countries, with detailed description of what you can find on the plate.
European: My all-time favourite and a signature dish at Wild Honey, the Eggs Benedict. The eggs benny served here is a notch above other versions I have had. Slightly toasted brioche served with well-seasoned sauteed mushroom, prosciutto, perfectly poached eggs and delectable hollandaise sauce. Let me know if you know of a better eggs benny, otherwise, I’m settling down with this restaurant.
Parisienne: This is the restaurant’s special take on the Croque Madame or ham and cheese sandwich topped with a fried egg. Prepare your taste buds for the rich flavours that this dish can bring. A savoury rendition of french toast stuffed with cured ham, gruyere cheese and Dijon mustard, served with hollandaise sauce, this dish may just be too overwhelming for one to endure. I personally could barely complete half the dish.
333A Orchard Road
Dim Sum simply means, “touch your heart”.
Five food facts about Dim Sum:
1. The art of dim sum originated from yum cha (tea tasting), where travellers along the Silk Road stopped by Tea Houses to rest.
2. The custom of tapping two fingers to thank the person pouring tea started when the companion of an Emperor on incognito wanted to show his appreciation without attracting attention when the latter poured tea for him.
3. Dim Sum is traditionally pushed around the restaurant in steam carts
4. Chinese teacups do not have handles so that if the sides of the cup are too hot to handle with your fingers, the tea is too hot to drink.
5. If you’re teapot is running low on hot water and requires a refill, lift the lid and tilt it diagonally on the opening of the pot.