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Hokkaido Izakaya @ 95 Tanjong Pagar Road

Tanjong Pagar has always been a melting pot of culinary culture. From hipster cafes to ‘atas’ restaurants, Korean BBQ, Japanese ramen houses and booze-loaded bars, this food-centered district located within the Central Business District caters to almost every diner’s cravings. Joining the food scene this year is Hokkaido Izakaya, a casual Japanese gastropub which serves authentic Japanese dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients from 4 different cities in the prefecture of Hokkaido – Yakumo, Akkeshi, Furano and Kamishihoro.

Dinner was off to a promising start with 4 different appetizers to appease our rumbling bellies. The Scallop Liver with Sesame Oil $9 and the Cheese Marinated with Miso $7 were the first two appetizers that arrived shortly after our orders were taken.

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Despite its raw and not too aesthetically-pleasing appearance, the scallop liver exuded beautiful oceanic flavours which were concentrated in the tiny organ within the shellfish. A thin coat of sesame oil helped to boost the richness of the liver whilst mellowing out the fishy odor. The miso-marinated cream cheese too was an uncommon yet pleasant combination, although the tiny portion might not be worth its price tag.

Celebrate Hina Matsuri from 1-10 March 2016 @ Mikuni, Fairmont Hotel

Hina Matsuri (Doll’s Festival or Girls’ Day) is a day for families to pray for the happiness and healthy growth of their daughters. Celebrated every 3rd March in Japan, families would commemorate this day by setting up a display of dolls within the house, and present food offerings to these human look-alikes.

Running for the fourth year in a row, Chef Moon of Mikuni has once again applied his magic to conjure up an exclusive set menu to celebrate the special occasion of girls in the world. Having said that, the male counterparts are equally entitled to have a taste of Chef Moon’s culinary creations!

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Dinner started off with an inviting bowl of fresh green salad, topped with chunky pieces of sweet snow crab. Within the colourful assortment, you can find lettuce, tomatoes, beetroot, blueberries, tangerines, and meat from the 8 legged ocean beauty. Although it may seem a tad simple, this appetizer was extremely light and well-balanced which prepped us perfectly well for the luxurious feast coming up next.

Tsukeru Shabu-Shabu @ Emporium Shokuhin, Marina Square

Covering over a total of 34,000 square feet at Marina Square’s new lifestyle and dining wing, Emporium Shokuhin is Singapore’s first integrated Japanese emporium with a live seafood market, beef dry-aging facility and 8 dining concepts, including Tsukeru shabu-shabu, Gyuu+ yakiniku grill, Umi + Vino seafood and wine bar, Senmi Sushi sushi bar, Burosu Honten gyoza and ramen, Kohi-Koji cafe and bakery, Takujo fine dining, and a Ready-To-Eat section for quick take-away meals. These dining concepts are a natural extension of the brand, showcasing the pristine ingredients and food items that are sourced and brought in by Emporium Shokuhin.

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For the shabu-shabu lovers, you can head on down to one of their dining concepts named Tsukeru, where you can choose a range of Japanese or Asian soup base, served up in an individual hotpot, with a wide selection of seafood and premium meats of your choice.

Rollie Olie @ The Star Vista

Rollie Ollie is a three-month-old store tucked away at Star Vista, which specialises in sushirritos. True to its name, the dishes are more than just a play on word blending. It is also a blend of Japanese sashimi and iconic roll ingredients with rolls, wraps and rice bowls that presents itself as a delightful assortment where you will be spoilt for choice. Its owner who is Taiwanese-American, was inspired by the ever-present Asian American fusion food wave and decided to bring it back to Singapore. Although this is their one and only flagship store, they are hoping to open more outlets here and make Rollie Ollie a favourite among Singaporeans. It is a good opportunity to make a trip down during office lunch hours or even for a late notice dinner date.

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Among the diverse range of signature rolls, Sunkissed Salmon $16.95, is their best seller. Within the blanket roll are shredded crab meat, cucumber, jicama and red roe that pack the right amount of crunch to compliment the creamy texture of aburi salmon and creamy avocado. To add a finishing touch to these flavours, you can pick your choice of mayonnaise at the counter (Kabayaki, Yuzu Mayo, Curry Mayo, Wasabi Mayo or Spicy Mayo). The mayos are a good way to customise the rolls to your taste buds’ craving for the day. This way, you get to be adventurous without feeling as though you have had too much of one good thing. Without a doubt, the Sunkissed Salmon is my absolute favourite for its wonderfully smooth and creamy texture that melts with every bite.

Mikuni Celebrates The Summer Unagi Festival from 20 Jul – 31 Aug 2015

Making its debut this year at Fairmont Singapore’s resident Japanese restaurant- Mikuni, is the well-loved and much celebrated Summer Unagi Festival.

Unagi, or more commonly known as the eel, is highly regarded as one of the most nutritious and wholesome foods around. This prized delicacy is also believed to increase one’s stamina, renew vitality, and of course keep the body cool to beat the summer heat. The festival usually takes place in mid-July to early August, coinciding with the doyo period that is supposedly the hottest time in Japan.

As for those of you who are simply fans of this freshwater fish for its distinct flavour profile and dense meaty texture, this is one celebration not to be missed.

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From 20 July to 31 August 2015, expect to be enthralled by Unagi-themed dishes created by Mikuni’s Executive Chef Moon Kyung Soo that can by enjoyed during lunch (5 courses for $120++) or dinner (8 courses for $220++).