1. Tsukiji Fish Market Restaurant
Don’t get too excited yet — the beloved Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo has not opened an outpost in Singapore. This eatery just borrows the famous name as its Japanese owner was inspired by the idea of having a cluster of Japanese restaurants surrounding a wholesale fish market. Instead, the 160-seat enclave at Orchard Central has a mid-sized aquarium which offers live seafood like prawns, oysters and lobsters. But there are no individual food stalls here, just a single restaurant offering six types of Japanese cuisines (some of which are strangely labelled ‘restaurants’), all served from a central kitchen. Four are currently available — including the namesake Tsukiji Fish Market Restaurant serving grub like Uni Sushi ($26.80 for two pieces) and Salmon, Flying Fish Roe & Cream Cheese Don (see main photo, $10.80), as well as Ebi Zo Ebi Tempura Restaurant, which offers an Ebi Zo Special Tempura Don ($20.80, left) heaving with unagi, squid and crab tempura.
#12-02 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, S238896. Tel: 6634-2803. Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm. Last orders 30 mins before closing. www.facebook.com/TsukijiFishMarketRestaurant
2. Shake Mee
Owned by the same company behind Sarawak noodle joint Face to Face Noodle House at City Square Mall, this food court stall literally shakes things up in your bowl of noodles (you’re supposed to shake your lidded bowls to mix the ingredients). The egg noodles here are made in Face to Face’s central kitchen and there are five bowls available at this cheaper offshoot. Try the signature Chili Pan Mee: egg noodles with anchovies, minced meat, a wobbly onsen egg and fried chili, or the Kolo Mee, topped with fried wantons, minced meat and char siew. All to be shaken in a sauce of your choice, like dark soy sauce. All bowls come in two sizes – kawaii (small serving, $3.30) and ippai (regular serving, $6).
#05-01 Cookhouse by Koufu, Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Road S608549. Open daily Sun-Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat 10am-9.30pm. Last orders at closing. www.facebook.com/Shake-Mee-1287142364656969
This brunch-friendly New York-style delicatessen opened by a New Yorker specialises in bagels, which are made in-house. Have a plain Bagel ($3 each) and dress it up with cream cheese schmears (spreads) in eight sweet or savoury flavours like Chipotle Avocado or Strawberry ($3 per serving). There are also bagel sandwiches like The New Yorker ($8), which is stuffed with two fried eggs and melted cheddar (add $3 for crispy bacon). There’s even a Pizza Bagel ($8) on which you can pile various savoury toppings from 11 options. Non-bagel offerings include the Challah French Toast ($15), traditional Jewish braided bread dipped in eggs, fried and served with maple syrup and fruit.
#01-03 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, S098375. Tel: 6334-3832. Open daily except Tues. Mon-Fri 8am-10pm. Sat & Sun 8am-2.30pm. Last orders 30 mins before closing. www.facebook.com/pg/schmearsg