5 Oishii Restaurants You Need
To Visit At Mandarin Gallery
If a holiday isn’t on the cards, Japanese food fans can save on that return plane ticket and head down to Mandarin Gallery instead for an all-Japanese dining experience. Here, our favourites from this Japanese food haven:
1. Hashida Sushi
Step into the world of celebrity sushi chef, Chef Hashida ‘Hatch’ Kenjiro, where perfection is the essence of his style of cooking. Located at a quaint corner of the fourth level is Hashida Sushi, which specialises in omakase style – a term which means “entrusting the food choices to the chef” – for customers to sit by the sushi bar and witness each dish come alive.
Step into the world of celebrity sushi chef, Chef Hashida ‘Hatch’ Kenjiro, where perfection is the essence of his style of cooking. Located at a quaint corner of the fourth level is Hashida Sushi, which specialises in omakase style – a term which means “entrusting the food choices to the chef” – for customers to sit by the sushi bar and witness each dish come alive. For lunch, diners can choose from four sets, each differing on the number of dishes served – Tsubaki ‘椿’, Ayame ‘菖蒲’,Tachibana ‘橘’ and Hiiragi ‘柊’. The Chef’s Omakase is served for dinner which includes a starter course, selected sushi, broth, and Japanese seasonal fruit.
2. Suju Japanese Restaurant
Sandwiched between Ito-Kacho and Ippudo, along the stretch of Japanese restaurants on the fourth floor of Mandarin Gallery is Suju. Beyond their dungeon-like front entrance lies a homely restaurant within, specialising in Teishoku, which is a Japanese home-style set meal of main dishes served with rice and miso soup.
As Suju is the restaurant arm of Suju Masayuki Shoten in Nagano, Japan. As part of the restaurant’s dedication to keep its food true to its roots, all of the ingredients used to create their exquisite cuisine are locally sourced from Nagano prefecture.
Must-try dishes include the Suju Plate Set, which is an assortment of six side dishes with rice, as well as dessert; and also the Gindara Misozuke Yaki Teishoku, a cut of silver cod grilled to perfection over a bed of charcoal.
Founded by 3-times champion and Ramen King, Shigemi Kawahara, it is no secret that Ippudo has earned the hearts of many ramen fans. The restaurant swears by their perfected Tonkotsu broth, perfectly cooked noodles and their long history of 32 years, and it’s no wonder that queues can go up to 1 hour for a bowl of Ippudo’s ramen.
Pro Tip: look out for their seasonal menus, like this season’s Tori Ton Kasena – where pork and chicken come together as a perfect pair. Some of the restaurant’s popular dishes also include its signature ramen such as the Shiromaru Motoaji and Akamaru Shinaji.
Air flown and delivered from the motherland itself, it’s no wonder the Japanese Black Wagyu is the star of Ito-Kacho. Japanese fans will appreciate the quality beef the famed barbeque beef yakiniku restaurant serves up, but it’s the homely ambience and cool-yet-inviting environment that seals the deal for us.
Beef lovers can indulge in their all-beef set – Take-Set and Matsu-Set – which come in medium (580g) or large (780g). For non-beef fans, Ito-Kacho Kaisen Moriawase, a range of assorted seafood, comes highly recommended, as well as their Dashimaki Tamago.
5. Tonkatsu by Ma Maison
There are lots of Japanese fusion restaurants but tucked away in a corner of Mandarin Gallery lies one of the city’s cosiest establishments, Ma Maison. The French-Japanese fusion restaurant goes with a restaurant concept that is primarily French but with a Japanese spin.
Here, it’s their melt-in-your-mouth Tonkatsu (‘pork cutlet’) that truly shines – everything from the Kurobuta Rosu Katsu to the Hungarian Mangalica Rosu Katsu is nothing short of heavenly and comforting.