Now that you know that Singapore’s our favourite place for a weekend getaway as well as where to stay when you’re there, it’s time to decide where to eat! Singapore is home to no shortage of exciting restaurants, it can be hard to make a choice! So if you need a bit of help, here are two restaurants and dishes you should definitely try when you’re in Singapore.
1. Tsukada Nojo’s Bijin Nabe
A franchise from Japan, Tsukada Nojo’s biggest selling draw is their hot pots. And not just any hot pot, but their Bijin Nabe. Bijin Nabe literally translates to “Beauty Hotpot”, because of their signature collagen-laden chicken stock that’s so rich, it arrives at your table in gelatinous curds until the heat melts it into a gorgeously rich and thick soup. Collagen is the stuff that keeps your skin supple and youthful, hence Beauty Hotpot!
Stock aside, I was impressed by how fresh and tasty the ingredients– from meat and prawns to greens and other garnishes. To top it all of, everything seemed to get more and more delicious as the longer it cooked in the pot!
At SGD$25 per person, you’ll get more than enough soup and hot pot goodies to fill you up. I’m not sure if I left feeling more beautiful (Nutritionist Dr Bibi Chia says there’s very little scientific evidence that the collagen you eat actually gets turned back into beautifying collagen by your body), but I was certainly happy and satisfied with the meal!
A: 68B Orchard Road, #03-81 Plaza Singapura Atrium @ Orchard, Singapore 238891
T: +65 6837 0603
2. Unagi Man Man’s Hitsumabushi
Man Man is another Japanese import, and this time it’s all about eel. Specifically, live baby eels imported from the town of Mikawa in Japan’s Aikichi prefecture that are killed, prepared and grilled right in front of you for what’ll possibly be the best eel you eat outside of Japan.
First timers will want to try the Hitsumabushi (SGD $26.80), a set which lets you experience 4 different ways of enjoying the grilled eel– on its own, on its own on top of rice or with your choice of toppings, and finally in a light tea broth as ochazuke. The eel is perfectly grilled, sweet and tender without being fishy, and tastes great no matter how you choose to eat it.
A word of warning: the queues here can get pretty intense, stretching down the block shortly after the restaurant’s 6 pm opening time. Your best bet is to show up a fair bit earlier than the opening time, and I definitely appreciated that my hotel, Oasia Downtown, was within comfortable walking distance. But for such a meal, the wait is worth it!
Unagi Man Man
A: 1 Keong Saik Road, #01-01, Singapore 089109
T: +65 6222 0678