For convenience and variety, nothing beats a dining emporium that combines several stalls under one roof.
The dining cluster phenomenon, combined with Singaporeans’ perennial love of Japanese cuisine, has resulted in a new food trend: the rise of the Japanese restaurant zone.
There are at least seven such clusters in Singapore, often pitched at friendly price points.
The newest one, Japan Foods Garden, which opened at Shaw Centre’s Food Republic in September is actually housed in a foodcourt.
There are five Japanese food stalls offering steamed eel dishes as well as charcoal-tinted black Japanese curry. It is operated by JP Square, a Japanese-owned company which also runs cafes in Taiwan.
By the end of this year, Parco (Singapore) will open its Itadakimasu restaurant zone at 100AM mall in Tanjong Pagar.
It first introduced this dining area from 2010 to 2014 in Millenia Walk, which still has a Japanese dining zone called Nihon Food Street.
These add to others in the scene, such as Japan Food Town, which opened in July at Wisma Atria, and Emporium Shokuhin at Marina Square and Eat At Seven at Suntec City – both of which opened last year.
Here’s where you can go if you love Japanese food in Singapore.