Sushiro, Japan’s largest conveyor belt sushi chain opens at Tiong Bahru Plaza – Cheap sushi anyone?

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If you haven’t already heard, Sushiro, Japan’s largest kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi chain has just opened its maiden outlet in Singapore at Tiong Bahru Plaza on Monday 19 August. This is exciting news because Sushiro is immensely popular in Japan, serving over 149 million customers in Japan alone, or how about 1.36 billion plates of sushi per year? I hear there are long queues already, in part thanks to opening specials. Better hurry down if you want to enjoy things like sea urchin sushi for only $4.80 for 2 pcs!

Sushiro (2)

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Teppan Kappou Kenji – Affordable Japanese food right in the heart of Tanjong Pagar

Great Japanese food is hardly synonymous with affordable prices, but recently I chanced upon a gem located in the heart of Tanjong Pagar, just a few minutes walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station. This is a gem not just because the food here is fabulous, but that it’s price point allows you to actually feel comfortable visiting multiple times as opposed to it being for just special occasions.

Teppan Kappou Kenji - Tiger Prawn, Hokkaido Scallop topped with Uni, Salmon
Teppan Kappou Kenji – Tiger Prawn, Hokkaido Scallop topped with Uni, Salmon
For example, lunch sets start from $12.90, and includes chawan mushi. As far as I know, this is even cheaper than certain sushi chains in Singapore. For dinner, its entirely possible to order a dish and pair it with rice to form a complete meal for less than $20.

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Tim Ho Wan – Revamped menu and a new outlet in Punggol Waterway Point

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After a change in management, Tim Ho Wan has gone through a menu revamp. I am glad to report that you can now expect many new creations as well as improved classics. Tim Ho Wan is also on another expansion plan. The latest outlet to open is the 11th outlet in Punggol Waterway Point, which would be most convenient for people living in the far north as there is no other Tim Ho Wan outlet nearby.

Tim Ho Wan - Sesame Balls with Molten Salted Egg $4 (2)

The last time I visited Tim Ho Wan was in late 2013. Since then, a number of outlets have opened and closed, such as the ones at Toa Payoh, Aperia Mall and Bedok Mall. To be frank, the food then did not impress me. It just didn’t strike me as Michelin quality, and certainly not worth the 1 to 2 hour queues then. There were some hits, but there were numerous misses too. Thankfully, I think with this current menu revamp, there are now more dishes worthy of trying. And with numerous outlets dotted over the Singapore, the queues aren’t as scary anymore. Scroll down to see which dishes I thought were great, and those that were not so. These were all tried at the new Punggol Waterway Point outlet.

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Catch Doraemon at Monster Curry

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Monster Curry, the Japanese curry specialist restaurant will be offering an exclusive new menu and range of merchandise featuring the popular and recognisable manga/anime icon Doraemon. Doraemon of course needs little introduction, most of us having grown up watching the Doraemon cartoons. I remember a time where we would even watch Doraemon on the Malay channel, just because that was the only Doraemon programme on TV at the time.

Monster Curry prides itself on offering house-made Japanese curry comprising a proprietary blend of 14 vegetables and spices. You can find Monster Curry in many places such as Nex, Vivocity, Novena Square, 100AM and Tampines One. The special thing about Monster Curry is that you can choose your preferred spice level of the curry, ranging from 1 – 5.

So how to get your hands on the Doraemon merchandise? Simply order one of the following

  • Hokkaido Organic Potato Wedges ($11.80) – It comes with a Doraemon container with straps
  • Blue Calpis Soda or Okinawa Shiquasa Soda $5.80 – Comes with Doraemon coaster

Or purchase T-shirts and soft toys at nett prices. Sale of merchandise is only available for dine-in customers.

Monster Curry - Special Combo Curry $28.80

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Cirque du Soleil Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is a must watch!

A few days ago, I caught my very first Cirque du Soleil performance. The name Cirque du Soleil has been around for 3 decades, but due to various reasons including costs (it costs a pretty penny!), I’ve never been able to watch one until recently. If you’re new to Cirque du Soleil, and have the impression that they return to Singapore every couple of years or so, note that it’s not actually the same show returning. The current one being featured at Bayfront is Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since starting in 1984.

If you’ve never watched a Cirque du Soleil performance, now is the best chance because I am told that Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is one of the better performances around. A Cirque du Soleil performance is not just your average circus show with acrobats and death defying acts. It’s so much more than that. It’s music, it’s theatre, its drama, it’s beautiful costumes and of course heart-stopping jaw-dropping acts, all beautifully weaved together in a fantasy storyline and whimsical stage props. Speaking of props, there are 426 props in Kurios, the most of any production in Cirque du Soleil’s history.

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