This week I tried Hokkaido Izakaya at Wisma Atria. There are lots of Japanese restaurants in Wisma’s Japan Food Town but this one was the most crowded and everyone seemed to be having fun inside, so we decided to try it. An Izakaya is a type of informal Japanese pub where people go to drink and have some bites after work.
The interior is nice and casual, yet still vibey. The little cosy bar-counter at the entrance has a sort of chaotic charm. You actually do feel like you’re in an Izakaya in Japan. And it was packed on a weeknight so it must be doing really well.
One of the starters we had was the Hokkaido-Style Chicken Karaage ($8). The Chicken was perfectly done – nice and crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. Exactly how Karaage chicken should taste.
Another starter we chose was the Deep Fried Chika Smelt Marinated with Sweet Vinegar Sauce ($8). Yup the name was a mouthful in itself. I really enjoyed this too. It was very tasty and soft (though some would prefer it crispier) and I would definitely order it again.
The last starter we had was the Japanese Omelette ($10). The waiter covered it with a generous layer of butter at our table. It was fluffy, milky, and slightly sweet – very delicious! And I don’t even usually like omelettes.
For our mains, one of the dishes we had was the Tororo Soba ($13). The soba is made from Hokkaido buckwheat. The noodles were firm and springy, and the Tororo (grated mountain yam) had a nice gooey texture. However I felt the onsen tomago was slightly over-cooked as the yolk wasn’t runny.
Another main we had was the Negitoro Rice Bowl ($15). Negitoro is one of my favourites! It came with a bowl of miso soup and jellyfish that tasted really good. The Negitoro was delicious and so fresh. It also had some pieces of tuna that were just as good. And the spring onions and the onsen tamago made the entire dish perfect. I’m definitely coming back for this.
Then last but not least we had the Wagyu Roasted Beef Rice Bowl ($19). It came with miso soup and jellyfish as well. The beef was nicely roasted to a medium doneness and sliced very thinly. The cream sauce that came with it complemented it nicely. However the sauce coating the rice was a bit too sweet for my liking.
Overall, it was a really delicious and enjoyable meal, a great place to go with a group of friends! The food was great, the atmosphere fun and the prices were reasonable. 8/10!
Japan Food Town @ Wisma Atria
435 Orchard Road #04-51
Tel: +65 6262 3461
Opening Times: Mon – Sat 11:30 – 15:30, 17:00 – 23:00 | Sun 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:30