Ginza Rokukakutei's first overseas venture outside Japan is now open at Odeon Towers.
Rokukakutei in Osaka has been a one-Michelin-starred specialty restaurant since year 2009. Then it opened a 2nd outlet in Ginza, Tokyo.
The concept of the restaurant is serving Kushiage (deep fried skewers) and wine pairing with selected luxury wines like their outlets at Ginza and Azabujuban in Tokyo. Think omakase style dining but with deep fried skewers.
Hailing from Tsukiji, Niku Kappo at ION Orchard offers authentic Japanese Kappo (å²ç¹) style cuisine, and focus mainly on the Meat category of their menu.
At Niku Kappo, customers can look forward to an extensive list of almost 50 different kinds of Sake and Shochu specially imported from Japan and not sold anywhere else in Singapore. They also have a cocktail list which consists of 100 different kinds of Mojitos.
In Kappo cuisine, the dishes are prepared with meticulous effort and dedication. One of the signature dishes, Edo Yaki (æ±æ¸ç¼ã) is the original form of Sukiyaki, and uses Miso as base instead of the usual Shoyu. This dish will be freshly prepared by the Niku Kappo staff at the dining table, accompanied by an explanatory of the dish and its ingredients. The usual Japanese dishes are also given a surprising twist, like the Dancing Salad, whereby the staff mixes the salad in front of their customers.
Sundubu is a type of Korean stew featuring tofu cooked with a variety of ingredients such as vegetables, meat and seafood.
The dish gained popularity after a restaurant specializing in Sundubu opened in Los Angeles by a Korean immigrant. Its success led to more Sundubu specialty restaurants opening in cities like New York.
Tokyo Sundubu aims to incorporate this dish into the Japanese food culture through enhancing the flavors of the soup and ingredients while maintaining its authentic taste.
The latest edition to the Keong Saik district is an urban Izakaya, Neon Pigeon.
Inspired by the world of flavours found in the hidden spots of Tokyo and the underground culture of buzzling cities like New York and Hong Kong, the establishment is a vibrant social house offering great value for money and the soul of a Japanese Izakaya with a punch of urban grit.
With a selection of starters (appropriately named ‘Bird Feed’), soups, greens, seafood and meats, Japanese snacks are given a modern and in-house twist at Neon Pigeon. The Izakaya-style menu, designed for tastings, serves up dishes in ‘small’ or ‘large’ portions and you are recommended to order six to eight small dishes to share between two people.
A look at the menu and you will notice the heavy use of classic, no-frills Japanese flavours in the condiments and among the assortment of "Bird Feed", is a cold dish of Chilled Cucumber with home-mixed crushed chilli peanuts, nori (seaweed) and goma (sesame), as well as the Tsukune Sliders, an east-meets-west combo of a Japanese meatball patty and a western slider bun, coupled with pickled kyuri (Japanese cucumber) and tare (soy basting sauce) aioli.
Keeping up with the fun-sharing concept, Neon Pigeon also offers a large format dining option of Barbecued Pork Shoulder for groups of four to six. With a two-day advance order required, the hearty fare of pork shoulder is slow-cooked for 20 hours and served in a black pepper teriyaki glaze, with a ginger scallion dipping sauce, bibb lettuce wraps, steamed buns, a spring onion salad, onigiri rice cake, kimchi and pickles to complement.
Also an integral part of the concept’s underground vibe is the Neon Pigeon bar. The bar’s Japanese-inspired drinks list includes a selection of Japanese beers and whiskeys, each a representative of different prefectures, as well as a curated list of spirits and Japanese inspired speciality cocktails. These include Throw A Kyuri-Ken, a vodka-based cocktail with a refreshing touch of lemon juice, yuzu and cucumber, as well as Harajuku Girl, a mix of gin, shiso leaf, and plum bitters.
The bar also houses a selection of sake of varying fragrances and complexity, including a range of Junmai, Daiginjo, Ginjo and Honjozo sakes, that were all hand-picked from sake distilleries across Japan to complement the dishes offered at Neon Pigeon.
Specially designed by US-based EDG Interior Architecture + Design, the Neon Pigeon space at The Working Capitol building on Keong Saik is built to own the vibe of a hidden spot off the main street only known to the locals, as a veiled corner of an urban metropolis. The exterior shows only a fluorescent pink pigeon, lit when in business, while the interior is paved with raw elements of steel and bricks that are softened with sophisticatedly designed wood finishing, giving the social hangout an urban grit with comfort and familiarity – an atmosphere reminiscent of Shibuya district in Tokyo or East Village in New York. A semi-open concept kitchen is also featured, with the action in the kitchen open for a close-up view.
A final and crucial touch to the space is the loud graffiti work plastered on the walls of the interior that gives the restaurant a touch of the underground New York City vibe. The team had specially commissioned local visual artist, ZERO to create these murals.
Art-Noise, one of the top-ranking hair salons in Tokyo is now open at Holland Village.
Art-Noise has continuously been at the forefront of the industry in the highly-competitive Ikebukuro area for the last 11 years. They promise to provide the same high level of skills and service in Singapore as have in Japan.
They provide highly skilled techniques that has been reviewed well by many and strongly recommend their treatment menus and head spas that use their very own shampoo and treatment, invented through incorporating your feedback.
Art-Noise uses only the non-damaging blend of chemicals in their products that are all made in Japan and hire the best Japanese stylists in their salon.
Microsoft has launched a new Cybercrime Satellite Centre in Singapore, one of five globally including in Beijing, Berlin, Tokyo and Washington.
Set up as a satellite extension of the Microsoft Cybercrime Centre in Redmond, USA, the Centre in Singapore will serve as the regional hub for Microsoft to undertake cybercrime and cybersecurity initiatives in the Asia Pacific region, through public-private partnerships and cross-industry collaboration. The Centre will support all major Southeast Asian countries as well as Australia, India, Korea and New Zealand.
One of the core priorities for the Centre is to reduce malware-related infections in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region, by collaborating with third-party partners under Microsoft’s Cyber-Threat Intelligence Program. The program leverages strong community based relationships and collaboration to collectively analyze and assess existing local and regional cybersecurity threats. It will develop detection, identification, notification and threat remediation programs to benefit governments, organizations and individuals.
A second focus is to create deeper awareness about rising cybercrime threats, enhance the understanding of the value of trusted digital platforms and cloud computing, as well as build global best practices on preventive measures for a safer internet ecosystem. This will be driven primarily by Microsoft through the provision of strategic support to customers and partners in fostering robust IT governance models and helping with threat intelligence capabilities delivered through the cloud.