This is a gem. I say this because it really is. Tucked away on the second floor of International Plaza at Anson Road, nobody would have ever guessed that there will be a Japanese restaurant hidden.
Sad to say I still don’t know the name of the restaurant, plus this is my second visit and I still don’t know the name. So I will call it the nameless Japanese restaurant.
I had just finished my lessons and was just thinking about what I would have for dinner and wah-lah I thought of nameless and decided to go there. I can only tell you how to go if you saw Joe & Dough. Up the escalator and look for Domba Coffee and it’s a right turn and then a left turn and there it is. Alternatively, you can look for a Japanese sounding restaurant name on the second floor at the building directory.
The boss is this Japanese guy. And his Singaporean Wife who speaks fluent Japanese and Cantonese. Sadly again, I don’t know their names. I call her “Aunty” and I call him “Uncle”. Sorry for not being very helpful here. But just a clue, they have operated the business for over 30 years already. And some of their regular customers have been eating their Japanese food since they were students and now they are back with their own children to “carry on the tradition” of eating Japanese food. I thought it a little strange to talk about their business in that manner, but I guessed they were just proud that their customer branding is that strong. I asked Aunty what it was that they specialised in and she said we prepare “ordinary Japanese food, nothing fancy“. I think Aunty was just being modest.
Anyway, I said all that to say their Kaisen Don so totally rocks. Damn good quality sashimi. And everything right down to presentation basically bought me over. It’s a tad expensive at $29 (SGD) a bowl, but heck, I rather pay a little more for quality than to have low-quality Japanese food (think Japanese food in a food court).
So I was chowing down my Kaisen Don and the guys behind me who were pretty drunk started laughing and telling off-coloured jokes to each other. I didn’t care about what they were saying until they mentioned Dstllry and about their Omakase and I thought wow. Not bad at all. To get a bunch of drunk guys to talk about your business in someone else’s Japanese restaurant must mean you guys are doing something right. Keep it up Lum san.