Izakaya chain Shirokiya opens its second outlet in the newly renovated Chijmes
The newly renovated Chijmes wing is good to go with several Japanese restaurants opening up in a row. Shirokiya joins in the fray with its second outlet.
The izakaya gained popularity in Cuppage Plaza, known as the Japanese haunting in Singapore. Shirokiya has a strong focus on the concept of bishoku-ryori , meaning that the food is good for you from the inside out. The menu promotes a range of dishes containing ingredients such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, and capsaicin.
If you’re a fan of tofu, the Cold Tofu Sprinkled in Salted Rice Malt Dressing ($8.80) is a must-try. The soft and slightly mashed texture of the homemade tofu reveals a strong taste of soy beans. It is only available in limited portions each day, so go in early!
The Avocado and Seafood Salad with Hyaluronic Acid Jelly ($20.80) may sound odd because hyaluronic jelly normally goes in skin products. However, the jelly itself has no taste and supposedly moistens the skin from the inside out. The salad also contains raw tuna, salmon, red sea bream and snow crab, and salmon roe.
Another starter to try is the Bonito Fish Cooked in Hay Straw ($14), which is marinated in ponzu sauce and topped with minced spring onions. The fish is cooked on the outside while the middle remains raw. The meat is on the slightly fishy side, but otherwise it is well-masked with the ponzu sauce.
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The Kurobuta Shabu Shabu ($38.80 for two to three packs) is served in collagen soup, making the broth rich and creamy. The slices of shabu shabu pork were also tender and went well with the soup. We suppose that one hungry person could finish the whole pot on their own.
Other options for shabu shabu include kimchi stock, chicken collagen stock, and tomato soup. They also serve traditional Japanese desserts such as the Warabi Mochi ($7.80), which is a bracken starch dumpling with brown sugar syrup.
Shirokiya, Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, #01-05/06, Singapore 187996, Tel: 6337 5188
By Cheryl Chia