Monday, February 29, 2016
Hokkaido Izakaya - Lovely Japanese Dishes!
New to the scene and here to stay, Hokkaido Izakaya is a solid outfit that stands tall and proud along Tanjong Pagar Road. With almost all of their ingredients and produce imported from just four different towns in Hokkaido, diners can definitely find a taste of Hokkaido right here. The Milk Hotpot with Salmon ($18) is not to be missed. Made using fresh milk from Hokkaido, the broth is amazingly rich with a slightly viscous texture and every mouthful packs an explosion of flavours. I've never really been huge on soupy stuff or hotpots to be frank, but this changes everything. I was legit sad when they took it away even though I had already finished all the soup. It's sad to see good things go you know?
Surprise, surprise! Did you know that scallops have livers? I didn't, but now I do! I don't take liver usually but decided to give it a shot and was even more surprised by how good it tasted when paired with the side of sesame oil. That strong characteristic taste of liver is more subtle in the scallop liver than it is in pig's liver. This was such a treat and I'll really recommend that you give it a shot!
Potato Salad - $9
Potato is life. Potato everything, all day everyday. Just imagine my priceless face when this warm potato salad was served. Warm Hokkaido potato mashed up and mixed in with Japanese mayonnaise? Two servings for breakfast, lunch and dinner please.
Hokkaido Wagyu Roast Beef (Seasonal) - $25
A simple marinade was all it takes to bring out the full glory of the roast beef. The beef was equipped with a noteworthy tenderness and springiness. Awesome overall mouthfeel and there's absolutely no reason to skip this.
Japanese Omelette Mixed with Milk - $10
I was over-the-top excited when this arrived. I watched the slab of butter slide off the smooth surface with eager eyes and watched the server spread the butter over and over the length of the omelette with even wider eyes. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it but I had to maintain my composure. And when I finally got a serving of it, I must say I was slightly disappointed. While the omelette had a great texture and a distinct milky taste that I adore, I felt that it could have been a little tastier.
Potato Croquette - $8
Nothing fancy, but Hokkaido Izakaya sure did a good job with it. Encased within the thin crispy crust of the plump croquettes is a more than generous filling of smooth and creamy Hokkaido potato. I can't help but notice how good the potato tasted. Excellent texture and nothing like some of the dry croquettes I've had before. Simple, but good.
Hokkaido Scallop - $10
When people speak about food in Hokkaido, scallops are usually always a definite inclusion in the conversation. I've heard my uncle go on and on about how fresh and huge the scallops in Hokkaido are and I finally had a taste of fresh scallops from Yakumo Town in Hokkaido! The scallop was indeed sweet, firm and juicy, much like what I've heard. Over here, the buttery nature of the scallop was accentuated with a small pat of butter. So delicious, we had a second serving!
Kakiage Tempura Soba - $12
The tempura seemed to have been exposed to air a tad too long, resulting in a softer than expected crunch. Served warm, this is a comforting dish to savour on cold evenings and it makes a great lunch option too.
Steamed Potato with Vanilla Ice Cream - $7
This might not be what you'll expect of a dessert as it is a potato dish but the combination of warm potato and icecream is really delightful!
Hokkaido Izakaya has been consistently fully booked even before their grand opening day. This says alot about them, doesn't it? Diners can look forward to good food, fun vibes, attentive service and lotsa sake and beer here!
95 Tanjong Pagar Road
Monday - Saturday : 1130am - 230pm, 6pm - 12am
Sunday : 11am - 230pm, 6pm -1030pm