Our latest Makan Kaki is one of Singapore’s most dynamic foodies. He’s created restaurants, restaurant guides, and the Ate Group, Singapore’s premier communications agency specialising in F&B. In his free time, he also runs one of Southeast Asia’s most popular food and travel websites, Chubby Hubby. Meet the chubby hubby himself, Aun Koh!
This week, we go big in Japan without even having to board a plane. For an authentic Izakaya experience, you’ve got to try one of Aun’s favourite places to eat – KATANASHI.
It’s the Singapore branch of a bona fide Japanese Izakaya, brought in by Japanese owners, which means almost all the staff there are Japanese and when you walk in, you really feel like you’ve walked into a little piece of Tokyo. For the uninitiated, Izakayas are the Japanese equivalent of gastropubs (but obviously with a much longer history!), serving up mains, snacks & shared plates of really tasty food that pair well with alcohol.
Katanashi has a relaxed atmosphere and gives you fantastic value-for-money, especially at lunchtime. Get this, their lunch sets go for only $12! And for that great price, you get a really nice salad and a variety of big rice bowls to choose from. Aun’s 3 favourites are:
- Toritama Don – juicy chunks of fried chicken with pickle and a soft-boiled egg over rice.
- Negitoro Don – chopped tuna belly with spring onions and a soft-boiled egg over rice.
- Salmon Yukke Don – raw salmon marinated in Korean Yukke spices with okra (lady’s fingers) over rice. A lovely, lighter option.
But the ultimate dish that you HAVE TO order when you visit Katanashi is the “KING OF CREAM CHEESE” – doesn’t sound very Japanese, but you’ll find that a lot of Western dishes have popped up on traditional Izakaya menus because they pair so well with alcohol. The King of Cream Cheese is no exception – Western, yet interpreted in a way only the Japanese can. Imagine a very soft, homemade cream cheese, drizzled with honey and served with slices of toasted baguette. Trust Aun – this is simplicity at its phenomenal best!
Also, if you’re feeling cheeky, they also do excellent lunchtime beer specials for just a little extra. Everyone Aun has taken to Katanashi has returned for more, and you will too, for the simple reason: Katanashi is all about delicious food & booze that’s such good value-for-money.
77 Boat Quay
Tel: 6533 0490
Open: Mon-Sat 11:45am-2:30pm, 5-11:30pm (but check their Facebook for updates)