Anchorpoint – Delicious Japanese Food Options Awaits!
I haven’t been to Anchorpoint Shopping Centre for a long time. I remembered this was the place I used to go for dance classes when I was a kid. The mall has transformed with so many great offerings!
Do you know, Anchorpoint Shopping Centre was the first mall in Singapore to introduce the concept of outlet shopping. Yes factory outlets! You can get your favourite known-brands at really cheap prices.
Not only that, they also have an exciting range of Japanese F&B offerings! Recently, I had a chance to head back there to try some of the restaurants. Here are some of my recommendations:
Nabehide Japanese Hotpot Dining
Address: 368 Alexandra Road Level 2 Singapore 159952
Phone: +65 6479 0368
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 10:30pm Daily
Nestled in an old colonial building in front of Anchorpoint, Nabehide serves good shabu shabu. The booth seats were really spacious and service was efficient. They pride themselves on serving quality food, even the small items like sesame sauce and ponzu sauce are made in house.
What’s special here is that there is a whole list of soup choices for you to choose from, including konbu dashi (kelp), tonyu dashi (soy milk), goma dashi (sesame) and miso dashi (fermented soy beans).
Nabehide uses charcoal to heat the hot pot combined with full cast iron pots imported from Japan. This helps to maintain the same temperature of the soup base throughout while delicate items like tofu will stay intact and not disintegrate.
Amongst the soup bases I have tried, I prefer goma dashi which has a more flavourful and fuller flavour and goes well with any ingredients. For something light, go for the konyu dashi which is a soya milk-based soup that pairs best with wagyu beef, cod fish and chicken.
I can never decide on what to eat so the best way is to pick your favourite meat and make it a set with assorted vegetables, rice and a daily dessert. My recommendation is definitely the premium Japanese wagyu shabu-shabu ($49.90) or Australian Beef Rib-Eye Set ($27.90). Each piece of wagyu is well marbled. With just a few dips in the soup, you achieve a fulsome yet balanced flavour. So satisfying!
Address: #01-12, Anchorpoint Shopping Centre, 370 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159953
Phone: +65 6479 1670
Opening Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm; 6pm – 10pm daily
Foodies who are living in the west, rejoice! You don’t have to travel all the way to town for Ma Maison because this popular Japanese Western restaurant has a branch in Anchorpoint! The restaurant ambience and setting still retains its English cottage look and the menu has all your favourite dishes!
For a start, it is obvious that most of us will definitely go for the escargot($10.80). Sautéed with garlic and butter, it tasted absolutely delicious! The onion gratin soup ($6.30) with gratineed cheese was also a great appetizer.
Whenever I visit Ma Maison, I would definitely order the tonkatsu ($16.80 a la carte; $19.80 with rice, miso, pickles and dessert). It is crispy on the outside, while still juicy and tender on the inside. The beef stroganoff ($16.80) is served in a thick and rich beef stew with a creamy egg omelette on the side. A signature item here will be the hamburger steak that features a juicy and tender beef patty topped off with a sweet brown sauce and fried egg. During lunch hours, the hamburger steak set, which comes with a soup, salad, bread or rice and drink, only costs $16.50!
Address: 370 Alexandra Road
#B1-58, Anchorpoint, Singapore 159953
Phone: +65 6473 8292
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 9.30pm daily
Mmmm! meat shop at the basement of Anchorpoint offers air flown premium beef cuts including Wagyu, Angus, Grass Fed and Grain Fed from Australia, US and Japan, air flown and chilled premium Kurobuta (Black Pigs) from USA & Spanish Iberico Pork cuts.
A unique meat that you must try is their Lacto Marinated Pork which is cooked using an exclusive Mmmm! Lacto marinating technique. Lacto are probiotics that can increase your overall nutrition, promote the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria, and aid digestion while supporting your immune system. Lacto Marinated pork have also been known to reduce saturated fats by 30%.
Lacto Marinated Pork enhances the tenderness and flavour of the meat and can be used for either pan-frying, grilling or boiling. I have used it for pan-frying with kung pao sauce as well. Even though the slices were relatively big, every bite was still juicy and tasty. It is definitely a healthier choice when it comes to family home cooking!
Address: 370 Alexandra Road
#B1-03 to 07, Anchorpoint, Singapore 159953
Opening Hours: 9am - 100pm daily
Ever on the lookout for new products to cater to its savvy shoppers, Cold Storage has a whole range of exciting Japanese products for all Japanese food lovers. Not only are there sauces and condiments, there is also ramen, udon, sushi and Japanese confectionery!
After cooking Mmmm! Lacto Marinated Pork, I ended off my ‘meal’ with chocolate ice and chilled sweet potatoes. They even have one of my favourites -Taiyaki with vanilla ice. A perfect ending to the meal!
I hope I have given you a good overview on some of the popular Japanese offerings at Anchorpoint. Other dining options include Fish Mart Sakuraya, Gyu-Kaku, Jack’s Place, Koufu and Xin Wang Hong Kong Café. See you at Anchorpoint soon!
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