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We check out new hotspots in Sin­ga­pore and Kuala Lumpur

It’s a week­day night and the place is jam packed with Ja­panese din­ers. But we’re hardly taken aback con­sid­er­ing Hokkaido Iza­kaya serves qual­ity in­gre­di­ents im­ported from four towns in Hokkaido –Yakumo Town, Akkeshi Town, Fu­rano City, and Kamishi­horo City – that are cer­ti­fied by the City Coun­cil and re­puted to have the fresh­est tasti­est prod­ucts. Seafood is sourced from Yokumo Town, cheese, wine and veg­eta­bles from Fu­rano City, beef from Kamishi­horo City, and oys­ters from Akkeshi Town. Head Chef Kat­suyuki Sekiya, from Saitama, Ja­pan, with more than 14 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a head chef at var­i­ous Iza­kayas, skil­fully works these in­gre­di­ents into the restau­rant’s ev­er­chang­ing sea­sonal menu in a man­ner that best showcases the pro­duce from Hokkaido.

We tuck into the starters, a re­fresh­ing dish of Cu­cum­ber with Salted Konbu Sea­weed (S$5), and an umami-packed Cream Cheese Mar­i­nated with Miso (S$7). The all-time-favourite warm Potato Salad (S$9) ar­rives de­con­structed with a whole Hokkaido Potato and is mixed be­fore serv­ing. The crisp veg­eta­bles in the salad add tex­ture and crunch to the creamy mix­ture; it’s a potato salad that is so fresh and so full of flavour you might find your­self scrap­ing the bowl for more. Also no­table is the Milk Hot­pot with Salmon (S$18), which makes a show of Hokkaido’s ex­cel­lent dairy prod­ucts. Al­low the broth to boil un­til the contents are cooked and

Xyou’ll end up with a tasty but­tery fish soup. The high­light of the menu, how­ever, is the sea­sonal Hokkaido Wagyu Roast Beef (S$25) of pure unadul­ter­ated pink slabs of melt-in-your-mouth good­ness. Also pop­u­lar on the menu, are Potato Cro­quette (S$8), Ja­panese Omelette mixed with Milk (S$10) and gen­er­ously but­tered, and the Kaki­age Tem­pura Soba (S$12). The es­tab­lish­ment is ca­sual and cosy, and great for a night out. But if you’re hop­ing to bring a larger crowd do re­mem­ber to make a reser­va­tion! 95 Tan­jong Pa­gar Road. Tel: 65/6221-7118 www.hokkaidoiza­

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