• What to Look For in An Authentic Japanese Restaurant

    With Japanese food, you can never settle for second best. Settling for a fake Japanese restaurant is like saying no to one of the best gastronomic experiences that you’ll ever have in your life.

    One way to spot an authentic Japanese restaurant is to look at the menu of the place. “Look at the menu. If it contains a section of Chinese or Korean food, it is a good sign that it is not a real Japanese restaurant. Exploitative minds cannot let go of any moneymaking opportunities. Since the cooks they have in their kitchens are likely to be Chinese or Korean, they don’t want their real skills to go to waste. They therefore cannot resist serving Chinese or Korean food such as Chicken Chow Mein, Sweet and Sour Pork, or General Tso’s Chicken. Give a healthy dose of skepticism to Japanese restaurants that have neon signs. Though this is not a definitive rule, neon signs are rarely seen for restaurants that serve traditional Japanese food in Japan. Most Japanese persons would find it distasteful,” wrote Dyske Suematsu of in the article How to Tell a Real Japanese Restaurant

    Jaime, who is always in search for authentic Japanese food in Singapore, has her own tell-tale signs of spotting a real Japanese find, “Authentic Japanese restaurants are always clean and tidy, from the utensils, to the lavatory, and the place itself. Just like how you picture Japan should be, always free of wastes, clutter, and dirt. Always artful and eye candy. Japanese people’s commendable value of maintaining good health and cleanliness translate even to the way they prepare their food. And this is also why Japanese food is one of the healthiest in the world.” Cleanliness is also one of the things mentioned by  writer Demitria Castanon in her article How to Spot an Authentic Japanese Restaurant for: Not all sushi is created equal for  that a Japanese restaurant should be like, “Ever walked into a restaurant and immediately wanted to leave because the utensils haven’t been fully cleaned, or even worse… it smelled? This isn’t ever the case at a real sushi spot. The Japanese culture is known for its cleanliness and respecting each guest that enters their restaurants. Additionally, from their work spaces to their attire, the chefs are extremely polished. Heck, you should feel comfortable enough to eat your spicy tuna rolls off the floor.” She further said, “The food presentation is clean, and most likely on small plates. The portions may be smaller, but the quality of each bite is to-die-for. Another way you can spot the authenticity of your Japanese food is by looking at the color of the fish. If it’s bright and vibrant then you’ve got the good stuff.”

    An authentic Japanese restaurant will never serve things like orange chicken or fries or even some Japanese sandwiches you’ve never heard of. And if you find that they don’t have chopsticks or green tea in the run! Be sceptical too of those Japanese places that have tacky neon signs saying Teriyaki Fiji, or something funny. The authentic ones look respectable even from the outside,” said Chef Jerry who has a Japanese yakitori place in Singapore.

    Authentic Japanese restaurants can also be distinguished by the smell and the seasonal food they serve, “The Air Should Smell “Fresh”. If you smell the air and it smells fishy… well… something isn’t right. Sushi shouldn’t be “fishy,” and it certainly shouldn’t make the whole place smell fishy. This probably means the fish isn’t as fresh as it could be. Smell the air and turn around if it’s not ideal…Seasonal: There are a lot of items that should be served seasonally. While I won’t go into what’s served when, in general your chef shouldn’t give you anything seasonal that’s not available fresh during that particular season. One way to figure this out is to ask the chef what is offered seasonally right now or look for a “specials” board. This will take more experience to figure out, but this little hint will tell you about how important freshness is to them,” wrote Koichi in the article The 7 Immutable Laws of Identifying A Real Japanese Restaurant for

  • Tips on Choosing the Best Steakhouse

    If you are a person who has a good appetite, you might want to try to look the best steak house in Singapore which could pass your expectations and even beyond. Since there are numerous of them, by process of elimination, you should consider some factors. The following may be looked into before you decide.

    1. Chefs in the Kitchen
    Your food would not be as superb as you expect unless your chef is one too. The chef plays a big role in doing some food business. In fact, a chef degree is now being offered both in vocational courses and in the professional level. They say that some chefs need not go through schooling for this and they base it on experience in the kitchen. There is nothing wrong with that, besides, during the olden times, chef schooling is not a fad and all the best cooks became one through experience and time. Regardless of the status of the chef, what is important is he or she has mastered that degree of excellence in a specific cuisine, in this case - steaks.

    2. Experience of the Food Business
    We all know that a food business is one thing which does not go out of commerce. Food is a necessity and indeed people who think about going into business would always consider food as their main product. However, this is not as easy as you think. Those businesses have built their names through time. They must have faced a lot of challenges along the way that led to their success today. Their experience either whether positive or negative have made them as they are today. Even the most successful chef would attest that you do not become successful at an instant. That is why you also can consider the business’ experience before judging whether they deserve to be on top or not.

    3. Diversity
    You are mistaken if you think that there is only one kind of steak because there are variety of them. They differ in the kind of meat itself, the mixture, the manner of cooking, the gravy and even the gourmet presentation. For a person who loves steaks, he would know in one bite if the same is well done or medium rare. Also, they would know what kind of meat was prepared. Sometimes the mixture makes the difference and the special ingredients sprinkled therein. The word steaks is always used in the general sense and when you see the menu in a restaurant, that’s the only time you realize that steaks are of different kinds and you can request how you want it to be done especially for you.

    4. Personal Preference
    Since there are different kinds of steaks, you might want to do a little experiment and do a taste testing first. With that you can compare one from the other and at the end of the day, make a conclusion which satisfies your palate. Since not all can eat medium rare steaks, or others are allergic to certain ingredients, you can now rule out and exclude some which do not agree with your personal circumstance and preference.

    These are some things that you can consider before choosing the best steakhouse in Singapore. Since there are many of them, try to eliminate and consider those on top of the list first.