Another noteworthy restaurant I went to in Singapore was a Japanese restaurant: Akashi. This is actually a long-standing restaurant, but they just recently opened a new branch in Paragon mall. Located on the basement floor along with the other restaurants and supermarket, Akashi serves (extraordinarily) good food, without the pretentious set-up. I’ve noticed that good Japanese restaurants nowadays are either unnecessarily expensive, or fusion-ized so much that it reaches oblivion. Akashi is neither of those. I ordered the sashimi set, which was REALLY good, but the dish worth mentioning most is the Gindara (Codfish) Teriyaki Set. I don’t usually like codfish, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it so delicious! The meat is so tender, it almost feels like you’re eating.. well, I can’t compare it to anything else, really. JUST SO GOOD. This particular dish isn’t in the menu, so you just have to ask the waiter about it (I was told of this dish by a friend). I left happy :)
The next day I went to a restaurant I actually planned on going to before I arrived in Singapore, it’s called Banana Leaf Apolo, it’s located in Little India, and it has REALLY good indian food. I usually don’t have the chance to explore indian food more, because Jakarta doesn’t really have a wide selection of good indian restaurants. huff. When we arrived, we saw lots of tourists and expatriates dining here, and the restaurant has (I just found out) been featured in the Travel channel. Cool. So the concept: in banana-leaf restaurants, dishes are put in the middle to share (sort of like a chinese restaurant), but instead of using a plate or bowl to place your rice, you have a banana leaf. The food was very spicy, as indian food generally are, but I didn’t really notice the variations of seasonings used in the food that I ordered. I later concluded that it’s because none of us really quite understood indian food, so the food combination that we ordered were not complimentary of each other. The dish that stood out the most though, was the fish head curry, with the head as big as a.. VERY BIG FISH HEAD. I managed to balls up and eat one fish eye. It tasted like… fat and barf and goo rolled into an eyeball. Not a good experience. sigh. I have yet to master the art of indian …uh.. eating.
Anyway, so that’s the end of my Singapore food venture-ing :( be sure to check out these restaurants next time you visit Singapore!