Singapore Favorites: Kimoto Gastro Bar

My boyfriend and I discovered this kushiyaki izakaya at The Sail when I used to work at LinkedIn. It has my kind of vibe: Japanese skewered meat, Japanese beers, a long bar table, and with minimal foot traffic. It’s like a secret! Very hole-in-the-wall and hidden if you don’t know where to look.

My friend A and I met up at Kimoto Gastro Bar to catch up over some Asahi beers. I’m glad the establishment is still open during this pandemic.

Sorry to make you squint. Here’s the menu at Kimoto Gastro Bar.

They have donburi available but I am eating less rice these days so I’m fine with the kushiyaki. The Buta Bara (2 sticks) for SGD 7.80 is SO GOOD. It’s addictive. The pork belly is juicy and freshly grilled. We couldn’t stop ordering. I think we had three plates of that!

We also ordered the Sasami (2 sticks) for SGD 7.80 which is tender chicken breast with wasabi and lime. WASABI on a kushiyaki – amazing haha! The other item on the plate is the Enoki Maki wrapped with pork belly for SGD 4.80. Sinful. The juicy pork belly wrapped around a crunchy filling of enoki mushrooms.

It’s a great place to catch up with old friends in Singapore’s CBD.

Glad to also catch up with A who is hella busy these days with his raqs sharqi which is the official or proper name of bellydancing. A shared with me his dance school’s logo. It’s great that outside of his full time role as a recruiter, he is passionately pursuing the arts. You can follow him on Facebook.

A selfie with A inside Kimoto Gastro Bar. What you see behind us is the ambiance of the establishment.

Location: Kimoto Gastro Bar is at The Sail, 6 Marina Boulevard #01-15 Singapore 018985. Closest MRT station is: Downtown. It is accessible as well from Raffles Place MRT. Visit Kimoto’s Facebook.

Tampines, Singapore: 888 Mookata

PJ and I discovered an affordable mookata (think: Korean BBQ meets Chinese Hot Pot) near his block in Tampines.

888 Mookata is part of a newly-renovated coffee shop at Block 820 Tampines Ave 81.

888 Mookata sees a healthy crowd. Took this photo after 11pm sorry!

We were happy it’s open until 11:00 PM!

They offer a set for two people which is priced at SGD 26.00. That’s $13 each for a selection of meat, vegetable, and noodles. Not bad!

A nice Saturday evening in Tampines with PJ.

There’s a set for four people priced at SGD 45.00. Maybe PJ’s flatmates Del and Gel can join next time. 🙂

888 Mookata has several branches in the city. Check out their Facebook here.

  • 888 Mookata
  • 820 Tampines Street 81, Singapore 520820
  • Open 12PM to 11PM

Singapore Favourites: Kushiya Japanese Grilled House at Westgate, Jurong

Without a doubt this is a hidden gem! Located in Basement 2 of Westgate Mall in Jurong East, it’s a simple “basement level” eatery that blends in with all the others. But I am consistently impressed by the fresh grilled taste of their pork belly served over rice. PJ also ordered the kimchi beef which is equally delightful.

What I love is that it’s rarely ever crowded. I’m surprised we always chance upon it as being almost empty. For a good price, you get a good lunch of freshly grilled meat (and the sauce is pretty good that it makes you want to eat more rice). They also have other meats and mushrooms on skewers which you can add onto your dish.

Definitely, a favourite when I’m in Jurong.

Location: Inside Westgate Jurong East, Basement 2, Kiosk 4 “B2K4” – 3 Gateway Drive

328 Katong Laksa

I was passing by Tanjong Katong yesterday so I decided to have a quick snack at the famed 328 Katong Laksa.

It was S$5.00 for a small bowl (S$7.00 for a big bowl). Otah was S$1.20 and a drink was about S$1.60.

The laksa was fabulous haha. I guess I’m sold on the sentimental value of this dish. The wall inside the restaurant was filled with photos of all the VIPs and celebrities that have come to visit their store over the decades.

328 Katong Laksa is at 41 East Coast Road.

Tim Ho Wan at the Hersing Centre in Toa Payoh

2nd time here and we got seats fairly quickly. It was around 7:45pm (on a Friday night). My friend and I ordered shrimp dumplings, spinach dumplings, and the Tim Ho Wan crowd favorite “pork buns”. My goodness! The pork buns are just… Ughhh-mazing. Not trying to make it sound overrated but damn that’s what you go here for. The first bite stops your train of thought.


Mata Thai restaurant in Bishan

This three-day weekend was a blast. Suzie and I agreed it was one well-spent. We saw a movie at Shaw Lido, met up with dragonboaters at Tanjong Beach, watched a DVD of Metro Manila, and still managed to do our usual weekend chores like laundry and cleaning.

We capped off the weekend with dinner at Mata Thai, which is located inside Bishan’s main town area. The food is more value for money and the service is always pretty good. I didn’t like the minced pork in basil this time (felt like it was missing spice). The kai lan veggie was more creamy and lacked a bit flavour this time as well. The chicken in pandan leaf was so-so, but it tasted better during a previous visit.

The highlight was the Thai milk tea. Tastes exactly how I remember having it when in Bangkok last year.

Mata Thai is next to POSB in Bishan town (Bishan St. 11). I like it because it is above hawker standard fare, isn’t crowded, and feels “at home” or “home-cooked”. The Thai milk tea is always a treat. And I’ve read that the curry and tom yum is not too bad. 🙂


1-for-1 frozen yogurt at The Mission Juice Co. on Fridays

Those frames make the “well done” yogurt cup look very Singaporean, eh? The yogurts are quite tasty. I had a petite serving (x2). The nice lady offered to put the 2nd one in the same cup since I was ordering on my own. SGD 3.50 for petite, SGD 5.00 for just right. (All 1-for-1 on Fridays). There’s a queue okay!

Mission Juice is located at ICON Village, in Tanjong Pagar. It is at the entrance along Gopeng Street.


5 Little Bears at Far East Plaza

I never really bothered to enter Far East Plaza because at first glance it reminds me of Lucky Plaza (not that Lucky Plaza is bad, it is just a crowded place with souvenir stores). N and I finally had time to explore some parts of Orchard that we hadn’t been to yet (or perhaps, just skimmed through previously). We headed straight for Far East Plaza because I read somewhere that it has a really good Japanese hole-in-the-wall type of resto.

The basement of Far East Plaza reminded me of a fun shopping market in Bangkok! So many cute boutiques. Parang Greenhills na rin. They also have a diverse set of food stalls at the basement level. On the upper levels of Far East Plaza you could find Indonesian restaurants and plenty of salons. I mean, seriously, PLENTY of salons. Is this the salon capital district of Singapore? I’m thinking of getting my next haircut somewhere there.

After doing a bit of exploring we couldn’t really decide where we wanted to eat. Outside we found this cute place called “5 Little Bears” which serves authentic Tai chung cuisine (Taiwan).

The ambiance played a big factor to why we strolled inside to try some of their dishes. Well honestly I just went straight for the generic Chicken Cutlet set… but the seasoning was good. The red iced tea that came along with the set reminded me of Thai milk tea which I love.

Surprisingly it wasn’t that crowded at all. In fact, Far East Plaza is a fair distance from Orchard MRT and the perennial crowds at ION. I’d like to come back here and try other things on their menu.

Visit their website:

5 Little Bears – 14 Scotts Road, #01-07 Far East Plaza (S) 228213

(You can spot 5 Little Bears out facing the front from Far East Plaza)

Later that day we did a little stroll around Orchard to visit Wheelock Place, Marks & Spencer (for the groceries), Zara (barely any people were there, why is that) and Takashimaya (for St. Leaven pastries, yum!).