Happiness is finding your favorite food gathered in one location and for the Japanese food lovers &Joy dinning hall at B1 of Jurong point might be the ideal place. We checked out the place and were wowed by the many options.
My Gohan which means “My Meal” is likely the first of it’s kind that we have seen for Japanese food. Think of “cai fan” style Japanese home meals which allows you to pick a main, soup, rice and souzai (side dishes).
With a wide variety of Japanese ala-carte mains such as salt-grilled saba fish, miso-marinated grilled red perch, grilled salmon belly with teriyaki sauce you might have a hard time making a choice. Your meal includes 2 souzai (hot or cold) or tempura, along with rice or udon.
Can’t make up your mind ? just dive straight for the signature sets such as the Akauo Saikyo Yaki ($14.90) – grilled red perch or Hokke Hiraki ($16.90) – grilled dried atka mackerel.
standing near the entrance of Pittarino, you would notice a special oven that cooks pizza would in 90 seconds!(talk about fast food) The fast timing helps to lock in the juice of the ingredients and reduce your wait time.
Darren liked the Bismark ($14.90) – a cream base pizza topped with ham, spinach, egg, Parmigiano and Mozzarella but I found it to be a little too heavy on the cream side. There are better wood fire pizza joints out there.
If you have been to Osaka you might have seen Osaka’s all-time favourite Japanese-Chinese cuisine chain operator Daishin Jitsugyo. It has over 22 outlets in Japan, along with presence in Thailand. we got to try the interesting Tomato Ramen ($14.90).
The luxuriously-thick tomato base with ramen noodles reminded us of a hearty Italian tomato paste. The tangy-sweetness of the base goes well with the thin noodles. Traditional Ramen fans can try the signature KIOU Ramen ($13.90), a salted-based tonkotsu broth with 2 pieces of house-made chashu.
Also available on its menu are the Chashu Ramen ($17.90) included with 5 pieces of chashu; Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen ($12.90) with a soy sauce base; and Abura Soba ($11.90) comprising of thick dry noodles in-house special sauce
Bonus Points: In Japan, it is quite common to get a bowl of rice with your Ramen. At Ramen Kiou you can get the yummy bowl of Garlic rice to be mixed in
A concept by direct meat specialist and wholesaler – Okayama Food Service Co. Ltd. Similar to its stores in Japan, prices of the beef boxes are kept below $20 nett.
We got to try the Double Beef Zen ($17.90). The beef is served medium rare alongside beef broiled in a savoury broth. Overall it was a good rice bowl of beefy goodness at a reasonable price point. Each rice box is served with a “golden ratio” in a Jyu box, accompanied with a side salad, condiments and extra soup.
Sushi-GO (located as individual restaurant)
Sushi-GO is a fuss-free quick service restaurant, with food delivered to diners’ table on mini conveyor trains which adds the fun element.
The restaurant serves up a more than 130 items priced from $1.80, from sushi pieces such as nigiri, gunkan, maki, to sashimi, appetisers, rice, noodles, desserts and drink
Yakitori at Wadori
For those feeling slightly peckish, the charcoal grilled sticks of Yakitori goodness at Wadori will answer your call. Pick up a lunchbox option for a full meal or a few sticks to munch while you shop around. For sharing we would recommend the Fiesta Platter ($6.50) included with sticks of Pork Belly, Yakitori Chicken, Deep-Fried Chicken, Chicken Meatball, and Chicken Cheeseball.
&JOY Eats and &JOY Drinks
&JOY Eats features Ready-to-Eat seasonal Japanese snacks. The highlight is the interesting drinks offering ! from canned flavoured drinks from Japan, bottled drinks and coffee. On our previous trip to Japan, we randomly bought this peach nectar canned drink from a vending machine and it gave us a pleasant surprise with it’s intense flavor. We would highly recommend that you try this refreshing drink!
&Joy has made it easy to order food using a fully-digitalised at both the restaurants and the common dining area featuring “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) system. Diners will be able to browse and order their meals through their mobile phones while sitting comfortably by either scanning a QR code on the tables or connecting to the free Wi-Fi provided. Watch the video for a look at how it works!
&JOY Dining Hall
B1 Jurong Point, Japanese Food Street,
65 Jurong West Central 3,
Singapore 648332 (Boon Lay MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.