The BEST taste of Singapore in Tokyo

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Missing the taste of home? Nothing beats it, but fear no more, Tokyo has its very own Singapore Seafood Republic with some of the top contenders of best seafood in Singapore!

JUMBO has been, and will ALWAYS hold the most special place in my heart… and my favourite restaurant, like, ever. This was a family favourite, and we always used to sit out by East Coast Park, during sunset, to demolish the chili crab, mee goreng, fried mantou…and many more. Lots to fulfil the senses; busy, hot, humid, yet breezy… the sound of the fans, and the plastic chairs, the smell of the fresh grass coupled with the whiff of the lemon in the finger bowls. Oddly specific, but screams nostalgia, and this was the very best of my childhood.

Anyways- Tokyo recently opened ‘Waters Takeshiba’, a big facility comprised of shops as well as numerous places for a food break. The location is beautiful and serene, with there being a multitude of options for places to sit outdoors (and indoors, too).

Located on the third floor of the Atre Tower, The Singapore Seafood Republic is hard to miss. Overlooking the waters, featuring a backdrop of some of Tokyo’s buildings, it is slightly reminiscent of some of the Singapore cityscapes, though heavily contrasted with the vibe of Jumbo itself. The interior is visually attractive and modern, so I questioned whether the Tokyo version would indeed mimic Singapore’s authenticity. However, I was not disappointed in the slightest.

The service was almost as good as the food. The portions were relatively large, and absolutely divine. As a mee goreng enthusiast, I’ve had a plentiful share of the good, bad and the ugly, but as soon as this arrived on my table, the smell eliminated my hesitance. It instantly took me back to my childhood and I had no doubt this was going to taste as amazing as it smelled, and looked- and it definitely did. Easy on the eye, and the stomach.

In fact every meal that we ordered, was delicious and authentic. Not ashamed to say that i ordered one too many fried mantous because of the comfort and nostalgia it holds. The chili crab was also perfect and reminiscent of my life in Singapore, and I really have no complaints- oh, I just wish they served Iced Lemon Tea, because that really completes the meal for me.

Despite feeling full to the brim, we could not resist the temptation of ordering dessert. We managed to lick the plate clean- it was that good, and also, no regrets. All in all, this place is a must, and will definitely satisfy your Singapore cravings.

My recommendations would be everything that we ordered, in particular the Chili Crab and Mee Goreng (I think we opted for the small size crab, which was plenty for two people).

Waters Takeshiba is great, because you can go ahead and walk off all the food you just indulged in by having a wander around the waters. I am already looking forward to my next visit, give it a go!

Here is the link to the website for more info: https://singaporeseafood.jp/tokyo/

Best Trendy Coffee Shops in Tokyo! (Shibuya/Harajuku)

An avid coffee drinker looking for the perfect coffee shops to wind down on a Sunday Morning? Here are a couple of my favourite go-to coffee stops in Shibuya & Harajuku!

WoodBerry Coffee Roasters

A hidden gem, but definitely popular amongst the local residents!

WoodBerry Coffee Roasters is tucked into the more quieter, residential area of Shibuya- a nice break from the hustle, and a ideal spot to indulge in some top tier coffee.

This cafe is quite small, with a few seats outside, and more on the inside. Despite its size, it appears as though they do roast their own handcrafted coffee. The aromatic aura of the place is enough to be sold!

Their menu offers a range of delights- from breakfast, brunch, to slightly heavier meals (all of which are quite healthy..and heavenly).

I am a BIG fan of their acai bowls and coffee, and can also never resist their nutty banana bread for an afternoon snack to look forward to later.

You can choose the beans you want in your coffee, from their hand crafted selection. My favourites are: ‘Costa Rica Gamboa’ & ‘Dark Note Blend’. They have a selection of beans to choose from, depending on what tickles your fancy!

(They provide non-dairy alternatives. My fave is oat milk, which is becoming more common in Tokyo!)

Ralph’s Coffee

Bang in the middle of Harajuku/Omotesando, this is the perfect pit stop for coffee and lunch during your Sunday Stroll. It is located in the big, white, Ralph Lauren building- quite tricky to miss.

The stunning green and white, slightly retro vibe interior complements the white exterior well- definitely good for the gram 😉

They also have more than a couple outside seats (accompanied by heaters) for some of the warmer, sunnier days out.

Although the coffee was amazing, the star of the show is definitely the carrot cake. It’s so moist, with the perfect ratio of icing to cake, AND a nice generous slice too. Definitely get it if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth!

The sandwiches, especially the ham and cheese were also delicious!

A coffee, sandwich and a slice of cake kick-start or even end off your weekend!

(They also provide non-dairy alternatives)

White Glass Coffee

Located just behind Cerulean Tower in Shibuya, this coffee shop radiates comfort and has a relaxing atmosphere, especially on the outdoor terrace.

Not only do they have a good selection of coffee (and seemingly roast their own beans!), but home to some wonderful sweet treats! If you are in need of satisfying a sweet tooth, this is the place to be.

Despite this being in the heart of Shibuya, it is fairly spacious, and there are plenty of seats to house the many coffee-loving Tokyoites out there. (The outside also has heaters, for the more chilly months). The perimeter of the terrace is enclosed in plants and small little trees, blocking out the noise of the bustle, for a more tranquil environment.

I STILL think about the lemon tart I had here- it was incredible, and lemon tarts are normally not my cup-of-tea.

(Non-dairy alternative offered)

Chop Coffee

Nestled away in the backstreet of Cat Street, this coffee shop is always a must to replenish my energy after some shopping.

Small, but cute & cosy, the coffee here is the perfect strength for me, and an iced latte never disappoints.

This store is a little easy to miss- it is right behind the ROXY store on Cat Street.

Most of the times, and definitely on the weekends, it can be challenging to find a spot in a coffee store, but this place normally proves different. Perhaps due to its size, it might be more of a takeout and drink whilst on your way home kinda job. But there are normally seats available, and they do have some seats you can sit on outside to soak in some sun too!

To accompany your coffee, they also have a small selection of treats, nibbles and even lunch-boxes! I thoroughly enjoy a banana muffin every time I take a trip here too! Nothing beats a banana muffin and some coffee.

(Non-dairy alternative offered)