New in town: Little Tokio – Japanese teppanyaki & izakaya place in Tampines with skewers from $1.90

It’s a delight when our heartlands have a diversified range of eateries available just a stone’s throw away from our homes. For the residents of Tampines, here’s somewhere new to check out. Introducing Little Tokio, a Japanese teppanyaki and izakaya restaurant which officially opened for business on 5 Nov 2022.

little tokio - restaurant exterior

If you think you can’t expect much on the menu for a little establishment like this, you’re absolutely wrong!

Besides Fresh Salmon Sashimi (S$5.90 for 5 pieces) and Fresh Sanriku Oysters (S$7.90 for 2 pieces, S$18.90 for 6 pieces), they also have a wide variety of hot and cold small plates as well as starters such as Chawanmushi (S$3.90) and Gyu Shabu Salad (S$6.90) (thinly sliced beef salad with sesame soy dressing).

little tokio - restaurant interior

For their kushiyaki (skewers) section of the menu, they have 22 options for you to take your pick from. Besides premium choices like Unagi (S$4.90), cheaper ones like Ebi (S$2.90), Gyu Tsukune (Wagyu beef ball) (S$2.90) and Uzura Tamago (quail egg) (S$1.90) are also available.

You may also opt for the Yakimono Set (S$25.90). Here you’re allowed to choose 10 of the non-premium skewers.

little tokio - skewers
Credit – Little Tokio

If you’re someone who enjoys hot plate dishes, their teppanyaki offerings like Prawns (S$15.90), Buta Shabu (Pork) (S$14.90) and Salmon (S$16.90) will leave a smile on your face. To complete your meal, simply top up S$3 to get Japanese rice, miso soup, seaweed salad, cabbage salad, cold tofu, pickles, bean sprouts and kimchi.

little tokio - teppanyaki set
Credit – Little Tokio

I’m not done just yet! Fans of deep fried foods will definitely enjoy the fried Camembert Cheese (S$5.90 for 4 pieces, S$7.90 for 6 pieces), Tempura Prawns (S$8.90 for 5 pieces), Aburi Mentaiko Gyoza (S$6.90 for 4 pieces, S$7.90 for 6 pieces) and Cream Corn Croquette (S$4.90 for 3 pieces).

little tokio - appetizers and dessert
Credit – Little Tokio

Still have some space for dessert? Order their Signature Tokio Sweet Ending (S$6), which has cream biscuit, azuki bean, shiratama dango (dumpling), matcha crumble and one scoop of ice cream— sounds so good!

They also have a range of Japanese Ice Cream (S$3.50), with flavours like black sesame, Hokkaido yuzu sherbet and Hokkaido matcha.

Give Little Tokio a visit if you’re in the neighbourhood. See you, my fellow Japanese food lovers!

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