The opening of Singapore’s largest Japanese food court calls for a celebration indeed. Your options for tantalising Japanese cuisine just got a lot broader courtesy of the latest Japan Gourmet Hall SORA at Changi Airport Terminal 2.
With Japan’s tourism industry booming within the last decade or so, more tourists have developed greater interests in the nation’s unique culinary scene. Given the fact that Singapore Changi Airport is a premier aviation hub in Southeast Asia, it makes for an optimal conduit to further promote Japan’s popular cuisine among international travellers.
Opening its doors to the public on 14 November 2017, this 300-seater colossal food hall, fashioned after an airline lounge, will span a whopping 7,760 sq ft. Diners can dine comfortably in a spacious yet cosy setting in the largest restaurant across Changi Airport’s four terminals.
Boasting a dazzling array of oishii Japanese treats such as fresh seafood rice bowls, delicious ramen, sashimi, superb tendon, savoury okonomiyaki pancakes and Nippon-inspired beverages, patrons can expect to heartily indulge in authentic Japanese fare at this dining enclave.
The joint venture between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and locally-based firm Komars Group has the ultimate aim of highlighting Japan’s most popular food and beverage brands to a myriad of travellers within a collective dining space.
This exclusive gourmet food market, located on the third floor of Terminal 2’s public area, features contemporary chic interiors that are characteristically Japanese from the handcrafted wooden structures that embellish the counter tables to the tatami seats.
The seating options also feature handy charging points for mobile electronic devices. Parents will also be happy to note the interactive Kid’s Corner replete with a playground and television screen to keep the younger tots entertained.
Comprising six distinct Japanese restaurants all under one roof, patrons can order from multiple places and simply pay for everything in a single transaction. The two restaurants that are new to the market are Tsuruhashi Fugetsu and Japoli Kitchen.
The former is renowned for its okonomiyaki (S$13 onwards) made with fresh cabbage, yakisoba and an assortment of meat before a generous drizzle of Worcestershire sauce and bonito flakes top this signature dish.
Japoli Kitchen’s Italian-infused Japanese dishes will leave you drooling, especially the Mentaiko Pizza (S$15). The freshly-made pizzas are done up using pizza dough specially imported from Japan.
Tendon-lovers will make a beeline for Tendon Kohaku where they can enjoy crisp tempura slathered in lip-smacking tendon sauce. Tokyo Sundubu is where you can indulge in hearty servings of Sundubu Jjigae (S$19.30) that is essentially a melting pot of hand-made tofu, vegetables, meat, clams and even shrimp.
With the launch of this much-anticipated gourmet food hall, delight the inner Japanese foodie in you and make that long-awaited ramen date happen. You can put that flight ticket to Tokyo on hold for now and satisfy your Japanese cravings right here at Changi Airport. Itadakimasu!
Japan Gourmet Hall SORA
Changi Airport Terminal 2
60 Changi Airport Boulevard, #036-058/059
Tel: +65 6386 7005
Daily: 10.30am – 11pm