Ordering authentic Japanese cuisine with a Talking Pen!
Sensing that I was growing mouldy being confined to my house due to an ankle surgery :D, a girl friend brought me out for lunch at Ebisboshi Shotengai, a Japanese food outlet in Iluma Shopping Mall, Singapore's first urban entertainment centre. How sweet of her!
A lover of Japanese cuisine, I'm spoilt for choice at Ebisboshi Shotengai's 7 Japanese restaurants hailing from Hokkaido, Nagano, Tokyo, Osaka and Hiroshima. A wide variety of authentic Japanese culinary specialities are located under one roof in a casual setting.
Gosh! There are over 700 items in the menu! Traditional Japanese eats such as ramen, teppanyaki, chikara udon, okonomiyaki, oden combo set (the Japanese version of yong tau foo), shabu-shabu and tsubohachi-grilled cheese lobster are available at prices between S$10 and S$20.
I'm fascinated by the restaurant's Talking Pen, a Deli-Touch self-ordering system using technology from Japan. I tapped the Talking Pen on the menu to place our orders. It reads out the dishes I select, then sends my orders to the kitchen and cashier! Cool!
Kids would love playing with this ordering device, but parents might not be too happy if their kids get too tapping-happy! :D
The Hiroshima-style seafood okonomiyaki I ordered is so different from the usual ones I get. The ingredients are piled high and layered rather than mixed together. The layers are batter, cabbage, yakisoba, pork belly slices, prawns and squid. It is topped with an omelette and a generous amount of okonomiyaki sauce. The amount of cabbage used is several times the amount used in the more common Osaka style.
For dessert, I had a scoop of black sesame ice-cream. I love it for its smooth, creamy taste and that it is not too sweet.... plus black sesame keeps my hair looking rich and dark. :P
I have found Little Japan in Singapore! How sweet!
Iluma, 201 Victoria Street, #04-08/09/10. Tel: 6238 1011
First Commenter - Criz Lai