Did you know that I learnt Japanese for over a year when we were in Sweden? Not that I remember much of it, but my love for the language, the country and the food remains strong over the years. Yes, Japanese food! Does anyone not like it at all? I seriously doubt so.
One good thing about returning to Asia means that I can introduce my kids to some delicious Japanese dishes and their current favourites are udon, soft shell crab and chawanmushi. Yes, even Ariel loves all of them! Angel would cutely pronounce it as cha-luan-nu-shi but we all know she is referring to that appetising steamed egg custard which is a must-have every time. That said, at times I do wish that I know of more family-friendly Japanese eateries on the island other than the common ones that we visit.
Do you smell what's coming up in this post?
When we were invited to go for a food tasting session at Restaurant Hoshigaoka in SAFRA Toa Payoh, a place that we frequent because the kids get to swim and play, we were delighted to find out that not only have they recently launched a redesigned menu with five signature dishes, they have also introduced a KID'S MENU! This means that parents can get to savour yummy Japanese dishes while the little ones tuck in and enjoy a hearty meal.
The setup of the restaurant, with its warm colours, wooden walls and Japanese-styled decor, provides a cosy and homely ambience for all the patrons. Don't you love how the staff at Japanese restaurants are usually prompt to greet and serve? Those friendly greetings and wide smiles will hopefully help in making the little ones feel more at ease.
What was the first thing we were excited to see? Why, the kid's menu, of course!
There are a total of four sets (S$9.90++ per set) to choose from and each of them comes arranged in kawaii tableware. Angel chose to go with the Yoko Airlines airplane (Set D) which offers a variety of treats such as crispy prawn coated in breadcrumbs, cucumber rolls, mini udon and French fries. If your kid is like mine and prefers crab stick rolls over cucumber, you can request for a switch.
For more information on Restaurant Hoshigaoka, visit its website or Facebook page.
I don't always get to do any food-related giveaways but here's one if you are keen!
This giveaway is open to all readers residing in Singapore only. Three different winners will be randomly chosen. To participate, leave a comment in this blog post with your name, email address and tell me which is your favourite set in the Kid's Menu. Indicate in the Rafflecopter widget that you have commented and to increase your chances of winning, you can choose to carry out the rest of the options. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Terms and Conditions
- Valid at any Restaurant Hoshigaoka outlet (see all four here), dine-in only
- Voucher is not exchangeable for cash and is valid for 3 months
- Extension of voucher is not allowed
- Not valid on eve of/and on PH and festive occasions
- Not valid for use with Diners Club / Jack’s Place cobrand credit card
- Subject to any additional changes and conditions by JP Pepperdine
Disclosure: We were invited to a food tasting session at Restaurant Hoshigaoka in SAFRA Toa Payoh. All giveaway prizes are kindly provided by JP Pepperdine. All opinions are our own.