6 Must-Tries from Changi Airport’s New Japan Gourmet Hall Sora

ANA’s first-ever overseas Japan gourmet hall offers six restaurant brands to whet appetites.

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Fans of Japanese cuisine know it’s no secret that the country’s food halls are the ultimate dining destination.

Whether tucked away on the basement level of a major department store or nestled in the city center, these food halls feature the best gastronomic delights under one roof—from sushi bars, mochi shops to bakeries, and even yakitori joints.

You name it, they probably have it.

Luckily for Singaporeans, Changi Airport is now home to ANA’s first-ever overseas Japan gourmet hall, Sora.

The massive dining enclave at Terminal 2 is home to six Japanese restaurant brands serving food that spans ramen, sashimi, okonomiyaki, as well as desserts and beverages. Two of the six, Tsuruhasi Fugetsu and Japoli Kitchen, are also new-to-market brands.

Modeled after an airline lounge, the tables at the food hall come with charging pods for the convenience of diners, as well as a traditional tatami-style seating area.

Here’s what we recommend:

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1. Okonomiyaki

A hot favorite among both locals and travelers is the Okonomiyaki dish from renowned Osaka chain Tsuruhashi Fugetsu. Made with fresh cabbage, yakisoba (fried noodles), and an assortment of battered meat and seafood, the savory grilled pancake is a delightful mix of textures and flavors.

2. Mentaiko Pizza

For a taste of Italian dishes infused with Japanese touches, head to Japoli Kitchen. While the pastas and risottos were delicious, the Mentaiko Pizza stole the show. It came with focaccia bread base and generous toppings of mentaiko (cod roe) paste and stringy cheese.

3. Chicken Paitan Ramen

If you’re craving some comfort food, Menya Takeichi will satisfy with its collagen-rich Chicken Paitan broth ramen, lauded as one of Tokyo’s best. The broth, rich with chicken broth, is intense without being overwhelming.

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4. Kaisen Don

Kugo Maguro, which translates to “bluefin tuna”, is started by a renowned Japanese sashimi wholesaler and serves a variety of rice dishes. The Kaisen Don features freshly cut pieces of buttery tuna, served atop fluffy Japanese short grain rice.

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5. Tendon (Tempura Rice Bowls)

Tendon lovers ought to make a beeline for Tendon Kohaku, which specializes in Edomae-style tempura rice bowls. Each bowl is filled with Hokkaido rice adorned with crispy tempura that’s drizzled with sweet and savory sauce.

6. Sundubu Jjigae

At Tokyo Sundubu, diners can savor the Korean stew with a Japanese spin. Here, Sundubu Jjigae is a treasure trove of hand-made tofu, vegetables, and additional ingredients such as chicken, beef, asari (sake-steamed) clams, and shrimps.

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