What is Izakaya

The dining style of Izakaya has been long known to be liken to a taverns or pubs. However, there are some differences. In traditional Japanese context, people sit on tatami mats or low chairs and dine from the tables. Some will prefer to sit by the bar. There are still some who will just be standing while drinking. Customers are often given towel to clean their hands.

Izakaya dining

Photo courtesy of Kanpai Izakaya and Bar

Izakaya Culture

It is a culture to share the food in Izakaya dining. Some Izakaya places offer the buffet style dining where you pay a fix price per person for all you can eat and drink. Usually such style of eating will be within a few hours or dinner time.

Izakaya Food

The food items in Izakaya dining is normally small items like Edamame, Karaage, Kushiyaki, Sashimi, Agedashi dofu, Yakitori and Tsukemono. You can say that it’s like tapas of mezze, but its more substantial that these. For drinks, they are usually alcoholic drinks like Shochu, Sake, Japanese Beer, Wine and Whiskey. Many of these foods are designed to be shared.

Izakaya food

The Trend of Izakaya

As the tradition goes, it’s a down-to-earth place where men and women drink sake and beer after work. Many places now offer more drinks option like cocktails and wines. Interior design of the Izakaya outlets are becoming more stylish then before as well. The popular Akachochin “Red Lantern” which are traditionally displayed outside the dining area are usually displayed. However, you can see these lanterns are also displayed in non-Izakaya Japanese restaurant too. As the time goes, people don’t follow so closely to the traditions anymore.


There are many Izakaya places in Singapore although majority are Japanese restaurant. One of the Izakaya that recently just opened is located at Holland Village. It’s a place where lots of people local or expatriates would like to hand out after work. You can see the whole street is closed for cars after 6:30pm and the entire street is like a pub street. People flood the small outlets to enjoy beer, with light food. Kanpai Izakaya & Bar serves great tasting and affordable Izakaya that goes with a range of nice Japanese beer, Sake, Shochu and wine. With its new opening, there are many promotional offers as well. The latest offer was 30% off from the menu. Here are some photos of the outlet. View more here.

Japanese Izakaya Singapore

Photo Courtesy of Kanpai Izakaya & Bar

Most people may not know the difference as most Japanese dining serve almost the same food. Izakaya dining is in a way not a full Japanese food restaurant and more of a place for small bite and drinks. Hope this article gives you a good insight.

Article is written by SG Living

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Restaurant with Great View

This restaurant is located at the heart of Singapore shopping district. The restaurant is at the top of ION orchard where you can view the surrounding city around Orchard road. The restaurant serves Australian, fusion, seafood and steak. It also has menu that is vegetarian friendly. Before you reach the top of the restaurant, you will be greeted by the staff at level 4 of ION building. There you will be escorted through to the lift that take you straight to the restaurant.

I like the restaurant’s quiet pleasant environment where people are not talking out loud to disturb the peace that this place brings. Being able to whisper to your love one when dining in and enjoying the view. Best time to be in the restaurant would be from 6pm. Just before the sun sets, you can see the changes of the sky and the brightening of the street lights. As the sky become darker, you can start to enjoy the night view from where you are sitting.

The food is of small proportion, which is not great for someone who is dying for a feast. Nevertheless, the food is done by highly qualified Australian born chef Jake Kowalewski. His food is known to be served in clean and simple manner.


The wine is tasty and great with the steak. They have 500+ varietal wine selection and hand-crafted cocktails which make it hard for you to choose. As a fine dining always has a dress code, this place prohibits people from wearing slippers, flip flops, singlets or tank tops (for male). So, do dress appropriately to avoid being too casual to be allowed into the restaurant.

If you have completed your dinner and like to hang around for more drinks, you may proceed to the bar area, where you can continue to order some wine or drinks of your liking.

Generally, this place is nice with good ambiance for special occasion. Price is on the high side if you are not ready to be spending a few hundred dinning anywhere. Reservation is advised especially on a special occasion or seasonal holidays.

There are lots more restaurant nowadays that emphasis on great views. Roof top bar, dining area is getting more popular as we are no longer just looking for great taste but great view too. In terms of view, I wouldn’t say here is the best. I will write about more places in time to come, so check back here for more recommendation.