1st Muslim-owned Japanese Haráru Izakaya restaurant opens at Bussorah Street

First of its kind.

By Olivia Lin | May 9, 2017

Izakayas are a type of Japanese gastropub that serve small dishes such as meat skewers and bar snacks, as well as Japanese saké.

While there are plenty of izakayas in Singapore, they usually include pork and alcoholic beverages on their menu.

Breaking out of this norm is a new restaurant named Hararu Izakaya, which opened on April 28. Touting itself as the first “authentic Muslim-owned Japanese Izakaya” in Southeast Asia, the eatery serves charcoal-grilled dishes in a traditional Japanese-style environment — sans pork and alcohol, of course.

The food items include the usual Gyuniku Don (beef rice bowl) and Tori Karaage Don (chicken rice bowl), as well as plenty of grilled seafood items.

Feeling Japanese with my ❤️. 🇯🇵

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Photo via Hararu Izakaya
Photo via Hararu Izakaya

It also serves fusion mocktails like Japanese-inspired Chendol, and matcha-flavoured creations.

Keeping true to a Japanese-inspired atmosphere

From its store front to its specially-designed wall murals, the place feels authentically like a Japanese izakaya. Inside, diners can even choose to sit on traditional Tatami floors.

Photo via Hararu Izakaya

Thank you so much for lunch ❤️love you all

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Dining area 90% completed #wallart #artistlife #hararuizakaya #mtfuji #restaurant #izakayastreetview

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Just a heads up: The restaurant is already seeing long queues despite being less than a month old.

The management recommends making reservations at least two weeks in advance.

Location: 16 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199437
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hararuizakayaSG/

 

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About Olivia Lin

Olivia likes to spook herself out by reading short horror stories and delving into the world of the unknown. She’s also worried that by stating this on an online platform, internet-savvy ghosts might take notice and haunt her at night.

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