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