1 Harbour Front Walk, #01-102/103 VivoCity, Singapore 098585


Tajimaya offers a fun and interactive ‘hands-on cooking’ experience. If a table-top, do-it-yourself, barbecue is your choice, then try Yaki-niku at this popular restaurant in VivoCity. (‘Yaki’ means ‘grilled’ and ‘niku’ is ‘meat’). The beauty here is that the barbecue is smokeless and odourless, making for a pleasant experience.

The raw ingredients may include thinly sliced beef, pork and chicken, plus plump prawns, scallops and mixed vegetables.

It is the sauce that makes the difference and three types are provided for diners, with servers explaining which sauce is recommended for particular items ordered.

On a recent visit, I enjoyed prawn tempura and a colourful crisp salad as an appetiser, followed by mains of delicately sliced Angus ribeye, wagyu tongue, tender kurobuta pork jowl, juicy lamb rack, scallops, mildly sweet swordfish and aromatic garlic fried rice. Velvety smooth Hokkaido milk pudding with soft, red, azuki beans rounded off the meal nicely.

Sake (Japanese rice wine), shochu (distilled alcoholic beverage) and plum wine are available as well as a selection of classic cocktails.

The air-conditioned restaurant is near the Boardwalk, facing Sentosa. There is also an al fresco dining area with a panoramic view of the island and Resorts World Sentosa. “Itadakimasu; let’s eat”.

By Raelene Tan