This Hip Japanese Diner Will Bowl You Over With Its Affordable Bites


Along the busy business district of Singapore sit the same old dining options that bore the taste buds. Luckily, a new fast-casual dining concept has emerged to tantalise our taste buds. Brought to you by the folks behind sake gastrobar, Kabuke, Tokidon is a beef bowl eatery that is set to elevate the humble (and recently ubiquitous) rice bowl to new heights.

Playfully decked out in neon lights that play off the interior’s deeper shades of blue and purple, it is almost reminiscent of an ‘80s video arcade. The inspiration behind the unique lighting of the restaurant stems from paying tribute to the convivial energy of nightfall in a cosmopolitan city. Alongside the engaging interior, the casual eatery is furnished with neutral-coloured high tables and bar stools to complement the theme and accommodate the crowd during busy hours.


On top of being a dining spot, Tokidon also hawks unique merchandise and collectibles created by local artists. Their first line of official merchandise features an ensemble of 8-bit food key chains that invokes the eatery’s gourmet concept and lifestyle brand as well as limited edition t-shirts designed by artist Mojoko.


Fusing traditional Japanese recipes with contemporary flavour, the menu here is aimed at providing diners with premium quality beef bowls at friendly prices. The bowls feature only the best Grade 6 wagyu slices and Grade 9 sukiyaki wagyu prepared medium rare for optimum enjoyment. The four cuts of meat used are showcased daily at the counter to give customers a better understanding and appreciation towards the choice of meat they will be having.


Their repertoire of beef bowls includes gyu don ($11.90), truffle tenderloin don ($15.90), wagyu sukiyaki don ($17.90) and wagyu misozuke don ($23.90). Diners are also able to choose between cha soba, salad or Japanese rice as their base for free. To complement these gourmet bites is Tokidon’s selection of authentic Japanese canned drinks (from $2.90) or cup sakes ($11.90) that have been carefully selected by Kabuke’s in-house sake sommelier. Each sake had been chosen to pair particularly well with the beef bowls and customers are free to take home the collectible sake cups as part of their experience.


16 Raffles Quay
Hong Leong Building #B1-33,
tel: 9151 9572

This was adapted from an article originally published in the October 2018 issue of SquareRooms


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