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A taste of Singapore right in the heart of Tokyo

Craving Singaporean food but not sure where to find it in Tokyo? Read on to find out about this restaurant that will surely satiate your appetite.

Aree Anas

Aree Anas

Published on 20 Sep, 12:00

After a busy morning of renewing my passport with my brother in Tokyo's Roppongi district, we were looking for a place to have lunch at. I was craving laksa - a spicy coconut noodle dish popular in Southeast Asian countries like Singapore and Malaysia, so I typed "Singaporean restaurant" into Google Maps. Lucky for me (and my stomach), there were a few options nearby.

Out of the three Singaporean restaurants in the area, we decided to go to Oriental Cafe & Restaurant based on the good reviews. Their laksa also looked promising!

Oriental Cafe & Restaurant

The entrance to Oriental Cafe & Restaurant
The entrance to Oriental Cafe & Restaurant

The restaurant is about a 10-minute walk from Roppongi Station and is pretty easy to spot as long as you know that it is located on the second floor.

When we entered the restaurant, there weren't a lot of other customers inside despite it being lunchtime. If my memory serves me right, there were only two other groups of people at the time.

Soon after we got seated, a nice lady brought us the menu. Even though I already made up my mind that I was getting laksa, I still perused the menu to see what else they were offering. Their menu has the dish names in English with accompanying photos, which are helpful if you can't read Japanese.

The Food

My brother and I both ended up getting a bowl of laksa (900 yen) each, along with some side dishes of shrimp siu mai (620 yen) and pork meat bun (520 yen). I also wanted to try other items like the wanton noodle soup and dandan mian, but I knew we would not be able to finish that much food. "Maybe next time," I thought to myself.

Laksa with coconut mochi balls on the side
Laksa with coconut mochi balls on the side

First to arrive was the laksa, topped with two large shrimp, a boiled egg, deep-fried tofu, and bean sprouts. Simply looking at how it was presented, I was already excited to have a taste and finally satisfy my longtime craving.

The laksa was tasty and very coconutty! I liked it, although I would have preferred it to be a little spicier. On the menu, it had a chili icon right next to it, so I was expecting it to be actually spicy. Unfortunately for me who loves spicy food, that was not the case. They probably toned it down for the Japanese market, but it would have been great if they serve extra condiments that will allow customers to customize their food a little.

Shrimp siu mai and pork meat bun
Shrimp siu mai and pork meat bun

The shrimp siu mai came in threes, while the pork meat bun in twos. They tasted good but nothing about them really stood out to me.

To our surprise, our order came with complimentary dessert—coconut mochi balls of some sort. A delightful way to end our meal!

As for the pricing, I think the food was reasonably affordable considering their serving size and how good they taste. Note, however, that we came during lunchtime so the prices listed above may differ from their dinner menu.

Overall, I would rate Oriental Cafe & Restaurant a 3.5 out of 5. And I look forward to trying out their other dishes next time!


Compared to other Asian restaurants like Chinese, Korean, or even Thai, it seems like there are fewer places that serve Singaporean cuisine. Nevertheless, they are not impossible to find in Japan, especially in Tokyo.

Oriental Cafe & Restaurant Website

How about you? What non-Japanese Asian cuisine do you usually crave? Let me know in the comments below!

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Aree Anas

Aree Anas

Originally from the Philippines, I've called Japan my second home for more than 10 years now. I love traveling, enjoying good food, and conquering extreme roller coasters. Always up for new adventures and experiences, I seek to share my knowledge of Japan through writing.

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