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Many of us have travelled to Japan, so when you hear someone mention Hokkaido, you will undoubtedly think of delicious locally produced food.

Synonymous with astounding sightseeing spots and stunning landscapes which attract countless visitors annually, Japan’s northernmost island has the ideal environment for producing crops and raising livestock. And now, expats, Singaporeans and visitors to our awesome Island can enjoy some of Sapporo, Hakodate and Asahikawa’s most well-loved food stores in Orchard Central at the Hokkaido Marche

At this marketplace-style food hall, you can enjoy a variety of authentic Hokkaido fare without burning a hole in your pockets. The seven shops offer yummy donburi - "a rice bowl dish" consisting of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients - topped with fresh seafood and pork, curry rice, soba, udon and not forgetting to mention a delicious slurp-worthy ramen.

A café and bar complete the exciting line-up at Hokkaido Marche, which is located in Basement Level 2 at the populat Orchard Centre above the Somerset MRT station.

Diners can look forward to feasting in a relaxing space based on the concept of a Japanese yatai (a group of open-air food stands). Don’t miss out on the divine creations dished out by Hanamaru, a standalone sushi restaurant right opposite to Hokkaido Marche.

With a huge array of dishes to pick from at reasonable prices, there’s something for everyone. Experience the sweetness of Hokkaido’s Hanamaru (Sushi) nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits such as wheat, potatoes, corn and melons, all of which are products of the prefecture’s favourable soil and climate conditions. Some of the nation’s best seafood, beef and dairy products also originate in Hokkaido.

At Hokkaido Marche, you can savour all these and more! So, bring along your family, friends and visitors to Singapore and make Hokkaido Marche your new favourite Japanese food haunt - right in the heart of Orchard Road.

 

GOURMET HALL

Dot Cafe & Bar
(Beverages)

Sarrasian Bar Dot is a shop located in downtown Susukino in Sapporo. The bar opened as cafe + bar dot in Asahikawa city, Hokkaido in March 2001 and renewed as sarrasin bar dot in April 2006. In Sapporo, under the concept of Sarrasian = soba, it is known as a relaxing space where delicious sake and soba is served. 

Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It usually refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours. They contrast to thick wheat noodles, called udon. Soba noodles are served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup.

 

Kaisen Natsume
(Seafood Sashimi Bowl)

Kaisen Don

Image: Kaisen Don Sashimi at Kaisen Natsume

Food is maybe the only universal thing that has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat. Kaisen Natsume's menu changes with the evolving availability of fresh ingredients and a wide variety of fishes and seafood sourced from Hokkaido, Japan.

No matter how tasty your menu, customers won't come back if they have bad experiences with customer service. And that is the reason why at Natsume, we believe in the importance of excellent customer service. A smile alone doesn't guarantee excellent customer
service, but excellent customer service almost always starts with a smile. You can visit their website at www.sushi-natsume.com

 

Maruya
(Donburi/Curry)

pork-chic katsu curry

Image: Maruya's Pork Chicken Katsu Curry

Maruya is a famous Donburi food place located in Hokkaido Sapporo. Donburi is a Japanese "rice bowl dish" consisting of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients simmered together and served over rice. Donburi meals are served in oversized rice bowls also called donburi. Donburi are sometimes called sweetened or savory stews on rice.

Maruya has over 130 years of history from his parent brand Soba Maruki. Honestly, whatʼs not to love about donburi? Quality, Authentic, Affordable & Delicious Japanese Food in a comfortable and casual ambience for family and friends. Enjoy Donburi together with many choices of sauce and topping featuring their popular Katsu-Don, Oyako-Don and Curry. What's better than a delicious bowl of donburi to satisfy those hunger pangs.

 

Yakitori Tsuyoshi
(Yakitori/Buta-don)

buta don soy

Image: Yakitori Tsuyoshi's Buta-Don Soy

Yakitori is a word with a lot of sentiment attached and is oftenassociated with most child-hood or long-ago memories in every Japanese kid. Yakitori Tsuyoshi is the place in Singapore to experience Yakitori the "local way". The first Yakitori Tsuyoshi outlet opened at Hokkaido Asahikawa in November 2000. Yakitori Tsuyoshi specialises in grilled skewered chicken, using only the best locally-selected ingredients from Hokkaido.

Another favourite food item not to miss is the "Buta-Don", a pork rice bowl, topped with a Yakitori Tsuyoshi secret sauce (pictured above) which is enough to bring back fond memories of that distinctive taste of Hokkaido. You can visit their website at www.yakitsuyo.com

 

Soba Maruki
(Soba/Udon/Tempura)

mori soba cold

Image: Soba Maruki's Mori Soba Cold

Learn about the art and history of Soba - thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours. Maruki has more than 130 years of Soba making experience behind them. Offeing delights of Soba noodles made with all-natural ingredients, Hokkaido soba powder - without MSG. Sake goes well with Soba...just saying!

Soba and Sake has for generations been popular with office workers in Japan for after-work drinks and a feed. You can visit their website at www.mado-sapporo.jp 

 

Shirakaba Sansou
(Ramen)

miso special

Image: Shirakaba Sansou's Ramon Miso Special

The nickname of “ A Legendary Miso Ramen” isn't something Shirakaba Sansou came up with. The nickname refers to the Miso Ramen from Shirakaba Sansou located in Sapporo Ramen Yokocho. Yokocho means alley in Japanese.

Unlike others, their Miso clear soup is covered with a thin layer of oil that keeps the heat. The soup is a rich broth, most likely a pork bone-seafood blend soup. But neither the flavour of the pork bone or seafood overpowers, making this a well-balanced miso flavoured soup. Shirakaba Sansou has been expanding rapidly since its first outlet opened in Sapporo, with others outlet in Hakodate, Tokyo, Fukuoka and Kyoto. In their opinion, making a good bowl of ramen must come from the heart and doing it passion is essential. You can visit their website at www.shirakaba-sansou.com

 

Hokkaido
HAKODATE AJISAI
(Ramen)

HAKODATE AJISAI

Image: HAKODATE AJISAI Miso Chashumen

Located in Hakodate, in the southern part of Hokkaido, "HAKODATE RAMEN" brand - AJISAI" is famous for their shio (salt) ramen shop - a "must try" if you're a fan of shio ramen!

Having a history of 80 years in ramen making since its introduction, AJISAI has harmonised traditional and modern flavours. AJISAI's most recommended dish is the 'Shio Ramen'. Using pork, chicken, and natural rock salt on a base of kelp produced in southern Hokkaido, this soup is clear with no bitter taste and is even popular among women.

It also tastes excellent with the shop owner's special made-to-order straight noodles or with juicy roast pork on top of the noodles. Flavourful broths and tender cha shu - a taste of Japan in a bowl. Try it now.  You can visit their website at www.ajisai.tv

 

RESTAURANT

Hanamaru
(Sushi)

hanamaru sushi

Image: Hanamaru Sushi

Hanamaru is the sushi shop in Nemuro whereit all began. It is one of the representative port towns in Hokkaido. The seas near Nemuro are known as Japan's rich fishing grounds and the Nemuro Port is alive with the harvest's of fresh fish throughout the year. Some of their stores are conveniently located in places such as station buildings. 

There are 13 stores in Hokkaido and 3 in Tokyo. Among them, 10 stores are Kaiten-sushi - conveyor belt sushi restaurants, 4 are normal sushi bars, 1 stand-up sushi bar, and 1 Ichiya-bosi store (Fish salted and dried overnight) and a Kaisen don store. Kaisen Don is a Rice Bowl with different Sashimi placed on Sushi Rice. You can visit their website at www.sushi-hanamaru.com

An authentic sushi bar where you can taste sushi and a-la-carte dishes all while being able to observe the chef's splendid hand skills within the graceful Japanese atmosphere. Various kinds of Sake, an original Japanese alcoholic rice wine, are available. They have their own local Nemuro flavour as well as others from around Japan.

Sake has a lovely flavour and is enjoyed with every kind of sushi. In addition to counter seats, there are comfortable tables and chairs, or the more traditional Japanese-style seats, all to suit any occasion.

Comments

Rated
8
Hot Find
ELITE
72 comments
25 July 2019
More reviews of Hokkaido Marche by Sylvia Fernandez I was back at Hokkaido Marche, the amazing Japanese marketplace offering seven different cuisines in a relaxed food court setting. I love this place as it is so much more than a food court. Stepping out of the lift into this amazing buzzy atmosphere I felt I had been air dropped into Japan. Walking around I decided on three stalls, the first being Hokkaido Buta-Don. Don in Japanese food means a "rice bowl dish" consisting of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients simmered together and served over rice. I decided to go for the Buta-Don with poached egg. Marinated pork with a sweet sauce lay on top of the usual soft cooked rice, which is very typical of Japanese style cooking. The egg perfectly poached was served on top of the pork. The trick is to very gently poke your chopstick into the egg and allow it to ooze over the pork and rice. A very sumptuous meal for $15 with a soy or miso sauce choice. This is what I like about Hokkaido Marche. It is so well priced that it becomes affordable to many. Also because of its central location, I could see myself popping down to basement two for a quick bite, if ever I was in the area. The food order came so fast I was amazed at how efficient these stalls were. So affordable, time efficient and delicious – a combo that many of us look for when we are running from pillar to post on weekdays. I thought a taste of fried chicken skin would be good so I tried it. Crunchy and much like the taste of lard I had a few pieces to complement my rice bowl. There are other variations like Buta-Don with cheese and another with kimchi. For Unagi lovers there is also grilled Unagi-Don (eel) which is one of my favourites. One thing to note is that this stall has been operating since 1934, for more than 80 years now. So they definitely know what they are doing! My next choice was the Hakodate Shio Ramen at the Ajisai Noodle Japan stall. Famous for their shio (salt) ramen this is a must try if you are a fan of this type of food. Located in Hakodate, the southern part of Hokkaido Ajisai have an 80 year history in making ramen. I decided to have some gyoza as a complement to this very different ramen I had never tried before. This dish was subtle and I loved it. My decision to have some gyoza was a great idea. A lovely complement I would highly recommend an add-on – char siew, egg, spring onion, bamboo shoots are all available. The different types of ramen range in pricing between $10 and $14 for lunch. Hokkaido Marche are currently having an offer. For every $25 spent in one receipt you get a $5 voucher on the spot. Having started the ramen trail I thought it a good idea to try another ramen stall. Sapporo Ramen Shirakaba Sansou unlike other ramen stalls make a clear Miso soup. The soup is a rich broth, most likely a pork bone-seafood blend but neither flavour overpowers. I was recommended the Karakuchi Ramen which is a spicy noodle soup. To cut the spice I ordered as an add-on, the very tempting Butakakuni (braised pork belly). It was gently braised and the meat melted in my mouth. This was in complete contrast to the subtle shio ramen I had tried earlier. Both have a place in my heart for different moods of the day. This stall is the most popular at the Hokkaido Marche with prices of each bowl at about $10. As I finished up the three meals in front of me I noticed the banner that screamed Member’s Premium Menu. All you need to do as you enter Hokkaido Marche is to scan the QR code on this banner to get monthly offers. J passport do promotions for Japanese restaurants so download their link and this QR code will give you access to a member’s premium menu. Why bother you might ask? Well, premium iberico udon/soba and premium black pig katsu curry/don amongst others are only available to members. So hurry on down to Hokkaido Marche to have your meal in this wonderful marketplace that feels like Japan.
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Rated
7.05
Sylvia
INFLUENCER
39 comments
20 June 2019
As I walked out of Somerset Station Exit C, I stepped off the escalator at Basement 2 and turned right towards Orchard Central. I had not acquainted myself with the underworld of restaurants operating here. In barely two minutes I reached Hokkaido Marche, the only Japanese marketplace-style food hall in Singapore. The seven shops under this umbrella gives diners an opportunity to revel in heart-warming cuisine from bountiful Hokkaido! Authentic with most chefs from Hokkaido, a major portion of ingredients are also sourced from this part of Japan. If you are ever in Hokkaido and would like to try these outlets, you’d have to queue for two hours or more. So super convenient to access here in Singapore, I was pleased to find that it was full and I didn’t have to queue either. While Hokkaido Marche is a Japanese food court it also has a restaurant Hanamaru (Sushi) tucked away on the opposite end (for people who might want this option). In an instant I felt like I had been transported to Japan. An avid fan of anything Japanese, I walked around to take in the myriad of stalls that were serving their specialty food. From ramen to soba, tempura to donburi. I decided to focus on two outlets today – the restaurant Hanamaru and Dot Café & Bar. Very snugly set in a corner at the entrance of Hokkaido Marche, this little liquor corner serves the cheapest Sapporo beer. I had to start with one to whet my appetite! I hadn’t realised that this is the only food court in Singapore that sells hard liquor. Japanese whiskeys amongst a range of sake bottles stared me in the face as I sat at the bar. Not knowing how to pick a sake I was inducted into the technicalities of it. If you are like me, unsure of how to pick your sake look out for the acronym SMV which stands for Sake Meter Value. A dry sake will have a positive value while a sweet sake a negative value. Zero denotes a smooth sake. Pretty straightforward I’d say…..at least for us beginners. I personally prefer dry sake so I had a cold mini carafe as lunch today was going to be cold food - sushi and sashimi. Prices on the menu are all inclusive of GST so it’s easy to plan your budget if you are on a tight one. As I sat at the bar and people watched, I noticed Don Don Donki, the Japanese supermarket (which is open 24 hours) on the other side. Completely convenient for the shopper who comes down to pick up groceries, one could pop in to your favourite food stall at Hokkaido Marche. That would be a “no cook” day for the lady of the house! I was really surprised that there was so much happening in this part of basement 2 at Orchard Central. Unbeknownst to me, I had walked above this level on the ground floor so many times. If only I’d known…..I’d have been down to taste the fare offered - so reasonable and in a totally Japanese setting. It was time to head over to the other side of Hokkaido Marche. My tummy was growling with hunger and anticipation at the delectable treats awaiting me at Hanamaru Restaurant. Greeted in the usual Japanese fashion as we entered the restaurant, I have always marvelled at how Japanese chefs are so alert to the entry and exit of their patrons. This restaurant at Hokkaido Marche seats a maximum of 80 pax. It is separated in two, where patrons wanting a quiet and uninterrupted dining experience could choose to sit away from the activity of the sushi bar. This little enclave is great for private events of 20 pax or so if you ever wanted to have a few friends get together. Others may choose to sit at the bar and enjoy the artistry of Japanese chefs at work. There are also booths for smaller groups of people, all up, many options for dining. Looking at the menu there was an extensive array of food to choose from. For those who dislike the raw part of the menu there is safety yet, in the cooked stuff - tempura, grilled fish, fried chicken are available. I decided to try the Hanamori platter which has two pieces each of ten varieties of sushi. Priced at $96++ it seemed like a reasonable value as I had choice fish like flounder, uni, unagi, toro teka maki, ikura, scallops, clam, yellowtail, otoro and salmon. Taking centre stage on this large platter was the anago - salt water eel. Larger than unagi (fresh water eel) it was served whole. I love eel so it was a chance to tuck away and enjoy the delightful and unique taste that sings to my palette! I was advised to have the “Pacific salmon roe in a sack” sushi. The only place you can find this in the whole of Singapore, it would be a must-do for salmon roe lovers. The texture of roe bursting in my mouth all coming together in a rich but fresh combination, I could almost taste the saltiness of the Pacific Ocean. While I decided to save the dragon roll for next time, I noticed a fried chicken and torched salmon choice priced at around $20. I felt like continuing on the raw trail so ordered some sashimi – ika (squid), hotate (scallops) and botan ebi (huge shrimp) which were all extremely fresh and paired well with the sake. Sake prices range from $21.50 to $55 for a 270ml carafe. Of course there are other choices of liquor like whiskey, beer, wine, umeshu and shochu. If you have time to spare for a set lunch, these seem like great value deals. Ranging in price from $18++ for assorted salmon or a sashimi set, to $22++ for a Hanamaru set. This consists of sushi, tempura and udon plus all the trimmings, definitely not for the faint hearted! It was time to leave. As I walked out I thought to myself “how lucky are we living in Singapore to have Hokkaido on our doorstep?” It was surely an afternoon to remember. So to all of you Japanese food lovers head on down to Hokkaido Marche for some delicious and affordable meals. I know you will be hooked once you visit…just like I am!
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Thank you for this enlightening review Sylvia. It really hits the mark with the expression. I can visualize how to find this place by your simple description. xxxxx
Rated
7.5
Non Member
20 June 2019
I didn’t see enough food in the video. It was very artistic and cute, but I would like to see the curry choices, any sushi or sashimi, Hokkaido ice cream or cheesecake options...I don’t really feel like I have a good idea of what food they have there other than tempura and some noodles.
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don't worry non member....(probably best you register as a "Member" so we know who you are) there will be plenty more videos as we get reviews on board. This one video is was just a teaser, and there are plenty of images of the food in the article). But so great you are passionate about Hokkaido Marche.... have you been there yet...
check out the lastest video release: https://youtu.be/TCcZMCDuDlg
Rated
8
August
NEWBIE
1 comment
15 June 2019
+Great place to chill with friends and family. Yeahhhh the premium Sapporo beer is the cheapest in town @6.50nett .... Cheerrssss!!!
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WooHoo another video release for Hokkaido Marche: https://youtu.be/TCcZMCDuDlg
Rated
8
John
CONNOISSEUR
21 comments
15 June 2019
OMG, 7 stalls huddled together with common and semi-private seating. All serving different kinds of Japanese cuisine from the Hokkaido region. Reasonable prices. Very good quality food. Crowded at lunch time.great place to eat and chill in the afternoon and evening - I love the place
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