Photo: Hokkaido Marche 

Get a taste of Hokkaido at the Hokkaido Marche Gourmet Hall at Orchard Central, which opened for business on Wednesday (Jan 31).



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The gourmet hall, which features seven food kiosks from Hokkaido, is located at the mall’s Basement 2 level, near 24-hour Japanese hypermarket Don Don Donki.

Tuck into curry rice and donburi topped with fresh seafood or pork, soba, udon and ramen.

Dot Café & Bar, an offshoot of Sarrasin Bar Dot in Asahikawa City, serves coffee and range of whisky, sake and other spirits alongside its signature Hokkaido milk soft-serve ice cream (from $4.20 a serving), while Kaisen Natsume offers items such as kaisen don (from $13.50) and grilled fish (from $5).



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At donburi specialist Maruya, offerings include curry rice (from $7.50), oyako don ($8.50), as well as pork and chicken katsu don (from $11.50).

Other eateries at Hokkaido Marche include soba shop Maruki, which was founded more than 130 years ago; yakitori stall Yakitori Tsuyoshi; miso ramen stall Shirakaba Sansou Ramen from Sapporo; and Ajisai, which serves Hakodate-style ramen.



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There is also a Farmer’s Market and Pavilion, where foodies can purchase seasonal Hokkaido fruit and vegetables such as potatoes, corn and melon, as well as seafood, beef and dairy products.



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A stand-alone full-service sushi restaurant called Sushi Shiki Hanamaru is slated to open at the end of this month (February).

Where: Hokkaido Marche Gourmet Hall, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, B2-11 to 29; and B2-44 to 48

Opening hours: 11am to 11pm, daily

This article was first published on The Straits Times.