A Family Japanese Restaurant – Hoshigaoka {Review & Giveaway}

Restaurant Hoshigaoka which boasts more than 40 years of rich history in serving only authentic Japanese cuisine has been a popular family Japanese restaurant for years since it first opened its doors at Apollo Hotel in 1972 under the name of Hoshigaoka Saryo (renamed in 1986).

With the Japanese-style decor, the restaurant offers a comfortable and homely ambience to gather with friends and family.

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I’ve got something for repetitive lines when I take photos! 😀

Launching their newly redesigned ala carte menu and a new kids’ menu, diners can look forward to a more enjoyable and nutritious meal with their families.

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Guess who?

Who else but my naughty boy, playing with the kids menu?

The kids menu looks very impressively packed with food, a steal for $9.90++ per set. As you know, other restaurants’ kids menu for that price would usually consist of a main dish + at most a drink for that price. Unlike other kids’ menus which serve up only unhealthy nuggets and fries or a skimpy dish of spaghetti sans ingredients at that price, Restaurant Hoshigaoka certainly outdoes its competitors with an assortment of food, even though they do still serve less healthy food with a small side of fries for some of the set meals.

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The kids both decided to order Set B, so we got two sets of that plus a Set D (which the adults eventually helped to finish up) so I could show you more than just one set 🙂

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Set B – Maki Sushi, Cuttlefish ball, chicken wrapped with seaweed, omelette, french fries, mini cha soba

Even though my boy is a panda fan, he didn’t choose Set C which features a Panda Bento Box. The tableware for the kids’ meals are really kawaii!

Enjoying themselves! 😀

The kids loved their food! Who wouldn’t?

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Yoko Airlines airplane Set D – Deep fried prawn, cucumber roll, dory fish, omelette, french fries, mini udon

With the kids occupied with their food, we also quickly tucked in to our food. First up, we had Mentai Potato Salad. I love potato salads so I found this very satisfying. I thought the spicy cod roe mayo added a special touch which distinguishes itself from other potato salads.

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Mentai Potato Salad ($7.90) – Assorted vegetables, potato salad, spicy cod roe mayonnaise with sesame dressing

This Goma Beef Houba Yaki was our absolute favourite of the entire meal. Served on a magnolia “Houba” leaf, the slices of the 30 days Aged New Zealand Rib Eye Beef were truly outstanding and extremely delightful. The beef was super tender and flavourful, abundantly marinated with sesame sauce and complemented with garlic. I found myself finishing every single morsel of food on the leaf, and just for garlic lovers, you really have to try the garlic! 😀 If there’s any dish you need to try at Restaurant Hoshigaoka, this is IT.

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Goma Beef Houba Yaki ($16.90) – Hot plate beef with sesame sauce on Houba Leaf

The Black Pepper Gindara Teishoku features a tender codfish drizzled with homemade black pepper sauce, served with asparagus, sliced onions and carrots. The set is also paired with fresh salmon sashimi, deep-fried chicken, silky smooth chawanmushi, miso soup and fruits amongst others.

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Black Pepper Gindara Teishoku ($24.90)

My hubby loved this cod dish but I found this a little too salty personally. Nevertheless, the crispy skin of the cod with wonderfully tender melt-in-the-mouth flesh were still commendable.

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Cod drizzled with homemade black pepper sauce

The salmon sashimi was very fresh and the deep fried chicken paired well with the sauce it was served with.

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The Hoshigaoka Zen set offers a wide variety of food – appetiser, sashimi, salmon sashimi salad, tempura, gindara teriyaki, beef misoyaki, rice, miso soup, chawanmushi and matcha ice-cream. For those who love variety, this is the set that would satisfy.

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Hoshigaoka Zen ($32)

I was quite stuffed by the time I ate the Salmon roll so I didn’t find it particularly outstanding. But like I said, the salmon is really fresh.

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Salmon roll 6pcs ($16.90)

Dessert wasn’t too overpowering. In fact it was rather refreshing –

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Matcha ice-cream ($5)

Matcha ice-cream with red beans is pretty common in Japanese restaurants. But this tempura ice-cream was something new to us.

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Tempura Ice-cream ($6.80)

The tempura ice-cream was drizzled with strawberry jam and the combination of the hot and cold and the sweetness of the jam blended beautifully. Regrettably, I could not eat more than two slices because I was really very full.

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If you like what you see here, here’s the good news!

JP Pepperdine is kindly sponsoring ONE lucky reader – 2 set lunches + 1 kids meal voucher (worth $50) at Hoshigaoka! You can win by simply leaving a comment on this blog post and remembering to click ‘I Commented’ in the Rafflecopter widget to qualify. The rest of the options are optional, but would render you more chances to win!

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Terms and Conditions
– Valid at any Restaurant Hoshigaoka outlet, dine-in only
– Voucher is not exchangeable for cash and is valid for 3 months
– Extension of voucher is not allowed
– Not valid on eve of/and on PH and festive occasions
– Not valid for use with Diners Club / Jack’s Place cobrand credit card
– Subject to any additional changes and conditions by JP Pepperdine

Restaurant Hoshigaoka’s full menu can be found here. Daily set lunch menu can be found here.

P.S. Chinese New Year is not over yet so it’s still not too late to toss some Yu Sheng! Order yours and collect it at your nearest outlet. Available in 3 sizes. Order online here.

Restaurant Hoshigaoka is located at:

  • Shaw House / Tel: 6734 9725
  • Safra Toa Payoh / Tel: 6258 9050
  • The Grandstand / Tel: 6466 3716
  • Woodlands Civic Centre / Tel: 6363 2315

Disclosure: We were invited for the food tasting session for the Hoshigaoka review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine.

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28 Responses to A Family Japanese Restaurant – Hoshigaoka {Review & Giveaway}

  1. Evonne says:

    Looks good not to miss having a meal there!

  2. Jessy says:

    Sounds yummy n delicious. Kids food looks v attractive.

  3. My kids love the Set Menu A..they love noodles.

  4. Robert Sim says:

    Certainly Set D. Yes, because of that aeroplane. ;p

  5. Jess says:

    My kid love set D, she love prawn a lot. yummy….

  6. Suzanna Lim says:

    I love Japanese food!

  7. Carol Khoh says:

    My girl will definitely love the set D as she loves fried prawn and udon soup =)

  8. Rachael says:

    Set D for us for sure!

  9. Lyn Teo says:

    My kids will like set D! The airplane is cute and the prawn looks delicious.

  10. Carol Lim says:

    Torn between Set B and Set D – they are a godsend for my active boys who can now finally sit down and finish a meal peacefully because they will be so caught up with the receptacles themselves!

  11. Megan Yeo says:

    My kid will loves Set A.

  12. Steve Puu says:

    Set A for my kid, please

  13. Sarah says:

    Food looks yummy. Torn between B and D but I think J will prefer B!

  14. Chancl Xgg says:

    Set D

  15. Louis Lee says:

    Set D

  16. Celyn Huang says:

    Set D

  17. Teo Chin Long says:

    Set A

  18. Joeanne Shim says:

    They love set A

  19. Joanne Chng says:

    I love how their kids meals have greens in them. My main complaint about kids meals is that they’re mostly fried and have a lack of vegetables. If there’s any it’s probably carrots or sweet corn. Looks like a good place for us to dine as my daughter likes Japanese but always insists on her greens & fruits as well.

  20. Eleen says:

    My 6 year old daughter is a Jap food fan. I must bring her to Hoshigaoka for a meal someday.

  21. Eleen says:

    I think my girl will like Set B or D.

  22. Alan Tan says:

    Set D please

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