Part of Marina Square’s Japanese food street is Shio & Pepe which is literally translated to salt in Japanese (Shio) and pepper in Italian (Pepe). Why the unusual mix you ask? The restaurant serves up a fine fusion of both Italian cuisine and Japanese cuisine! The first thing you will notice upon entering is, of course, their in-house selection of fine gelato flavours.
What I Had
This one came highly recommended especially with the trendy mentaiko craze sweeping the island. Mentaiko Fries ($7.50) was topped off with bits of seaweed for that extra flavour and crunch. Trust me, these are hella addictive, you simply won’t stop at just one!
Next up the Trio of Sausages Pizza ($18.90) which was on it’s own quite filling! Layered with savoury garlic sausage, pork belly and cheesy sausage along with caramelised onions and cheese, this was surely mouth-watering. Do note however if you’re one who dislikes Brussel Sprouts (like me), they are quite abundant in this dish. Which led to me picking them off one by one!
For those who are crazy about Omu Rice, the Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Omu rice ($17.80) is the dish for you. The rice dish was wrapped in a soft and fluffy omelette, paired with creamy mushrooms along with yummy teriyaki chicken to delight your palate.
Finally, my favourite, the Spicy Seafood Arrabbiata ($17.50). Though not quite spicy enough for me, it was indeed thoroughly satisfying. Topped with succulent prawns, clams, squid and even some mussels, the spicy tomato linguine dish was extremely flavourful and appetizing!
For dessert, we had a scoop each of Gelato ($4.50). The After Eight Rendezvous was a fine blend of dark chocolate chunks with mint flavoured ice cream while the unique Tahiti Lemon e la Basil was a refreshing lemon sorbet with bits of basil, which I found to be truly blissful!
What I Loved
Being a fan of both Japanese cuisine and Italian cuisine, this eatery was indeed quite a find! The subtle fusion of both tastes creates a whole new variety of dishes for us foodies. Not to mention the affordability does go a long way when choosing the next new spot to fill your tummy!
#01-18 Emporium Shokuhin, Marina Square
6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
Mondays to Thursdays: 11:30AM-10PM
Fridays to Sundays: 11:30AM-10.30PM