Embarking on an Umeshu Adventure at Ume San 100
On the second floor of Fortune Centre, perhaps better known as Singapore’s vegetarian food capital, lies a row of colourful vending machines that are unfortunately not functional. Instead, this conspicuously out-of-place installation serves as a giant GPS pin for izakaya Ume San 100, which is hidden behind the machine hawking condoms, of all things.
As the clandestine door swings open, you are ushered into a realm brimming with the fragrance of Japan’s cherished plum wine, umeshu. Boasting the largest collection of umeshu in Singapore, this hidden spot is a haven for aficionados of this sweet, tangy liquor.
As you step inside, the ambiance transports you straight to a quaint izakaya in Japan. The warm glow of lanterns illuminates the rustic wooden fixtures, vintage posters, and a bamboo bar counter, against a background of soothing, traditional Japanese tunes. The casual yet intimate seating, including both counter seats and private tables, caters to both the solitary patron and groups of merry-makers.
Singapore’s Umeshu Sanctuary
“The 1st Umeshu & Highball Bar in Singapore”, asserts the signboard outside, and they certainly live up to the bold claim.
With over 30 variations of umeshu, Ume San 100 has meticulously curated a selection that showcases the very best.
Signature concoctions like the Sea Garden, a floral tribute to open-water diving in Wakayama, are as visually stunning as they are delicious. The playful bartenders are not shy to put on a show as they meticulously craft these liquid artworks, adding to the whole sensory experience.
Food at Ume San 100
Ume San 100 doesn’t just stop at drinks. The culinary fare here is equally enticing. By day, it morphs into a dry ramen bar, offering hearty bowls like the Angry Asari Soup Ramen and Signature Nagoya Dry Prawn Ramen. As evening descends, the menu expands to include izakaya classics like Garlic Chicken Karaage and the visually arresting Umesan Nachi Pagoda. Each dish is a harmonious blend of traditional Japanese flavours with a contemporary twist, promising a gastronomic adventure that tantalizes the taste buds.
A Hidden Retreat in the Urban Jungle
In the bustling urban landscape of Singapore, Ume San 100 emerges as a serene retreat. The fusion of a unique entrance, a nostalgic ambiance, an unparalleled umeshu collection, and a diverse food menu makes this hidden izakaya a treasure waiting to be discovered by the discerning diner and drinker.
With every sip of umeshu and each bite of their delectable dishes, Ume San 100 offers a slice of Japan’s vibrant izakaya culture, right in the heart of Singapore. Amidst the city’s cacophony, the soft strum of a shamisen from Ume San 100 beckons the weary urbanite into a haven of Japanese hospitality and culinary excellence.
Address: #02-07, 190 Middle Rd, Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979
Opening hours: Daily 12 – 2.30pm, 5 – 11pm
Contact: 8897 4575
Reservations: Click here