Judging by the crowded aisles of all Don Don Donki stores, the hype surrounding this affordable Japanese supermarket chain is still alive and well. Look at us – we’re brimming with excitement for their new outlet at Clarke Quay Central on 1st August 2019.
With a makeup corner stocked with cult Japanese brands and a fully-stocked delicatessen perfect for busy office workers, no doubt that Clarke Quay will fast become our new favourite haunt. From a Hokkaido dessert stall to live teppanyaki counter, here’s everything worth checking out at the newest Don Don Donki.
P.S. From 1st – 4th August 2019, DBS/POSB Cardmembers get a complimentary reusable tote bag with a min. spend of $50*!
Don Don Donki isn’t like any other regular supermarket – at their Food Court, there’s a variety of F&B stalls that serve up Japanese dishes like Negitoro Don (tuna rice bowl) and Mazesoba (dry mixed ramen).
For the Clarke Quay store, you can try a range of sweet and savoury bites from 6 different stalls. We’re eyeing Shiroi Tonkatsu for its Hokkaido Tonkatsu ($12.80) – deep-fried and breaded pork cutlet that pair perfectly with fluffy Japanese rice.
Otherwise, Sugimoto Bonta is serving up Gyudon (from $11.90) which includes a heap of thinly sliced beef that’s been slow-cooked for hours with dashi soup.
For those with a sweet tooth, Hokkaido Melt uses creamy Hokkaido milk in all their desserts – must-trys include their Snow Cream Parfait ($6.50), Snow Pancake ($8), and Hokkaido Milk Bubble Tea ($5).
Other stalls to try include Pasta Holic for its Japanese pasta dishes, Doraya for its rice bowls, and Kanda Soba for its mazesoba.
Don Don Donki’s sweet potatoes constantly draw in a massive crowd and this Sweet Potato Factory is bound to do just that. But despite the long lines, it’s too hard to resist the wafting scent of baked sweet potatoes in the air.
The wait is entirely justified: their Sweet Potatoes ($3 each) are flown straight in from Japan and have a caramelised honey flavour.
There’s even a live teppanyaki corner where you can get your food freshly grilled on a hotplate. While it’s a cosy space that seats 11, the chefs will be grilling right in front of you. With hot dishes like Chicken Steak Combo ($13.90) and Half Pound Beef Steak ($24.90), you’ll have a tough time figuring out what to feast on.
One specialty is their Salmon Chan Chan Yaki ($16.90) that wraps salmon, mixed veggies, and miso paste in foil to infuse all ingredients. Their Unagi & Egg Omelette ($15.90) also looks equally tasty, served on an iron plate with a generous drizzle of teriyaki sauce.
There’s also a nearby bar, Drink Drunk Donki, which serves up drinks like Maker’s Mark Highball for $7 and Suntory Premium Malt for $6.50.
Opening hours: 12PM-12AM
The Clarke Quay Central store also has a fully-stocked Delica. While you would’ve enjoyed the food thoroughly at other Donki stores, the menu here offers a slew of new items to try.
And their new offerings are bound to satiate any Japanese food cravings, with savoury dishes like Thick Cut Beef Tongue Bento ($23.90) and Hokkaido Snow White Pork Katu Bento ($14.90). Their Crab Mesi ($14.90) is equally appetising, as a heap of fresh crabmeat with ikura (salmon roe) scattered over.
They’ve got massive cosmetic counters in Japan, where you can hunt down practically every lipstick shade out there. And now you can do just that at the Cosmetics Zone, a makeup corner where beauty gurus can browse a huge range of Japanese brands – favourites like Chifure, Bourjois, and Nailholic.
There’s even a dedicated cashier counter so you can easily checkout your hoard of skincare and makeup products.
With the new Don Don Donki store at Clarke Quay Central, there’ll be a ton of deals to score and new food to try. From 1st – 4th August 2019, they’ve even got 1-for-1 deals and slashed prices across the entire store. This even includes our favourite Japanese snacks and sushi platters!
Kit Kats with unique flavours are going for $6.90/2 packs (U.P. $9/2 packs) while Salmon Sushi (U.P $9.80) is now an affordable $8.80 for 10 nigiri pieces.
Also, as a special for all DBS/POSB Cardmembers, you can get a limited edition tote bag with a min. spend of $50* on Don Don Donki products. This promo only lasts from 1st – 4th August 2019, so make sure to head down fast.
*Limited to first 1,000 redemptions at Don Don Donki Clarke Quay Central store only.
This post was brought to you by DBS.
Photography by Tan Wen Lin.
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