There are a lot of Japanese restaurants nowadays and they are almost everywhere but the challenge is identifying an authentic Japanese restaurant, there are some restaurants who would have raw fish and glutinous rice wrapped in a nori and they would already claim that they are a Japanese restaurant. I am not a food connoisseur but of course we would all want to experience that authentic Japanese food. Here are some of the few tips that one must look into for them to be able to identify if it is indeed an authentic.
Probably the easiest way to identify if is of course to look out for the reviews online but this can be also a very difficult task to do since we have different tastes so when you look at the reviews make sure to filter out what you see. The best way to know is of course to read reviews from the Japanese themselves. If you come across a review that would say that this certain restaurant has the best Japanese yakitori in Singapore, you have to make sure that certain review came from a Japanese and how will you be able to know, look for the Japanese sounding last name. Another way to do it is by looking at the reviews of the person. You can easily say if that person is a food connoisseur just by looking at their previous reviews, if that person has been talking about food in his profile and if there are also a lot of people who are commenting on the reviews then that would mean that he is indeed one.
Another thing to look for is that the chef or the owner of the restaurant must be Japanese. You can easily identify this by looking at the name of the owner of the restaurant that is published either on the website or sometimes they also place it on their ads. If you want, you can always ask people around, you might have some friends or colleagues who already went to that restaurant and they might have the chance to talk to the owner of the restaurant or the chef. I once had this experience wherein we went to a Japanese restaurant since some of my friends recommended that place because of the authentic Japanese food that they serve. When we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by the courteous staff and little did I know that the person I was talking to after we ordered our meals is indeed the owner of the restaurant. He mentioned that he got married to a local in the area that is why he decided to move to this country. They finally decided to open a restaurant since they have noticed that there are no Japanese restaurants at that time. After having that conversation with the owner, whenever someone would ask me where to find the best Japanese restaurant in the area, I would always recommend the place because I have personally experienced it.
An authentic Japanese restaurant would not definitely serve hamburgers and fries for heaven’s sake! That is why if you are looking for a yakitori bar in Singapore, you must also make sure that certain restaurant must not be serving burgers! Otherwise they are not an authentic Japanese restaurant.