Amidst the Corona pandemic, a new and exciting Singaporean cafe & bar has opened. Aptly named ‘Little Merlion’, this cosy cafe is tucked away in Nishiarai, Adachi-ku, conveniently located just a 2 minutes walk from the train station. The owners, Mark Namiki (36), a Japanese/Malaysian, and his Singaporean wife, Melissa Yap (37), are intent to take this opportunity to introduce authentic Singapore food to Japan.
Their signature dish is the Singapore Laksa (Nonya version). Their Premium Laksa (￥1700) includes a jumbo scallop, prawns and squid on top of the regular toppings. Being vegetarians themselves, the menu includes a Vegetable Laksa (￥1000). Their best seller is the Ebi Laksa (￥1280), which includes 3 juicy prawns. The coconut milk broth is rich and creamy with just a little tinge of spiciness.
Another popular dish is the SG Carrot Cake, which is made fresh from scratch. Customers are usually split between the choice of the savoury white Carrot Cake, or the sweet black Carrot Cake. You will also find other comforting dishes like Nasi Lemak, Sambal Nasi Goreng, Curry Puff, Chili Crab Sauce Fries and more. Singaporean desserts, like Tau Suan and Bor Bor Cha Cha, are also available here.
Other than Singaporean food, their menu boasts a range of fruit smoothies and even protein shakes freshly made with organic soy milk. For coffee lovers, you can enjoy a warm cup of hand-pressed espresso with freshly grounded beans. Also, enjoy one or two fancy Original Cocktails, named after each friendly staff who also speak fluent English. This is one of the few places in Tokyo where you can simultaneously enjoy an Espresso Martini and Tiger Beer on draft.