Savouring izakaya in the Esplanade. Savour the spirit of Japanese tapas in one of the many izakaya in the Esplanade. Long popular in Japan for salarymen craving an after-work sanctuary serving drinks and snacks, izakayas are now a firm favourite in Singapore with both expats and locals. On offer are a tempting range of snacks made from seafood, duck and beef, along with filling and pocket-friendly buffets and barbecues. The Esplanade’s izakaya are great places to meet up with friends or to unwind after a visit to Theatres on the Bay but be sure to avoid the queues by reserving your table with Quandoo.