Traditional japanese restaurant singapore: The 10 Best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore: Top Picks for 2021

The 10 Best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore: Top Picks for 2021

Are you craving sushi, ramen, tempura, sashimi, or other Japanese dishes? Luckily for you, there are several great Japanese dining spots on the island and we’re here to help you find them.

We made a rundown of the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore based on the variety of their meals, price range, dining atmosphere, and what customers think about their food!

We even included some of their best-selling dishes to help you figure out what to order on your next visit. If you have questions about Japanese cuisine, we’ll answer a few of them towards the end of this article.

1.   Tamashii Robataya
BEST SELLERSChar-Grilled Japanese Brussel Sprout, Japanese Kegani Crab, Char-Grilled Young Lamb Rack, Roasted Iberico Pork Chop, Sakura Pork Sukiyaki, and Chicken Ramen
PRICE RANGE$22 and up
ADDRESS12 North Canal Road #02-01 Singapore 048825
CONTACT DETAILS+65 6222 0316
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Saturday: 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Located along North Canal Road, Tamashii Robataya is Japanese restaurant that strikes the balance between tradition and innovation. It’s definitely worth visiting if you’re curious about what an authentic Japanese dining experience feels like.

The main highlight of this restaurant are the delicious and creative Kappo dishes that can satisfy any craving, all made with authentic and fresh ingredients. There’s a wide variety of dishes to choose from, including shabu-shabu and ramen.

Aside from the mouthwatering Japanese dishes, the other attraction at Tamashii is the open kitchen view that allows diners to see how their meals after being prepared. You’ll never feel bored when dining in at this restaurant.

The open kitchen view makes it an ideal dining spot for small gatherings as this is a great conversation starter.

By the way, you might be thinking that the Kappo style can only serve a small group of customers, but there’s no need to worry here. It has a spacious dining capacity that’s divided into counter seats, a chef’s table, and even private rooms.

The only problem with Tamashii is that it doesn’t do deliveries, so you really have to make time if you want to taste its dishes again.

  • Seasonal menu
  • Open-kitchen view
  • Dishes are made with fresh ingredients
  • Perfect for small gatherings

Customer Reviews

Tamashii Robataya may not be one of the oldest restaurants in this list of the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore, but their award-winning team is equipped with years of experience.

Chuan Kai Neo wrote this feedback on Google Reviews:

“Choose the counter seat if you are going to dine here. Fresh ingredients are placed in front of you and the chef will prepare the dishes based on your dietary preference and budget. The ingredients are delivered to the restaurant four times a week. As such, diners are expected to be served with dishes prepared using the freshest ingredients. The staff were friendly and prompt in their service.”

2.   The Gyu Bar
BEST SELLERSSignature Roast Beef Don, Ishiyaki Bibimbap, Yakiniku Don, Chef’s Selection Beef Platter, and Sirloin Steak
PRICE RANGE$24 to $178
ADDRESS30 Stevens Road, #01-08, Singapore 257840 (near the entrance of Mercure Hotel)
CONTACT DETAILS+65 6732 0702
+65 9150 3164
OPERATING HOURSTuesday to Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Gyu Bar’s intimate, elegant setting makes it an excellent choice for dining with friends, family, and colleagues. It’s a contemporary Yakiniku restaurant that provides diners with an artisanal gourmet dining experience.

In line with that, it surely isn’t a budget-friendly Japanese restaurant, with meal seats that cost about $30 to $50. The menu is split between lunch and dinner courses though, so diners will not run out of options.

The Gyu Bar’s menu showcases their prime pride, premium Wa-Oh Japanese beef, which you can explore in different rare cuts, flavours, and textures. Every cow is raised in a stress-free environment and fed with mainly vegetables.

For the meat-lovers, you will surely love the dynamic meat selections. Apart from this, there’s also organic seafood, steak, noodle soup, ramen, and a variety of other dishes.

All of their ingredients are sourced sustainably from Japanese farms, which says a lot about the quality and taste of their dishes.

If you’re a fan of Japanese sakes, then you’re going to love The Gyu Bar even more. All guests are treated to a glass of sake — free of charge!

All in all, for its premium meat selection alone, it’s enough for us to call it one of the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore.

  • Free sake
  • Premium meat selection
  • Uses organic ingredients
  • Sophisticated dining experience

Customer Reviews

Take a look at these comments posted on Google Reviews:

“First experience having Omakase. The ingredients are the freshest of sorts. I usually don’t like sea urchin but this omakase sea urchin is really the freshest! No tinge of fishy smell. My friend and I sat at the bar counter to watch how the chef prepares the meal. I’m also in awe of the variety of beef cuts there are. Also the rock melon was to die for.. so nice and succulent. The nice touch was the place allowed us to share two different Omakase sets and a nice touch was they split the set stuff into two portions for both of us to try. Thanks for the amazing experience”

-Grace Teo

“What a wonderful find in a rather random part of town. We mainly ordered from the yakiniku menu, and everything we ate was delicious, from the different cuts of beef and pork to even the vegetables – how does grilled corn taste so good?! We also appreciated that there was some sort of promotional pricing for the many rounds of whiskey highballs we ended up having.

Great food and wonderful service, a thoroughly pleasant evening. We will definitely be coming back!” -Gerald Goh

3.   Tatsu
BEST SELLERSSushi, Unagi, Teppanyaki Salmon, Teppanyaki Prawn, Tempura Udon, and Gyuniku
PRICE RANGE$28 and up
ADDRESS30 Victoria St, #01-08 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
+65 6332 5868
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM

If you’re looking for a Japanese restaurant with budget-friendly meal sets, then look no further than Tatsu. We added it to our picks mainly for three reasons.

For one, it started as the only Japanese restaurant with a 24-seater long counter to give diners the feeling like they’re eating at an actual ramen restaurant in Japan. If you want an authentic Japanese ramen dining experience, then this one won’t disappoint.

Second, the taste and quality of its sashimi and sushi doesn’t fall short of what you’d expect from a real Japanese restaurant. That’s because it uses a wide variety of raw fish air-transported directly from Japan four times a week, so freshness is guaranteed.

Lastly, it’s one of the few cheap options for Japanese cuisine on the island, with its lunch sets costing only $28 to $36. It’s the perfect dining spot for a quick lunch break from work.

While it started as a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant, the continued patronage over the years has allowed it to offer other native dishes as well. Its beverage selections are also commendable because of their rich variety of sakes, beers, and liquors.

Apart from regular dining, Tatsu also offers private dining in high-end surroundings perfect for dates and corporate gatherings, so those looking for Japanese fine dining will surely not be disappointed.

  • Premium quality of fish
  • First Teppanyaki restaurant in Singapore
  • Affordable lunch sets
  • Open for private fine dining

Customer Reviews

From the sauces to the meats and seafood, patrons say Tatsu offers a fantastic Japanese dining experience. Those looking for good Japanese food in Singapore seem to be impressed in particular by the enticing and authentic menu, and the seasonal offerings.

Great New Places featured the restaurant on their blog and here’s what they have to say:

“The wide varieties of raw fish available are strictly air-flown from Japan four times a week to ensure the utmost freshness. As a testament of their commitment to provide you with top quality dishes, even their fruits are imported from Japan. Try out their specialties such as Aburi tuna belly, fresh Japanese oysters, grilled baby lobster as well as a wide range of sake to pair with.”

4.   Fat Cow
BEST SELLERSSushi Moriawase, Tokujou Donburi, Gindara Miso Yaki, Fat Cow Donburi, and Wagyu Stew
PRICE RANGECall their hotline for more details
ADDRESSCamden Medical Centre #01-01/02, 1 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248649
CONTACT DETAILS+65 6735 0308
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM

When it comes to the best-tasting and finest Wagyu in Singapore, there’s only one place to visit: Fat Cow. You’ve probably heard of it as it’s one of the most famous Wagyu restaurants on the island.

Fat Cow’s setting might be simple and minimalist, but its menu is one of the finest and fanciest among all the Japanese restaurants we’ve ever seen. It serves mainly handpicked Wagyu beef, sourced only from most reputable farms in the world.

It takes pride in their premium Wagyu beef offerings, as diners can pick out their preferred beef and preparation style. It can be prepared through the following methods: sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, hobayaki, and sumibiyaki (which is the most popular).

Fat Cow has different menu options including lunch, a la carte, dinner, desserts, and even sakes. You won’t get bored while waiting either, because you can also engage in fun conversation with the chefs as they prepare your meal.

Obviously, this isn’t a cheap restaurant, so we can’t recommend it if you’re searching for a quick dining spot for a lunch break. With its menu and price, it’s more appropriate for romantic dates and special occasions.

  • Japanese fine dining
  • Uses premium quality Wagyu beef
  • Sophisticated food presentations
  • Customised preparation methods
  • An expensive Japanese restaurant

Customer Reviews

Customers are highly satisfied with Fat Cow’s menu and casual, cosy ambience. They praised the chefs in particular for not only their food but also their friendliness.

Joanna recommended the restaurant and left this positive feedback on Google Reviews:

“This is a great restaurant. We enjoyed everything we had here, from the sushi to the steak, pork and vegetables. The drinks selection, including wine, sake and cocktails, is excellent. We got to sit right in front of the head chef, who is a lovely and very talented person. I would definitely recommend coming here.”

Daniel Hua also shared the following comment:

“This was an experience that I have been looking forward to. All I can say is, the hype is real! I was totally blown away by the preparation, presentation and most importantly the burst of flavors from each and every course. The chef will take time to explain each and every course, the different ingredients and the preparation process. Totally wonderful. Photos and videos do not do justice to this amazing Omakase. You have to go and experience it for yourself. Thank you to the chef and service team at Fat Cow for an evening to remember.”

5.   Mikuni
BEST SELLERSSashimi, Grilled Unagi, Tempura, Wagyu Beef Steak, Tokujou Sashimi, Chirashi Sushi, Dragon Roll, and Ebiten Roll
PRICE RANGECall their hotline for more details
ADDRESS80 Bras Basah Rd, Level 3 Fairmont Singapore, Singapore 189560
CONTACT DETAILS+65 6431 6156
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Saturday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Located inside the Fairmont Hotel, Mikuni is another Japanese restaurant to consider if you’re looking for a fine dining experience.

When it comes to a variety of dishes, Mikuni is the one to beat. Its menu is divided into a la carte, bento boxes, lunch sets, dinner sets, winter lunch menu, winter dinner menu, and of course, beverages.

Some of its best-selling meals include the Wagyu beef steak, grilled unagi, assorted sashimi, tokujo sushi, unagi kabayaki. Most of its mains are usually made with either meat or seafood, both of which are of premium quality.

It’s safe to say that guests will never run out of meal options when dining here. However, it doesn’t really have a budget-friendly menu, with its cheapest lunch set costing about $80.

If you’re a vegetarian, you may want to think twice before dining here because of the limited vegan options. Other customers tend to look past this though, given that it’s a restaurant that specialises in fresh Wagyu and seafood.

  • Extensive food selections
  • Uses fresh Wagyu and seafood
  • Easy booking of reservations
  • Offers fine dining experience
  • Expensive meals
  • No deliveries

Customer Reviews

The stylish and polished interiors as well as the refined Japanese cuisine of Mikuni have earned a lot of praise from their loyal customers.

Yong Chief Gooi praised the restaurant and wrote this review on Google Reviews:

“One of my favourite restaurants which I have been going to over the past decade even when it was known as Inagiku. This place never disappoints and offers excellent food with great taste! Nice ambience, great service. Three menus are refreshed every now and then and offer great seasonal fare. Truly recommend this place for special events, or even just for a nice meal out. Prices are ok considering the class. Truly recommended to all!”

6.   Rakuya
BEST SELLERSHoshi, Tsuki, Taiyou, Bara Chirashi, Salmon Ikura, Pork Jowl, and Wagyu
PRICE RANGE$15 and up
ADDRESS89 East Coast Road, Singapore 428790
CONTACT DETAILS[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSTuesday to Sunday: 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Rakuya is a restaurant that puts a fusion twist on classic Japanese cuisine, making it one of the most unique Japanese restaurants in Singapore.

Its unique take on Japanese cuisine is made possible through the brilliant mind of Chef Kenji, a chef with more than two decades of experience working at Japanese restaurants and hotels.

Another thing to know about Rakuya is that it frequently changes its menu to keep everything fresh, so every dining experience here will be a different one. What doesn’t change is that its ingredients will always be fresh.

Besides the mouthwatering Japanese meals, guests will be able to choose from its fine selection of sakes coming from various regions in Japan. If you know nothing about sakes, its friendly staff will be more than willing to give a recommendation.

No worries if you’re on a tight budget because most of its meals are priced reasonably. In fact, its best-selling dishes are mostly Japanese lunch sets, which cost around $15 to $28.

  • Budget-friendly menu
  • Great customer service
  • Fine selection of sake
  • Puts a twist on Japanese cuisine
  • No deliveries
  • Fully booked on some days, so reservations are recommended

Customer Reviews

Without a doubt, Rakuya is one of the best places to go to if you want deliciously authentic Japanese food. Their customers can attest how fresh and flavourful their meals are, thus their utmost satisfaction.

Kang WeiRong shared his experience on Google Reviews:

“Giving it 5 stars due to the good service and value for money. Made a reservation with ease through a phone call. Arrived and the staff even knew my name when we just said the time of reservation. Ordered the $48 8-course omakase meal and added a side with 2 beers. Dishes served were good even though it wasn’t really a surprise as the couple beside us had exactly the same dishes which were served before us. Food is tasty and the portion is just about right to fill us up after all the courses. Do not expect to indulge in premium items though, salmon was the best bet. Service was fast and staff served u wet tissues when requested. Sat to chat a while more and the chef gave us an additional dessert! Thumbs up for the service! This place has very limited seating, so be sure to reserve early.”

Here is a review left by Jenny Dew:

“Lovely cosy restaurant with friendly service and great food. Had the wagyu beef set and salmon sashimi for lunch and was blown away by the quality. Beautiful presentation and really delicious. Will definitely be back!”

7.   Shin Kushiya
BEST SELLERSKushiyaki, Sushi, and Sashimi
PRICE RANGE$15.8 and up
ADDRESS1 Harbourfront Walk, VivoCity #02-120 Singapore 098585
CONTACT DETAILS+65 6275 8766
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Thursday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday to Sunday: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM

There aren’t a lot of affordable Japanese restaurants in Singapore, so when we found Shin Kishuya, we couldn’t help but add it to our list. Here’s why it’s worth checking out:

Shin Kishuya is among the first Japanese dining spots on the island to introduce kushiyaki dining, which allowed people to taste Japanese cuisines at a low price. It may be a cheap restaurant, but it doesn’t compromise the quality of its meals.

As a kushiyaki restaurant, most of its signature dishes are meat skewers made with fresh and quality ingredients. It doesn’t use just any type of grill, though.

Shin Kishuya’s skewers are grilled over Bincho Charcoal, a unique type of charcoal ideal for grilled dishes. This gives them a more notable smoky flavour that wouldn’t be achieved with a regular grill and charcoal.

No worries if you’re vegan because its skewers can be meat, seafood, or vegetables, all of which are covered with a signature special sauce that’s uniquely Shin Kishuya. We’re sure that this is the reason customers keep coming back.

For its affordable skewers, Shin Kishuya is a Japanese restaurant that’s perfect for any occasion , whether it’s a regular lunch out with coworkers or a special night out with friends.

  • Open for deliveries
  • Convenient booking of reservations
  • Budget-friendly menu
  • Has received complaints about long waiting time

Customer Reviews

Here’s what a customer had to say about his experience at Shin Kushiya:

“Came here with a family of four just before 6pm. Ample seating, all the staff were on hand to welcome us into the restaurant. Ambience is good, though the aircon was a little cold but the staff immediately moved us to another warmer place when we asked for a change. Very touched by their service. Food was very sumptuous and fresh and tasty, especially the 1-inch thick Salmon sashimi. The skewered food was very well cooked to perfection. Will surely return again for more!” -James ZGQing

8. Sushi Jiro
BEST SELLERSOmakase, sushi, gyudon, rice bowls
PRICE RANGE$24.80–$550
ADDRESSKeppel Bay:  2 Keppel Bay Vista #02-01 Marina At Keppel Bay, Singapore 098382

Parkroyal Marina Bay: 6 Raffles Blvd, #04-600 PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore 039594

CONTACT DETAILSKeppel Bay: +65 6252 4333
Parkroyal Marina Bay: +65 6445 3055
OPERATING HOURSKeppel Bay: Monday – Sunday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Parkroyal Marina Bay: Monday – Sunday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Sushi Jiro is led by two great Japanese chefs, Nakano Jiro-San and Chef Kenji Nakagawa. By combining their expertise in traditional yet innovative methods and preparations, Jiro-San and Chef Kenji serve nothing less than Japanese cuisine. 

This restaurant is well known for its Omakase and sushi meals. To make sure that each meal is made from fresh ingredients, Sushi Jiro flies handpicked ingredients from Japan at least four times a week—talk about dedication. 

Those who want a seat in this restaurant need online fill out its online reservation forms. 

To complement this feature, Sushi Jiro also has a complete online ordering system. So, those who can’t visit either location can still enjoy Sushi Jiro’s meals with this restaurant also has delivery and takeaway options.  

For some, delivery services may be the best way to enjoy Sushi Jiro’s food, especially since we’ve heard and read numerous complaints about its quality of service. To add to this con, you should know that Sushi Jiro is also among the expensive Japanese restaurants.

  • Open for deliveries
  • Convenient booking of reservations
  • Fresh and Japan-sourced ingredients
  • Authentic Japanese method and presentation
  • Pricey
  • Some complaints about poor service

Customer Reviews

Here are some customer reviews to help you manage your expectations about Sushi Jiro:

“Had the Omakase. Was so so full, food was exquisite and it’s definitely worth the price! I personally don’t eat raw fish (I know some people are gasping), but to me, everything tasted amazing aburi-style and whats important is that it made me happy! Just some pictures of the courses we had.”—Olivia Low

“Have visited them a couple of times. This is the first time after Circuit Breaker. They have renovated with high partitions between tables. Their Sashimi is really good, the best I have had in Singapore. Japanese fine dining at its best. Price is high, but I will say it is worth every cent for the quality of food you get. Will definitely visit again!”—Alex Chin

9. Tampopo
BEST SELLERSKurobuta Shabu Shabu, Kurobuta Tonkatsu, Kurobuta Yanagawa Katsu, Special Tempura Don, Wagyu Beef Yakiniku Jyu
ADDRESSOasis Terraces:  681 Punggol Dr., #02-24/25 Oasis Terraces, Singapore 820681
Ngee Ann City: 391 Orchard Road #04-28, Takashimaya Shopping Centre
CONTACT DETAILSOasis Terraces: +65 6909 7850Ngee Ann City: +65 6735 2959
OPERATING HOURSOasis Terraces:Monday – Sunday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Ngee Ann City: Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:30 PMSaturday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Tampopo is another Japanese restaurant with multiple locations in Singapore, one in Oasis Terraces, and another two in Ngee Ann City. All of these locations are open every day, serving as late as 10:30 PM to satisfy Japanese cuisine cravings.

To make its dishes as authentic as ever, Tampopo sources seafood and other ingredients fresh from Japan. Customers can then enjoy these ingredients either in their unrefined forms with sashimi and shabu shabu options or in refined Japanese dishes like udons and sushi.

The owner of this restaurant is even a part of one of the longest-running sake breweries in Japan. So, customers can expect nothing but the highest quality of ingredients and products.

All of these delicious meals are even available for takeaway and delivery. Those who can’t visit any of Tampopo’s locations can simply order online, all thanks to its convenient and descriptive online forms.

For some, delivery may be the best option because Tampopo has received complaints for serving incomplete dine-in orders. Some have also shared how Tampopo Grand’s menu can be limited at times.

  • Free delivery for orders above $200
  • Ingredients freshly sourced from Japan
  • Late closing hours
  • 3 locations with picturesque views
  • Some complaints about serving incomplete orders
  • No reservations on PH and Sundays
  • Limited selection in Tampopo Grand

Customer Reviews

Here are some reviews from Tampopo’s locations to help you get the gist of what the restaurant serves:

“Overall a pretty pricey meal, but the food quality here is good. The sashimi was fresh and generously sliced, which we appreciated. I enjoyed the soft shell crab roll very much, which had tobiko and was generous with their soft shell crab. The squad was well grilled, and not chewy at all. Pork cutlet was well fried and not too oily. It was also crisp on the outside. Point to note is that they charge $5 for a bottle of homemade iced green tea and won’t refill it.”—Janice Mok

“My all time favourite Japanese food restaurant. Located at Lv4 of Ngee Ann City above Takashimaya, this is the premium line of Tampopo (B2). Expect to shell out around $50-80/pax if you’re ordering sashimi. Personally I think the best dish is Katsu Don (black pork). I can’t seem to find a better katsu don elsewhere. Also, the salmon sashimi is also worth mentioning, where the best cut (salmon belly) is just amazing. Can also try their mentai sushi roll and chirashi don. Overall, no regrets! Can’t find a more well rounded Japanese food place perfect for family gatherings.”—Deon Lim

10. Unagiya Ichinoji
BEST SELLERSUnagi, grilled Wagyu, grilled squid
ADDRESS30 Robertson Quay, #01-05, Singapore 238251
CONTACT DETAILS+65 6732 1970
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

If you’re craving exotic eels and squids, then Unagiya Ichinoji’s your best Japanese restaurant. As its name suggests, this Japanese restaurant is well-known for its grilled unagi.

For this rare delicacy, Unagiya Ichinoji cooks unagi by making them into Hitsumabushi, Jyu at Donburi.

To give its customers authentic Japanese unagi, Unagiya Ichinoji sources all its ingredients fresh from Japan. Additionally, it cooks unagi the Japanese way, which means the eels will be steamed before they’re grilled.

Unagiya Ichinoji knows of the best ways to eat unagi. So, it also prepares nori, wasabi, green onion, clear dashi and other sides for a full and authentic unagi meal.

Aside from its food and preparations, Unagiya Ichinoji also embodies Japanese culture by hiring traditional Japanese chefs and designing its locations with contemporary Japanese concepts.

But with all these benefits, you should also expect expensive prices from Unagiya Ichinoji. While this may be reasonable for some, others don’t appreciate spending too much on restaurants with small servings.

Some clients also complained about the cramped space. Luckily, Unagiya Ichinoji still does catering for those who want to bring more people to appreciate the restaurant.


  • Traditional unagi grilling techniques
  • Ala carte and packaged unagi available
  • Japanese chefs
  • Japan-inspired interiors
  • Catering services available


  • Cramped space
  • Pricey services with small servings
  • Relatively limited food selection

Customer Reviews

Read these reviews to know more about what Unagiya Ichinoji can serve you:

“Hidden gem at this area. A small restaurant that specialised in Japanese food and grilled unagi. Staff service are good. Friendly, attention to details. It’s an open kitchen so you can see your food being prepared. There is a selection of sake available. Ask the staff for recommendations. They also have promotions or special deals, check with them for more details. Always call ahead to check and reserve a table.”—Benjamin KF Tong

“If you love Unagi, this is one of the places I would recommend. Since it is a small joint with limited seating, I suggest calling in first or making reservations ahead. My group had the Unagi set and for sides, we  ordered the chawanmushi, grilled chicken, tofu & grilled squid. Everything was served under 10 mins piping hot the way we liked it. The portions were just right imo. Fragrant & tasty. Highly recommend their grilled squid. It was quite a big piece, grilled almost perfect… Not rubbery or chewy. Service staff was friendly & attentive. The only minus point was their a/c was down that day so the place got a bit stuffy & warm but don’t let this deter you from enjoying your Unagi meal.—Nora Sulaiman

FAQs about Japanese Restaurants What is considered rude while eating at Japanese restaurant?

While eating at a Japanese restaurant, it’s considered rude to rub or scrape your chopsticks together. This means that you think the chopsticks are of poor quality.

When you’re not using the chopsticks, it’s proper etiquette to lay them on the chopstick rest.

Another thing not to do with chopsticks is to stick them upright into the rice bowls as this is a gesture connected to Buddhist funeral rites.

In terms of drinking etiquette, it’s polite to wait until everyone has their drink before saying “kanpai” or “cheers”.

It’s also proper to hold the glass bottle with both hands and with the label pointing up to make sure that the receiver sees what you’re pouring.

Do you need to finish your plate at a Japanese restaurant?

Whether at home or at a restaurant, Japanese people consider it impolite to leave food on your plate.

It has something to do with one of the important concepts in their culture called “mottainai,” which is the feeling of regret about wasting something.

Do you need to tip after eating at a Japanese restaurant?

Tipping is not customary at Japanese restaurants. It’s even considered a crass gesture and insulting when you leave money on the table.

It may seem weird to most as non-Japanese, but it’s important to abide by this rule whenever eating at Japanese restaurants. If you want to express gratitude to the staff for their service, being polite and thanking them is enough.

What are the most popular types of sushi?

The most common types of sushi sold at almost every Japanese restaurant are California Rolls, Vegetable Rice Spring Rolls, Salmon Sashimi, Temaki, Avocado Summer Rolls, and Crab and Quinoa Charishi.

What is the difference between sushi and sashimi?

Sashimi is thinly sliced raw meat usually eaten with no rice. It can either be salmon or tuna, or sometimes, mackerel, yellowtail, or shrimp.

Sushi, on the other hand, doesn’t need to be made of raw fish. Most people assume that it’s also raw fish, but it’s actually prepared with vinegar rice mixed with other ingredients.

And there you have them: the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore! It doesn’t matter which of these you pick, as they’re all guaranteed to provide an authentic, top-tier dining experience.

We hope this article has helped you find the best spots for Japanese food in Singapore. Even if you and your friends are just searching for the best Japanese restaurant near me (and you!), we’re sure this list will help you find one.

In fact, we’d urge you to visit them all if you can so you can find out for yourself which is the best Japanese restaurant in Singapore! If you’re a real aficionado of Japanese food in Singapore, you shouldn’t pass up the chance to sample it on the island.

By the way, if you want more choices for your food trips, try our other restaurant roundups. Check out our lists of the best Italian restaurants in Singapore and of the best Japanese buffets in Singapore, for example!

The 7 Best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore [2020]

Eat & Drink | April 19, 2021

Image: Mikuni

The past few decades have seen the rise of Japanese cuisine overseas, especially here in Singapore. Japanese cuisine entails intricate preparation, and a dish passes Japanese standards only if it uses high-quality and fresh ingredients. This premise sits well with the Singaporean cultured palate, which explains the exponential growth of sushi, ramen, izakaya, and yakitori restaurants in the country.

We have compiled the 7 best Japanese restaurants in Singapore [updated 2021] for when you’re craving a beautifully-plated sushi nigiri but cannot possibly hie off to the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Image: Akira Back


  • Award-winning modern Japanese menu: Chef Akira Back’s DOSA in Seoul received one Michelin Star from the 2018 Seoul Michelin Guide in recognition of its menu’s curious take on “Japanese flavors with Korean accents”. The chef has also been hailed “Best Chef in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Weekly and “Rising Star” by Restaurant Hospitality in 2008. One of his genius masterpieces is the 48 Hrs “Sanchoku” Short Rib (S$50), melty Sanchoku Wagyu beef in braising jus that is just pure decadence.
  • Live Omakase with Chef Akira Back: You would want to stay glued to their social media pages for any future announcements of live omakase with Chef Akira Back himself. “Omakase”, loosely translated to “I leave it up to you”, is when the chef lets his creativity run wild, much to the diners’ delight. Slots are limited to only 10 seats, so do not even hesitate.
  • Dreamy desserts: Akira Back’s desserts are the kind that you would want to take lots of pictures of, hoping to have it ingrained in your memory. Each plate is a sight to behold, looks almost sacred for you to even think of eating it, but, of course, you have A must-try is the AB Egg (S$20), looks literally like a real egg perched on a nest but it actually is mango passionfruit crème floating on sublime vanilla foam, encased in edible eggshell, sitting on date tea granite.
Image: Mikuni


  • Premium fish straight out of Japan’s Tsukiji fish market: Ever wondered how good the quality of fish is at the famed Tsukiji fish market? Take a seat at Mikuni’s live sushi station and find out for yourself. Feel free to pick the fish of your choice or leave it all up to the chef and order Tokujou Sashimi (S$198), a selection of 7 seasonal sashimi handcrafted to Japanese standards.
  • Live sushi, teppanyaki and robatayaki: You may opt for traditional seating, but if you want your appetite all worked up by the theatrics of traditional Japanese food preparation, the live stations would be perfect for you.
  • Monthly lunch specials and grand tasting menu. The monthly lunch specials and the grand tasting menu are the perfect way to sample the best of what Mikuni is proud to offer. The grand tasting menu (starts at S$245) is a 7-course menu that starts with an appetizer of the freshest seafood, highlights a Wagyu entrée, and finishes off with an indulgent dessert.
Image: Sen of Japan


  • Affordable weekday lunch sets: Take a break from your usual lunch fare and indulge in some weekday decadence. We did say “affordable”, right? Starting at S$19.90 and available from 11:30 to 15:00, Sen of Japan’s weekday lunch sets come with a chef’s appetizer, tempura, salad, miso soup, rice, and dessert.
  • Premium selection of maki: Chef Nakano Hiromi has crafted an inspired line of maki, which could very well be a result of fresh ingredients coming together. One of the showstoppers is Mala Maki (S$24), soft-shell crab tempura, cucumber, crab meat, tobiko, flame-seared salmon, and finished off with a spicy mala.
  • One of the most extensive sake menus in Singapore: There’s no better accompaniment to a Japanese meal than sake or Japanese rice wine. Sen offers a long list of sake with a sweetness-dryness guide to help you choose the perfect pairing for your meal.
Image: Shukuu Izakaya


  • Rated one of the best sake bars: Shukuu Izakaya takes great pride in this title, so much so that it is right below their name on the website. The owners are actual fully-certified sake sommeliers who have made it their mission to spread love and awareness for the underrated Japanese spirit in this part of the globe. Go for the full izakaya experience by getting sake pairing recommendations. Kanpai!
  • More than 90 kinds of tapas-style Japanese goodness: Shukuu’s menu is a testament to the hard work and dedication that the owners and staff put in to deliver a total izakaya. You’ll be delighted to find that the dishes are affordable, too! One of their best-sellers, Kaki No Sakamushi, 3 pieces of sake-cooked oysters, goes for only S$12.
  • Sake Sake tasting events: If you’ve ever dreamed of being a sake connoisseur, be on the lookout for Shukuu’s annual Sake Sake tasting events where they showcase a grand number of sake from different parts of Japan for your drinking pleasure, and education, perhaps?
Image: Nanbantei Japanese Restaurant


  • Live yakitori: While traditional seating is offered, the best yakitori experience starts with witnessing how your orders are prepared—over open flame sizzling from dripping meat fat and juices, so do not hesitate to be seated by the grilling station. Enjoy the delicious simplicity of fine ingredients grilled to perfection, right as your order leaves the grill.
  • Bento and lunch set menu: Starting at S$16, Nanbantei’s bento and lunch sets are an excellent choice for when you’re on a tight lunch break and you can’t be bothered to mix and match dishes. Their top bento choice is the Yakitori Bento, Nanbantei’s bestselling yakitori skewers served with vegetables, rice, and dessert of the day.
  • Free delivery for orders S$125 and up: Want to stay safe from the crowds? You can enjoy traditional yakitori fare in the safety and comfort of your own dining room. Place your order on their website or via WhatsApp and enjoy free delivery for orders S$125 and above.
Image: The Gyu Bar


  • Choice produce and ingredients: The Gyu Bar is particular about every produce and ingredient that goes in and out of the kitchen, sourcing only the highest quality meat, seafood, organic rice and vegetables, and condiments straight from specialist farmers and trusted suppliers.
  • Japanese “Omotenashi” culture: Staying true to the Omotenashi spirit of hospitality, The Gyu Bar gives every guest a complimentary cup of sake with every meal. Guests are also invited to choose their own cup from the Sake Glass Wall, wonderfully adding to the restaurant’s sense of commune.
  • Chef’s Omakase (S$138): Certainly the best way to take the highest pleasure in The Gyu Bar’s offerings is by entrusting the chef to prepare a 10-course “gastronomical journey”. Just imagine what masterpieces their chef can come up with when their creativity is paired up with purely the best ingredients.
Image: Shinzo Japanese Cuisine


  • Lunch and dinner omakase: Starting at S$80, Shinzo offers lunch and dinner omakase sets that highlight their fresh and seasonal produce. It is composed of appetizers, sashimi, a cooked dish, sushi, soup, and dessert.
  • Renowned head chef: Shinzo’s head and sushi chef, Chef Patrick Tan, takes the art of making sushi seriously, not in a way that you see him with a stern expression, hunched over mouthwatering fish and seafood, but in they he dedicated more than 39 years of his life to study the art of preparing sushi. He makes it his goal each day to have his diners, whether strangers, friends, or family, share a special bond over sushi and sake.
  • Ever-changing seasonal menu: If you fancy yourself as a sushi connoisseur, it is highly advisable for you to visit Shinzo at the start of every season because that’s also when their menu changes to make way for the bountiful produce of the season. This puts freshness at the pinnacle of each dish that makes its way to the dining table.
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12 of the best authentic Japanese restaurants in Singapore

With the influx of Japanese restaurants in Singapore over the years, we certainly don’t have a lack of choices when it comes to Japanese food. But with the increase in variety, we are also looking for good quality and delicious Japanese food. These 12 restaurants serve some of our favorite Japanese dishes—wagyu beef, sushi, seafood and you can’t miss out sake. 


This hip and hidden Japanese restaurant and bar in Tiong Bahru oozes coolness, all mee pok shop in the front (featured in Eric Khoo’s Mee Pok Man) and all low-ceilinged and copper-furnished in the back. The premium lunch and dinner menus revolve around their binchotan grill, and while there is a lot of excellent, juicy yakitori, Chef Asai Masashi’s food delivers lots more. Try the grilled chicken with seasonal white truffle when it’s available, and don’t forget to wash it down with their brief but balanced list of cocktails. #01-19 78 Moh Guan Terrace. Make a reservation via Chope here.

Fat Cow

The brief and high-quality lunch and dinner menus at this “meat atelier” are a joy for carnivores. Walk in through the shoji doors, grab a seat at the centerpiece U-shaped counter and prepare to be delighted by a selection of premium wagyu from several Japanese prefectures. To go with are equally delightful starters like the seafood-stuffed fried zucchini blossoms and the crab cakes with pickles. At lunchtime, there are affordable sets covering sushi, sashimi and donburi, too. #01-01/02 Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Blvd.

Hashida Sushi

We couldn’t possibly leave out the amazing Hashida Sushi, the first overseas offshoot of the famed Tokyo establishment, which has moved upstairs to a bigger space. Chef Hatch Hashida, who apprenticed under his master chef father Tokio, brings an artistic touch to all his seasonal sushi, such as the sea bream, sea eel and botan shrimp, as well as bowls like the ikura and uni version. Don’t miss their premium otoro, involving maestro-levels of cutting skills. There are also fine sakes, including Chef Hatch’s private label, to sip. #04-16 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd. Make a reservation via Chope here.

Japanese Bbq Yakiniku Yazawa

You can’t swing a bat without knocking into a Japanese eatery in the Robertson Quay area, but this BBQ establishment is a standout, despite the pretty ordinary setup (think black booth seats, dim lighting and wood accents). Grilled everything is the order of the day, from seasonal fish to Kurobuta to Saga beef. The Yazawa meats on offer are reason enough to warrant a return visit, as are the set menus at lunch and dinner. #01-01 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity St.


Another black and white heritage house turned into a fine dining establishment on Scotts Road, the two-story Ki-sho is divided into a sushi bar, private dining rooms and a sake bar that serves up from a collection of 50-strong nihonshu. On the food front, you have the option of just six sets, including Kyoto chef Hamamoto’s omakase, comprising the best seasonal seafood flown in twice a week from Japan. Chateau Tcc, 29 Scotts Rd.

Kinki Restaurant + bar

One of the most vibrant places to get dinner and drinks in the Raffles Place area, this modern Japanese bar and restaurant at Customs House boasts a funky space with bright-colored murals by Miami Ink’s Chris Garver, exposed pipes and a hip hop soundtrack. Dig into dishes like the signature sea bream carpaccio and the salmon ceviche with crispy friend gyoza skin. The food is a great match for their Asian inspired cocktails such as the Peach Blossom Margarita and the passionfruit-heavy Geisha Sake-rita. Head up to their third-floor rooftop bar when you’re done for a nightcap. #02-02 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay. Make a reservation via Chope here.


Fairmont’s Japanese restaurant is a big, well-dressed space that elevates, not just covers, its bases with the teppanyaki counter, a sake/sushi bar, an intimate live robatayaki station (our pick), in addition to the main dining room. At its helm is Korean executive chef Moon Kyung Soo whose kaiseki dishes are innovative yet restrained, with highlights including a signature mushroom soup served in a siphon. Whatever you’re sampling here, it’ll be money well spent. 3/F Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Rd. Make a reservation via Chope here.

Neon Pigeon

This packed, modern izakaya sports a street-inspired facade with grafitti murals, a sexy crowd and a trendy menu. They serve Japanese small plates with an edgier twist like chilled cucumber with crushed chili roasted peanuts and goma and crab cakes with wasabi and avocado. For mains, try the smoked baby back ribs in sake barbecue sauce and the tare-roasted chicken thigh with Japanese curry. A special mention goes to their pocket-friendly cocktails and special in-house junmai daiginjo sake. 1A Keong Saik Rd. Make a reservation via Chope here.

Shinji by Kanesaka

The eponymous chef’s famous Ginza sushi restaurant has not one but two branches in Singapore, one of them at The St Regis. It’s a serious place for serious lovers of Japanese seafood and culinary craftmanship. Book a spot to sit around at this black-and-beige, minimalist sushi counter (there’s a pebbled path leading you in) and be dazzled by the omakase selection. Don’t forget to save some time for the dedicated sake bar in the next room. The other branch is at Raffles Hotel. The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Rd. 

Sushi Mitsuya

Singapore is full of fancy sushi restaurants, but this one, a rare standalone, has been reliably excellent. Helmed by chef Ryosuke Harada, formerly the sous chef of Sora Sushi at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, the typically private and zen restaurant has an 18-seat counter for course-by-course sushi. As expected, it works on an omakase basis where you’ll get a mix of fresh sushi and sashimi, as well as appetizers and an assortment of cooked dishes. It’s a popular spot for local sushi fanatics, native Japanese and of course many of our panelists. 60 Tras St.

Tamashi Robataya

Run by chef-owner Patrick Tan, his wife Nicole and chef-co-owner Max See, this joint specializes in Japanese grills or robatayaki. Snag a seat at the long chef’s counter: they serve food up on long wooden paddles, making for a fun interactive experience. Recently, they’ve introduced the new shabu shabu/sukiyaki menu which includes two specialties—Sake Nabe, which uses 100% sake in hot pot and Whisky Sukiyaki for whisky lovers. If you don’t want to blow the budget, affordable lunch sets are available too. #02-01, 12 North Canal Rd.

Waku Ghin

It may have dropped off the World’s 100 Best list this year, but we don’t care. Top‑notch, personalized service makes the hefty $450 price tag for this 10‑course degustation menu worth the splurge. Expect a sublime European/Japanese feast with exquisite creations using premium ingredients, such as grade nine wagyu and Hokkaido uni, in an understated, elegant space. Hold your breath for signatures like the botan shrimp with sea urchin and caviar, and the wagyu with wasabi and citrus soy. There are over 100 options for premium sake, including two developed specifically for the restaurant.  #02-01 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave. 

20 Best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore To Dine In At [2021]

The Japanese are known to take their food very seriously. Thankfully, Singapore is privileged with the most authentic Japanese restaurants. Ranging from small joints right up to Japanese restaurants that are run by globally renowned chefs.

Singapore has got you covered with a flavoursome range of mouth-watering sushi and smokin’ hot yakitori. Consequently, you will find a heartfelt bowl of ramen in the blink of an eye. So, get your chopsticks on and get ready to go on a delectable journey to Japan!

To summarise, Singapore has it all. In the spirit of pure indulgence, here are the Best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore that will pamper your eyes and taste buds.


Waku Ghin – Michelin Star RestaurantImage Credit: Lifestyle One


  • Signature dish: Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Oscietra Caviar
  • The dessert spread: Generally served in the dining area overlooking the gorgeous skyline of Marina Bay Sands.   

Waku Ghin is crowned as one of the most exotic restaurants in Singapore. Evidently, it has very smoothly made its debut on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Thus, this Japanese restaurant comes with great prestige. In other words, it might be extravagant for your pocket but is sure to hit the spot on your palate.

Waku Ghin is run by the internationally acclaimed Celebrity Chef Tetsuya Wakuda. Moreover, it occupies 10,000 square feet of majestic space Marina Bay Sands. Consequently, its premium magnificence serves a lavish 10-course meal to only 25 customers at a time. In other words, if you don’t mind splurging $400 on a meal, your experience will be worth the investment at least once-in-a-lifetime!

AddressThe Shoppes Atrium 2, Marina Bay Sands #02-02 (via escalator opposite Artbox Level 2), 10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore
Contact Details+65 6688 8507
Business Hours6:00pm
Image Credit: Destination Thailand News


  • The chef’s Omakase Special is something your palate deserves ($300)
  • Enthralling ambience
  • Sit back and allow the amazing chefs to cast its spell on your experience

Shinji by Kanesaka is one of the most enticing restaurants in Singapore (Not just Japanese). Moreover, they endeavour an impeccable range of Edomae sushi and traditional Japanese dishes. As a result, the wholesome spreads are beautifully plated. The highlight is they have a regional Japanese team of chefs who cook up all the magic.

Shinji is celebrated for its lunch-time sets of attractive Setsugetsuka Sushi Courses ($75). In fact, serve 9-15 pieces of delights that melt in your mouth. To sum it up, their food oozes with authenticity. Especially, the Otoro is not to be missed!

AddressCarlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189558, & The St. Regis, 29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911
Contact Details+65 6338 6131 / +65 6884 8239
Business Hours12pm–3pm and 6pm–10.30pm
Closed on Sundays
Image Credit: Aplace


  • Must try: Time-sensitive stewed tuna tendon, fish liver pate, and creamy servings of Uni
  • Especially curated pairings through an exclusive list of Sakes
  • Craft brews like Sumikawa and Mitobe for food pairings

Head Chef Ryosuke Harada at Sushi Mitsuya is on a known mission of spreading the word of Sushi, one Omakase meal at a time! In fact, he is popular for his sheer vigour and meticulous culinary efforts. Furthermore, he manages to present an inviting array of assorted Osaka-style Oshizushi (Pressed Sushi). Overall, he lays a plethora of sumptuous offerings at Sushi Mitsuya.

Additionally, they freshly fly-in most of their produce from Japan. As a result, the only possible road to heaven in this Japanese restaurant is its Omakase menu. To sum it up, they showcase some fine signature innovations. Hence, they range from sets costing $130 up to $300.

Address60 Tras St, Singapore 078999
Contact Details+65 6438 2608
Business Hours12pm–3pm and 6pm–11pm
Closed on Sundays


  • Dig into the Umami explosion with the Sakura Ebi Don ($58)
  • Alternately, enjoy any one of three themed menus ($158 – $188)
  • Enjoy various meat options

Did you know the basement of your city’s shopping mall houses an award-winning chef’s creations? Well, Singapore’s Forum shopping mall has been hiding a gem called Yoshi. Indeed, it is run by Chef Yoshiyuki Kashiwabara. After all, he is the same man who spent several years personally catering to Japanese ambassadors in Singapore and San Francisco. Most importantly, he is well-renowned for possessing intimate crafting skills.

Although, you will be amused by their fresh seasonal produce that comes from Tokyo’s Toyosu market. Therefore, giving you a classic Kyoto fine-dine experience. Moreover, this Japanese restaurant lets you eat with your eyes first. Above all, their gorgeously platted dishes are sure to take your breath away.

Address#B1-39, Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238884
Contact Details+65 8188 0900
Business Hours12pm–2pm


  • Must try: The Futomaki and fried Tempura set ($40)
  • Drool-worthy platters

Located at Ritz-Carlton, Shiraishi is part of Singapore’s Japanese restaurant heritage. Subsequently, it is the avant-garde of Edomae-sushi special lunch sets. Moreover, it is pocket-friendly. For instance, it cost $50 for eight kinds of Sushi and $130 for a full Sushi course.

Besides, the full platter is served alongside seasonal dishes. Also, they are flown down from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish market every week. To sum it up, they let you devour the Tuna soup and assorted Sashimi portions.

AddressThe Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Contact Details+65 6338 3788
Business Hours12pm–2.30pm


  • Interiors have a modern-contemporary take on the time-honoured Japanese steakhouses
  • Wooden elements constructed beautifully around the lounge bar and dining area
  • Design is adapted from the Japanese “Wabi-Sabi” concept

If you’re a devoted meat-lover, then Fat Cow will throw a party in your mouth! It is a luxurious Japanese Steakhouse in Singapore. Subsequently, they serve bespoke meats with a deep inclination towards Japanese Wagyu beef. In brief, Fat Cow is popular for its exquisite range of raw, cold, and hot appetizers. Simultaneously, you can expect can embellished Omakase experience they offer.

Truly, Fat Cow is a gourmet rollercoaster for those who want to awaken their inner carnivore. Meanwhile, they import Beef from Japan’s finest farms houses. Thus, don’t miss out on the Wagyu char-grilled Sumibiyaki-style cooked the shabu-shabu way ($98).

Also, the Sukiyaki ($98) is a great pick among other scrumptious dishes. Likewise, their Donburis cannot get any more epicurean-friendly. Hint: 21 days dry-aged Nagasaki A5 Wagyu ($148). Consequently, it is served with the triple goodness of caviar, uni, and foie gras.

AddressCamden Medical Centre #01-01/02, 1 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248649
Contact Details+65 6735 0308
Business Hours11.30am–3pm


  • Interiors are equipped with a jazzy and sleek Sake room
  • Eye-pleasing dining rooms in the upper deck
  • A Kappo-style Sushi bar

Ki Sho resides miles away from the chaos that Orchard Road embarks. However, it is a provincial palace-like architecture carrying a quaint Japanese restaurant along Scotts Road. Chef Hamamoto – formerly from Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands. Truly making dinning a glorious and elevated experience.

Besides, Ki-Sho boasts of procuring and presenting the season’s best in many of their Omakase menus ($150). Hokkaido UniCaviar, and seasonal vegetables blanketed with refreshing dashi jelly. In conclusion, it portrays some immensely tantalizing and exquisite creations.

Address29 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228224
Contact Details+65 6733 5251
Business HoursMon-Fri 12pm – 2.30pm and 6pm–10.30pm
Sat 6pm–10.30pm
Closed on Sundays
Photo credit: Fairmont Hotels


  • Mikuni Summer Menu ($230) displays seven luscious Sashimi courses
  • Vast variety of juicy grilled meats

The Japanese translation of Mikuni suggests ‘Three kingdoms’. That is quite a suitable name for this massive 150-seater Japanese restaurant in Singapore. Meanwhile, their Sushi platters will naturally allure your taste buds. After all, its extensive menu is categorized and headed by a troupe of 3 veteran chefs. Of course, these culinary stars are hell-bent on reinventing traditional Japanese flavours. Therefore, the dawn you with a global and wholesome experience.

Their Teppanyaki counter showcases the redefining of craftsmanship with seasonal seafood. Similarly, the Sushi & Sashimi station showcases the Chef’s hand-picked and curated Jou Sashimi. To illustrate, it is a selection of four seasonal sashimi. The Robatayaki section explores pork belly, King Prawn, and some mouth-watering vegan dishes right from the charcoal grill!

AddressLevel 3, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560
Contact Details+65 6431 6156
Business HoursMon-Tues & Thurs-Sat
Closed on Wednesdays & Sunday.s

In short, Singapore’s Japanese restaurants’ culture is strong and flavoursome. It will never fail to excite all your senses!


  • Indulge in fresh Sashimi that is imported multiple times a week
  • Enjoy their exclusive Lunch sets, one of which includes soft shell crab salad- with fruits, Unagi Don – with egg and crunchy crumbs alongside Coffee Pudding – which their customers preferred.

Crowned as one of the ‘Top 5 Instagrammable restaurants in Singapore’, Sushi Airways showcases a unique gastronomic experience. It’s not only Singapore’s only aeroplane-theme restaurant but also a full-fledged Sushi bar and Japanese restaurant. Musing its design from the classic Douglas DC-3 aeroplane, the culinary excellence it provides should make it slip to the top of your bucket list. You could easily stroll down from Haji Lane, right in the middle of the bohemian and vibrant Arab Street/Kampong Glam zone of Bugis.

Designed like a legitimate flight manual, their extensive menu also involves a selection of sake and whiskey. Don’t miss out on their Omakase Shimasu: Grilled Lobster with Uni Sauce, Shake Harasu (Ocean Salmon Belly), $9 & Nama Hotate (Raw scallop), $11. Moreover, get ready to be swooped by their elegant presentation. In case you want to grab a quick bite amidst your shopping haul at Haji lane, opt for their reasonable lunch sets priced at $26. Shake Harasu is priced at $10, and Nama Hotate is priced at $12.

After all, who doesn’t want to take a flight that satiates your cravings in the middle of a global pandemic!?

Address20a Baghdad St, Singapore 199659
Contact Details+65 6291 1151
Business HoursAll days of the week: 11:45am–2:30pm, 5:45–9:45pm


  • It offers affordable prices.
  • The restaurant has a nice ambience.
  • It offers the best Japanese beef.

The Gyu Bar offers you the best Japanese beef. It buys grade A4 Kumamoto wagyu, which gives out the best flavour that does not sweeten the meal but provides the perfect taste. You will be amazed at how the meat comes right from Japan and maintains its original flavour. You can try out the Gyu Bar platter that sells at $98 for 130g. It contains different pieces of beef. There is also the beef chunk which sells at $52 for 90 grams. Their beef chunk is marbled and melts easily once eaten since it quickly sears in the grill.

The Gyu Bar also has a well-ventilated system. Hence you don’t need to worry about the meat aroma as you leave. You’ll also enjoy a cup of sake on the house as your welcome drink.

Address30 Stevens Road Singapore, Singapore 257840
Contact Details+65 6732 0702 | [email protected]
Business HoursMon – Tue, 11.00AM – 10.30PM | Wed – Sun, 11.00AM – 9.00PM


  • It offers the best Donburis
  • The restaurant has very affordable prices
  • The ingredients are fresh and tasty

Tamashii Robataya is a go-to place for the best Donburis in Singapore. It offers affordable prices without compromising on quantity or quality. A favourite pick in the restaurant is the robatayaki which is grilled food served on wooden oars. Other regular meals at Tamashii include the mouthwatering donburis. It consists of five items which have grilled sea eel, saga beef, and foie grass. You get to enjoy the topping of organic eggs from Japan. 

On their menu, you can try the Gyudon at $58. Other menu picks include the A5 saga beef, Akita Komachi rice, truffle shavings, and organic egg. You’ll be able to enjoy the simplicity and authentic taste of the ingredients by the richness of the organic egg.

Address12 North Canal Road #02-01 Singapore 048825.
Contact Details+65 6222 0316 | [email protected]
Business HoursMon to Sat, Lunch; 12 noon – 2:30PM. Dinner; 6:30PM – 10:30PM.


  • Their meals have an authentic Japanese taste
  • It offers the best Sumiyaki
  • The restaurant has happy hour daily

Public Izakaya is one of the top Japanese restaurants in Singapore, with a long list of happy clients for its mouthwatering Japanese treats. You’ll enjoy excellent music, affordable prices, and foods with their original taste.

The favourite picks on their menu include the Sumiyaki, tempura, Oden, and donburi which will give you an excellent Japanese cuisine taste. To sum it all up, it has a happy hour every day.

Address100 Tras Street, 100AM Shopping Mall, 01-09, Singapore 079027
Contact Details+65 6333 9622
Business HoursMon to Fri, Lunch; 11.30AM – 2:30PM. Dinner; 5:30PM – 12:00AM | Sat, 5.30PM – 12.00AM


  • The ambience is thrilling
  • It offers affordable prices starting from $218
  • The chefs are experienced

Esora is one of the perfect restaurants to try out Japanese cuisines in Singapore. Esora is an establishment that will surely satisfy all your Japanese senses with a space that has a natural light that streams from its cloud-like skylight. You’ll enjoy the serenity of the warm glow in the surrounding.

At Esora, the chef and owner is a master in preparing Kappo-style cuisine with utmost perfection. You will get to enjoy the distinctiveness of the chef’s experience. He had designed the Michelin-starred Nihonryori Ryugin in Tokyo and two Michelin-starred Odette in Singapore. This cooking is a mix of modern cooking methods with the right ingredients, which gives you a perfect dining experience.

Address15 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238964
Contact Details+65 6365 1266 | [email protected]
Business HoursWed to Sun, 6.00PM -10.30PM | Mon & Tue, Closed


  • The restaurant is cosy
  • Ingredients are imported from Japan
  • Offers affordable prices starting from $13

Reiwa Soba is a perfect place for the best Japanese cuisine. You will find the area a bit congested yet cosy. It serves the best soba that is fresh and tasty and available both cold and hot. There are also delicious noodles that are made from buckwheat flour and imported directly from Japan. The delicacy also consists of regular flour, which gives it a smooth, slurpy texture.

Their soba is best accompanied by their juicy pork cutlets and corn fritters. Or you can try their house favourite, which consists of a Mango Salada Soba ($10) and a soup of the day ($6). All in all, their meals are tasty and affordable at $20.

Address28 Kelantan Road, #01-121 Serangoon, Singapore 200028
Contact DetailsGet in touch here.
Business HoursThur – Tue, 11.30AM – 7.30PM | Wed, Closed


  • Offers the best chirashi bowl
  • It imports tasty seafood from Japan
  • The restaurant provides delicious soy sauce

Omote is yet another excellent restaurant for those who enjoy Japanese cuisine in Singapore. At Omote, there’s always a long queue of people trying out their affordable chirashi bowl. You want your favourite chirashi, visit Omote and enjoy it at $ 12.80. Each bowl is topped with a good serving of diced seafood. The meal can be enjoyed alone or with premium uni, imported seafood from Japan, or fresh scallops. However, you can try it out with the house-blend soy sauce, a house favourite prepared by the house with your preferred seafood.

Omote also has their mentai chirashi don at $23.80. It’s one of the dazzling versions and far from the traditional foods that you can get elsewhere. Chirashi is smothered with creamy mentai sauce, which is prepared daily then torched before being served.

Address301 Upper Thomson Rd, #03-24a Singapore, Singapore 574408
Contact Details+65 9450 1020 | [email protected]
Business HoursWed to Mon, Lunch; 11.45AM – 2:00PM. Dinner; 5:45PM – 9:00PM | Tue, Closed


  • It has a large seating capacity
  • Prices start from $36
  • Offers a variety of Japanese cuisines on the menu

Rappu is a handroll-centric restaurant that offers the best Japanese cuisine in Singapore. You’ll enjoy rap music as you indulge yourself in cocktails and wrapped rolls. An amazing fact about Rappu is its immense capacity for seating space. It’s a 36- seater sushi bar where you can enjoy drinks and while you watch as the food is prepared. 

Top picks on Rappu’s menu include a concise selection of seven hand rolls with top creations crowned with wagyu, uni, and caviar. At the cost of $36, you enjoy freshly prepared rolls which are stuffed with fresh catch. The meals contain easy options that you will love, such as the hotate, toro, and brined salmon with wasabi furikake that is a house favourite. Other options to try out on the menu include a high roller which sells at $28, which is topped with wagyu, dollops of uni, dusted with gold flakes, and caviar. 

AddressRAPPU Handroll Bar, 52 Duxton Road Singapore, Singapore 089516
Contact Details[email protected]
Business HoursTue to Fri, 5.30Pm – 10.30PM | Sat, 11:45AM – 3:30PM, 5:30PM – 10:30PM | Sun, 11.45AM – 3.30PM | Mon, Closed


  • It offers fresh seafood
  • The ingredients are fresh and imported from Japan
  • It offers affordable prices starting from $18

Rockon Tokyo is not your typical Japanese restaurant. It offers more than fresh seafood, which bowls of rice topped with fried tempura are also served at the restaurant. You’ll enjoy obanzai, which gives a taste of Kyoto-style home cooking, which features side dishes. The ingredients are fresh and prepared using the restaurant’s menu. It changes every two weeks, depending on availability. 

The menu’s best picks include the signature potato salad at $18, which is perfumed with shaved black truffles, the classic hijiki seaweed at $6. Its tossed tuna is served with beans for a perfect exotic taste. Gout-o ICU sells at $69 and consists of three mini rice bowls topped with uni, caviar, and ikura.

Address106 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore
Contact Details+65 9731 1136
Business HoursTue – Sun, 5.00PM – 10.30PM | Mon, Closed


  • It offers the best omakase menu
  • The restaurant provides large servings
  • It has a team of friendly and professional staff.

Hashinda Tokyo provides one of a kind omakase experience. It has a variety of omakase menu which has different flavours. Its courses follow traditional formats, different dish temperatures ranging from cold to hot meals and other surprises. Top picks on the menu include the omakase dinner menu that sells at $350. You’ll also enjoy generous servings of otoro.

Address48 Bukit Pasoh Road, 089859
Contact Details[email protected]
Business HoursMon – Fri, 12:00PM – 2:30PM, 6:00PM – 11:00PM | Sat, 6:00PM – 11:00PM | Closed: Sun


  • It offers the best filet
  • It provides affordable meals starting from $23
  • The restaurant offers the signature miso sauce

Another great restaurant to try out the best Japanese cuisine is Tonkatsu by Maison. For those who enjoy deep-fried cutlets, this is your go-to place. It offers one of the best hires (filet) with rosu (loin) that will quench your craving for Japanese meat. Other great picks on the menu include the surf and turf pick, such as the jumbo prawns, oysters, and chicken roulades. You’ll also get to enjoy the perfect cabbage cuttings that are well shredded for every health enthusiast.

For those who would like to try something new on the menu, you can pick the Rosu Katsu at $23.80. It’s juicier and fattier for those who prefer their meals a bit greasy. You can top it with miso sauce which gives an unami complexity that is deep and tasty.

Address200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction, #02-51 Singapore, Singapore 188021
Contact Details+65 6338 4819 | [email protected]
Business HoursMon – Sun, 11.30AM – 10.00PM


  • It offers affordable prices
  • The restaurant provides grilled beef and smoky delights
  • Chefs are able to customize drinks and meals

Tucked away amid coffee shops along Tiong Bahru, Bincho is a Japanese restaurant that will catch your attention. It offers you the best Japanese cuisines at an affordable price. Visit this amazing spot, take a seat in the restaurant’s marble bars and watch their grilling action or their domed booths as you enjoy your drink. Bincho at Hua Bee also offers you the best fruit, herbs, and cocktails from their barkeep. Its glass of cocktail and menu mostly consists of whims from its experienced chefs. Those who are spoilt for choice can always look at the top recommendations from the chefs.

Other picks you can try on their menu include smoky delights and grilled beef. The menu is inspired by the micro-season in Japan or the best seasonal produce featured on the menu. A must-try dish is the house signature protein tori(chicken) with cuts such as thighs, wings, and breasts that are well prepared over their bincho-tan charcoal. For a tastier and unique feel, try their unique cartilage, gizzard, comb, chicken tail, and heart.

Address78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-19, Singapore 162078
Contact Details+65 64384567 | [email protected]
Business HoursTue – Sun, 12:00PM – 3.00PM, 6:00PM – 12:00PM | Closed: Sun

In Conclusion

How else can you experience Japan cuisines without physically flying over? That’s right! Visit these Japanese stores to satisfy your cravings. To maximise your Japanese culture experience, you should also try out some Japanese Omakase in Singapore and Sushi Delivery. You can do some shopping with our recommendations of what to buy at Daiso Japan and Don Don Donki Singapore!

Looking for other food? We have you covered with our list of Japanese ramen stores in Singapore. For other cuisines, you can check out our list of Peranakan Food in Singapore if you want to experience a combination of Chinese and Malay food, Javanese, and more. Likewise, we also have a list of Indonesian food, Indian food, Mala steamboats, Halal food, Thai restaurants, and French restaurants for you!

10 Japanese Restaurants In Singapore With Dining Deals, For Authentic Teppanyaki, Yakitori, Yakiniku And More –

Japanese food is undoubtedly one of the most well-loved cuisines in Singapore.

Besides ramen, sashimi and sushi, there are also other styles such as hot-off-the-grill yakitori, teppanyaki, yakiniku and modern Japanese restaurants worthy to explore.

Plus, these Japanese restaurants now come with up to 45% OFF with ChopeDeals, for you to feast more while saving up.

If Ebi Almond Tempura, Yakiniku on crystal plate, Hotate Mentaiyaki and Gyu Katsu already sound enticing, read on to find out where to find these Japanese cuisines with unbeatable promo:

Bao Makers – Jiak Chuan
4 Jiak Chuan Road Singapore 089261
Opening Hours: 6pm – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 6pm – 10pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun

Bao Makers – Westgate
3 Gateway Drive, Westgate #02-49, Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 11:30am – 9:30pm (Fri – Sat)

Gourmet Baos In Flavours Of Chilli Crab, Blackened Chicken and Mala Beef
While Bao Makers is Singapore’s pioneer Bao (open-faced buns) concept restaurant, it actually serves more than just buns, and includes Japanese rice bowls and sushi rolls.

For lunch-goers craving for some Japanese rice bowls, expect a twist to the usual donburi with offerings of Ketchup Manis Chicken ($13.80), Teriyaki Beef Steak ($17.80).

The best-seller is the Salmon Mentaiko Rice Bowl ($14.80) served with house-made mentaiko sauce made of torched cod roe and onsen egg.

To end the meal on a sweet note, the perennial favourite dessert is the Cookie Bomb ($7.50), which offers an amalgamation between the hot and the cold, as well as different textures and flavours.

Get The Signature Baos
I guess you cannot come to Bao Makers without getting their iconic dish.

These are not just ordinary “Baos”, as they come in fillings such as the ever-popular Chilli Crab Bao ($4.50) – great for National Day celebrations, Salted Egg Chicken Bao ($4.30), Mala Beef Bao ($4.50), Salmon Mentaiko Bao ($4.30), and the Blackened Chicken Bao ($4.30).

Get the Crab Bao filled with generous portions of fresh crab meat drenched in Singapore-style chilli sauce.

This comes complete with crisp deep-fried bao with soft, fluffy texture, which may just remind you of chilli crab mantou. Instead of one, get the Bao Set ($13.80) complete with choice of any 3 Baos, Edamame, and Salad.

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Shima Restaurant
22 Scotts Road, Level 1 Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)

First Teppanyaki Restaurant in Singapore
Shima Restaurant at Goodwood Park Hotel has been around since 1980, serving up teppanyaki meals, alongside sashimi, shabu shabu and sukiyaki using premium ingredients flown straight from Japan.

This is where you can get transported to Japan, as experience Japan-trained chefs fire up food in front of your eyes along with tableside acrobatics.

Truly an experience as you hear the sizzling meats, and smell the buttery aromas.

Get The Teppanyaki Omakase
The omakase sets come in three pricings: $99++, $150++ and $250++ per diner.

The basic omakase comes with a Sesame Tofu and Uni Appetiser, Sashimi, Dobinmushi Soup, Minced Prawns with Vegetable Balls Agemono, Garlic Rice, Miso Soup and Fruit Desserts.

The $150++ Omakase Set comes with Hiroshima Oysters known for their succulence, King Prawns, Sashimi and Prawn & Vegetable Tempura, which makes it value-for-its-money.

Of course, the highlight would be the Prime Beef Tenderloin and Assorted Vegetables Teppanyaki main in which the meats are cooked à la minute before your eyes.

Another would be the Garlic Rice with Anakake Sauce for you to mop up the juices from the meats.

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Book a seat here: Shima Restaurant

Bincho @ Hua Bee
78 Moh Guan Terrace #01-19, Singapore 162078
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 12am (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon

Bincho @ Min Jiang
7A/B Dempsey Road, Singapore 249684
Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am (Tues – Fri), 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 12am (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon

Inspired By Yakitori-ya (Traditional Small Grilling Stalls) In Osaka
If you have difficulty finding this place, the hole-in-the-wall Bincho is found at Hua Bee located at the charming Tiong Bahru.

Here’s the thing: diners have to enter via the ‘secret’ backdoor near the car park. There is another outlet at Min Jiang Dempsey.

Helmed by Chef Asai, the menu boasts fresh produce flown directly from Japan cooked over binchō-tan charcoal, all for a more authentic Japanese yakitori experience.

Keeping true to the original yakitori-ya inspired concept, tori (chicken) is extensively featured on the signature dishes list, though you can also find beef, pork, lamb and seafood items.

The Tsukune with Egg Yolk ($18) is my to-go-for dish; while there are other recommended items of Mentai Wings ($15), Bincho Style Grilled Octopus ($55), Deep Fried Chicken Breast with Japanese Crackers Topped with Uni ($45), Deep Fried Rockfish with Summer Vegetable Ankake Sauce ($52), and Grilled Miso Lamb ($40).

Get The Bincho Set
If you want to indulge, bring a partner for the Bincho Set for 2 ($240++) for a fuller yakitori experience.

The set includes a spread of Appetiser, Assorted Sashimi Platter, Yakitori Platter, Bincho-style Grilled Beef Tongue with Vegetables, Mentai Wings, Grilled Octopus & Hokkaido Pork Belly, Grilled Wagyu Beef with Vegetables, Tsukune Don, and Dessert.

Who says you cannot get full on yakitori?

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Book a seat here: Bincho @ Hua Bee
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Kyoaji Dining
111 Somerset Road #02-05/06, Singapore 238164
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 10:30pm (Sat – Sun)

Hidden Japanese Find In The Heart Of Town
Located on the 2nd level of TripleOne Somerset, this is considered a hidden find if you are on the lookout for casual Japanese dining at Orchard Road.

“Kyoaji” represents “taste from Kyoto”, and its Executive Chef John Phua used to be from Fukuichi Japanese Dining – known for family-style dining at mid-range prices.

If you are in town during noon time, Kyoaji Dining’s lunch sets come priced at $18 – $35, and some of the more popular offerings include Bara Chirashi Don, Gyuniku Don, Sashimi Sushi Gozen, Tori Sashimi Gozen and Shake Tempura Gozen.

Get The Ebi Almond Tempura
There are some creative items on the menu which may tantalise your tastebuds, such as Crab Meat Bean Curd ($6.00), Flounder Fish with Truffle Oil ($48.00), Caterpillar Maki ($23.00), Toumorokoshi Kakiage ($15.00) of deep-fried corn tempura.

The one dish that I enjoyed since Fukuichi days is the Ebi Almond Tempura ($15.00). This is a plate of sweet fresh prawn covered with batter and almond, then deep-fried till crisp. Enjoy that added crunch from the sliced nuts.

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Book a seat here: Kyoaji Dining

Mitsu Sushi Bar
21 Duxton Road, Singapore 089487
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

“One Fish, Three Ways” Omakase Meal
Situated along the hip Duxton Road, Mitsu Sushi Bar specialises in a variety of premium Japanese cuisines and beverages.

The restaurant features a 12-seater counter on Level 1 where diners can enjoy direct interaction with the chefs; while Level 2 consists of table seating and Japanese-style private rooms with tatami.

Passionate in delivering high quality Japanese cuisine, Mitsu Sushi Bar ships in fresh seafood and produce in small batches five times a week from three of Japan’s most well-known markets, Tsukiji, Kyushu and Hokkaido.

This is to ensure optimum freshness and the best selection of fish.

Specializing in a “one fish, three ways” Omakase meal, diners can choose a whole fish from the daily menu, in which the Chef will prepare it in three ways served throughout the Omakase course.

Get The Mitsu Course
This Mitsu Course is available during dinner time ($68++, min order of 2 pax) in which you can experience a 7-course meal.

Start with the appetiser and 5 pieces of sashimi, then move on to Grilled Scallop with Crab Miso and Deep-fried Flat Fish.

The main course would be the highlight of assorted Fresh Sushi, along with King Crab with Vegetables Paper Pot Soup. End with a sweet treat of Warabi Mochi.

For sake, shochu and highball lovers, here’s a piece of good news: top-up $39++ for 2 hours of free flow drinks.

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Book a seat here: Mitsu Sushi Bar

Niku Katsumata 肉勝又
47 Duxton Road, Singapore 089511
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 5:30pm – 11pm (Sat – Sun)

Japanese Yakiniku Specialty Restaurant
Niku Katsumata is the go-to Japanese restaurant for Japanese yakiniku – experience grilled quality beef that is both juicy and tender.

As the beef used is premium, minimal garnishing or seasoning is required so that diners can savour the original flavours and juices of the meat.

Do you know that the beef is also grilled on a crystal plate?

By using the crystal plate, heat is kept low and evenly spread out. This retains the natural flavours of the meats and keeps them tender at the same time

Get The Katsumata Course
This is a satisfying 7-dishes course ($98) starting with Simmered Wagyu Beef Tendon and Assorted Homemade Kimchi and Marinated Vegetables.

After the sashimi and salad courses, the stars of the meal are the three types of premium meat – Assorted A4 Wagyu Beef, Kurobuta Pork Loin, and A4 Wagyu Beef Fillet.

End the course with an A4 Wagyu Beef Curry or Chicken Noodle “Torisoba” and dessert of the day.

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Book a seat here: Niku Katsumata 肉勝又

Shukuu Izakaya
8 Stanley Street, Singapore 068727
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 11:30pm (Mon – Fri), 6pm – 11:30pm (Sat), Closed Sun

Japanese Bites and Creative Plates at Stanley Street
Shukuu Izakaya is an open-secret among CBD workers, known for its chic vibes, reasonably-priced sake, and Japanese fare especially its seafood dishes.

The place to let your hair down after work.

The popular seafood dishes include the Kani Gratin ($8) made of crab gratin with mentaiko; Aburi Shimesba ($14) – torched vinegared mackerel; and Maguro Yukke ($13) which is bluefin tuna sashimi tossed in sesame oil served with a quail egg.

For something more substantial, go for their Mini Donburi ($10 – $12), which consists of sushi rice topped with sliced beef, spicy salmon cubs, whitebait and raw quail egg, minced tuna belly, or premium salmon roe.

Get The Hotate Mentaiyaki
The highlight is the Hokkaido Scallops with Mentaiko and Cheese ($18) – seared juicy Hokkaido scallops at the bottom, contrasted with creamy mix of mentaiko and cheese topped with ikura.

Ingredients are sourced from leading Japanese suppliers and air-flown in fresh from Japan.

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Book a seat here: Shukuu Izakaya

Teppan Kappou Kenji
99 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-01, Singapore 088520
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm Last Order 2pm, 6pm – 10:30pm Last Order 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Kappo-Style Dining and Sizzling Teppanyaki
Chef Kenji Okumura hails from Ichinomiya, and has honed his skills in Kaiseki dining at the well-known Nadaman Japanese Restaurant in Nagoya Tokyu Hotel.

This is where you can experience an intimate dining experience, with the chefs working behind the bar.

While “teppan” is in its name, the restaurant serves more than just teppanyaki, offering a complete Japanese dining experience with fresh sashimi, sushi, sukiyaki and hotpot.

Ingredients are carefully sourced from different parts of Japan, such as Unagi from Shimanto and plump Oysters from Iseshima.

Get The Gyu Katsu
As part of their Agemono menu, the Gyu Katsu ($22) features panko-breaded beef cutlets deep-fried till golden.

The result are pieces which are crispy on the outside, while remaining pinkish and juicy on the inside.

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Unagiya Ichinoji (Robertson Quay)
30 Robertson Quay #01-05 Riverside Village Residences, Singapore 238251
Opening Hours 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Unagi Speciality Dishes at Robertson Quay
Unagiya Ichinoji is a concept by Miyagawa Honten – one of Tokyo’s most well-known unagi restaurants awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand, with more than 125 years of history.

Its ‘formula’ is said to be attributed to the chefs’ grilling techniques, temperature control of the charcoal grill and special inhouse tare (sweet basting sauce) whose recipe has been passed down for four generations.

The menu is beyond just unagi, and offers sashimi (salmon, tuna, yellow tail), salads, sashimi donburi (such as Kaisen Bara Chirashi Don, Salmon & Ikura Don), sushi, and hot plate food (Grilled Wagyu Beef, Grilled Salmon Teriyaki, Teppan Fried Noodles).

Get The Hitsumabushi
The Hitsumabushi ($32.80) is the signature grill unagi dish from Miyagawa Honten. There is also an XL version, suitable for 3 diners, priced at $84.80.

Instead of just one, there are now two special homemade unagi sauces. The Japanese unagi sauce is made with a higher shoyu content, and hence has a saltier and more robust note.

There is another unagi sauce which is specially tailored for locals, and has a sweeter note.

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Book a seat here: Unagiya Ichinoji (Robertson Quay)

92 Amoy Street #01-01, Singapore 069911
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Tues – Thurs)
11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat), 5:30pm – 10pm (Sun)

Modern Asian-Japanese Cuisine with Ang Kar Prawns and Truffle Gyoza
CHICHI Dining is a modern Asian fusion cuisine restaurant in a minimalist setting, recently established along Amoy Street where you can never get enough of food choices.

Explore their re-orchestrated Japanese-inspired dishes, delivered with tweaks and unexpected ingredients.

Their menu spans across a la carte small bites, rice and noodles, meats, seafood, veggies, desserts and set meals.

Expect Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Karaage ($14), Smoked Chestnut & Truffle Gyoza ($13), Fried Brown Rice ($16), Iberico Pork Collar ($18), Braised Beef Short Ribs ($25), Ang Kar Prawns ($23) and Spring Chicken ($18).

Get The Crab XO Fried Rice
The top chef-recommended item is this wok-fried dish of Crab XO Fried Rice ($20), cooked with Japanese pearl rice tossed in egg, sugar peas, nori (seaweed), and a special XO sauce made in-house.

The highlight of this dish is the soft and delicate topping of sweet lump crab meat, contrasted and complemented with smoky salty tobiko.

Here’s what I like about this dish: the chunks of sweet fresh crabmeat and the ‘wok-hei’.

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10 Best Japanese Food in Singapore That’ll Make You Go “Oishi!” [2021]

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International Sushi Day is just round the corner. That’s your perfect excuse to indulge in the Japanese signature dish. 

Beyond sushi, there’s so much more to Japanese food too. Think yakiniku, teppanyaki and chirashi dons. From sushi bars to omakase-style, from budget-friendly to high-end, we’ve got you covered. For those who love Japanese cuisine, myself included, here are ten restaurants serving some of the best Japanese food in Singapore

1. Omoté

Source: Omoté
Type of InformationDetails
Highlights to NoteIn-house bar counter
Famous for Chirashi Don
Address301 Upper Thomson Road, #03-24A, Singapore 574408
Contact Number9450 1020 (Whatsapp only)
Email[email protected]
Opening HoursWed to Mon: 11:45am to 2pm, 5:45pm to 9pm
Closed on Tuesdays 
Online Reviews871 Google Reviews (Average rating: 4.3/5.0 stars)

A standee of Omoté’s adorable polar bear mascot welcomes you into the warmly lit, spacious restaurant, with one of the most charming interiors I’ve ever set foot in. Omoté is a refreshing blend of contemporary atas, with a snazzy bar counter, and affordable diner-style seating that one hardly expects of a Japanese restaurant. 

Their decadent Chirashi-dons are an easy crowd favourite, especially the Tamago Mentai Chirashi ($19.80). Get ready for a generous heap of fresh, juicy diced sashimi atop Japanese pearl rice, drizzled with a tangy soy sauce and creamy mentaiko, guaranteed to bring your taste buds for one hell of a ride. 

Once a small 12-seater kiosk, Omoté has become a hallowed spot for Japanese fusion cuisine, marked with their signature contemporary flavour. As the queue grows outside, made especially daunting by Omoté’s elusive dining hours, you should make a reservation at least a few days in advance to secure your spot on a very competitive waiting list.

2. Shinji by Kanesaka (Temporarily Closed)

Source: Shinji by Kanesaka, Carlton Hotel
Type of InformationDetails
Highlights to NoteHelmed by Chef Shinji Kanesaka, who holds two Michelin stars
AddressCarlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Rd, Lobby Floor, Singapore 189558
St. Regis Hotel, 29 Tanglin Road, Lobby Floor, Singapore 247911
Contact NumberCarlton Hotel: 6338 6131
St. Regis Hotel: 6884 8239
Email[email protected]
Opening HoursCheck online for varied opening hours across different outlets

When it comes to Shinji by Kanesaka, the two well-earned Michelin stars that Chef Kanesaka holds, speak for themselves. Exuding elegance, the establishment serves up an extravagant array of Japanese fare with the freshest platters of tasty sashimi sets. The sushi counter here is a wonder carved out of the trunk of a 220-year-old hinoki tree.

One highlight is the way they do birthday celebrations here. The chefs will entertain the birthday girl or boy with some theatrics and party hats! Be sure to celebrate your loved ones’ special occasion here, especially with their interesting Omakase spreads.

Shinji by Kanesaka sure brings the taste of Japan, as well as its warmth and hospitality, right to your table.

3. Koji Sushi Bar (Pickering Street)

Source: Koji Sushi Bar
Type of InformationDetails
Highlights to NoteSushi Lunch Sets served with miso soup and salad
8 ($98++) or 10-course ($128++) Omakase dinners available
AddressPickering Street, China Square Central, #01-42, Singapore 048660
Contact Number6225 6125
Email[email protected]
Opening HoursMon to Sat: 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm 
Closed on Sundays
Online Reviews380 Google Reviews (Average rating: 4.3/5.0 stars)

Nankin Row is a colourful row of conserved shophouses that now yields a little food alley, hidden in the Central Business District, and one of its inhabitants, Koji Sushi Bar, is surely not to be missed. 

A quaint, modest shop front, usually packed with merry customers populating the high tables outdoors, this sushi joint skilfully balances affordability and quality. The office crowd loves their value-for-money Nigiri Sushi lunch sets, ranging from $9 to $23, that are especially generous on the fresh, juicy seafood. 

By night, Koji transforms into something a little less Office Lunch Hour, and a little more Date Night. Omakase dinners (from $68) give you a taste of quintessential Japanese cuisine, from sashimi and teppan to dessert, then a careful selection of sake and shochu to soothe your palate and unwind with. After all, Koji is named after a crucial ingredient in the brewing of Japanese liquor. 

4. The Gyu Bar

Source: The Gyu Bar
Type of InformationDetails
Highlights to NoteSpecialising in premium Wa-Oh Japanese beef from Kumamoto
Complimentary glass of sake 
Address30 Stevens Road, #01-08, Singapore 257840
Contact Number6732 0702
Email[email protected]
Opening HoursMon to Sun: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Online Reviews127 Google Reviews (Average rating: 4.4/5.0 stars)

There’s more to Japanese food than just sushi and sashimi. Test this theory at The Gyu Bar, an exemplar of contemporary Yakiniku dining. Here, they serve up only the best premium Wa-Oh beef, known for its exquisite marbling and clean flavour profile, airflown from Kumamoto, Japan. 

Each guest is welcomed graciously with a glass of sake on the house. You even get to choose your sake glass from the display of the owners’ personal collection! There’s a reason they say Japanese hospitality is something else entirely. 

If you’re here to try something new, spring for the rare cuts like the chateaubriand or misuji. For the full array, the Gyu Bar Platter ($98/150g) offers a taste of the eight main parts of the cow. If beef is your thing, book in advance for the chef’s Omakase dinner ($138), a ten-course wonder. 

Clearly, The Gyu Bar takes beef very seriously. 

5. Hashida Singapore

Source: The Ranting Panda
Type of InformationDetails
Highlights to NoteFamous for unique Omakase experiences
Address77 Amoy Street, Singapore 069896
Contact Number8129 5336
Email[email protected]
Opening HoursTue: 7pm to 10:30pm 
Wed to Sun: 12pm to 3pm, 7pm to 10:30pm
Closed on Mondays
Online Reviews14 Google Reviews (Average rating: 4.9/5.0 stars)

Think Omakase and Hashida Singapore should definitely come to mind. Step into the Shinto Shrine entrance into an intimate, contemporary setting within.

Its three dining rooms have different personalities: one with walls of sakura wood, another with a traditional detached roof and the last with a hovering ceiling and countertops reminiscent of the hiba trees of Master Chef Kenjiro Hashida’s hometown.

Chef Hashida is known in the culinary world for his inventive creations that put different textures, temperatures and flavours together in a refreshing, unique blend. Even the soy sauce is the chef’s own creation, using a 120-year-old soy sauce brewer in Japan. To accompany a rich meal, choose your drink from the chef’s personal sake and spirits selection. 

Now, take a seat at the counter, watch the chef himself get to work on your dish and get ready to pamper your palate.

6. Mikuni (Temporarily Closed till 13 June 2021)

Source: Swissotel the Stamford
Type of InformationDetails
Highlights to NotePremium fish flown straight from Japan’s Tsukiji Fish Market
Teppanyaki, Robatayaki and Sushi live stations
Address80 Bras Basah Rd, Level 3 Fairmont Singapore, Singapore 189560
Contact Number6431 6156
Email[email protected]
Opening HoursMon to Sat: 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm 
Closed on Sundays
Online Reviews242 Google Reviews (Average rating: 4.1/5.0 stars)

Mikuni knows just what Japanese fine dining is all about. Wallet-friendly? Not so much, but the quality and freshness of its seafood and seasonal Japanese produce more than make up for it. 

In its modern take on the Japanese kaiseki experience, Mikuni creates a multi-sensory dining experience with the theatrical showcase of traditional Japanese culinary techniques at the three live stations. Whether it’s fresh seasonal sashimi, sizzling hot seafood from an iron griddle, or smoky, charcoal-grilled pork belly from each of the three stations, you’re in for a gastronomic ride. 

Its menu itself offers a vast selection of dishes that combine contemporary and traditional Japanese flavours. Be sure to try the decadent Mikuni Lobster Maki ($45) and the Kurobuta Pork Katsu ($$48). For an extra oomph, opt for the monthly Omakase dinners that serve up an array of seven delicious courses you’ll love. 

7. Nobu-ya

Source: Amie Hu
Type of InformationDetails
Highlights to NoteMenu is different every day
Every customer is required to drink alcohol
Address190 Middle Rd, Fortune Centre #01-05 Singapore 188979
Contact Number6338 3450
Opening HoursTue to Sun: 6pm to 11pm
Closed on Mondays
Online Reviews319 Google Reviews (Average rating: 3.9/5.0 stars)

Nobu-ya is as authentic as it gets, nestled in the unassuming Fortune Centre. Traditionally a Japanese watering hole, the izakaya atmosphere Nobu-ya successfully replicates is a chaotic, noisy and cramped one, exactly as they do in Japan. It’s a lively place, filled with ruddy-faced Japanese businessmen, a sure sign that Nobu-ya is the real deal.

Upon arrival, the boss, a middle-aged Japanese man, will make sure to ask every member of your group the mandatory “are you drinking?” to which there is only one correct answer if you would like to get a table. This is no family place, unfortunately. 

Nobu-ya whips up curious, tasty Japanese fare with seasonal produce from Japan, some of which you’ve probably never even heard of. The good news, or the bad if you’ve found a dish you can’t get enough of, is their menu is ever-changing. The element of surprise, along with the delicious and affordable food and alcohol, will definitely have you coming back for more. 

8. Koh Grill & Sushi Bar

Source: Miss Tam Chiak
Type of InformationDetails
Highlights to NoteFamous for the signature Shiok Maki
Address435 Orchard Road, #04-21 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, 238877
Contact Number9180 3805
Opening HoursMon to Sun: 11:30am to 10pm
Online Reviews820 Google Reviews (Average rating: 4.2/5.0 stars)

Whoever says Japanese cuisine is always pricey, has clearly missed out on Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, the fast food-style sushi bar on the edge of the Food Republic in Wisma Atria. The place offers a pretty extensive menu, from sushi and sashimi for the seafood lovers, to grilled food, hotplate and noodles. 

But you can’t visit this place without ordering their signature Shiok Maki ($16.80). And ‘shiok’ is really the most appropriate way to describe it. Sushi rice rolls filled with tender grilled unagi and fresh avocado, topped with aburi salmon, tobiko and a rich creamy sauce that you can’t get enough of — it’s no wonder the queues for this sushi joint snake around the block. 

If unagi isn’t your thing, they’ve fashioned a Gen 2 version ($16.80), stuffed with fried prawn instead but equally as gratifying for the tummy as its predecessor.

9. The Sushi Bar

Source: The Sushi Bar
Type of InformationDetails
Highlights to NoteFamous for Chirashi Dons and Salmon Aburi Roll
AddressSeveral outlets across the island 
Contact NumberNgee Ann City: 8818 3535
Far East Plaza: 9653 6464
Tampines 1: 8877 3535
Opening HoursMon to Sun: 11:30am to 10pm
Online Reviews820 Google Reviews (Average rating: 4.2/5.0 stars)

We love fresh, skilfully made sushi that won’t break the bank. The Sushi Bar brings you just that, a delicious sushi fix in a casual, no-frills setting. Their Chirashi dons, especially  are the most popular, featuring a generous helping of juicy sashimi and orange ikura atop a bed of tangy sushi rice. 

Another crowd favourite is their Salmon Aburi Roll ($16.90), that’s perfectly seared and perfectly moist within for a great balance. Its menu is extensive, from hand rolls and maki to soups and grilled meats. Cleanse your palate with the Sushi Bar’s wide variety of Japanese liquors. 

The Singaporean crowd simply loves budget-friendly, delicious Japanese cuisine. You’ll have to expect a queue, so make sure to go down early or make a reservation so you don’t miss out.

10. Shinzo 

Source: Seth Lui
Type of InformationDetails
Highlights to NoteFamous for sushi and Omakase spreads
Address17 Carpenter St, Singapore 059906
Contact Number6438 2921
9815 7186
Email[email protected]
Opening HoursMon to Sat: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10.30pm
Online Reviews146 Google Reviews (Average rating: 4.4/5.0 stars)

Ask any Japanese fellow in Singapore their favourite spot here that feels and tastes like home, and Shinzo is the name that you’ll hear the most. The intimate setting, with warm wooden tones, lowlights and tasteful Japanese wall art, certainly add to the homely experience.

As authentic as it is contemporary, Shinzo delivers beautifully executed dishes from the sushi bar counter, right before your eyes. They use only the freshest seasonal ingredients in its Omakase spreads, which means their menu is dynamic and ever-changing. We leave it all to the chef to delight our palates.

Customers love the perfectly constructed sushi, that takes the most skilled of hands and most nimble of fingers. After all, the word Shinzo means heart in Japanese. It’s no wonder every piece of sushi is moulded and created so carefully, no doubt from the heart.


There is a wealth of Japanese cuisine, in all shapes and forms, if only you know where to look. And we’re confident you do now! Can’t jet off to Japan? Don’t worry, these ten places bring Japan to you on a platter.

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We hope that this guide will be useful in helping you to make an informed decision when it comes to finding the best Japanese food in Singapore.

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Nippon indulgence: 7 must-try Japanese restaurants

Sara Yap

Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)

Whether it’s sushi, ramen or an extravagantly large bowl of chirashi don (rice with raw fish), there’s a lot to like about Japanese food. The cuisine has long been associated with fresh, seasonal ingredients, which are prepared in a smorgasbord of styles including teppanyaki (which entails searing meat and vegetables on a hot iron griddle) and sukiyaki, where beef is cooked in a hot pot and dipped in raw egg.

While food from the Land of the Rising Sun has always been popular in Singapore, recent years have seen an influx of exciting dining options sprouting up around the island. From a restaurant offering whisky-infused sukiyaki sets to a Michelin-starred ramen joint’s first overseas outlet, here are 5 eateries worth visiting.


Tsuta Singapore

Tokyo-based restaurant Tsuta — which is the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen joint — has opened its first overseas outpost at Pacific Plaza. The 18-seater eatery offers delectable options such as Shio Soba, which features a chicken-seafood broth, and Shoyu Soba — a soy-based soup infused with black truffle.

Tsuta Singapore, #01-01 Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road, Singapore 228210, +65 6734 4886,



This posh Japanese restaurant serves up premium, well-marbled cuts of Kobe and Miyazaki beef. Guests can choose to have their meats cooked in a variety of styles such as yakiniku, yakishabu and sukiyaki, or savour recommended dishes such as roasted wagyu smoked over wood chips. The establishment also offers an extensive repertoire of sakes.

Magosaburo, 2 Orchard Turn #04-11A & 05-01 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801, +65 6634 1411,


Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

Opened by the Teppei Group — which runs popular omakase eatery Teppei Japanese Restaurant in Tanjong Pagar — this establishment specialises in charcoal-grilled unagi. Its eels, which are imported from Japan, are kept in-house in tanks and sliced live in front of diners. Go for the Hitsumabushi set, which comprises unagi with a comforting dashi soup, fresh wasabi root (which diners can grate at the table) and seaweed.

Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant, 1 Keong Saik Road, #01-01, Singapore 089109, +65 6222 0678


Shinji by Kanesaka at Raffles Hotel

Next March, Shinji by Kanesaka will vacate its Raffles Hotel premises for a new space in Carlton Hotel. The one-Michelin-starred restaurant is known for its omakase sets, which include an assortment of sashimi, cooked dishes and sushi. It serves its last meal at its original venue on 4 February, 2017.

Shinji by Kanesaka, Raffles Singapore, #02-20, 1 Beach Road (via Seah Street lobby), Singapore 189673, +65 6338 6131,



Tamashii Robataya

This Japanese restaurant along North Canal Road focuses on robatayaki, where food is grilled over charcoal and served to diners on a long, wooden paddle. It recently rolled out a new dinner menu offering Whisky Sukiyaki, where Nikka Whisky Black Clear is poured into the hot pot used to cook beef slices.

Tamashii Robataya, 12 North Canal Road, #02-01, Singapore 048825, +65 6222 0316,




Zipang Japanese Dining Bar

With its velvet curtains, golden walls and interiors clad in granite, marble and wood, this newly opened restaurant is one stylish spot. Its extensive menu spans sushi, sashimi, grilled seafood and deep-fried items, so diners are truly left spoilt for choice. The eatery also offers lunch sets with dishes such as fried chicken and grilled saba.

Zipang Japanese Dining Bar, 28 Cavenagh Road, #01-05, Singapore 229635, +65 6737 0788,


Hana Restaurant

This eatery at Forum The Shopping Mall has been making waves on social media, thanks to its Insta-worthy “flying” noodles — which features soba and somen propped up with a chopstick to create the illusion of them floating in mid-air. The noodles are presented in dim sum baskets and come in two tempting flavours: Truffle somen and salted egg udon.

Hana Restaurant, #01-17, Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884, +65 6737 5525,

90,000 Japanese Restaurant – Sakura Blossom Sakura blossom Japanese restaurant

My name is Hiroki Arakawa and I am the chef of the Sakura Blossom restaurant. It is a great honor for me to introduce you to the traditional Japanese cuisine, to which I have dedicated the last 29 years of my life.

In our restaurant we try to show you the whole variety of Japanese cuisine and its current trends.We reveal the best taste qualities of ingredients carefully selected by us.

I sincerely hope that the result of my modest efforts will bring you joy and pleasure in touching the taste and aroma of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Hiroki Arakawa


Our History

The Sakura Blossom restaurant is located near the Garden Ring on Krasin Street.Opening its doors in 2007, it continues to delight guests with authentic Japanese cuisine, which is appreciated by its regular guests, many of whom are Japanese. The style and interior of the restaurant embodies restraint and simplicity: dark wood, beige and terracotta shades, sakura blossom motif and cozy space zoning immerse guests in the atmosphere of the Land of the Rising Sun with its special charm and traditions.

The brand chef and soul of the restaurant Arakawa Hiroki has been working in the kitchen since the age of sixteen.For more than thirty years he honed his skills in Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, worked at the Towada Hotel in Akita, where the Emperor of Japan is staying. In Sakura Blossom, Hiroki-san tries to convey the true spirit of the gastronomic culture of his homeland, respecting ancient recipes and taking into account modern trends.

Our Menu

The philosophy of the restaurant is quality and loyalty to tradition. Most of the products for our meals come directly from Japan.