The quality and the number of Japanese restaurants that have popped open in the past few years has increased dramatically. Get ready to have those taste buds tantalized and your Japanese whisky knowledge expanded with this decadent list of Japanese restos you’re sure to love. Arigato!
This is a cozy place that you get to by walking through a curtained door. If you like shashimi and sushi then this is one of the best in town. Sit at the counter and watch the chefs prepare your meal in front of you. The fish they use is excellent quality and the service is great. This is the perfect spot for date night, lunch with the girls or even a quiet place to eat solo.
Aoki, 1 Scotts Road, #01-17 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208, www.aoki-restaurant.com.sg/aoki/
Indulge your taste buds with their Omakase (Degustation) Course which is composed of various cuts of their carefully selected Wagyu beef along with some small portions of creative a la carte menu. For any non-carnivores in the group, the menu also boasts an authentic selection of Japanese noodle and rice dishes, and other meticulously crafted specialties. Make sure you sample their drinks menu, tantalize your taste buds on sake, plum liquor, Japanese whiskey, and Japanese beer. Try out their private rooms if you have a large party.
Beef Yakiniki Dining, 48 Boat Quay Singapore, 049837, +65 6223 4129 www.yakiniquest.sg/
Joining the group of hip, nouvelle food & beverage concepts in Tiong Bahru is the estate’s newest, contemporary, Japanese restaurant, Ikyu. Ikyu, which means “Take A Break” in English, aims to be a respite away from the hustle and bustle of the city, where patrons can look forward to great food, drinks, and company.
They are famous for their set menus. Yes, think of a seven-course elaborate dinner consisting of dishes with Japanese and European flavors. Their mushroom gratin is a big hit, so are the other dishes like Spring Vegetable Terrine and Baby garden root vegetables. The desserts that come out in a trolley look oh so yummy. The red wine poached pear with vanilla ice cream, coffee crème Brule and dark chocolate pralines go so well their lovely selection of teas.
Joie by Dozo, 181 Orchard Road #12-01 Orchard Central Singapore 238896, +65 6838 6966, www.facebook.com/joierestaurant/
If stuffy fine-dining is not your thing and you love Japanese food, Kinki is a great spot for a romantic meal in a buzzy atmosphere overlooking Marina Bay Sands. Have a cocktail at the roof top bar afterwards and watch the light show. They have a happy hour until 8pm. They have a wide selection of sushi, sashimi, noodles and more to choose from, all of which has a little twist!
Kinki, 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Super Loco Customs House, 049323, www.kinki.com.sg
Me@OUE restaurant and rooftop lounge is Singapore’s only dining establishment offering three distinct menus – Japanese, French and Chinese – in an open-concept-kitchen. Whether you’re looking for a restaurant that can accommodate a romantic dinner for two or a work function, they’ve got you covered.
ME@OUE, 50 Collyer Quay, OUE Bayfront, Singapore 049321, http://me-oue.com/
Mackerel, mackerel and more mackerel! Saba means mackerel, and Sabar is a mackerel bar that takes mackerel seriously. Sabar only uses top quality mackerel from North Pacific Coast Japan to make their various saba-based dishes. You’ll be hard-pressed to make up your mind with their huge menu, but now that they’re here to stay in Japan Food Town, you can always come back for more!
Sabar, 4F Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238877, www.japanfoodtown.sg/stores/sabar/
Using the freshest ingredients food is grilled while you watch by Chefs who will serve it on the Samoji. From a mouthwatering selection of wagyu beef to impeccable sushi, from tender pork dishes to veggies and tofu creations, with both a la carte and Omasake options. The stylish and theatrical environment make Tamashii Robataya the perfect venue for business meetings, social dinners and fun-filled celebrations. They do a set lunch and dinner which allows you to try a little bit of everything.
Tamashii Robataya, 12 North Canal Road #02-01 Singapore 048825, +65 6222 0316, www.tamashii.com.sg
This is Singapore’s first flagship Suntory Hakushu bar. Giving Japanese tapas and Omakase-style dining a modern twist, the concept is as much fun for diners as it is for the creative chefs, who come to present their work (personally!) to the intimate 16-seater sushi bar. Make sure you try their single malts and wine pairings.
TFS Private Works, 179A (2nd Floor), Telok Ayer St, Singapore S068627, +65 6221 7073, www.tfsprivateworks.com/
Not only is it a hip and happening restaurant but they do parties too. Their professional team of experienced chefs bring you the freshest sashimi and sushi together with their fun vibe right to your door step! They’re able to customize live stations and canapé menus to suit your theme/event. But before you have them over, make sure you test the quality for yourself first. The Flying Squirrel is a secret, yet cozy hole-in-the-wall hideout.
The Flying Squirrel, 92 Amoy Street, Singapore, 069911, +65 6226 2203, www.theflyingsquirrel.com.sg/
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