Japanese food provides plenty of flavors and options. From a sushi buffet to ramen, the possibilities are truly endless. One unique option that will delight both young and old is teppanyaki, where chefs cook courses of dishes before your very eyes! For a dining experience that is suitable for special celebrations or even just a casual meal, Little Steps has narrowed down teppanyaki restaurants in Singapore to experience live-cooking right before your eyes!
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Headed by two chefs with years of experience, Teppan Bar Q is a cozy joint in the CBD where you can get your teppanyaki fix seated at the bar counter. If you’re going with kids, order the Tonpei Yaki (SG$22.90) to share – a fluffy egg dish with pork slices and vegetables. Besides the usual Japanese fare, they also have Spanish fusion options like Squid With Pesto (SG$12.90) and Octopus Galician Style (SG$13.90).
Teppan Bar Q, Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, #01-21/22, Singapore 237995, +65 6235 0629, www.facebook.com/barQsg
Specializing in okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and teppanyaki, Seiwaa ups the ante by letting you attempt cooking the dishes yourself! Choose from Prawns, Black Angus Beef and Yaki Soba starting from SG$10 per dish and grill them to your heart’s content. For sharing, they also have meat or seafood sets available. There’s no need to worry if you’re unsure of how to DIY your teppanyaki either, since the friendly staff can also help you with it!
Seiwaa Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki, 72 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209400, +65 6291 6084, www.seiwaa.com.sg
If you can’t decide between classic sushi or teppanyaki, why not have both at Tatsu? Their CHIJMES outlet is the only Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant with a 24-seater counter so you can get an up close view of your meal’s preparation. Their lunch sets start from SG$32 and include combos like prawn and chicken or beef and scallop. Dinner options are a lot more elaborate, with courses starting from SG$68 and includes premium ingredients!
Tatsu, CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, #01-08, Singapore 187996, +65 6332 5868, www.tatsu.com.sg
Similar to Seiwaa, Ajiya Okonomiyaki Restaurant also lets you cook a customized meal of your choice on a teppanyaki table. Located conveniently next to Beauty World MRT at Bukit Timah, choose to dine at the counter seats or a more private table. You can whip up grilled slices of beef or pork, while the little ones will enjoy the okonomiyaki, whey they can design the mayonnaise topping with a Mickey Mouse stencil and be creative with their food too!
Ajiya Okonomiyaki Restaurant, 104 Jalan Jurong Kechil, Singapore 598603, +65 6463 3461, www.facebook.com/AjiyaSG
Looking for a teppanyaki eatery when you’re out shopping in town? Then head up to Level 5 of 313@somerset for Heniu Teppanyaki, located within the food court. It’s also super affordable, with prices from just SG$9 for a lunch set, that includes a main of choice, a plate of vegetables and a bowl of soup. Spice lovers can go for the Black Pepper Beef Set (SG$15) – not only is the beef peppery, they even add in slices of chilli as well.
Heniu Teppanyaki, Level 5, 313@somerset, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895, www.facebook.com/HeNiu313
Sakae Sushi is a staple when it comes to Japanese restaurants in Singapore, and at 2 of their outlets, they also have teppanyaki stations. Pick between Tradehub 21 at Boon Lay or Parkway Parade in the East to get your fix of sizzling dishes prepared in real life. Main set meals include prawns, chicken or beef, while you can order items from their regular menu as well.
Sakae Teppanyaki, multiple locations, www.sakaeteppanyaki.com
Shima is known as Singapore’s oldest teppanyaki restaurant having been around since 1980, with fresh and finely cut sushi and sashimi straight from Japan aside from teppanyaki. For those with large appetites, choose their teppanyaki buffet lunch (SG$59++ on weekdays, SG$79++ on weekends) that includes everything from yummy oysters and scallops to beef tenderloin and assorted vegetables. Child prices are available too!
Shima Restaurant, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221, +65 6734 6281, www.shimarestaurant.com.sg
Located within Serangoon NEX’s Japanese food street, this teppanyaki joint has convenient and value-for-money sets for all ages. Their beef and seafood set (SG$29.90) is a Japanese version of a surf and turf, with large prawns, juicy scallops and diced up beef cubes sprinkled with garlic chips. A highlight is also their chawanmushi included in the set, which is uniquely served in a bowl-shaped onion!
Yaki Yaki Bo, NEX, 23 Serangoon Central, #B1-78, Singapore 556083, +65 6634 4838, yakiyakibo.com.sg/en
For a place where you’ll feel like you’re transported to Japan, head to Keyaki at Pan Pacific Singapore. While indoors feature a sophisticated setting complete with a live teppanyaki station, step outside and you’ll be greeted with a calming garden and a koi pond. Menu-wise, they have an array of premium a-la-carte teppanyaki dishes like US beef tongue (SG$30), lobster (SG$26) and foie gras (SG$45).
Keyaki, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, +65 6826 8240, www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-and-resorts/pp-marina/dining/keyaki
If you’re not up for splurging on omakase, or not feeling like sushi, you can choose to have teppanyaki at Teppan Kappou Kenji. Their teppanyaki express lunch sets (from SG$30) include a soup, chawanmushi and side salad to help you make feel complete. But if that doesn’t satiate you, pick from their main menu too – the Grilled Avocado with Herbs and Cheese (SG$15) is an interesting dish of choice. The eatery only seats 45 pax, so book your reservations early!
Teppan Kappou Kenji, 99 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-01, Singapore 088520, +65 9152 3118, www.teppankappoukenji.sg