Singaporeans take their Japanese food seriously. They’ve got Japanese e-grocers that deliver fresh Japanese seafood right to their doorsteps, they throw DIY chirashi bowl parties, and they dine out at a cornucopia of Japanese hole-in-the-wall eateries and extravagant restaurants alike.
Under SG$15.00 ($12 USD): Ramen Keisuke Tori King
There is probably no better review for this ramen spot than their ever-lengthening queues at lunch and dinner hours say it all. Arrive early for lunch for a chicken-based broth that’s robust and hearty. Each bowl comes with a chicken leg so tender, the meat gently falls off the bone. We love the all-you-can-eat boiled eggs that are set smack in the middle of each table, too.
#03-15 100 AM 100 Tras Street Singapore 079027 Tel: +65 6604 6861 Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
Under SG$20.00 ($16 USD): Hanare Japanese Café
Hanare is home to what is probably the most Instagrammed bowl of raw fish in Singapore, and it’s for good reason. The restaurant is located on the second floor of a shophouse, and it’s completely frills-free. We suspect the furniture may come from IKEA, and it feels like you’re dining in someone’s living room for a makeshift dinner party, but what it lacks in décor it makes up for in food.
You can choose between their daily buffet (they list the specials on the Facebook Page, or their Bara Chirashi bowls, but we suggest you pick the latter. It’ll set you back only SG$17.60 and comes in a set of unlimited servings of five sides including miso soup and steamed edamame. The star dish is topped with generous cuts of fresh fish, roe, scallops, and whatever else is in season..
99 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088520 Tel: +65 6222 1976 Daily · 12:00 – 2:30 pm, 6:30 – 10:00 pm
From SG$32—SG$200 ($25 US —$160 US): Tatsuya
If tuna belly is something right up your alley, you need to check out this restaurant, home to the longest sushi bar on the island. The menu offers an extensive selection of Japanese food, but we highly recommend checking out their lunch sets — for under $50, you get a generous portion of bento goodness.
Price per person: $32++ to $45++ for lunch sets; $200++ for dinner set.
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221 Tel: +65 6887 4598 Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 3pm, 6.30pm
From SG$75—SG$450 ($60 US— $360 US): Shinji By Kanesaka
If you’re ready to drop some serious dough, let the two-Michelin-starred chef Shinji Kanesaka wow you at one of his restaurants at the Raffles Hotel and St. Regis Hotel. These restaurants are easily considered to amongst the best restaurants in Singapore, Japanese or otherwise. They’re tiny — 15 to 20-seat joints — that dish up Edo-style sushi. Master Chef Koichiro Oshino and Chef Shunsuke Kikuchi are at the helm of the Raffles and St, Regis restaurants, respectively.
Price per person: $75++ to $180 (lunchtime sushi sets); $250++ (lunch Omakase); $220++ to $450++ (dinner)
Raffles Hotel, #02-20, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673 Tel: +65 6338 6131
The St Regis Hotel, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911 Tel: +65 6506 6888 Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10.30pm