10 Delicious Japanese Restaurants in Singapore that will make you go Oishi!

Chirashi rice bowls, ramens, hotpot, tempura, sushi and sashimi.

For Japanese food lovers constantly on the search for tantalising sushi or sashimi to satisfy your cravings, you are in luck; we have it all covered. From Chirashi rice bowls to ramen to hotpot to tempura to sushi and sashimi, all your favourite Japanese dishes can be found here! Here is a list of 10 affordable Japanese restaurants in Singapore that will give you a taste of authentic Japanese fare, and make you come back for more.

1. Koh Grill Sushi and Bar


Nothing beats a satisfying and sinful Shiok Maki here at Koh Grill Sushi and Bar. Its best-selling and most popular item on the menu is its Shiok Maki; a sushi roll with crispy squid and seaweed at the centre, topped with soft salmon, and drizzled with cheesy mayonnaise that is lightly torched to perfection. However, it might get a little “jerlat” towards the end because of the mayonnaise. This dish is therefore suitable for sharing among friends because one serving has 8 portions of sushi. Kudos to you if you can devour the entire roll all by yourself. Mayonnaise can be found in many of its other dishes here too so if you are not a fan, you might want to think twice. Other than that, this place probably serves up one of the best Makis in Singapore.

Address: 435 Orchard Road, #04-21 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, Singapore 238877
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am to 10pm
Telephone: +65 9180 3805
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Koh-Grill-Sushi-Bar/167643069950487

2. Teppei Syokudo


Teppei Syokudo is where you can find one of the best sashimi rice bowls. Its rice bowls are always filled to the brim and topped with generous servings of fresh sashimi like pink salmon, yellowtail, swordfish, and even baby scallops. Cubes of marinated salmon are thick and consistent so you will get chewy bites of the delicious fish. Its sashimi rice bowls are value-for-money with a large, generous portion. Furthermore, all its fish are freshly prepared so you can only taste the fragrance of the sesame oil, without any tinge of fishiness.

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-57 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Telephone: +65 6509 9882
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teppei-Syokudo/340767886095457

3. Tanuki Raw


It is no sham that Tanuki has one of the best Donburi rice bowls in Singapore. You can practically inhale the whole bowl of seared beef with foie gras, which is one of its more popular items. The chef makes sure that the beef is not overcooked so the texture is just right; slightly burnt on the outside but soft and tender on the inside. The dish is then finished off with light touches of sesame oil, which brings out the fragrance of the whole dish. Apart from its highly-raved Donburi rice bowls, it also has a variety of maki and sushi rolls, and an extensive list of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages such as sake and spirits. It also caters for vegetarians with its Donburi and sides like Sweet Potato Truffle Fries.

Address: 181 Orchard Road, #04-01, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Nearest MRT: Somerset
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am to 10.30pm
Telephone: +65 6636 5949
Website: http://tanukibar.com/menu/

4. Ramen Keisuke Lobster King


The Keisuke Ramen franchise has many outlets in Singapore, but the one that stands out is the Lobster King outlet located at Clarke Quay. This ramen shop is popular among the night crowd at Clarke Quay as it opens till 5am in the morning. This shop stands out with its distinctive lobster broth, that comes in different kinds of soup base (clear, rich, miso, spicy miso). The lobster broth is really amazing, so flavourful that you might even be slightly overwhelmed by the intensity. The best part is its free-flow hard-boiled eggs placed at the side of the table which you can causally help yourself to while slurping down your ramen.

Address: 3C River Valley Road, #01-07 The Cannery, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179022
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay
Opening hours: Daily 6pm to 5am
Telephone: +65 6255 2928
Website: http://www.keisuke.sg/lobster-king-clarke-quay/

5. Tampopo


Tampopo has much to offer. Its menu boasts an extensive list of Japanese dishes: sushi, Shabu Shabu, Sukiyaki, ramen, Chirashi bowls, and even crab porridge (just to name a few). One of its must-try dishes is the Black Pork Ramen. The succulent and tasty black pork is definitely a better substitute for the standard char siew that you find in other ramen shops. The pork is so tender it literally melts in your mouth, and the broth is also equally outstanding as it packs a flavourful punch. It also has homemade desserts like Matcha Chiffon cake and ice-cream, as well as chilled sake and beer.

Address: 177 River Valley Road, #01-23 Liang Court, Singapore 179030
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am to 10.30pm
Telephone: +65 6338 3186
Website: http://www.tampopo.com.sg/

6. Standing Sushi Bar


The Standing Sushi Bar is one of the more popular Japanese restaurants that specialise in sushi rolls. Many of its sushi are creatively crafted, and ingeniously put together such that you get a tasty and satisfying bite from the first to the last piece. The names of the sushi can be quite confusing especially if it’s your first time there, so you might want to clarify with the staff before ordering. It has promotions almost every day of the week, such as 50% off its specialty sushi rolls on Wednesday. Overall, the ambience is great and the service is prompt and efficient, so you don’t have to wait too long before your food is served.

Address: 8 Queen St, #01-03 Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 188535
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2pm, 6pm to 10pm
Telephone: +65 6333 1335
Website: http://standingsushibar.com/

7. Tendon Kohaku


You have probably seen some of its massive tempura rice bowls on Instagram. It has a decent selection of tempura all in one serving, such as prawn, chicken, mushroom, and eggplant, all fried to a golden brown in a fluffy batter. You can choose between a sweet and spicy sauce that is drizzled over your tempura and rice. The tempura serving is also generous, making sure that you walk away with a full tummy and a satisfied palate. Prices are also quite reasonable so it will spare you the heartache of indulging in a decent Japanese cuisine.

Address: 64 Circular Rd, #01-01, Singapore 049418
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 11.30am to 4pm, 5pm to 10pm (closed on Sat and Sun)
Telephone: +65 6221 8311
Website: https://www.facebook.com/kohaku.tempura/

8. Sushiro


Sushiro is the place to go for cheap and good Chirashi and sushi as it serves up one of the cheapest Chirashi Don in Singapore. Its sashimi is not only extremely eye-catching and Instagram-worthy, it’s also value-for-money. Where else can you find a good rice bowl topped with chunks of salmon, tuna, octopus and prawn all for less than $13? While the portion may be debatably small (each rice bowl is about a palm’s size), it’s hard to protest as the price is incredibly worth it. While some may prefer eating sliced salmon instead of cube-sized ones, this is appetising nonetheless. Definitely a good place to go for your sashimi fix.

Address: #01-113F, 301 Upper Thomson Rd, Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408
Nearest MRT: Marymount
Opening hours: Daily 11.45am to 2.15pm, 5.45pm to 9.15pm
Telephone: +65 9450 1020
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Sushiro-Singapore-970518079675008/

9. Ippudo


For quality ramen, Ippudo’s the place to go. The ramen is soft but chewy and the broth is flavourful. The portion never fails to disappoint; you get big bowl of ramen topped with thick and juicy char siew. It also has an interesting array of side dishes like Salmon Mentai roll, Beef Tataki, and the famous Ippudo Pork Bun, which resembles the Khong Ba Bao. If you are sick of the standard ramen, you could try the dry ramen, which is equally tasty, except that you will be missing out on the broth.

Address: 333A Orchard Rd, #04-02/03/04, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Nearest MRT: Somerset
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 11am to 11pm, Sun: 11am to 10pm
Telephone: +65 6235 2797
Website: http://www.ippudo.com.sg/

10. Sanpoutei


Sanpoutei supposedly originates from Niigata north of Japan, and serves one of the most authentic Niigata ramen. It’s definitely one of the top choices to go for ramen in Singapore, as it is known for producing consistently good quality and tasty ramen. The broth is thick and intense, as it is simmered for long hours with pork bone, vegetables and chicken stock to give it an extra flavour. The noodles are also springy and chewy. The ambience is great, as yellow lighting gives the interior a warm hue. While the menu is not extensive given limited options, the food is nonetheless outstanding.

Address: 253 Holland Ave, #01-01, Singapore 278982
Nearest MRT: Holland Village
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am to 11pm
Telephone: +65 6463 7277
Website: http://sanpoutei.sg/

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