Japanese Restaurants in Singapore

Japanese Food

This guide to the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore was last updated on 27 June 2014.

If there’s one thing that Singaporeans love other than buffet, it’s definitely Japanese food. Here’s a list of the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore. I hope it will come in handy when you are looking for a place to eat.


Akari Japanese Dining & Bar

#01-02, Marina Bay Link Mall, 8A Marina Boulevard
Daily: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Tel: +65 6634 0100
Nearest Station: Raffles Place

Aoki Restaurant

Aoki Restaurant

Aoki Restaurant at Shaw Centre is definitely not cheap. But I feel that the prices of set lunches are acceptable ($35-50) as it serves top quality Japanese food in a nice environment. Dinner sets are available from $40-80. And if you feel like indulging, omakase during lunch is $100, while dinner is $165.

1 Scotts Road
Shaw Centre #02-17
Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 6333 8015
Mon to Sat: 12noon – 3pm, 6.30pm – 11pm
Sun: 6.30pm – 11pm

Sushi Tsuki

Akashi Restaurant

When craving for Japanese food, one of my to-go places is Akashi Japanese Restaurant. It has reliable and pretty good Japanese food. And most importantly, a meal at Akashi is relatively affordable – if you go for their set meals. Most of the sets – served with salad/rice, soup and fruits – are priced below $20 during lunch (additional $3-4 for dinner).

290 Orchard Road
#B1-01 Paragon
Tel: +65 6735 8887
Daily: 11am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

19 Tanglin Road
#01-01A Tanglin Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 6732 8662
Daily: 12pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Akanoya Robatayaki

Akanoya Robatayaki

Akanoya specialises in robatayaki. For the uninitiated, robatayaki is a technique in Japanese cuisine; customers sit around an open counter where fresh ingredients are displayed, and they can just point to order. The chefs will then grill the ingredients like seafood, meat, and vegetables over charcoal, and serve it to the customers using a long wooden paddle.

1 Tanglin Road
#01-01 Orchard Parade Hotel
Tel: +65 6732 1866

B @ Rochester
8 Rochester Park
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm
Tel: +65 6778 1788
Nearest Station: Buona Vista

Chikuwa Tei

Chikuwa Tei

Even though the Nazi chef has left, Chikuwa Tei is still a place where I will go back again when I am craving for Japanese food. The offerings are generally good, and the prices for the bento set and ala carte menu are very reasonable.

9 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-01
Tel: +65 6738 9395

Sashimi Platter

En Japanese Dining Bar

I will cut to the chase and tell you to go En Japanese Dining Bar at River Valley for their 50% promotion off Sushi and Sashimi from 6pm – 8pm daily.

Do note that the food promotion of 50% discount off Sushi & Sashimi is only available at their Mohamed Sultan branch (River Valley road). For those who cannot make it for the early bird discount from 6pm to 8pm, you can go there for supper as the Mohamaed Sultan branch opens till late night 3am on Friday and Saturday.

207 River Valley Road
#01-57 UE Square Singapore
Tel: +65 6735 2212
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay/Somerset

Sushi Set

Fukuichi Japanese Dining

Nestled in the quiet Triple One Somerset, Fukuichi Japanese Dining serves decent Japanese food at pocket-friendly prices. If I am meeting my friends in Orchard Road, I will definitely go to Fukuichi, it is my newest go-to place when craving for Japanese food.

111 Somerset Road
TripleOne Somerset
Tel: +65 6271 5586
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 12am

HAN Japanese Restaurant

HAN Restaurant

HAN Restaurant at Odeon Towers is a kushikatsu speciality restaurant that serves Japanese skewers kaiseki-style. During lunch, they have a lunch set of seven sticks for $75, while omakase at dinner starts from $120.

I know you cannot really go wrong with deep-fried stuff, but trust me, the offerings at HAN restaurant are not your typical greasy and sinful food. How should I put it? Every stick that we had was fresh, flavourful, and most importantly, not oily to the extent that you will feel sick after eating it. In fact, we still wanted more after we had seven to eight sticks.

A meal at HAN Restaurant is not cheap, but if you like Japanese food (deep-fried stuff in particular) and want something different from the usual kaiseki restaurants, here’s the place to go.

331 North Bridge Road
#01-04 Odeon Towers
Tel: +65 6336 2466
Daily: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm


Hide Yamamoto

At Hide Yamamoto, diners can enjoy four different menus – namely: sushi, robatayaki, ramen and teppanyaki. The Japanese Restaurant is located on the second floor of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino, and it is the brainchild of renowned Chef Hide Yamaamoto.

There’s only one word to describe our meal, and overall experience at Hide Yamamoto: exquisite. While prices are steep, I’d recommend Hide Yamamoto restaurant at Marina Bay Sands if you like teppanyaki.

8 Bayfront Avenue
02-05 Casino Side Level 2, Marina Bay Sands
Tel: +65 6688 7098
Daily: 12.00 – 15.00
Mon to Wed: 18.00 – 23.00
Thu to Sun: 18.00 – 03.00

Mentaiko Udon

Hinoki Japanese Restaurant

It is a good place to bring your clients for a business luncheon if you are working in the area. At night, it is perfect as a place for a quiet dinner. If you don’t want to splurge, go for the bentos – they are slightly more affordable, prices range from $32 to $38.

22 Cross Street
#01-50/53 China Square Central
South Bridge Court
Tel: +65 6536 7746
Nearest Station: Raffles Place

IKOI Japanese Restaurant – Japanese Buffet

401 Havelock Road #01-01
Hotel Miramar Singapore
Tel: +65 6887 3788
// Japanese ala carte buffet
Weekday Japanese ala carte Buffet $33++
Weekend Japanese ala carte Buffet $33++

Ippudo Ramen

Ippudo Mandarin Gallery

There is no doubt that Ippudo at Mandarin Gallery is one of the best ramen restaurants in Singapore.

333A Orchard Road
#04-02/03/04 Mandarin Gallery
Tel: +65 6235 2797

izakaya nijumaru

Izakaya Nijumaru

Izakaya Nijumaru is a great hidden gem with good Japanese food at very affordable prices. If you are meeting your friends in town and trying to decide what to eat in Orchard, you may want to drop by Izakaya Nijumaru at Cuppage Plaza for a drink and some Japanese food.

5 Koek Road #02-10
Cuppage Plaza Singapore
Tel: +65 6235 6693

Japanese BBQ

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant

With so many restaurants lined along the two sides of Lorong Mambong, it’s easy to miss out Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ restaurant if you are new to Holland Village. How many times have I walked past it when I was in the area? Plenty. I can’t believe that it took me until now to try the Japanese restaurant, but boy am I glad that I finally went there for dinner recently.

Gyu Kaku Japanese BBQ restaurant is not cheap. But it serves good quality meat, and I like the fact that you won’t smell like BBQ after a meal. I will definitely come back when I am craving for wagyu beef.

29 Lorong Mambong
Holland Village
Tel: +65 6466 4001

Shiok Maki

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar is a small eatery nestled a corner of Wisma’s Food Republic which serves quality Japanese food at affordable prices. And the one dish that makes me go back again and again is their Shiok Maki. It is an maki made up of avocado, unagi and aburi salmon, drenched with the most amazing cheesy sauce that is seemingly a legit mixture of mayo and mentai, and completed with a generous topping of tobiko. The Shiok Maki is hands down one of the best things I’ve ever had in life. Trust me, I am not exaggerating.

435 Orchard Road #04-21
Wisma Atria Singapore
Tel: +65 9180 3805
Daily: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard


Mikuni Japanese Restaurant

If you are looking for Robatayaki, Mikuni Japanese Restaurant at Fairmont is another place to check out. Rest assured that you are in the good hands of the chefs there. Just sit back and enjoy a wonderful meal.

80 Bras Basah Road
Level 3 Fairmont Singapore
Tel: +65 6431 6156

Nakajima Suisan

Nakajima Suisan Grilled Fish

Nakajima Suisan Grilled Fish at Takashimaya’s Japanese food court is one of the places that I usually go to when I want a quick-fix in town. The prices of the set meals — choose from Salmon Teriyaki ($12.50), Gindara Teriyaki ($14.50), and Shio Saba ($7.50) — are pocket-friendly. If you are meeting your friends in Orchard Road, head here for a simple and satisfying meal.

391A Orchard Road Basement 2
Takashimaya Food Hall Ngee Ann City

Ootoya Japanese Restaurant Singapore

Ootoya Japanese Restaurant

Ootoya at Orchard Central has good Japanese food at decent prices, but I’m not sure if I’ll be coming back. Don’t get me wrong, it has nothing to do with the service, or food, or prices – I’m just too lazy to queue up.

181 Orchard Road #08-12
Orchard Central Singapore
Tel: +65 6884 8901

Ramen Santouka

Ramen Santouka is one of my favourite ramen places in Singapore. Go there during off-peak timings, if not be prepared to queue up for half an hour.

6 Eu Tong Sen Street #02-76
The Central Singapore
Tel: +65 6224 0668


Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant

Located at the ground floor in the same building as Oasis Hotel, Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant has really good aburi sushi.

The Tokubetsu Set (S$28.60) – includes a salad, an assortment of 6-piece aburi sushi, stir-fried fish head with teriyaki sauce, seafood & vegetable tempura, miso soup, and sesame ice cream – is extremely value-for-money. There are also cheaper lunch sets like saba shioyaki, shake teriyaki and katsu don at S$18.60.

#01-05, Oasia Hotel
8 Sinaran Drive
Tel: +65 6659 6683
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Novena

California Roll

Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant

There are many Japanese restaurants in town, but to find one that has good Japanese food at reasonable prices? That’s no mean feat. So imagine my happiness when I chanced upon Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant at Millenia Walk.

The food at Rakuzen is of a good standard, and coupled with the fact that it is wallet-friendly, I would certainly go back when I want Japanese food.

9 Raffles Boulevard
#01-14/19 Millenia Walk
Tel: +65 6333 1171
Nearest Station: City Hall/Promenade

Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru

Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru

Much has been said about Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru, the sushi restaurant at the basement of Liang Court. I am going straight to the point: Whatever you have heard about Ryoshi – it is true. They serve surprisingly good and fresh sushi at very affordable prices.

Don’t visit Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru and expect to get quality sushi that you will get from top Japanese restaurants. But what you can expect is reasonably good sushi at pocket-friendly prices.

177 River Valley Road
Basement 1 Liang Court
Tel: +65 6337 1022
Daily: 11am – 9.30pm

Saboten Tonkatsu

Saboten Tonkatsu Restaurant

Saboten is definitely one of the better tonkatsu restaurants in Singapore, but it is not my favourite. I still prefer other places like Tampopo, Tonkichi, and Tonkatsu by Ma Maison.

Having said that, I can see myself coming back as the food is generally good, and reasonably-priced.

80 Airport Boulevard
#031-004 Departure Check-in Hall Level 3
Changi Airport Terminal 1
Tel: +65 6214 9504

Senki Japanese Buffet Restaurant

The Japanese Buffet at Senki Japanese Restaurant is $30++ for lunch, and $33++ for dinner. Prices are the same for weekday and weekend. For eve/public holidays, it is $39++ for the buffet dinner.

109 Killiney Road
Tel: +65 6734 5565

Shin Kushiya Singapore

Shin Kushiya Japanese Chargoal Grill

Most of the items on Shin Kushiya’s menu are reasonably priced, and the Japanese food is competent. I can definitely see myself coming back if I’m having dinner in Vivocity.

1 Harbourfront Walk
#02-120-122 VivoCity Singapore
Tel: +65 6275 8766

Shunjuu Izakaya Robertson

Shunjuu Izakaya

If you are like me, always craving for Japanese food, you need to make a trip down to Shunjuu Izakaya – a restaurant that is known for its sumiyaki (Japanese charcoal grill).

It is easy to walk past Shunjuu Izakaya, located along in Robertson Quay, an area packed with good restaurants and eateries. But once you have been there, chances are, you will be a regular.

30 Robertson Quay
#01-15 Riverside View, Singapore
Tel: +65 6887 3577
Sun to Thu: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm

Standing Sushi Bar Singapore

Standing Sushi Bar

Standing Sushi Bar has established a good reputation for good quality Japanese cuisine since opening back in 2009. The quirky concept of standing-in-a-sushi-bar has also helped boost their popularity in the local food scene.

8A Marina Boulevard
B2-51 Marina Bay Link Mall
Tel: +65 6634 7068
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 9pm
Sat: 11.30am – 6pm


Sugisawa Japanese Restaurant

Sugisawa Japanese Restaurant at Robertson Quay has very good value for money bento sets. Like other Japanese restaurants, the bento set is inclusive of rice and miso soup. But what makes Sugisawa different from the rest is that the portions are really generous and they even come with sashimi.

30 Robertson Quay
#01-16 Riverside View
Tel: +65 6235 0212

Tampopo Restaurant

One of my favourite Japanese Restaurants in Singapore, Tampopo at Liang Court serves good and reliable food. I will go so far as to say that they have one of the best Tonkatsu in Singapore. It is something that I would go back every week just to have it.

177 River Valley Road
#01-23/24 Liang Court Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 6338 3186


Tatsuya Japanese Restaurant

A stalwart of the local dining scene, Tatsuya is where in-the-know locals go for top quality Japanese food. It comes with a price, of course. Omakase – where the chefs decide the menu for dinners based on the guests’ preferences and the freshest ingredients available – here is S$280++/pax for 8-10 course dinner. We would suggest going for their set lunches. The Sashimi Bento (S$45), Sushi Bento (S$45) and Bara Chirashi (S$35.90) sets offer excellent value.

Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6887 4598
Daily: 12pm – 3pm, 6.30pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Teppei Japanese Restaurant

Teppei Japanese Restaurant at the ground floor of Orchid Hotel has been gaining a steady following because of its extremely affordable omakase (prices start from S$50/pax). It has earned its regulars’ loyalty with the barachirashi (S$17.60), as well as its reasonably-priced tempura lunch sets.

#01-18, Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link
Tel: +65 6222 7363
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

The Sushi Bar

The Sushi Bar

The Sushi Bar at Far East Plaza serves the standard dishes like sushi, sahimi, Japanese-style pastas and donburis, but if you only have room for one dish, you must try the much-lauded Salmon Aburi Sushi (S$14.50). I am happy to report that it lives up to its hype, and it is very addictive satisfying. As it is, The Sushi Bar is already very popular, so try to go there during off peak hours, or be prepared to wait in line.

#04-28 Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Road
Mon to Fri: 12.30pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 9pm
Sat: 12.30pm – 9pm
Nearest Station: Orchard


Tonkichi Japanese Restaurant

Tonkichi is no stranger to Tonkatsu lovers. It is one of the most popular Tonkatsu Restaurants in Singapore. It has a menu that focuses on sinful but oh-so-good deep-fried food. Most people would probably go for the signature Kurobuta Kata Rosu Set ($32.9), Rosu Katsu Set ($22.9) or Hire Katsu Set ($20.9). For seafood lovers, they have options like the Mixed Seafood Katsu Set ($25.9), and Oyster with Rosu Katsu Set ($26.9).

181 Orchard Road
#07-06 Orchard Central
Tel: +65 6238 7976

Watami Sushi

Watami Japanese Restaurant

Watami Singapore Japanese Restaurant is the place to go if you want a casual and affordable Japanese dinner in town.

2 Orchard Turn
#B3-23 ION Orchard
Tel: +65 6509 9366


Yayoiken Japanese Restaurant

After having lunch at Yayoiken Japanese Restaurant, I’ll go so far as to say that my hunt for a place that serves inexpensive and good Japanese food has ended with this casual restaurant located at the basement of Liang Court.

Meidi-ya Supermarket
177 River Valley Road
#B1-50 Liang Court Shopping Centre


my humble contribution which you may want to explore – sakuraya for sashimi, kushingin for yakitori esp during lunch there is special set lunch value for money but quality not compromised. tks for the list. do add on to it… en dining – depend if you want the beef side free flow or not, if so its about S$50 per pax. just craving for hotpot only… wondering where there is good ones.. any recommendation? tks

Ikoi at Hotel Miramar is probably the worst Japanese restaurant in Singapore or probably in the whole region. Food is prepared by and served for Chinese tourists who have no clue. Disgusting!! Really

Goes to show just how many Japanese restaurants there are in Singapore – I love Japanese and have only been to one or two you have listed here ! Looking forward to eating my way through your list – thanks !

Hi Brad,

I love Japanese food! I can’t believe that Kazu sumiyaki at Cuppage didn’t make it to this list. It’s really good and be sure to make a reservation or you’ll never get to sink your teeth into those yummy perfectly bbq-ed foie gras.


Thanks for your list! Always wanted to try Chikuwa Tei!