As far as comfort food goes, grilled meat skewers a.k.a Yakitori is definitely on our list. Masterfully cooked and grilled to tender, smoky perfection using special Japanese charcoal, yakitori will always have a special place in our hearts.
From cosy Japanese izakaya bars to unassuming joints located in the centre of a park, we suss out the best spots to get your fix of authentic Japanese skewers. Here is our list of the best yakitori joints in Singapore.
Birders is a contemporary yakitori and sake bar opened by ex-actor Adam Chen. It serves yakitori and a finely curated list of imported sake from Japan. Diners get to choose from a range of yakitori and your food is grilled over charcoal upon order.
In contrast to other yakitori bars that are rather dark, you would be greeted by a warmly-lit restaurant interior that is just so inviting. Sit by the bar with your partner so you can watch the chefs in action.
50 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089154
Tel: +65 8748 4585
Mon to Thu: 1pm – 3pm, 6pm – 12am
Fri & Sat: 1pm – 3pm, 6pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Outram Park
Opened by the owners of Sum Yi Tai, Chikin is an unassuming bar which specialises in clever cocktail infusions, comforting Japanese eats as well as Szechuan mala yakitori—the first of its kind.
Combining traditional Japanese methods with mouth-watering Szechuan flavours, Chikin offers a repertoire of lip-smacking skewers that go excellently well with a beer, cocktail or both.
6 Bukit Pasoh Road,
Tel: +65 6910 2742
(Closed on Sundays)
Mon to Fri: 5pm – 12am
Sat: 6pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Outram Park
FIVE IZAKAYA BAR
A hot spot for thrifty tipplers, this popular watering hole—known for their wallet-friendly S$5 tipples—houses some really rock-solid Japanese-inspired bar grub. Besides the conventional truffle fries and chicken wings, we highly recommend giving their yakitori or kushiyaki skewers a go.
5 Changi Business Park Central 1
#01-66/67 Changi City Point
Tel: +65 6604 8255
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 12am
Sun: 3pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Expo
While this unassuming joint is highly patronised for their affordable happy-hour oysters, the real draw is their yakitori. From the typical chicken skewers to more indulgent skewer offerings, there is bound to be something for you and your mates to enjoy.
1 Vista Exchange Green, #02-20
The Star Vista
Tel: +65 6694 0660
Mon to Thu: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Sun: 11am – 3.30pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Buona Vista
Kimoto Gastro Bar is a quaint little Japanese kushiyaki bar at The Sail @ Marina Bay that offers pretty traditional Japanese bites at a fairly affordable price point.
They serve up an exciting array of caramelised, gorgeously charred kushiyaki (grilled skewers) pleasures along with a decent selection of small plates, salads, donburi and tempura.
6 Marina Boulevard
#01-15 The Sail @ Marina Bay
(Closed on Saturdays & Sundays)
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Downtown
Besides a stellar array of sashimi, sushi, tempura and other heavier options, what we absolutely dig at Shin Minori is their yakitori skewers.
Aside from the conventional chicken meat and offal skewers, the restaurant offers a diverse range that features the likes of grilled quail eggs, grilled bacon-wrapped asparagus and grilled mackerel.
#02-08, 88 East Coast Road
Tel: +65 6483 3273
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Eunos
Tokyo-based restaurant, Shirokane Tori-Tama is where you will likely find a larger clientele of Japanese expats eating, drinking and being merry. This homey joint specialises mainly in chicken skewers and they make it a point to use every part of the bird from the heart to the gizzard to even its spleen—yikes!
The restaurant is equipped with a grill imported from Japan and they use bincho white charcoal from the Tosa prefecture to cook all their meats.
11 Unity Street,
Tel: +65 6836 5680
(Closed on Sundays)
Mon to Sat: 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay / Fort Canning
Tori-Sho is yet another concept within Tsukiji Fish Market specialising in an extensive range of chicken-centric dishes. Look forward to new offerings by Tori-Sho Chicken such as the Chiritori Nabe, or opt for their classic smoky, charcoal-grilled Yakitori.
The Tori-Sho Chicken menu also includes an extensive variety of yakitori, such as the usual chicken thigh, wing and fillet section, as well as the more acquired innards and soft bone.
With prices starting from just S$2.20 per skewer, we’d understand why it is so difficult to say no to these delightful sticks of goodness.
181 Orchard Road, #12-02
Tel: +65 6634 2803
Daily : 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun High Tea: 3pm – 5pm
Nearest Station: Somerset
ToriYard is a yakitori joint opened by actress-turned-business owner Jazreel Low. The menu is curated and designed by Tokyo native, Chef Hasegawa Isao, who has had close to 40 years of culinary experience in Japan, France and Malaysia.
For lunch, there are a total of 10 chicken-focused yakitori options to choose from with more varieties available during dinner. Our personal favourites include the Chicken Wing, Chicken Tail as well as the Chicken Skin.
1380 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Tel: +65 9296 5988
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Mon, Wed to Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sat: 11am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sun: 11am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Ang Mo Kio / Bishan
Located along Circular Road, Yatagarasu is a quaint little eatery devoted to serving up authentic Japanese chargrilled meat skewers. Besides the usual skewers, you can expect a pretty impressive selection of 10 innovative pork belly-wrapped creations here as well ranging from enoki mushroom to curry rice.
72 Circular Road, #01-01
Tel: +65 6221 7785
Mon to Fri: 10.30am – 2pm, 6pm – 12am
Sat & Sun: 6pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Raffles Place