Imagine having a serving of fresh nigiri sushi in front of you. Now, multiply that by 6, put them in a bowl and you would have a chirashi don. The sight of freshly sliced sashimi laid atop mirin-doused sticky rice will not only be a visual feast, but the explosion of flavours will impress your palate every single time.
Chirashi don is often pricey, what with the premium tuna, sea urchin and all. But if you can make do with a simple serving of basic chirashi don sans the lavish items, you actually have many choices if the chirashi don craving kicks in—and your wallet need not take a beating.
Here is our guide to 9 cheap Chirashi Don in Singapore for S$18 and under that you wished you knew about earlier.
Fish Mart SAKURAYA is a Japanese supermarket-cum-eatery that has branches at Anchorpoint Shopping Centre, West Coast Plaza and Parkway Parade. The SAKURAYA dining area is further inside and that is where you can enjoy air-flown fish from Japan and a wide array of affordable Japanese mains.
Those who are on a budget can try the Bara Chirashi Don which is going at only S$15.
Fish Mart SAKURAYA
370 Alexandra Road
Tel: +65 6474 2495
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Queenstown
#2 IKKI IZAKAYA
Ikki Izakaya is a unique establishment with a fusion concept that harmonises Yakitori, buttermilk waffles, and infused Chu-hi. Depending on your preference, you can opt for their Bara Chirashi Don for S$14 or their Salmon Sashimi and Fish Roe Don for S$16.
9 North Buona Vista Drive, #01-06/07,
Tel: +65 8138 8578
Mon to Thu: 11am – 12am
Fri: 11am – 2am
Sat: 6pm – 2am
Nearest Station: Buona Vista
The Izumi Japanese Fish Market is one hidden gem in Singapore. All dishes on its menu are prepared a la minute by chefs behind the sashimi counter nearby.
The main highlight of this humble eatery is the large portions served and extremely competitive pricing of their Bara Chirashi Don. A Bara Chirashi Don would only set you back by S$11.80 and it comes with generous, overflowing portions that will leave you filled with so much sashimi goodness.
Izumi Japanese Fish Market
59 New Upper Changi Road,
Tel: +65 6245 5568
Tue to Sat: 8am – 8pm
Sun: 8am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Bedok
Be careful not to walk away too quickly for you might miss this amazing restaurant located at the quaint corner of Clarke Quay’s Central. JJ.Com Fish mart is always packed with customers during lunch and dinner hours.
Their Assorted Fish Chirashi Don is priced at S$16.80 and is subjected to a little flair from the chef himself—the fourth premium ingredient would be selected based on the freshest available fish of the day.
JJ.Com Fish Mart
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #01-68 Clarke Quay Central,
Tel: +65 6221 0339
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay
#5 KOJI SUSHI BAR
Koji Sushi Bar is a trendy casual joint that serves up sashimi-focused dishes in their simple, straight-forward menu. They are known for their efficient service and the freshness of their produce that does not come at an exorbitant price.
The Salmon and Roe Rice Bowl comes in at a reasonable S$18 that is prepared with Japan-produced rice and charcoal-filtered water.
Koji Sushi Bar
3 Pickering Street, #01-42, Nankin Row,
Tel: +65 6225 6125
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer
Defeating the notion that Japanese rice bowls come at a premium price, Sushiro exists as one of the few restaurants in Singapore that offers a value-for-money price tag of S$12.80 for a bowl that is filled to the brim with fresh sashimi and roe.
If you prefer something with more flavour, their Bara Chirashi Don (S$12.80) features sashimi marinated with soy sauce and mirin that will delight your taste buds.
#01-113F, 301 Upper Thomson Rd,
Tel: +65 9450 1020
Tue to Sun: 11.45am – 2.15pm, 5.45pm – 9.15pm
Nearest Station: Marymount
Want to have the most palatable Japanese cuisine 30,000 feet up in the air? SushiAirways would be able to give you the next best thing, allowing you to feel like you are experiencing just that in their aircraft themed restaurant. Located in the quaint Arab Street, you would be open to a wide choice of dishes that cost way less than an air ticket.
They offer a range of “economical” to “first-class” worthy options, from Airways Bara Chirashi Don at S$17 to their premium Airways Uni Chirashi Don for S$48 to satisfy people of all stratas and tastes.
20a Baghdad Street,
Tel: +65 6291 1151
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Bugis
#8 TANUKI RAW
The kinfolk of Japanese cuisines, Tanuki Raw invites patrons to experience the raw pleasures of food and drink in a wholly different way. Their menu features dishes with both Eastern and Western influences.
Their bold claim of having “Singapore’s best lunch bowls” starts from an affordable S$12 onwards. Both Bara Chirashi and Chirashi Dons are available at S$20 each.
181 Orchard Road, #04-01, Orchard Central,
Tel: +65 6636 5949
Daily: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Somerset
#9 TEPPEI SYOKUDO
Teppei Syokudo is one of the first restaurants in Singapore where patrons have the opportunity to customise their own don. Prices start from S$8.80 for a small don and S$19.80 for a large don.
Or if it is just too much of a hassle and you are looking for a quick grab-and-go, the Regular Kaisen Dons are priced at a reasonable figure of S$16.
391 Orchard Road B2 Takashimaya Food Hall Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238873
Tel: +65 6509 9882
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
Toriki is a new yakitori restaurant at JCUBE that offers affordable yakitori and craft beers. Apart from yakitori, it also has a Bara Chirashi Don (S$17.90) on the menu which features 4 different types of fish—salmon, tuna, swordfish and ikura. We liked that the ingredients were fresh and flavourful. And while it may not be the best Chirashi Don in Singapore, it is a pretty decent rendition.
Jurong East Central 1
Tel: +65 8183 8121
Daily: 12pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Jurong East