Matsukiya at Paragon is a Japanese charcoal grill concept by Sushi Tei which offers traditional Kushiyaki that is grilled over binchotan. Other than Kushiyaki, the slightly upmarket Japanese restaurant also has Donburi and set lunches that start from S$25++.
The highlight of our meal was, however, not the Kushiyaki. While Matsukiya’s grilled skewers were decent, the Miyazaki A4 Ribeye Wagyu Donburi completely stole the show.
Beef Donburi, or Japanese Beef Bowls, is quite simply one of the best things you can eat. It is a bowl of happiness, one that is good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper… anything.
In Japan, beef bowls are enjoyed at every hour of the day. There are beef bowls for all budgets, but the common chains are usually the budget ones and popular among solo diners. In Singapore, we are blessed to have numerous places that serve good beef bowls. But let’s focus on the premium Wagyu Beef Bowls that are elevated to the next level by using the finest Wagyu, sea urchin, caviar and shaved truffles.
We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite Wagyu Donburi in Singapore, and you really should try them if you’ve got that extra moolah to splurge on yourself.
A clever play on the word ‘chateaubriand’—which is a prime tender cut of wagyu—Shatoburian is the most talked-about Japanese yakiniku restaurant in town now. Famed for their extensive menu of prized Hida wagyu cuts, this contemporary Japanese BBQ restaurant is a heaven for wagyu aficionados.
The restaurant sits within Palais Renaissance and is already a regular hangout spot among celebrities, socialites, wagyu connoisseurs and pretty much anyone who wants a good yakiniku meal.
Wagyu beef bowls are, for the most part, hella expensive. Even when cravings for mind-blowing, melt-in-your-mouth wagyu kick in, most of us do not have the capacity to spend a hundred dollars on a wagyu beef don as we wish.
While there’s no doubt that luxurious premium wagyu beef bowls often come attached with a hefty price tag, that there are also plenty of wallet-friendly alternatives all over Singapore. If you want to indulge yet have a slight budget constraint, fret not for there are still options available.
Here are 12 wagyu beef bowls in Singapore to try, with prices ranging from just S$6.50 nett to S$98++.
A brand new addition to PasarBella’s last standing outlet in Suntec City is Japanese donburi specialist, Wan Niu Wan. They mainly focus on meat-based dishes using top-quality stuff such as Iberico pork jowl, Karubi short ribs and of course, the luxe Wagyu.
An easy, quick and surprisingly wallet-friendly option in the heart of town, donburi is a great option to consider but what sets these folks apart is their clear attention to detail and the way that they treat their meat pre and post cooking, resulting in a rice bowl that’s well balanced.
Few things in life are as mind-blowing as Wagyu beef. Better yet, thick juicy slices of perfectly seared, smoky and tender Wagyu on a bed of sauced up Japanese rice, a healthy amount of pickles and an onsen egg for good measure—yes, we’re talking about Wagyu donburi.
Beef bowls are a mainstay at many Japanese restaurants, but what goes into a bowl and how every component is treated varies across the board. We particularly enjoyed the version at Waa Cow! due to its simplicity and its emphasis on flame-torching their Wagyu prior to plating.
If you’re ever planning on indulging on something as rich and luxurious as a Wagyu bowl, we urge you not to waste your calories (and money), head on down to Waa Cow! for one heck of a memorable meal.