(Updated March 2017) Here is The Ordinary Patrons’ (TOP) list of the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore that we have tried. With the wide range of Japanese restaurants available in Singapore, it is not easy to shortlist those that we think deserve special mention. In the end, we settled on a list which is as diverse as possible, that represents various styles of Japanese cuisine and for different budgets.
Ippoh Tempura Bar
Ippoh Tempura Bar By Ginza Ippoh is one of the restaurants at the new Como Dempsey lifestyle cluster on Dempsey Hill Singapore. Ippoh is said to be Osaka’s oldest premium tempura restaurant. Opened in December 2016, it is a tiny place with a 12 seater counter and a table for four. Read about our lunch at Ippoh Tempura here.
Ippoh Tempura Bar by Ginza Ippoh
Block 17B Dempsey Road,
Lunch, Tues – Sun 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Dinner, Sun, Tues – Thurs 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Fri, Sat, Eve of Public Holidays and Public Holidays 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Shinji By Kanesaka
Two-starred Michelin Chef Kanesaka set up Sushi Kanesaka in Tokyo’s prime Ginza district in 2000 and has enjoyed great success ever since. His first overseas foray was to Singapore in the form of the Raffles Hotel outlet. This was followed by Shinji By Kanesaka in St Regis Hotel. Both restaurants were each awarded one Michelin Star in the inaugural Singapore Michelin Guide 2016. Read Shinji By Kanesaka @ St Regis Hotel Singapore. and Omakase dinner at Shinji by Kanesaka Raffles Hotel すし道 真次.
Shinji by Kanesaka
The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
Tel (St. Regis): +65 6884 8239
Lunch: 12pm to 3pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10.30pm
Closed on Sundays
Shiraishi is a small Japanese restaurant located in the Singapore Ritz Carlton Hotel. It only has about 15 sushi-counter seats, a tatami room and another private room with regular dining furniture. It serves top flight sushi and as you would expect, the ala carte menu is rather pricey. Fortunately for ordinary patrons without expense accounts, Shiraishi’s lunch options are very reasonably priced. Read Lunch at Shiraishi Japanese Restaurant, Ritz Carlton.
Shiraishi Japanese Restaurant
Ritz Carlton Hotel
7 Raffles Avenue
Tel : +65 6337-8888
Nearby Stations : Esplanade, Promenade
Aoki is a small, traditional Japanese restaurant in Shaw Centre. It has sushi counter seating and some quaint booth seats that seat up to four but are perfect for couples. Their sushi lunches are good value for money. Read Japanese Set Lunch at Aoki Restaurant, Singapore.
Aoki Japanese Restaurant
1 Scotts Road
#01-17 Shaw Centre
(Opposite HSBC Bank, Tanglin Branch)
Tel : +65+ 6333 8015
Mondays to Saturdays : Lunch 12noon to 3pm; Dinner 6.30pm to 11pm
Tsukiji Sushi Takewaka
Tsukiji Sushi Takewaka is a branch of a restaurant operating at the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. It is a spacious restaurant at Wisma Atria Japan Food Town which opened in 2016. Although sushi is their specialty, they also serve other types of Japanese food. There is a wide range of sushi available to cater for most budgets. Read Tsukiji Sushi Takewaka – affordable sushi in Singapore and more.
Tsukiji Takewaka Sushi
Japan Food Town, Isetan Wisma Atria Level 4
435 Orchard Road
Keyaki Japanese Restaurant is located on level 4 of the Pan Pacific Hotel. Keyaki serves a wide range of Japanese cuisine. They are perhaps most well-known for their teppanyaki, which we think is the best in Singapore. Read Keyaki Teppanyaki – a delicious and entertaining dinner in Pan Pacific Hotel.
Keyaki Japanese Restaurant
Pan Pacific Hotel, Level 4
7 Raffles Boulevard,
Tel: +65 6826 8240
Lunch – 11:30am to 2:30pm
Dinner – 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Magosaburo Wagyu Dining
Magosaburou 燒肉孫三郎 (シンガポール) is a beautifully decorated modern Japanese restaurant hidden away in Ion Orchard. Magosaburou is a yakiniku restaurant and its specialty is quality grilled Wagyu beef served with special dipping sauce. Read Magosaburo Wagyu Dining at Ion Orchard – Good Value Set Lunch
Magosaburou 燒肉孫三郎 (シンガポール)
2 Orchard Turn
#04-11A & 05-01 ION Orchard,
Tel : +65 6634 1411
Opening Hours :
Monday-Friday : 11:30AM-03:00PM | 15:30PM-11:00PM
Weekend & Public : 11:30AM-11:00PM
Nearby Stations: Orchard
The Tenshin restaurant 天信 is located at the Regent Hotel along Cuscaden Road and is a specialist tempura restaurant. We head for Tenshin whenever we think of tempura in Singapore. Read Tenshin 天信 Tempura restaurant at Regent Hotel.
#03-01 The Regent Singapore
1 Cuscaden Road
Singapore 249 715
Tel: +65 6735 4588
Ryu’s Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar
For good quality Japanese cusine prepared with pride by Japanese chefs, Ryu’s Japanese Restaurant at Capitol Piazza is the place we will head to. Ryu’s has sommeliers who will advise on parings with exquisite sake at the right temperature to enhance the enjoyment of a meal. They also have beautifully presented set meals as well as very reasonably priced lunch sets. Read our review here.
Ryu’s Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar
Capitol Piazza, L1-87 Galleria
15 Stamford Road, #01-87
Tel: +65 6384 9087
Opening Hours: 12:00 noon to 12 midnight
Nearby MRT Stations : City Hall, Bras Basah
For tempura that does not break the bank, we suggest tempura rice bowls (tendon) at Tempura Kohaku which opened in July 2016 in Suntec City. It is one of the restaurants in the Eat-At-Seven Japanese food cluster. Read our review here.
Eat At 7
3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-311 Suntec City Mall
Tel: +65 6333 4386
Opening hours : 11am – 10.30pm (Last Order 10pm)
Nearby MRT Stations: Esplanade, Promenade, City Hall
Tomi Sushi originates from the Niigata Prefecture of Japan and is part of a cluster of Japanese restaurants that form the Millenia Walk Nihon Food Street (opened in 2015), which more or less replaced the old food court that existed there some time ago. Good sushi at more down to earth prices. Read Tomi Sushi @ Millenia Walk, almost like being in Japan.
#02-12/13 Millenia Walk
9 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 6238-1123
11:30 am-3:00 pm; 5:30 pm 10:00 pm
Nearby Stations: Promenade, Esplanade
Ginza Kuroson (銀座黒尊), is a relatively new (opened in 2015) Japanese restaurant in Orchard Road. This izakaya style restaurant is located in Ngee Ann City, the building that houses the Takashimaya department store. We like the grilled fish selections that go well with the sake. Read Ginza Kuroson 銀座黒尊, a new Japanese restaurant in Ngee Ann City.
Ngee Ann City, #03-10, 391 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6235-3785
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2pm, 6 to 10pm daily
Ippin Cafe Bar
極品 Ippin Cafe Bar at Mohamed Sultan Road is a Japanese cafe and store which serves good Japanese comfort food, tea, beer and more; and they sell the ingredients used for the preparation of their food. Going to this quaint little store may be the next best thing to being in Japan yourself. Read Ippin Cafe Bar – Sake, Sencha, Simple Good Food & more.
極品 Ippin Cafe Bar
18 #01-01 Mohamed Sultan Road
Tel : +65 6733 4794
Opening Hours : 11am to 11pm
Closed on Sundays
Sumiya Suntec City
Sumiya Suntec City is the second outlet of this izakaya styled Japanese restaurant. Their first one is at Orchard Central. The highlight of Sumiya Suntec City is the Irori Genshiyaki, an old style of grilling over charcoal flame. Fish on skewers are vertically grilled over an irori (charcoal bed) so that the surface of the fish stays crisp while retaining the succulence of the meat inside. Read Sumiya Suntec City – Japanese restaurant for Seafood, Sake & Grill.
Sumiya Suntec City
#03-332 / 333, 3 Temasek Boulevard
Tel: +65 6235-1816
Lunch 11:30am to 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Nearby Stations: Esplanade, City Hall, Promenade
Japanese ramen restaurants have sprouted all over Singapore. Many of them are very good. Our favourite one is Sanpoutei Ramen in Shaw House, next to the Isetan Scotts Road store. This restaurant hails from Niigata, Japan where they have apparently been in business since 1967. This is their second branch in Singapore. The first branch opened in Holland Village. Read Sanpoutei Ramen at Shaw House.
#B1-04 Shaw House
350 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6836 4644
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11.00 om
Nearby Stations : Orchard
Hanamidori Singapore is a beautifully decorated Japanese restaurant in Plaza Singapura specialising in serving “Mizutaki” – a type of chicken hot-pot that originated from Kyushu. Read Hanamidori Singapore – chicken hotpot Japanese Restaurant.
#04-01 Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
Tel : +65 6333 9287
Nearby Stations : Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah
Japanese Bakery and Cafe, Asanoya took over the former showroom for Nissan cars at Queen Street. It has converted the automotive premises into a modern and spacious bakery cafe. Apart from their lovely breads and cakes, we discovered that they serve some interesting set lunches as well. Read Asanoya – Japanese bakery and cafe at Queen Street.
15 Queen Street, #01-03
Tel: (65) 6703 8703
Mon-Thu: 10am – 8pm
Fri: 10am – 10pm
Sat: 8am – 10pm
Sun: 8am – 8pm
Yonehachi is one of our favourite places in the Orchard Road area where we can grab a simple meal. Located in the basement food hall of Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City, it specializes in Okowa（おこわ), a Japanese glutinous rice dish. Read Yonehachi – healthy delicious food at reasonable price in Orchard Road.
Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road, #B204-1/2
Tel: +65 6333 8227
Opening Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Nearby Stations : Somerset, Orchard
Rollie Olie is a bright modern restaurant in Star Vista (Buona Vista) that specialises in sushi rolls. They only sell sushi rolls and some complementary side dishes, but their creativity with this simple dish is impressive. Read Rollie Olie – a refreshingly new restaurant at Star Vista, Singapore.
#02-05 The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green
This brings us to the end of our 2016 list of Best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore that we have tried. Cheers!