Best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore that we have tried

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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.

Nami, Shangri-La Hotel
Nami, Shangri-La Hotel


New Japanese restaurant, Nami Shangri La Hotel Singapore sits on top of the hotel on Orange Grove Road. They take up the space on the 24th floor which previously housed the BLU Bar. Nami now provides the formal Japanese dining venue at the Shangri-La after Nadaman had apparently ended their term with the hotel. Pricey, but expect top quality Japanese cuisine. Set lunches provide an affordable option. Read about our lunch here.

Level 24, Shangri-La Hotel,
22 Orange Grove Road
Singapore 258350


It took us a while to discover Japanese Restauant Suju in Mandarin Gallery.  They won us over with their well-cooked and reasonably priced teishoku set meals. Read our review here.

Japanese Restaurant Suju

Mandarin Gallery 333A Orchard Rd #04-05
Singapore 238897

Tel: +65 67377764

Ami Ami

Ami Ami Great World City is a new  (opened around May 2017) Japanese restaurant in the equally new Shokutsu Ten Japanese Food Street in this shopping mall in River Valley.  The reasonably priced tempura makes this a place worth checking out.  Read about our visit here.

Ami Ami
Shokutsu Ten Japanese Food Street
#B1-03/04, Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade
Singapore 237994

Tel: +65 6835 9071

Shinji By Kanesaka

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Shinji by Kanesaka St Regis Singapore

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 at Carlton Hotel

2017 Note:  The Shinji outlet at Raffles Hotel have closed and a new restaurant Shinji by Kanesaka at Carlton Hotel opened in its place. The St Regis branch is unchanged.

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Shinji by Kanesaka
The St. Regis Singapore
Lobby Floor
29 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247911

Tel (St. Regis): +65 6884 8239

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 12pm to 3pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10.30pm
Closed on Sundays


Shiraishi Japanese Restaurant Great Value

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 at Ritz Carlton1

Shiraishi Japanese Restaurant
Ritz Carlton Hotel
7 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039799

Tel : +65 6337-8888

Opening Hours:
Lunch 12:00pm-2:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm

Nearby Stations : Esplanade, Promenade


Aoki Restaurant Japanese set lunch - 19

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
Singapore 228208
(Opposite HSBC Bank, Tanglin Branch)

Tel : +65+ 6333 8015

Opening Hours
Mondays to Saturdays : Lunch 12noon to 3pm; Dinner 6.30pm to 11pm


Keyaki Japanese Restaurant Pan Pacific Hotel - 35

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,
Marina Square
Singapore 039595

Chope Restaurant Reservation

Tel: +65 6826 8240

Opening Hours:
Lunch – 11:30am to 2:30pm
Dinner – 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Magosaburo Wagyu Dining

Magosaburo Japanese Restautant ION Orchard

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

Magosaburo Sukiyaki Set Lunch

Magosaburou 燒肉孫三郎 (シンガポール)
2 Orchard Turn
#04-11A & 05-01 ION Orchard,
Singapore 238801

Chope Restaurant Reservation

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


Tenshin 天信

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.

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Tenshin 天信
#03-01 The Regent Singapore
1 Cuscaden Road
Singapore 249 715

Tel: +65 6735 4588

Tempura Kohaku


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.

Kohaku Tempura, Eat at 7, Suntec City

Kohaku Tempura
Eat At 7
3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-311 Suntec City Mall
Singapore 038983

Tel: +65 6333 4386

Opening hours : 11am – 10.30pm (Last Order 10pm)

Nearby MRT Stations: Esplanade, Promenade, City Hall

Tomi Sushi

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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.

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Tomi Sushi
#02-12/13 Millenia Walk
9 Raffles Boulevard
Singapore 039596

Tel: +65 6238-1123

Opening Hours:
11:30 am-3:00 pm; 5:30 pm 10:00 pm

Nearby Stations: Promenade, Esplanade

Ginza Kuroson

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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.

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Ginza Kuroson
Ngee Ann City, #03-10, 391 Orchard Road

Tel: +65 6235-3785

Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2pm, 6 to 10pm daily

Sumiya Suntec City

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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.

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Sumiya Suntec City
#03-332 / 333, 3 Temasek Boulevard
North Wing
Singapore 038983

Tel: +65 6235-1816
Opening Hours
Lunch 11:30am to 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm to 10:00pm

Nearby Stations: Esplanade, City Hall, Promenade

Sanpoutei Ramen

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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.

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Sanpoutei Ramen
#B1-04 Shaw House
350 Orchard Road
Singapore 238868

Tel: +65 6836 4644

Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11.00 om

Nearby Stations : Orchard


Asanoya Bakery


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
Singapore 188537

Tel: (65) 6703 8703

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 10am – 8pm
Fri: 10am – 10pm
Sat: 8am – 10pm
Sun: 8am – 8pm


Yonehachi at Takashimaya

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.

Yonehachi Chicken Teriyaki Set

Yonehachi おこわ米八
Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road, #B204-1/2
Singapore 238873

Tel: +65 6333 8227

Opening Hours: 10 am – 9 pm

Nearby Stations : Somerset, Orchard

Rollie Ollie

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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.

Rollie Olie

Rollie Olie

#02-05 The Star Vista

1 Vista Exchange Green

Singapore 138617

Tel:+65  66943111

Ginza Lion-11

This brings us to the end of our list of Best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore that we have tried. Cheers!

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  1. I am a frequent visitor to Singapore
    U am looking fr a great tappenyaki restaurant that was located either at suntec or milliner walk

    Would appreciate if I cud find out the name as I can’t recall it


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