9 new Japanese restaurants that opened in 2018 which you might have missed

With the year coming to an end, we looked back at 2018 and realised that we have tried quite a few new restaurants in 2018. It seems that Japanese cuisine is still very popular in Singapore, judging from the many new Japanese restaurants in Singapore that opened in 2018. Here are 9 new Japanese restaurants that caught our attention.


Jypsy Martin Road is a new cafe concept by PS Cafe. No.38 Martin Road (near Mohamed Sultan) was formerly occupied by another member of the PS Cafe group – Chopsuey. They have transformed the space into a casual Japanese restaurant. In keeping with their ability to churn out one stylish cafe after another in Singapore, the new restaurant Jypsy PS Cafe is another lovely place that looks like no other in Singapore. The place is less lavish and more relaxed but it is certainly no “gypsy”. Read more.


Jypsy PS Cafe
No.38 Martin Road
Singapore 239072

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Tel: +65 8188 6177

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday : 11.30 am – 4.00 pm ; 5.30pm – 11.00pm (Last food order 10.30 pm)
Closed on Monday

Suage Hokkaido Soup Curry

Suage Soup Curry

Soup Curry is a light and watery curry flavoured soup prepared with spices and vegetables which became popular in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Suage Hokkaido Soup Curry is reputed to be “Hokkaido’s No.1 Soup Curry”. Suage has 3 outlets in Sapporo and opened its first outlet in Singapore in the basement of Capitol Piazza. It is one of the more humble new Japanese restaurants in Singapore but introduced something new to us. Read more.

13 Stamford Road
#B2-53 Capitol Piazza
Singapore 178905

Tel: +65 68846884

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

Nearby MRT station: City Hall

Yoshinoya at Duo Galleria

Yoshinoya Duo

Yoshinoya in Singapore has been associated with tiny restaurants or just booths selling basic rice bowls with meat and vegetables. However, in recent years, Yoshinoya has been rolling out its new concept outlets in Singapore with a new concept menu. The new outlets are more spacious and have a contemporary feel. Yoshinoya at Duo Galleria is one of the new concept outlets and it offers, in addition to the signature rice bowls, cakes, fish bowls, curry rice, ramen and affordable set meals. Read more.

Yoshinoya Duo Galleria
7 Fraser Street
#01-28/29 DUO Galleria
Singapore 189356

Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri 11AM–3PM, 5–9PM
Sat & Sun : Closed

Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba Restaurant

Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba Restaurant is the first Singapore branch of the popular Japanese chain for Maze-Soba or “Japanese Dry Ramen”.  Menya Kokoro has many restaurants in Japan as well as in countries like Canada, Spain and Thailand. The new restaurant in Singapore operates as an outlet in Eat at Seven located on level 3 of Suntec City. Read more.

Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba Suntec City
Maze Soba

Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba Restaurant
3 Temasek Boulevard,
#03-313 Suntec City Mall
Singapore 038983

Opening Hours:
Mon to Thur: 11 am – 3 pm; 5.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Fri to Sun: 11 am – 10 pm

Tel: +65 6235 3386

Nearby MRT Stations: Esplanade, City Hall

Tempura Ten Ten

Tempura Ten Ten
Tempura Ten Ten

Tempura Ten Ten is a new Japanese restaurant that opened in the basement level of Raffles City. It is a small restaurant with a limited menu but it serves three of our favourite types of cooked Japanese food – tempura, unagi and ramen. The basement of Raffles City is a warren of food outlets waiting to be discovered.  Tempura Ten Ten lies in the deepest bowels of this place. Read more.

Tempura Ten Ten
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Tempura Ten Ten
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore 179101

Tel: +65 6336 7457

Opening Hours: 11am-10pm

Nearby MRT Stations: City Hall, Bras Basah, Esplanade

Sushi Shiki Hanamaru

Sushi Shiki Hanamaru

Sushi Shiki Hanamaru Restaurant is the last outlet to open in Hokkaido Marche, Orchard Central. Unlike the other seven outlets which operate like stalls in a food court, Sushi Shiki Hanamaru (花まる) is a proper restaurant with its exclusive dining area. It serves sushi and a good range of other a la carte items. Hanamaru (花まる) is a sushi shop from the port town of Nemuro in Hokkaido, Japan. The seas near Nemuro are rich fishing grounds and Hanamaru has some of their stores located right where the fresh catches are landed. Hanamaru currently has 13 stores in Hokkaido and 3 in Tokyo. Read more.

Weekend brunch with sushi

Sushi Shiki Hanamaru (花まる)
#B2-11/29/44/48 Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
Singapore 238896

Tel: +65 66340211

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri : 11 am – 2 pm; 5 pm -11 pm
Sat & Sun : 11 am – 11 pm

Nearby MRT Station: Somerset

Uya Unagi

There were some changes to the restaurants at Wheelock Place in 2018. Uya Unagi Singapore was one of the new restaurants.  According to their website, “Uya 四代目菊川 aims to offer affordable and authentic Japanese traditional unagi cuisine to the masses in Singapore. … The tare used in Uya 四代目菊川 is made using a sauce base that has been a family secret for over 4 generations and was specially brought over from Japan to Singapore.” The restaurant incorporates traditional Japanese restaurant design with a contemporary touch. Read more.

Uya Unagi Singapore 
501 Orchard Road, Wheelock Place
#02-15/16, Singapore 238880

Tel: +65 6732 1096

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday – 12:00pm – 3:00pm (Last Order 2:30pm)

Sunday to Thursday – 6:00pm – 9:30pm (Last Order 9:00pm)
Friday to Saturday – 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Last Order 9:30pm)

Nearby MRT Station: Orchard

Kanpai Izakaya & Bar

A happy hour that lasts the whole day makes it a happy day.  The happy hour at Kanpai Izakaya lasts till 10.30pm everyday.   Kanpai Izakaya is a new Japanese restaurant at Holland Village that opened in 2018. There are good reasons to visit Kanpai during off-peak hours and one good reason is the package of enticing promotions and discounts. Read more.

kanpai izakaya holland village
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Kanpai Izakaya and Bar
40 Lorong Mambong
Singapore 277695

Tel: +65 6314 2368

Opening Hours: 12-2pm, 5pm-12am

Jinjo Restaurant

Jinjo Restaurant

The new Jinjo Restaurant opened in 2018 at the second level of Shaw Centre. It takes over the space which used to house the whisky and wine retail area of Caveau / Vinum Wines. It is part of the Les Amis Group, as are quite a few restaurants in Shaw Centre, including the flagship Les Amis restaurant. Jinjo is described as “A modern sumiyaki restaurant … where traditional Japanese fare is presented with a contemporary spirit”.  Read more.

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Jinjo Restaurant
Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road
Singapore 228208

Tel: +65 6732 2165

Opening Hours:
Tues-Sun 12 noon – 2 pm; 630 pm to 10 pm
Monday – Closed

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