I really love travelling to Japan, and a big part of why I love Japan so much has got to be the food there! I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it seems like even the random stalls along the streets in Japan serve up amazing food. Now that we are encouraged to stay home, I find myself craving for Japanese food the most. So I’ve sussed out 14 places where you and I can get delicious Japanese food!
Big Bowls Project
Nestled within Amoy Street Food Centre is Big Bowls Project which sells tasty salmon bowls and is 100% Muslim-owned. Their salmon bowls come in a few flavours; Mentaiko, Black Pepper, Szechuan Black Bean, Homemade Recipe and Tomyum. Each bowl features a slab of salmon in your preferred marinade served atop Jasmine Brown Rice or Baby Spinach Salad, an Onsen Egg and choice of 2 sides. The Mentaiko Salmon was well executed with an impressive Mentaiko sauce. The fish was tender and there was a nice smoky char to it. The Szechuan Black Bean Salmon was reminiscent of the sauce smeared on traditional Chinese-style steamed fish. Check out their FB page for more updates on their menu offerings.
Big Bowls Project
Address: 7 Maxwell Road #02-90, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Mobile: 8183 0250
Opening Hours: 11am to 2.30pm daily. (Closed on Weekends)
Boruto Singapore presents a constellation of Japanese tapas dishes with an innovative twist. Whether you’re ordering dinner for yourself or you’re ordering for a family of 5, they have all the options you need. Boruto Singapore offers a few sharing plates including their Sake Spring Chicken, Premium Duroc Pork and Boruto Fried Chicken. They have bento sets which come with your choice of protein, 3 sides of Garlic Chamame, Ramen Egg and either Braised Kurobuta Pork Belly or Surume Ika. If you’re contemplating which sides to have, try their Charcoal Chicken Karaage. It features tender juicy and well marinated pieces of chicken marinated in charcoal batter and deep fried to perfection. If you need some carbs, they also have a wide selection of pastas, pizzas and donburis too! You can check out their menu offerings here or head over to their FB page for more updates.
Address: 80 South Bridge Road #01-01, Golden Castle Building, Singapore 058710
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 4.30pm to 12am daily. (Closed on Sundays)
Haven’t had enough of Donburis? Here we have another stall selling delightful and affordable Japanese Rice Bowls. They have a simple menu with about 9 different items. These bowls are well-proportioned and will satiate any cravings you have. The Chicken Karaage with Tonkatsu Mayo Sauce features a tender juicy chicken that was well marinated. The combination of this perfectly fried chicken and the house-made tonkatsu mayo was just perfect! This bowl was full of flavours and textures with the sesame seeds which added a light crunch to each bite. Each bowl also comes with an onsen egg and a piece of fried popiah skin which is seasoned with smoked paprika and seaweed. They also have a range of sides such as Chicken Karaage and Chicken Gyozas. Check out their menu here.
Address: 1 Fusionopolis Place #01-25. Galaxis Building, Singapore 138522
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays 8am to 8pm. Saturdays 8am to 2.30pm. (Closed on Sundays)
This stall sells some good and affordable Ramen for less than $10 a bowl! Buta Kin has five different types of ramen/udon combinations and four Japanese curry dishes on the menu. Most of their items are priced below $6, and their most expensive dish on the menu is the Special Tonkotsu Ramen priced at $6.90 a bowl. This signature dish comes with 3 slices of pork belly, black fungus, soft boiled egg and seaweed. During this period, they are taking pre-orders via WhatsApp and offering a free upsize for all ramen purchase! Check out their FB page for more details.
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Hougang Oyster Omelette & Fried Kway Teow – Oyster Omelette With Huge Oysters For Just $5!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah #04-28, Beauty World Food Centre, Singapore 588177
Mobile: 8661 6028
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 8.30pm daily.
Chirashi King Kong
Do you love all things truffle? If you do, you gotta check out the truffle-infused Japanese rice bowls at Chirashi King Kong. They are a hipster joint that serves up aromatic truffle rice topped with your choice of fish. The Salmon Mentaiko Rice Bowl features slices of salmon covered with a generous amount of mentaiko sauce, and a bed of truffle-infused rice. The fragrance of the truffle oil was strong enough, but not too overwhelming. The combination of flavours in this dish was very well balanced. If you’re not too big a fan of rice, you can check out their Salmon Mentaiko Spaghetti which was also very delicious! They are now available for delivery on GrabFood!
Chirashi King Kong
Address: Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #02-06, Singapore 082001
Mobile: 8551 1544
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11amm to 7pm daily. (Closed on Sundays)
Don Play Play
Don Play Play delivers Japanese rice bowls that are prepared in a Halal-certified kitchen to every corner of Singapore (even to Tuas, Changi and Sentosa)! The usual minimum order is $64 and there’s free delivery for orders above $128. During CB, the team is working with private-hire drivers, who have seen a huge decrease in business, to offer area-targeted delivery (minimum order: $25, delivery fee : $5) Orders can be placed at http://cb.donplayplay.com
Cut-off timing for orders is 6pm the evening before, and delivery will take place from 12pm – 1.30pm. Check out their delivery schedule via their instagram @donplayplaysg.
Donya Japanese Cuisine
Located in Toa Payoh, Donya Japanese Cuisine offers customers premium food at affordable prices. They specialize in delicious Donburis as well as Maki Rolls, and all the items are priced below $10! They have about 12 different types of Donburis, and some of their best sellers include the Chicken Teriyaki Don, Salmon Mentai Don and Unagi Tama Don. Other than their Donburis and Maki rolls, they also have some popular Japanese dishes like Karaage Udon, Gyozas, Saba Teriyaki and more! Our top pick will be their Unagi Tama Don. They use premium grade unagi that is shipped from Taiwan or Japan. We also liked the Donya Maki, which is doused in a slightly sweet Tama-Miso sauce and was really tasty.
Situated along Prinsep Street, En offers fresh sashimi, hand rolls and dons to hungry customers. They offer a great variety of dons including options such as Salmon Don, Mekajiki Goma Zuka Don (Marinated Swordfish Sashimi with Rice), Negitoro Don (Minced Tuna Belly Sashimi with Rice), and the all-time favourite Bara Chirashi Don. Not only do you get an authentic and delectable Japanese meal, their items are really affordable too! You might be pleased to know that most of these fresh and delicious dons are priced below $20! If you are feeling adventurous, try their signature Pitan Tofu. This this features a layer of creamy minced century egg served atop soft and silken steamed tofu. They have some 1-for-1 Donburi promotion now, so head over to their FB page to find out more.
I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t sing praises of the food at Fat Cow. They import the highest-grade beef directly from respectable producers in Japan, America and Australia. You can select your preferred weight, choice and cuts of beef here. During this Circuit Breaker Period, Fat Cow has specially curated a delivery menu too. If you prefer your beef to have a higher percentage of marbling, you can try their 21 days Dry-aged A5 Nagasaki Wagyu Premium Donburi. If you’re preparing to surprise your other half with a Wagyu feast, go for one of their 10-Minute Ready-to-cook Premium Wagyu sets. You can check out their delivery menu here.
Address: 1 Orchard Boulevard #01-01, Camden Medical Centre, Singapore 248649
Phone: 6735 0308
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm daily. (Closed on Sundays)
Do you remember seeing these “flying noodles” all over social media a few years ago? They are from Hana Japanese Restaurant located at The Forum. They have a series of “Flying Noodles” including the Flying Salted Egg Yolk Udon, Flying Cha Soba and many more! The Flying Salted Egg Yolk Udon gives the Japanese dish a local twist. The dipping sauce was curated just right, boasting a creamy and smooth texture, spiced up a little by curry leaves and chilli padi. Hana Restaurant has a large selection of side dishes to go along with your flying noodles. From grilled dishes like Cod Fish with Teriyaki Sauce and Saba fish to deep fried dishes such as Katsu and Tempura, they have all you need for a hearty Japanese feast! During this period, Hana Restaurant has also curated some take home omakase boxes priced between $19-29 for you to take home conveniently.
Address: 583 Orchard Road #01-17, Orchard Forum, Singapore 238884
Phone: 6737 5525
Opening Hours: 12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 9.30pm daily.
Manzoku Japanese Restaurant
Manzoku is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Singapore! I love their Chirashi Don the most. Their Chirashi Don features generous portions of fresh sliced fish on sushi rice. You can expect salmon, swordfish, tuna, amberjack, ikura and tamago for just $25! If you’re not a fan of sashimi, go for the Glazed Salmon Teriyaki. If you are still looking for some side dishes to go along with your meal, you can try their Maki Rolls, or the sashimi platters they offer. Head over to their webpage here to find out more.
ShuKuu Japanese Izakaya
Typically in Izakayas, drinking is primary; food is secondary. However, ShuKuu Izakaya ensures that the food and drinks are both great so you will leave satisfied. They serve some delicious charcoal-grilled skewers and great dishes such as iberico black pork ribs, beef tongue and stingray fin. If you’re looking for something more filling, they also have a range of carbs like their GyuDon or the Negitoro Don. Check out their FB page for more information on how you can experience ShuKuu at home!
ShuKuu Japanese Izakaya
Address: 8 Stanley Street, Singapore 069727
Phone: 6327 9240
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm till late daily. (Closed on Sundays & PH)
Sora Boru is a Japanese fast-casual restaurant concept aiming to bring fast & affordable Japanese food to their customers, while not compromising on the quality of the ingredients. They have a wide menu that features dishes such as DonBoru, CurryBoru, noodles and side dishes. Sora Boru also serves ChirashiBorus which can be customised with your favourite fish, add-ons, sauces, and garnishes. During this period, they have a delivery menu with over 30 dishes. If you are spoilt for choice, go for the Volcano Beef Don or the Snow Beef Don. Both dons are lovingly crafted with steamed pearl rice, seasoned bean sprouts or stewed cabbage, then carefully layered with flame-grilled beef slices. Don’t forget to get a side of Crispy Salmon Skin with Egg Mayo Dip!
Address: 313 Orchard Road #B3-19/20, 313 Somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: Sundays to Thursdays 11am to 10pm. Fridays to Saturdays 11am to 11pm.
Whether you are craving for some good Chirashi Don, Garlic Butter Chicken Bowl, Salmon Bowl or Beef Yakiniku Bowl, Tanuki Raw has them all! My favourite rice bowl from here will definitely be the Truffle Yakiniku Don. It features slices of Black Angus Beef Short Rib that is slow-cooked in a water bath served atop fragrant Japanese rice, and a perfect onsen egg. The tender and juicy meat is absolutely delectable. The truffle soy sauce mixed with the onsen egg and rice completes the whole dining experience. One of the most interesting dishes they offer has got to be their Wham! Fries. Just imagine umami cheese melted over golden sweet potato fries topped with torched marshmallow, Tanuki Raw’s spice, guacamole, tomato and sour cream. Yum! Head over to their website to find out more.
Tora Kitchen is a Japanese catering service by K Food Holdings. They pride themselves on preparing authentic Japanese food. Tora Kitchen has an extensive menu with over 20 dishes consisting of Japanese rice or noodle dishes, sushi platters, meat options, vegetables and even desserts. Our top pick will be their Snow Beef. The Shabu Shabu Beef is stewed in sweet sauce and blow-torched. They provide a cheese dressing which you can pour over the dish and this combination of cheese and beef is just superb! You can pair your dishes with Garlic Fried Rice, Soba or Ramen. They even have a Tingkat Delivery service you can subscribe to.
Unkai Japanese Cuisine
Old Airport Road Food Centre is known to house some famous local stalls such as Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee, Dong Ji Fried Way Teow and more. However, within this same food centre also lies Unkai Japanese Cuisine which sells seafood and sashimi at affordable prices. They have grilled hotate, fresh oysters, sashimi, crabs, tempura, soba and udon dishes at pocket-friendly prices! The Hotate Tobiko Yaki consists of five perfectly grilled scallops served with their shells. It is topped with a layer of mayonnaise and flying fish roe, before being flame-torched for a charred finish. If you are feeling hungry, you can try their Ten Zaru Udon that comes with a serving of udon and an assortment of tempura. And while you’re there, why not just takeaway a few more local delights from the other famous stalls!
Whether you are craving for some Chirashi Don, some Salmon Bowl or even Sushi Rolls, we got you all covered with the options listed above. I reckon it will take a long while before we can get the green light to be able to fly to Japan to get some authentic Japanese cuisine. In the meantime, hopefully the food from these 15 establishments can satiate your Japanese food cravings!