SushiAirways
Airplane food: The phrase calls to mind images of rubbery, reheated meals, so we were understandably curious about this aviation-themed Japanese restaurant on the second floor of a Kampong Glam shophouse. With its retro 1930s-style airplane interior (think metal staircases, airline food carts and...
Expect crisp tonkatsu (pork cutlet) from this Japanese chain with the usual accompaniments of finely shredded cabbage, condiments on the side, and sesame seeds ground using mortar and pestle. You can enjoy the meat with the daikon mizore (grated Japanese radish) topping mixed into ponzu sauce.
La Luna Rossa restaurant Singapore
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La Luna Rossa is a Japanese-Italian restaurant with menu items such as ricci di mare, chilled fedelini with carbonara-uni (sea urchin) sauce.
Fat Cow
The buzz: This “Japanese-inspired meat atelier” is all about the beef; Wagyu, what else? The vibe: At just over a month old, this classy (read: expensive) restaurant-bar looks nothing like its predecessor, Le Figue, and that’s no bad thing. Though as far as décor goes, it’s...
The buzz: B@Rochester is a new contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar that opened just under a month ago at Rochester Park. The vibe: It’s got quite a classic layout, with a sashimi counter set within the main 40-seater dining room, and modern, understated décor. There’s also the...
This stalwart Japanese restaurant closed their Mohammad Sultan location in November. And then it reopened at The Grandstand in January. Regulars from their old digs are already streaming in to see popular local chef Edwin Tan. There’s a full house at dinner nightly and they recommend you...
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Bargain hunters can jump on their sushi deals, available for one or three people, while fond imbibers of sake can head next door to the teppanyaki bar.
crispy hot spicy salmon roll; IKYU, Singapore
Every city has smart joints like these, stylish yet casual places with restrained portions—those hipsters need to fit into their skinny jeans, you know—of good, albeit slightly overpriced food. Helmed by executive chef Takuma Seki (formerly of Marina Bay Sands’ Hide Yamamoto) and...
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It’s possible to have a good experience at the Rendezvous Gallery’s Japanese spot, you just need to know what you’re in for. Don’t expect a fine dining temple or a sophisticated space. (A dead giveaway: the place is right next to Tex Mex fast food joint Baja Fresh.) Seki...
Five & Dime Eatery
A tidy, little spot along River Valley Road with undeniably charming décor—mint green wooden chairs, a bar counter with sweet treats in glass stands and a bright red coffee machine that’s reminiscent of Aussie cafés—and Teng Ei Liang’s Le Cordon Bleu credentials (chocolate...
Our first impression of Ebisboshi Shotengai was that of yet another one of those stadium-concept clusters of ramen shops, where the service is shared, charges consolidate into one bill, but you’re free to order from the different restaurants. Unfortunately, at times it also feels and sounds...
En Japanese is one of the Japanese restaurants to have a provincial specialty.
Long before Robertson Quay became saturated with Japanese restaurants, En Japanese Dining Bar was one of the first to throw open its doors. More than 10 years on, this long-standing establishment still manages to pull in the crowds night after night; they’ve also expanded and now take up...
Kilo
The reincarnation of Raw Kitchen Bar has planted itself firmly in Lavender and sits comfortably just above Loysel’s Toy (Papa Palheta’s second offering). While it’s farther out than we’d like, therein lies part of its charm. There’s something incredibly appealing about...
Raku
“Raku” means enjoyment or pleasure in Japanese, and this place delivers what its name suggests. They serve their sake in gold-plated bottles and cups, and their beers in ergonomically designed glasses; they have a premium sake collection and  dining chairs—you get the idea....
Ezoca Japanese Cuisine; Quayside Isle, Singapore
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New in the local restaurant scene, this intimate 40-seat Japanese establishment imports most of its offerings from Japan, including the freshest ingredients, rare sakes and artisanal tableware. Its signature charcoal-grilled Kuroge Wagyu beef, kaiseki, sashimi as well as snow crab options are not...
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Situated right beside the original Tatsu Sushi bar, this teppanyaki arm overs over lunch and dinner sets, as well as over 100 choices sake and shochu.
Ramen Bar Suzuki, Singapore
For those of you who haven’t been to the Boat Quay area in a while, this unassuming 30-seater joint is a very good reason to venture to that side of the river. While the ambiance is nothing to shout about, the ramen is—perfect for all this dreaded rainy weather we’ve been having....
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Everything, from the kawaii decorative elements to the live teppanyaki station, has collected its fair share of accolades from happy punters. Not as authentic as many would like, but a brave effort at offering our Muslim friends a taste of Japan. Yureka Teppanyaki is Halal. Check out our favorite...
Sushi Ichi Singapore
The buzz: The first outpost of one-Michelin-starred Ginza Sushi Ichi is a fine dining newbie that arrived just a month ago. The vibe: Classically Japanese and very Zen, think pale wood finishings and unadorned walls. There are only 24 seats, spread out over two sushi counters and a private room,...
Tonkotsu King
The ramen craze has died down (thank god), although we still have the odd one or two joints popping up. At first glance, Tonkotsu King is one such place, but not to those in-the-know. This tiny 18-seater is actually the second (and better) Singapore offering from Tokyo-based chef Keisuke Takeda, TV...
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It’s hardly a secret anymore, what with a Makansutra stamp of approval and subsequent buzz among foodie bloggers, but Meii Sushi still “feels” like one, thanks to its unlikely location, easy-to-miss frontage and cramped quarters. The menu at first seems limited, but not when you...
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We’re big fans of Japanese cuisine, so you can imagine that there was a bit of a scramble to go eat at Sui Japanese Dining when it popped up on our foodie radar. Located at the trendy end of Neil Road, Sui is set inside an old two-story dwelling. It was a little warm (and we were here for...