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Who doesn’t love good Japanese food? Especially when it’s made with finesse and served in a warm and inviting setting? Ah, perfection! We have taken the initiative to put together a list of the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore. So whether you’re looking for a cosy and casual place to dine in or a fancy izakaya for a night out with friends, you can find it all right here!

Best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore

1. Fire Ramen by Menbaka

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Address: 176 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238843

Operating Hours: Mon-Thu, 12pm-10pm | Fri-Sat, 11:30am-11pm | Sun, 11:30am-10pm

Hailing straight from Kyoto, Fire Ramen is well known for their extravagant fire shows. Be amazed by their specialty “Fire Ramen” dish, a bowl of ramen noodles that is lit on fire before being served. The flames are produced by adding oil to the hot broth, and the chef ignites the oil with a flame-producing torch at the end of a long pole, making for quite the show!

The fire show serves a purpose in addition to being a beautiful sight to behold. Ramen is served hot and deliciously right in front of you thanks to the quick heating of the noodles and broth by the intense heat of the flames. The show is expertly choreographed and delivered by trained chefs who take great care to ensure the safety of their patrons.

2. Akira Back

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Website: https://www.akiraback.sg/ 

Address: 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763

Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 12pm-2:30pm & 6pm-10:30pm

With the launch of JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, award-winning chef Akira Back made his debut in Singapore. The menu emphasises seasonal food and offers modern Japanese cuisine with a Korean twist. One such inventive handroll – the Perfect Storm – combines salmon belly aburi, spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, and chipotle mayo, and is a bite-sized masterpiece. Chef Akira Back has his eyes on the world stage after the success of Yellowtail and Kumi in Las Vegas. His signature eatery, which debuted in 2014 at the JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity, has finally arrived here in Singapore!

3. Shinjuku Restaurant

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Address: 5 Koek Rd, Singapore 228796

Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 11:45pm-2:30pm & 5:45pm-11pm

Situated in a quiet part of Orchard Road, Shinjuku Restaurant is run under the same management as Nanbantei. Their menu features an array of Japanese dishes that include delectable sushi rolls, traditional ramen noodles, crispy gyoza dumplings and much more! The restaurant pays homage to Chef Miyazaki’s hometown of Tokyo and features a variety of authentic Japanese dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation. The restaurant is located at Cuppage Plaza and is open daily for lunch and dinner. We recommended you make a reservation in advance, as the restaurant can get quite busy!

4. The Gyu Bar

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Address: 30, Stevens Rd, 257840

Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10pm

If you’re a hardcore beef “devotee”, The Gyu Bar is the place to be. A premium selection of quality cuts of Wagyu is obtained from prefectures all around Japan and then air-flown to maintain quality. Additionally, their omakase meal (which requires a day’s notice) delivers a delectable tour of the greatest Wagyu selections Japan has to offer, all in one sitting. Be stunned by the seven Japanese Wagyu breeds that will be offered on the nine-course menu at this quaint establishment. This Japanese restaurant is a fantastic option for dining with friends because of its cosy and classy atmosphere. Find a genuinely exquisite dining experience here!

5. Mikuni

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Website: https://www.fairmont.com/singapore/dining/mikuni/ 

Address: 80 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189560

Operating Hours: Mon-Sat, 12pm-2:30pm | 6pm-10pm

If you want to enjoy Japanese fine dining, Mikuni, located inside the Fairmont Hotel, is another option to think about. Wagyu beef steak, grilled unagi, various sashimi, tokujo sushi, and unagi kabayaki are some of their most popular dishes. The Japanese restaurant is renowned for its excellent sashimi, which is attributable to the fact that their fish are carefully flown directly from Japan’s Tsukiji fish market. Live sushi, teppanyaki, and robatayaki stations at Mikuni offer quite the demonstration of traditional Japanese culinary techniques. Each station, overseen by a different master chef, features unique quality Japanese produce. Visit the restaurant to feast your senses on exquisite Japanese treats, which are complemented with signature dishes and cutting-edge modern kaiseki cuisine that will never let you down.

6. Omoté

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At Thomson Plaza, hungry customers head to Omoté, a casual eatery renowned for its reasonably priced Japanese cuisine. One specific dish, the chirashi don, has virtually everyone in line. A substantial portion of chopped seafood is served with the distinctive Omoté-chirashi don ($12.80) on top of acidic sushi rice. While it’s fine on its own, it tastes even better when dressed up with fancy garnishes like quality uni, large scallops, and other freshly imported Japanese delicacies. The Mentai Chirashi Don, a creamier, more upscale variation of the traditional chirashi dish, is another great favourite.

7. Waku Ghin

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Website: https://www.tetsuyas.com/waku-ghin

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True gourmands seeking to be mesmerised will know to reserve a spot at Waku Ghin’s exclusive 10-seat Chef’s Table. One of Singapore’s most opulent restaurants has entered Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants with great ease. Consequently, this Japanese restaurant enjoys enormous repute. Waku Ghin is run by the internationally acclaimed Celebrity Chef Tetsuya Wakuda. Additionally, it takes up 10,000 square feet of Marina Bay Sands’ magnificent area and can serve 25 people a magnificent 10-course meal at once by its exquisite splendour. If you don’t mind spending $400 on a supper at least once, your experience will be worthwhile.

8. Sen of Japan

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Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 11:30am-10pm

Sen of Japan is a contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar with a meticulously crafted cuisine catalogue that features a stunning variety of ingredients of the highest grade. The Japanese word “Sen” means “fresh,” and we think that each dish’s excellence comes from the ingredients themselves, which we define as “being fresh.” For complex flavours in every mouthful, Sen of Japan aspires to mix essential components of traditional Japanese cuisine with current flavours and preparation methods. A remarkable dining experience that is a feast for the eyes and taste senses is created by the cosy ambiance, mouthwatering fare, and breathtaking view of the Singapore cityscape, ideal for both business and social gatherings.

9. Tomi Sushi

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Website: https://www.tomisushi.asia/ 

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Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-9:30pm

Tomi Sushi, which had its first location outside of Japan in Niigata in 1954, expanded to Singapore in 2010. Visit Tomi Sushi if you love sushi but don’t want to limit yourself to the typical few franchise restaurants. You’ll be happy to learn that the sashimi served here is quite fresh and thickly cut. Even though they specialise in nigiri sushi, we advise going down for lunch so you can take advantage of their reasonably priced bento sets. Each one includes an appetiser, a small snack, a main course, and fresh fruit. If you want to sample some of their best sushi, choose the Nigiri Sakura which comes along with a side of tori karaage.

10. Shinji by Kanesaka

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There aren’t many places in Singapore that serve opulent Japanese cuisine that are as exquisite as Shinji by Kanesaka. The exquisite establishment has even earned two Michelin stars! The well regarded restaurant offers uncomplicated yet impressive dishes with fresh sushi and sashimi in sets of nine, twelve, or fifteen pieces. Featuring a sushi counter from a 220 year old hinoki tree was cut into the room’s interior.

Additionally, they strive to offer a superb selection of Edomae sushi and other traditional Japanese fare. The luxurious spreads are so elegantly plated, not to mention the superb omakase sets that provide a truly unexpected culinary experience! The best part is that the culinary enchantment is created by a local Japanese team of chefs.

11. Hashida

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Address: 77 Amoy St, Singapore 069896

Operating Hours: Tue, 7pm-10:30pm | Wed-Sun, 12pm-3pm & 7pm-10:30pm

With new F&B partner OUE Restaurants, celebrity chef Kenjiro “Hatch” Hashida has launched the third iteration of Hashida Singapore in Telok Ayer. Come on a culinary adventure with fresh, premium ingredients that have been selected and procured with care into innovative dishes presented omakase-style. Upon his return to the food and beverage industry, Chef Hashida does what he does best: take diners on a tour of his own country with a painstakingly designed omakase meal menu that highlights the greatest produce of the season. The glowing reviews confirm that this is one real Japanese dining experience worth spending on.

12. Kappou

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Address: 18 Robinson Rd, Singapore 047548

Operating Hours: Tue-Fri, 7pm-11pm

Chef Aeron Choo, one of Singapore’s youngest female chefs and the first Singaporean to graduate from the esteemed Japan Sushi Instructors Association in Tokyo, Japan, is the executive chef at Kappou. The restaurant’s Dinner Omakase menu (starting at S$298) fuses traditional Japanese cuisine techniques and styles with a dash of modernism, and the decor is designed to resemble a modern retro-style inspired bar.

13. Kyoaji Dining

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Address: 111 Somerset Rd, Singapore 238164

Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 11:30am-3pm & 5:30pm-10:30pm

The rich culinary heritage of Kyoto served as the inspiration for Kyoaji Dining, which combined it with various culinary techniques and ingredients all throughout the globe.

Both the bento boxes and the omakase menus that Kyoaji Dining offers guarantee to satisfy customers while also providing a fair variety so you’ll get to try a bit of everything. The lunch packages are very affordable, so you can gorge on juicy cuts of sashimi without breaking the bank.


We hope that if you’re looking for some of the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore, you would be sure to give these places a try. You certainly can’t go wrong with any of these establishments! You’re welcome, the pleasure is ours!

Once you’ve satisfied your Japanese craving, why not check out these best Thai restaurants in Singapore for a completely different culinary experience!

• Written by Jeremy Ugon

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