Top 100 Japanese Restaurants

Top 100 Japanese Restaurants

Featuring Omoté, Shukuu Izakaya & Sake Bar, Ippudo (Mandarin Gallery), mezza9 (Grand Hyatt Singapore), Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei, Sanpoutei Ramen (Holland Village), Sushi Tei (Holland Village), Uya, Suju Japanese Restaurant (Mandarin Gallery), Café&Meal MUJI (Plaza Singapura)
Rachel T
Rachel T

Best soup ever! Creamy and delicious and warm. Love the apple juice too, tastes like cloudy apple juice from UK.

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The curry is so watery nowadays :( Not as nice as before

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Hard boiled egg, daikon radish, chikuwa, fried fish cake with burdock, konjac, mochi kinchaku, horseradish, kombu seaweed

I love oden and have been wanting to try the one at Sanpoutei Ramen [$11.80++] for the longest time (the quest to find delicious oden is never-ending) 🍢

Queued up for > half an hour just to get a table (not sure why the restaurant is so crowded on a weekday evening but I guess due to social distancing measures, there are fewer tables) and then I waited another half an hour or more for my dinner 😓 Feel like the staff could have at least told me how long I would have to wait for my meal to arrive. My dad finished eating his dinner long before my food appeared. I’m guessing all the ingredients are frozen in their respective packets and so they had to defrost / heat up / boil all the ingredients etc.

The ‘mustard’ is actually horseradish and it’s extremely strong. I could feel it in not just my nose/sinus but also my brain (LEGIT NOT KIDDING YOU CAN GOOGLE THIS IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME!!) 😓 It actually also fell into the broth so it was kind of like consuming wasabi soup. But otherwise, the broth was delicious. I also enjoyed the chikuwa and daikon and fishcake with burdock. The moneybag wasn’t so amazing and didn’t have any veggies. It hd mochi inside I believe, but I’m not a big fan of the texture of the fishcake/tofu(?)

I would say this oden is good, not bad, well priced. But the waiting time is quite long, so that’s something to consider! Personally I would say the best oden I’ve had so far in SG would be at Shukuu Izakaya. This is only the 2nd restaurant in Singapore where I’ve had oden. I believe another Japanese restaurant in Tanjong Pagar also specialises in oden but I’ve yet to visit - it’s called The Public Izakaya. Will try that out next time!

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Hard boiled egg, daikon radish, chikuwa, fried fish cake with burdock, konjac, mochi kinchaku, horseradish, kombu seaweed

I love oden and have been wanting to try the one at Sanpoutei Ramen [$11.80++] for the longest time (the quest to find delicious oden is never-ending) 🍢

Queued up for > half an hour just to get a table (not sure why the restaurant is so crowded on a weekday evening but I guess due to social distancing measures, there are fewer tables) and then I waited another half an hour or more for my dinner 😓 Feel like the staff could have at least told me how long I would have to wait for my meal to arrive. My dad finished eating his dinner long before my food appeared. I’m guessing all the ingredients are frozen in their respective packets and so they had to defrost / heat up / boil all the ingredients etc.

The ‘mustard’ is actually horseradish and it’s extremely strong. I could feel it in not just my nose/sinus but also my brain (LEGIT NOT KIDDING YOU CAN GOOGLE THIS IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME!!) 😓 It actually also fell into the broth so it was kind of like consuming wasabi soup. But otherwise, the broth was delicious. I also enjoyed the chikuwa and daikon and fishcake with burdock. The moneybag wasn’t so amazing and didn’t have any veggies. It hd mochi inside I believe, but I’m not a big fan of the texture of the fishcake/tofu(?)

I would say this oden is good, not bad, well priced. But the waiting time is quite long, so that’s something to consider! Personally I would say the best oden I’ve had so far in SG would be at Shukuu Izakaya. This is only the 2nd restaurant in Singapore where I’ve had oden. I believe another Japanese restaurant in Tanjong Pagar also specialises in oden but I’ve yet to visit - it’s called The Public Izakaya. Will try that out next time!

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Wanted to try as many new places as possible while I’m off work. Since the Public Izakaya was closing soon (I wanted to get oden), I ended up at Imakatsu (which specialises in tonkatsu and employs Japanese waitstaff). Felt like having something hot so I had udon w/ free flow salad after my last pilates class for the year 🤗

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Wanted to try as many new places as possible while I’m off work. Since the Public Izakaya was closing soon (I wanted to get oden), I ended up at Imakatsu (which specialises in tonkatsu and employs Japanese waitstaff). Felt like having something hot so I had udon w/ free flow salad after my last pilates class for the year 🤗

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Today’s cafe hopping adventure takes us to Grand Jeté Cafe & Bar at Takashimaya. It’s been here for a few years but I’ve never eaten here. Been dying to try their Tonkatsu Sandwich [$13++] which looked so yummy online. We ordered an Earl Grey tea [$8++] too. The tonkatsu was really delicious, it didn’t have any gristle or fat. Felt a bit let down by the cabbage, it wasn’t cold and super crispy like I expected. Didn’t really think the sesame fit in with the sandwich and found the bread a tad chewy. The fries were nice but a little salty. The tea was concentrated and bitter but the waitstaff were very nice and topped it up with hot water. The homely ambiance reminds me of the fictional cafe in Before The Coffee Gets Cold. An ideal cafe for a chat with friends or a brief respite away from the crowds.

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Today’s cafe hopping adventure takes us to Grand Jeté Cafe & Bar at Takashimaya. It’s been here for a few years but I’ve never eaten here. Been dying to try their Tonkatsu Sandwich [$13++] which looked so yummy online. We ordered an Earl Grey tea [$8++] too. The tonkatsu was really delicious, it didn’t have any gristle or fat. Felt a bit let down by the cabbage, it wasn’t cold and super crispy like I expected. Didn’t really think the sesame fit in with the sandwich and found the bread a tad chewy. The fries were nice but a little salty. The tea was concentrated and bitter but the waitstaff were very nice and topped it up with hot water. The homely ambiance reminds me of the fictional cafe in Before The Coffee Gets Cold. An ideal cafe for a chat with friends or a brief respite away from the crowds.

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Today’s cafe hopping adventure takes us to Grand Jeté Cafe & Bar at Takashimaya. It’s been here for a few years but I’ve never eaten here. Been dying to try their Tonkatsu Sandwich [$13++] which looked so yummy online. We ordered an Earl Grey tea [$8++] too. The tonkatsu was really delicious, it didn’t have any gristle or fat. Felt a bit let down by the cabbage, it wasn’t cold and super crispy like I expected. Didn’t really think the sesame fit in with the sandwich and found the bread a tad chewy. The fries were nice but a little salty. The tea was concentrated and bitter but the waitstaff were very nice and topped it up with hot water. The homely ambiance reminds me of the fictional cafe in Before The Coffee Gets Cold. An ideal cafe for a chat with friends or a brief respite away from the crowds.

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Tempura Tendon Tenya opened 2 days ago (Orchard Central, B1)!

Tenya is an affordable Japanese tempura fast food chain that can be found almost everywhere in Tokyo and in other parts of Japan. We make it a point to eat it whenever we’re in Japan because it’s cheap and delicious.

I reached at about 5.24pm to queue. The wait was 1 hour but we got a table in under an hour. I think if you get there from 6pm onwards, wait time will be 2 hours. I treated my parents to dinner.

My mom got the Tenya Tendon with less rice (50 cents for less rice, 50 cents for more rice) [$8.00++] (Tempura prawn, red fish, squid, french beans, pumpkin, miso soup).

My dad got the Seafood Tendon with less rice [$12.40++] (Tempura prawn, red fish, scallop, eel, scallop, pumpkin, french beans, miso soup).

I got the Mushroom Vegetables Tendon [$7.90++] (enoki, shiitake, shimeiji, pumpkin, french beans, sweet potato, lotus root, miso soup).

I would say the Tendon Tenya is most value for money. Like in Japan, the tempura is served with a sweet and savoury sauce on Japanese rice. Unlike in Japan, you can’t choose specific tempura (like you can’t order extra tempura). Because I’m fussy and don’t eat prawn or mushrooms, I prefer the option to choose. Hopefully they can accommodate this in future, right now, operationally I think it’s a challenge if there’s only one person working as the tempura frier. Over here, the spinach comes with sesame sauce, whereas in Japan, they serve it with soy sauce.

In Japan, there’s free flow barley (or some kind of rice if I’m not mistaken) tea but here you have to pay $2 for free flow green tea. There’s free flow warm water though (always appreciate restaurants/cafes that serve free water). Like in Japan, they have the beer set here: For $8.90 on Mon-Fri at 3-6pm, you can order a cold Japanese beer with a selection of tempura (no rice) which is affordable.

Cons: Miso is kinda too salty. Tempura batter would be nicer if it was more fluffy, less greasy. I don’t think they take phone reservations. Wait time may be long.

Pros: Food tastes almost just like in Japan. The Japanese rice is nice. Water is free. Food comes with miso. Price is good, like in Japan.

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Tempura Tendon Tenya opened 2 days ago (Orchard Central, B1)!

Tenya is an affordable Japanese tempura fast food chain that can be found almost everywhere in Tokyo and in other parts of Japan. We make it a point to eat it whenever we’re in Japan because it’s cheap and delicious.

I reached at about 5.24pm to queue. The wait was 1 hour but we got a table in under an hour. I think if you get there from 6pm onwards, wait time will be 2 hours. I treated my parents to dinner.

My mom got the Tenya Tendon with less rice (50 cents for less rice, 50 cents for more rice) [$8.00++] (Tempura prawn, red fish, squid, french beans, pumpkin, miso soup).

My dad got the Seafood Tendon with less rice [$12.40++] (Tempura prawn, red fish, scallop, eel, scallop, pumpkin, french beans, miso soup).

I got the Mushroom Vegetables Tendon [$7.90++] (enoki, shiitake, shimeiji, pumpkin, french beans, sweet potato, lotus root, miso soup).

I would say the Tendon Tenya is most value for money. Like in Japan, the tempura is served with a sweet and savoury sauce on Japanese rice. Unlike in Japan, you can’t choose specific tempura (like you can’t order extra tempura). Because I’m fussy and don’t eat prawn or mushrooms, I prefer the option to choose. Hopefully they can accommodate this in future, right now, operationally I think it’s a challenge if there’s only one person working as the tempura frier. Over here, the spinach comes with sesame sauce, whereas in Japan, they serve it with soy sauce.

In Japan, there’s free flow barley (or some kind of rice if I’m not mistaken) tea but here you have to pay $2 for free flow green tea. There’s free flow warm water though (always appreciate restaurants/cafes that serve free water). Like in Japan, they have the beer set here: For $8.90 on Mon-Fri at 3-6pm, you can order a cold Japanese beer with a selection of tempura (no rice) which is affordable.

Cons: Miso is kinda too salty. Tempura batter would be nicer if it was more fluffy, less greasy. I don’t think they take phone reservations. Wait time may be long.

Pros: Food tastes almost just like in Japan. The Japanese rice is nice. Water is free. Food comes with miso. Price is good, like in Japan.

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Tempura Tendon Tenya opened 2 days ago (Orchard Central, B1)!

Tenya is an affordable Japanese tempura fast food chain that can be found almost everywhere in Tokyo and in other parts of Japan. We make it a point to eat it whenever we’re in Japan because it’s cheap and delicious.

I reached at about 5.24pm to queue. The wait was 1 hour but we got a table in under an hour. I think if you get there from 6pm onwards, wait time will be 2 hours. I treated my parents to dinner.

My mom got the Tenya Tendon with less rice (50 cents for less rice, 50 cents for more rice) [$8.00++] (Tempura prawn, red fish, squid, french beans, pumpkin, miso soup).

My dad got the Seafood Tendon with less rice [$12.40++] (Tempura prawn, red fish, scallop, eel, scallop, pumpkin, french beans, miso soup).

I got the Mushroom Vegetables Tendon [$7.90++] (enoki, shiitake, shimeiji, pumpkin, french beans, sweet potato, lotus root, miso soup).

I would say the Tendon Tenya is most value for money. Like in Japan, the tempura is served with a sweet and savoury sauce on Japanese rice. Unlike in Japan, you can’t choose specific tempura (like you can’t order extra tempura). Because I’m fussy and don’t eat prawn or mushrooms, I prefer the option to choose. Hopefully they can accommodate this in future, right now, operationally I think it’s a challenge if there’s only one person working as the tempura frier. Over here, the spinach comes with sesame sauce, whereas in Japan, they serve it with soy sauce.

In Japan, there’s free flow barley (or some kind of rice if I’m not mistaken) tea but here you have to pay $2 for free flow green tea. There’s free flow warm water though (always appreciate restaurants/cafes that serve free water). Like in Japan, they have the beer set here: For $8.90 on Mon-Fri at 3-6pm, you can order a cold Japanese beer with a selection of tempura (no rice) which is affordable.

Cons: Miso is kinda too salty. Tempura batter would be nicer if it was more fluffy, less greasy. I don’t think they take phone reservations. Wait time may be long.

Pros: Food tastes almost just like in Japan. The Japanese rice is nice. Water is free. Food comes with miso. Price is good, like in Japan.

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