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5 Best Authentic Japanese Restaurants In Singapore

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Perhaps it’s the fact that Japanese cuisine relies heavily on fresh seafood ingredients or that Singaporeans are serious Japanophiles -- as the Japanese food scene in Singapore evolves, we’re seeing more independent restaurants popping up. These five hidden gems will shatter your expectations if you’re looking for high-quality and delicious fare.


1. Jinhonten

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They serve one menu for lunch and dinner, differentiated by courses (eight for lunch S$180++, ten at night S$450++). Both meals showcase produce flown in Toyosu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Fukuoka, steamed, grilled, deep fried, and served raw. So you may expect dishes like Hida Beef, Kinki, Musk Melon, and more!

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Address: Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd, #01-11, 228208

Contact: 9635 0973

Time: 12pm - 3pm, 6:30pm - 11pm (Mon-Sat)

Sunday Closed

2. Jinjo

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Jinjo at Shaw Centre Orchard, by the Les Amis Group, is a modern sumiyaki restaurant helmed by chef Makoto Saito. “Sumi” means charcoal, and “Yaki” means grill, so the restaurant specializes in charcoal-grilled food, using seasonal ingredients sourced from Japan.

Here are some pictures of the Jinjo Restaurant dishes, including Jinjo’s Chawanmushi, Truffle Gyu Dona-Bento Set, Higawari Sashimi, Satsuma-imo, and Yaki Goma Tofu.

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Address: 1 Scotts Rd, #02 - 19 / 20, Singapore 228208

Contact: 6732 2165

Time: 12pm - 2pm, 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon-Sun)

3. Wagatomo

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Get a taste of spring in Japan with Wagatomo, a modern Japanese restaurant concept in Guoco Tower focusing on the charcoal grill and binchotan. It is headed by Chef Tomoyuki Kiga, the same brains behind the Wagyu-specialty store Gyu San!

Their menus aspire to be simple and satisfying, with a fuss-free ala carte menu available for lunch and dinner. The dishes include Maguro Tataki, Beef & Negi, and Baked Ringo. Beverage includes sakes, umeshu, and Japanese craft beer.

Read more about Wagatomo

Address: 5 Wallich St, #01 - 12 Guoco Tower, Singapore 078883

Contact: 8313 6622

Time: 11:30 am–2:30 pm, 5:30–10:30 pm (Mon-Sat)

Sunday Closed

4. Wakuda

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Wakuda is located at Marina Bay Sands in the hotel lobby and is 50 Eggs Hospitality Group’s newest concept, together with world-renowned, two-Michelin-star chef Tetsuya Wakuda, which adds that bit of Japanese zen element to the dining ambiance. There are also private rooms if you need to host guests. Other than Singapore, Wakuda also has a presence in Las Vegas.

Start the day right with their food selection that includes Yuba, Canadian Lobsters, Hokkaido Lake Saroma Wagyu, Carabineros Prawns, etc...

Address: Lobby Hotel, Bayfront Ave, Tower 2, 018972

Contact: 6688 8885

Time: 12pm - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm (Mon-Thurs)

12pm - 2pm, 5pm - 11pm (Fri)

5pm - 11pm (Sat-Sun)

5. Sushi Kimura

Sushi Kimura is a 22-seater sushi-ya, helmed by Head Chef Tomoo Kimura, who has more than 15 years of experience at several established and authentic traditional sushi restaurants in Tokyo, including a one Michelin-starred Ginza restaurant and a Singapore-based fine dining restaurant.

Fresh seafood is flown in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market four times a week, and Chef Kimura only chooses ingredients that are in season so that his food is always impeccable.

Dishes including Chu Toro, Signature Toro Taku Hand Roll, Hotate, Kinmedai, Aburi O-toro, and Goma-Saba.

Address: 390 Orchard Rd, #01-07, Singapore 238871

Contact: 6734 3520

Time: 12:30m - 3pm, 7pm - 10pm (Tue-Sat)

Sunday & Monday Closed

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