The stellar sushi – whether rolled or pressed by hand – at these authentic sashimi bars and restaurants in Singapore are good enough to rival even the famous ones in Japan...
If you’re a devoted Japanese foodie who loves ramen, yakitori, shabu shabu and teppanyaki, then we’re guessing your sushi game is strong. Whether it’s hand-pressed nigiri you’re craving, or delicately wrapped temaki, amazing sushi always hits the spot if when it’s fresh, rich, and complemented with a generous dose of wasabi. We bring you these top Japanese restaurants in Singapore that even the most discerning of sushi snobs will approve of…
Standing Sushi Bar
Reasonably priced sashimi and drinks? Best. Combo. Ever. Standing Sushi Bar serves up some pretty attractive promotions every day that’ll make you come back again and again. Like on Thursdays, when you can get salmon sashimi for $3 and beer for $5!
Standing Sushi Bar, two locations including Odeon Towers and Marina One.
Head Chef Tomoo Kimura brings his 15 years of experience (including a stint at the Michelin-starred Ginza Restaurant) to this modern sushi-ya at Palais Renaissance. The best way to savour Chef Kimura’s creations is to opt for the ever-changing omakase menu – done in traditional edo-mae style – that showcases handpicked seasonal highlights from Japan.
Sushi Kimura, 390 Orchard Road, #01-07 Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871
Over at Hashida Sushi you’re in terrific hands, and we can assure you that you won’t go home hungry. The premium ingredients and fantastic execution are worth every penny of your $300 bill. Chef Kenjiro Hashida aka Hatch, who helms the kitchen, is also the only son of chef Tokio Hashida, who runs a sushi restaurant near the famed Tsukiji Market in Japan.
Hashida Sushi, #02-37 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897
Reminiscent of restaurants and izakayas along the alleys of Tokyo, Chikuwa Tei offers familiar Japanese classics that’ll whet your appetite. Fancy some premium nigiri-sushi? You can’t go wrong with the melt-in-your-mouth otoro sushi, featuring the fattiest part of tuna belly. Don’t forget to try their range of makimono (rolled sushi) either, with selections of tempura and soft-shelled crabs.
Chikuwa Tei, 9 Mohamed Sultan Rd, Singapore 238959
Ikoi Japanese Restaurant
Do all-you-can-eat Japanese buffets make your heart flutter? Then Ikoi should be your go-to restaurant in Singapore. It’s one of our top picks when we need a full-on feast, but be warned: you need to book early to avoid disappointment. If you’ve got a large posse to feed, ask for the private room (up to 12 pax) for free-flow sashimi and classic sushi bites.
Ikoi Japanese Restaurant, #01-01 Hotel Miramar, 401 Havelock Road, Singapore 169631
The sushi at this sleek Tiong Bahru establishment are things of beauty, and we like them slightly-charred, aburi style. If you like a variety of modern Japanese plates to go along with your exquisite, bite-sized morsels, order creations like the wagyu tataki and the hotate truffle carpaccio in addition to items like the assorted premium sashimi.
IKYU, 5 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168643
The Ramen House
Okay, don’t be fooled by its moniker. The ramen might be good, but the sushi is just as satisfying, especially when you need your fix at three in the morning. Yes, this joint is open till 6am. Our faves are the torched beef sushi, tuna sashimi and unagi maki. Wash it all down with a chilled can of Sapporo.
The Ramen House, 6 Short St, Singapore 188213
Koh Grill and Sushi Bar
If you haven’t heard of Shiok Maki, perhaps you’ve been living under a rock. Located on the fourth floor of Wisma Atria, this fast food-style sushi bar serves the famous Shiok Maki, a maki-style roll. There are two versions and we must say, both are equally stellar. The secret is in the sauce – it is creamy, savoury and, for lack of a better word, shiok!
Koh Grill and Sushi Bar, 435 Orchard Road, #04-21 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, Singapore 238877
Joining the other great Japanese restaurants under the Les Amis Group (Aoki and Shabu Shabu Gen), Sushi Jin is all about the freshest, air-flown ingredients all the way from Tokyo’s world-renowned Tsukiji market – sugoi! Sushi Jin merely sits 38 people, so be sure to make your reservations.
Sushi Jin, #01-11/12 Owen Link, One Farrer Hotel & Spa, 1 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217562
First opened in 1954 at Niigata, the establishment ventured out of Japan in 2010, with the first stop being sunny Singapore – whoop! If you adore sashimi, you’ll be pleased to know that they come thickly sliced and uber fresh. Feeling adventurous? Try the Ankimo, an Angelfish liver.
Tomi Sushi, #02-11 Novena Square, Novena Square Shopping Mall, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683
The Sushi Bar
There’s always a line to get into this no-frills joint, but we’d gladly wait patiently for delights like their chirashi don (available in three different prices – sorted according to the “grade” and amount of toppings) and the salmon aburi roll. Everything’s pretty wallet-friendly too.
The Sushi Bar, The Sushi Bar, #04-28 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213
Hardcore nigiri fans will be very pleased with Wasabi Tei’s generous (read: very thick) slices of sweet, fresh raw fish. The small eatery only sits about 15 people, and everyone has to order a main lest they get asked to leave.
Wasabi Tei, #05-70 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213
Sabar has an obsession with the number 38 –38 seats, 38 items on the menu, even the saba fish used in all of its dishes is exactly 38cm each! If you’ve no qualms munching on mackerel, this specialty restaurant is for you. Get the restaurant’s signature toro-saba sushi, a platter of five with fresh mackerel slices, Or if everything on the menu looks delicious to you, why not get their sushi teishoku? You’ll get to sample a lil’ of each!
Sabar, Wisma Atria Level 4, 435 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238877
Any serious sushi eaters will know that Tatsuya has got some of the finest aburi sushi in the city. Run by Chef Ronnie who won the prestigious World Gourmet Summit Asian Ethic chef for two years, one can expect exquisite quality at this luxurious Japanese resto. The menu is seasonal, meaning you only get the freshest produce served to you. Come here for lunch; their set menu comprises of the same dishes served during dinner, but are much friendlier to your pockets.
Tatsuya, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
From the premium Koshihikari variety rice to the specially concocted garnishing sauce, every sushi at Hakumai Sushi is made with the finest ingredients. Leave it to the chef and get the Sushi Omakase that comes with an assortment of premium sushi, kawahagi, soup, and ice-cream.
Hakumai Sushi, #01-50A, International Plaza, 10 Anson Road, Singapore 079903
Helmed by Chef Hamamoto, this former chef from Waku Ghin uses his wealth of experience to create an unforgettable dining experience at this omakase restaurant. While you can’t choose your sushi, you can rest assured that you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the chef’s creations while you relish your eight- to 10-course meal. Always trust the chef!
Ki-Sho, 29 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228224
If you wanna impress your Japanese business counterparts, Misaki is the place to be. With its stylish modern interior and devoted chefs, this intimate restaurant serves up a plethora of exquisite sushi sets. Indulge in their deluxe assorted sushi set which comes in at $52 – definitely an expertly curated feast for the eyes and palate alike. Other delights include their must-try bara chirashi teishoku.
Misaki, 2 Marina Boulevard, T3 #02-08, MBFC Tower 3, Marina Bay Link Mall, Singapore 018984
This upscale Japanese dining resto offers front-row seats to see the chefs in action; watch as they dextrously prep your meal and serve it to you with utmost precision. Besides serving a mean bowl of mazechirashi, the menu also offers quality sushi sets; order the nigiri shushi tokusen ($60) which comes with nine types of sushi and a maki roll.
Aoki Restaurant, 1 Scotts Road, #01-19 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
Shinji by Kanesaka
When it comes to decadent Japanese cuisine, there aren’t many that come quite as elegant as Shinji by Kanesaka. Formed by Chef Shinji Kanesaka who holds two Michelin stars, this much-revered establishment – there’s even a sushi counter carved from the trunk of a 220-year-old hinoki tree – serves fuss-free yet formidable menus that boast fresh sushi and sashimi in nine-, 12-, or 15-piece sets. Not to mention, exquisite omakase sets that can whip out all sorts of gastronomical curveballs!
Shinji by Kanesaka, two locations including St.Regis and Carlton Hotel
Mention sushi restaurants and you’ll think of zen-looking places with an air of formality. Kinki shatters stereotypes with its lavish use of graffiti art and garish red lanterns strung around the restaurant. Dine in this rebellious establishment in the CBD (it also has a swanky rooftop bar), with unconventional sushi selections such as spider maki (a sushi made with soft shell crabs and avocado) and dragon maki, made with eel, prawn tempura and avocado.
Kinki, 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Customs House, Singapore 049323
Shiraishi takes pride in serving edomae-styled sushi, where seafood caught in the waters of Tokyo are prepared fresh with the addition of soy sauce, vinegar, and wasabi. Stop by for lunch with their edomae special 1.5 which includes 15 different delectable sushi bites, or have your fill of sashimi and sushi simultaneously with the nagisa sushi course, a seasonal dish containing both with a side of tuna soup.
Shiraishi, No. 7 Raffles Avenue, The Ritz- Carlton, #03-01/02, Millenial Singapore, Singapore 039799
As the name would imply, MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining (now isn’t that a mouthful?) prides itself on being true maguro (blue-fin tuna) mavens. Singapore is home to several Japanese speciality beef restaurants, but this is the first time we’ve had a specialty maguro restaurant open up. The restaurant freshly imports maguro directly from Japan; tuck into the 5-cut sashimi platter that will treat you to several prime cuts of maguro – including the buttery, fatty bits!
Maguro-Donya Miura-Misaki-Kou, 3 Temasek Blvd, 310-316 Suntec City, Singapore 038983
To say this restaurant is a rising star is an understatement. Launched in March 2016, this sushi resto beat other sushi stalwart establishments to land two Michelin stars in the Singapore’s inaugural Michelin Guide. What makes this eight-seater fine dining restaurant – run by the Emmanuel Stroobant Group – stand out is its omakase menu featuring ingredients fresh from Tsukiji Fish Market. Although their dinner sets – Miyabi ($380++) and Hana ($480++) – run a bit on the pricey side, they’re absolutely worth every buck.
Shoukouwa Restaurant, #02-02A One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Megumi Japanese Restaurant
Probably one of the country’s best-kept secrets, this Japanese establishment might be inexpensive, but they certainly don’t skim on quality. The sashimi slices are fresh and slightly oversized – perfection when layered over pressed vinegared rice.
Megumi Japanese Restaurant, 443 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427656
This Japanese franchise has a couple of outlets available, but our favourite has to be its Liang Court branch where you’ll often spot plenty of Japanese expats dining – do you need a clearer indicator of its authenticity and quality than this? Order the Tampopo Tokusen Sushi set if you want a real treat – indulge in urchin, salmon roe, fatty tuna and grilled saltwater eel. The rolls here – the salmon and crab roll is a winner – will also leave you stuffed.
Tampopo, #01-23/24 Liang Court Shopping Centre, 177 River Valley Road, Singapore 179030
Award-winning chef Akira Back made his Singapore debut recently with the opening of JW Marriott Singapore South Beach. The menu here features modern Japanese cuisine with a Korean flair, while emphasising on seasonal produce. It’s currently having a three-course set lunch, and you can order sushi moriawase as one of your mains – a handpicked (and handmade) selection of the freshest nigiri airflown from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
Akira Back, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763