What's more delightful than a bowl of ramen or a plate of sushi? When there are sashimi, gyozas, yakitoris, tempuras and more in an oishii set meal, of course
From omakase to bentos, we never lose our appetites when Japanese food is served to us in a set meal. These Japanese restaurants in Singapore pile on the works with dishes they specialise in – including tempura, sushi, chirashi, kurobuta and other umai (that’s Japanese slang for “delicious”) treats. Y’know what they say: the more the merrier!
One of our go-to Japanese restaurants. Consistently great sashimi, sushi, but the Oyakodon is worth a try – it’s the epitome of comfort food. Lunch and dinner sets come with miso soup and fruit, and are priced below $20 and $30 respectively. We like their flagship outlet at Orchard Hotel best.
Akashi, multiple locations. See website for the outlet nearest to you.
There are 18 bento sets on the menu to choose from at varied prices but most go for their signature Chirashi Sushi set ($25). This rice bowl is generously topped with thick slices of assorted raw fish, tamago, and fish roe, fulfilling every sashimi lover’s dream.
Chikuwa Tei, 9 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238959, 6738 9395
Presuming you’re familiar with Tonkotsu King’s and Tendon Ginza Itsuki’s penchant for complimentary side dishes, expect nothing different from this Gyoza-specialised store of the Ramen Keisuke franchise. It’s always a tough fight for us between the Tonkotsu King Gyoza (pork with tonkotsu broth) and Keisuke Gyoza (prawn and chicken with crab ramen broth), but we struggle the hardest with Gyoza King’s myriad of eight side dishes. Unfortunately – from its assortment of chicken nanban, stir-fried egg with chinese chives, stir-fried brinjal, deep-fried tofu and more – you can only pick two. Talk about #firstworldproblems, right?
Gyoza King, 1 Tras Link, #01-15 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867, 6604 6674
With three live stations – teppanyaki, robatayaki, and sushi – and various bento options available, Mikuni is a forerunner in this value-for-money set meal game. Their Premium Bento Set has a total of 9 dishes from all stations; the Business Bento Set has 8 and is a fab choice for seafood lovers, and the robatayaki and teppanyaki live counters will keep the entire gang entertained and well fed. See here for more info.
Mikuni,80 Bras Basah Road, Fairmont Singapore Level 3, Singapore 189560, 6431 6156
Japanese BBQ, anyone? Choose from two set menus to choose, each with 12 courses, including 3 different cuts of wagyu beef, and a salad and dessert of your choosing. It doesn’t come cheap (prices start from $179 for 2) but for good quality meat, it’s worth every penny.
Gyu Kaku, multiple locations. See website for the outlet nearest to you.
Citing Salvador Dali as an influence, this Tiong Bahru establishment harbours a philosophy that yearns to bring both simplicity and complexitiy to one’s jaws. And boy, did our jaws drop when we stumbled upon Ikyu’s brimful set lunches. As if main courses like barachirashi, unagi shirayaki and sakura chicken weren’t enough, these are all served with soup, appetiser and dessert. But if you’d rather be kept on your toes, you can always trust the chef with Ikyu’s Omakase menu.
Ikyu, 5 Yong Saik Street, Singapore 168643, 6223 9003
This is one yakiniku joint we have absolutely no beef with! Please excuse the puns, though you can’t blame us for being over the moon with its drool-worthy wagyu beef sets. Dig into the prime cuts of Ito Kacho’s beef selection – all aged and chilled instead of being conventionally frozen – with any of its three set meals. Order the Matsu Set for premium short ribs, rib fingers and short plates; or the Ume Set for chuck ribs, karubi plates and even kurobuta pork belly.
Ito-Kacho, 333A Orchard Road, #04-08/09/10 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897, 6836 0111
Tired of Chinese steamboat? Try shabu shabu, where the emphasis is on the natural flavour of the meat. This restaurant specialises in pork, but beef is available too. Various sets are on offer, with appetizers, vegetables, and your choice of udon, ramen, or rice. Three dipping sauces are also provided.
Ohsumi,5 Koek Road, #03-24/28 Cuppage Plaza, Singapore 228796, p. 6235 6178
Specialising in charcoal-grilled skewers with a wide range of meats, their menu offers both lunch and dinner sets. The mixed kushiyaki set gives you 5 skewers, rice, an appetizer, salad, miso soup and fruit. There are other sets available, like the unagi don set or the soba set.
Shin Kushiya, multiple locations. See website for the outlet nearest to you.
This tempura-only restaurant only has set menus, but the queue can go out the door! The chefs make a show of their tempura skills, which deserve your rapt attention because the food is excellent. Light, non-greasy batter paired with fresh ingredients. Call ahead for reservations – this restaurant only seats 28.
Tenshin, 1 Cuscaden Road, #03-01 The Regent, Singapore 249715, p. 6735 4588
Craving something deep-fried but not too oily? Authentic tonkatsu will do the trick. At this Tonkatsu specialty chain, try their signature Kurobuta pork katsu set. Don’t fancy pork? There are other katsu sets, like the mixed seafood katsu set or the chicken katsu set.
Tonkichi, multiple locations. See website for the outlet nearest to you.
While prices for their a la carte menu are not cheap, their bento set lunches are. Priced just below $30, you get a whole lotta bang for your buck: sashimi, sushi, or rice, an appetizer, a main, chawanmushi, miso soup, and fruit.
Tatsuya,22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221, p. 6737 1160
Have kids? Let the teppanyaki chefs entrance them with their skills while you kick back and eat. Lunch and dinner teppanyaki sets are both available, along with the usual bento sets.
Tatsu Sushi,30 Victoria Street, #01-15/15A/16 Block F, The Gallery, CHIJMES, Singapore 187996, p. 6332 5868.
This is one of the go-to places for omakase sets. Their most expensive set comes up to a measly $60 for 12 courses that include items like wagyu, sea urchin, and other exotic stuff.
Teppei,1 Tras Link, #01-18 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867, p. 6222 7363