Got a craving for Japanese nosh? Here are six places to get your Japanese fix (without skimping on quality) at affordable prices
Sushi, sashimi, ramen, and more – if it’s Japanese food that gets your tum rumbling, we’ve got a guide for you. We all know that good Japanese food runs at a premium because of imported ingredients, but if you know where to look, you can sit down to a hearty bowl of chirashi don, sushi, and shabu-shabu at prices that won’t leave you reeling in sticker shock.
For a modern Japanese spread: Yuba Hut
This casual modern Japanese dining concept has just opened its doors in Heartland Mall and prides itself on its affordable aburi donburis that start from just $8.90. Options include hamachi salmon, mekajiki, tamago, and more – all partially torched for a distinctive smoky note. The restaurant also offers more contemporary Japanese dishes like cheesy unagi aburi don and cream cheese mentaiko salmon.
Yuba Hut, #01-19/20 Heartland Mall, Block 205, Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530205.
For sushi: The Sushi Bar
There’s always a line to get into this no-frills joint, but we’ll gladly wait patiently for delights like their salmon maki. Despite being just $1.80 per piece, you’ll get a nice, thick slice of salmon on each maki. The Sushi Bar’s menu is extensive, so you’re bound to find countless more budget offerings. Also try the salmon donburi and the salmon aburi roll which are just as affordably priced.
The Sushi Bar, The Sushi Bar, #04-28 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213, p. 9653 6464.
For ramen: Kuro-Obi
The flagship restaurants of the Ippudo ramen franchise might leave a lil’ bump in your wallet, but its latest sister outlet at Marina Bay Sands will save you a couple of bucks. Kuro-Obi Singapore is brand’s second overseas venture outside of New York, and serves its signature tori-paitan ramen – a slow-cooked broth that uses a chicken soup base. Served quick to dispel the dinnertime queues, a bowl of ramen here goes for as low as $8.
Kuro-Obi, #B2-54/55 Marina Bay Sands, Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972.
For bara chirashi don: Sakuraya
In addition to being an affordable Japanese fish mart chain, Sakuraya offers an attractively priced selection of chirashi dons for takeaway or dine-in at their seating areas. At each of its three locations, you can pick-up a bara chirashi don or its negitoro tekka don (tuna sashimi and chopped fatty tuna) for just $15.
For shabu-shabu: Suki-Ya
Craving a lunchtime shabu shabu fix? You’ll struggle to find a better deal than Suki-Ya’s all-you-can-eat weekday lunch buffet from 11.30am to 4pm ($14.90++, valid at all outlets except Plaza Singapura and Bugis+). While its selection of beef, pork and chicken cuts aren’t spectacular as other restos, its selection of soup bases more than makes up for it; pick from choices like the classic kombu stock & simmered kelp, to the creamy butaniku broth and the spicy kimchi with miso.
For Japanese curry rice: Gohan-Ya (previously known as Kyoto Tsubaki-An Deli)
We swear: this has nothing to do with the fact that this humble curry haven is just down the road from our office in Telok Ayer! Run by Japanese staff who are always all-smiles, this small eatery frequently attracts the weary lunch crowd who can’t wait to dig into its signature katsu and karaage curry rice ($10). The sauce isn’t too thick and grainy, and it even has a welcome tinge of spice to wake you up in the morning. And did we mention karaage? The deep-fried chunks here are huge! Available for takeaways too.
Gohan-Ya, #01-19 China Square Food Centre, 51 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 048441, p. 9800 8000.
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