Nothing's quite as soul-warming as enjoying a big pot of simmering broth with ingredients galore. Here are our top picks for shabu shabu in Singapore.
What do we love about Japanese hotpot? Not only is it a fun communal dining experience, but you also get variety in your meat and vegetable offerings. Think everything from wagyu beef and kurobuta pork to sweet cabbage and shiitake mushrooms. Plus, it’s a rather healthy, nutritious dish that doesn’t pack in the calories. So if you’re craving a hearty shabu shabu feast, these are the best restaurants in Singapore we recommend.
Best shabu shabu restaurants in Singapore
1. Xiabu Xiabu
This one isn’t a Japanese establishment, but the sentiment is still the same. Hailing from Taiwan, this is Xiabu Xiabu’s first overseas outpost. Individual duo pots are served with a soup base of your choice plus a complimentary portion of the mushroom soup base. Pick your meat set and a drink before heading towards the condiments bar to get your sauces and free-flow noodles. End it off with unlimited servings of shaved ice desserts to cool you down.
Xiabu Xiabu, #01-03/04, Lazade One, Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189554
2. Tsukada Nojo
This humble joint has been serving up steaming hot pots of chicken collagen soup since 2012. It even has its own farm in Kyushu! The chickens are raised with organic methods and strict quality control, and are shipped in limited numbers. We recommend going for the original flavour, but you’ve got choices from sukiyaki to white miso and even a spicy variation. Pick out your protein, carbs, and veggies, and watch as the collagen jelly melts away into a nourishing broth. Additional sides include nikumaki onigiri and chicken nanban.
Tsukada Nojo, multiple locations including Plaza Singapura and Thomson Plaza
For anyone that loves yuzu, the shabu shabu here will be a huge treat. This unassuming restaurant puts a citrusy twist to a beloved dish with its signature yuzu shabu set. It comes with a soup base made by simmering chicken bones before yuzu is added. Get slices of shirobuta pork collar and belly from Kyushu to go with it. Or go for the kaisen set if you’re in the mood for seafood. It includes scallops mussels, prawns, flower squid, and sliced fish.
Yuzutei, #01-01, Interlocal Centre, 100G Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118523
4. Shabu Shabu Gyu Jin
You pay a pretty penny for the menu at Shabu Shabu Gyu Jin, but it’s all worth it for the meat. You get a selection of courses to choose from. The “light menu” is available most weekdays, while the standard menu is available all week. For an added premium experience, opt for wagyu options.
Shabu Shabu Gyujin, #03-10, 100AM, 100 Tras Street, Singapore 079027
5. Shabu Jin
You might think of shabu shabu restaurants as casual, communal dining venues. But this one distinguishes itself by being one of the only upscale shabu shabu specialty restaurants in Singapore. The experience is available for both lunch and dinner. You get to pick an assortment of cuts, but remember to order some appetisers for the table too! It even has a niku festival menu featuring handpicked varieties of wagyu from different Japanese prefectures.
Shabu Jin, #01-15, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
6. Tampopo Grand
Besides slices of uber fresh sashimi, bowls of soba, and crispy katsu, Tampopo also serves up a mean kurobuta shabu shabu set. Simmered with mushrooms and tofu, the broth will enrich you. And if you can’t contain your love for its sliced kurobuta, take some home with you! All you have to do is prep a soup and you can have delish high quality meat ready in seconds.
Tampopo Grand, #04-28, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
7. Shabu Sai
You’ll have plenty of reasons to come back to Shabu Sai, because these hotpot geniuses offer a new soup base every month. From tonkotsu papaya soup to mala sour vegetable soup, Shabu Sai doesn’t shy away from the unconventional. You can also opt for a ‘yin yang’-style soup pot with two different flavours.
Shabu Sai, multiple locations including Suntec City, Orchard Central and Serangoon
8. Black Cow
Expect all things beef as this modern Japanese restaurant utilises high quality beef cuts in its shabu shabu offerings. The course menu offers seasonal starters, handpicked ingredients, dessert, and your choice of protein. You’ve got options like A5 wagyu beef, Hide-gyu beef, and zuwai kani crab. Very befitting of such a swanky venue.
Black Cow, #B1-20, South Beach Tower, South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road, Singapore 189768
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. While its selection of beef, pork and chicken cuts isn’t as spectacular as other restaurants, its selection of soup bases more than makes up for it. Pick from choices like the classic kombu stock and simmered kelp, or the creamy butaniku broth and the spicy kimchi with miso.
Suki-Ya, multiple locations including Bugis+, Marina Square and Plaza Singapura
Turn to these shabu shabu restaurants in Singapore for a deeply nourishing meal.