If you follow our website and social media accounts closely, you will have come to realise how much the Pandas love Japanese food. Previously wrote about some of the best omakase meals we have had since, as well as some of the affordable omakase experiences in Singapore. Here is an updated guide of Japanese Omakase we had in the past year, and strongly recommend you to visit soon too!
Goho Kaiseki & Bar
New hidden kaiseki bar and restaurant, Goho is by Proper Concepts (the team behind Rappu, Mezcla) looking to redefine kaiseki dining. As the new extension of Singapore’s Handroll bar, Rappu, you need to enter through Rappu to get to Goho which is located on level two of the shophouse. The setting of the 55-seater restaurant splits itself between the 2nd floor and an intimate mezzanine which serves as a lounge for cocktails or digestifs after your meal. At 53A Duxton Road. Review here.
Maetomo Japanese Cuisine Kaiseki & Sushi
Located at Sheraton Towers Hotel, Maetomo Japanese Cuisine Kaiseki & Sushi has been around for a few years but it was only until November last year where the restaurant opened up a new sushi counter. Lovely ambience from the entrance to the sushi counter room, decked in wooden furnishing and is a cosy space where you get a full view of how the chef prepares each course. At 39 Scotts Road #01-01. Review here.
Sakemaru Artisan Sake Hideout
Sakemaru along South Bridge Road is a restaurant which specialises in Sake pairing along with its Kappo-style Japanese cuisine. The space of Sakemaru is industrial style, unlike the typical conventional Japanese omakase setting. There are counter seats and regular tables, and the menu is a mix of ala carte and omakase set menus. At 55 South Bridge Road. Review here.
Located in Tanjong Pagar at level one of Orchid Hotel, Ryo Sushi offers one of the most affordable omakase meals in Singapore from S$38 helmed by Chef Roy. The other strong contender here is Teppei which I visited few years ago, and I was excited to finally check out Ryo Sushi for dinner. The space is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, which comprises of all counter seats and it can only accommodate about 5-6 diners as part of social distancing. At 1 Tras Link #01-06. Review here.
Omakase @ Stevens
Located along Stevens Road, Omakase @ Stevens has a pretty open concept and cosy space with counter seats, so you will be able to interact with the chef directly as part of the dining experience. I like the use of wooden finishing such as the table too and dining chairs, and overall the interior looks zen and apt for a Japanese Omakase meal. At 30 Stevens Road #01-03. Review here.
Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki
The restaurant specialises in beef kaiseki has been opened for a few years and decided to head there for my birthday last year. Was greeted to a wooden walkway when I entered the restaurant and I am glad I requested for the counter seats as there is a nice skylight above it. One distinct trait of Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki is that it uses Ozaki beef from Miyazaki, supposedly the only restaurant in Singapore which carries this breed. At 57 Tras Street. Review here.
Rockon Tokyo is a relatively new Japanese restaurant which specialises in obanzai Kyoto-style home cooked meals. Obanzai is a traditional type of Japanese cuisine native to Kyoto where most of the ingredients used hails from Kyoto as well. The shophouse space is a cosy 22-seater restaurant, helmed by head chef Sekiya Katsuyuki. There are limited tables, along with counter seats for a more intimate experience where you can catch the chef in action. At 106 Tanjong Pagar Road. Review here.
Always up for new Japanese restaurants, and am glad to check out the relatively new Japanese restaurant Ginza Shinto in the Robertson Quay precinct. The first impression of omakase restaurant is the clean, minimalist look in typical Japanese wooden finishing. Similar to most omakase restaurants, the bar counter table here takes centrestage in the interior and it definitely elevates the dining experience when diners are able to watch the chef at work. At 5 Mohamed Sultan Road. Review here.
Our love for Japanese Omakase never ends. Located in Regent Singapore, the newest to join the ranks is Taiga Dining, a 11-seater fine dining sushi-ya. Unlike most Japanese Omakase restaurant in Singapore where the interior leans towards wooden tones, the space of Taiga features dark wooden furniture set amidst an abstract mountainscape from Kōchi, where Chef Taiga hails from. The facade of the restaurant’s entrance features a white granite landscape, and it is at a quiet corner of Regent Singapore on the lobby level. At 1 Cuscaden Road #01-03/04. Review here.
Located within a shophouse along Mohamed Sultan Road, Fukui is amongst the newest Japanese Omakase restaurant to open in Singapore. The restaurant occupies the spot where Hashida Sushi was previously located at, with the interior decor staying very much intact. Of course, this is a new restaurant after all, and having been named Fukui, the backdrop of the restaurant has cleverly incorporated the mountainous landscape of the Fukui Prefecture in Japan. This was supposed to the restaurant’s founders next travel destination if the Covid pandemic did not bring a stop to the globetrotting sisters, and explore more of their favourite travel destination, Japan. At 25 Mohamed Sultan Road. Review here.
Tucked away in Onze building Tanjong Pagar, Kaunta Singapore is a cosy 20-seater omakase restaurant. Most of the seats are counter seats where it is a close interaction with the chef. I love my Japanese omakase meals, and Tanjong Pagar is definitely one hot breeding ground in terms of the omakase competition, from the likes of Rockon Tokyo, Ryo Sushi, and Hiryu. At 11 Kee Seng Street #01-12. Review here.
There aren’t many beef-centric omakase restaurants in Singapore and I was excited to make a reservation for Wagyu Jin, a new prefecture-focused Wagyu omakase concept in Shaw Centre Orchard Road. Led by Executive Chef Makoto Saito, the space is extremely intimate with a seating capacity of less than 20. Wagyu Jin adds to the extensive list of restaurants under the Les Amis Group. At 1 Scotts Road #02-12. Review here.
If you know, you know. Firstly, the entrance of Small’s is at a back alley behind The Refinery in King’s George Avenue in Lavender. Secondly, you need to walk through the back door and you will be greeted by the hidden space of Small’s restaurant. A dining concept by Chef Owner Bjorn Shen, Small’s started as a really small room attached to Chef Bjorn Shen’s flagship restaurant, Artichoke where it started as a pizza omakase concept, or how chef coined it, “a room of bad ideas.” At 115 King George’s Ave #02-02. Review here.
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