Craving a holiday to Japan? As we won't know when it will be safe to travel again, why not have a Japanese experience here in Singapore?
Z-san, a Japanese expat living in our sunny island, has recommended seven of her favourite authentic Japanese restaurants in Singapore. They're all in the more affordable range and most of them will set you back less than $30 per pax.
Keep reading to check out seven affordable and authentic Japanese restaurants in Singapore!
One of Japan's most popular conveyor belt sushi chain restaurants, Sushiro was recommended for its large variety of fresh sushi. 🍣 The quality is also impressive for its affordable price and a meal will probably cost less than $20 per person.
📍302 Tiong Bahru Rd, Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-118, Singapore 168732
⏰ 11.30am - 10pm daily
#2 Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
Man Man is Z-san's go-to place for chargrilled Japanese eel in Singapore. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, the unagi is just like the ones back in Japan. It's served with side dishes like pickles, tamagoyaki and miso soup which have an equally authentic taste.
📍1 Keong Saik Road #01-01, Singapore 089109
⏰ Mon to Sat: 11:30am–3pm, 6–10:30pm; Closed on Sundays
#3 Sumire Yakitori House
Sumire Yakitori House is an established izakaya in Tokyo and their Bugis Junction outlet is their first overseas restaurant. Some of Z-san's favourites from the menu are the potato croquette, tomatoes wrapped in bacon and meatballs.
Aside from the food, the dark and intimate atmosphere and cosy interior design are also very reminiscent of restaurants in Japan!
#4 Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons
If you're looking for authentic Japanese ramen in Singapore, this is the place that Z-san recommends. There are four different types of ramen named after the four seasons and all of them have a rich, flavourful both and tender meat.
You get to grind the sesame seeds yourself before adding it to your bowl of ramen. There's also a free flow of eggs and bean sprouts.
#5 Ginza Tendon Itsuki
Tendon is often regarded as a simple and hearty soul food meal for many Japanese people especially during summer. The tendon in Ginza Tendon Itsuki has an authentic taste and even the restaurant is like a typical Japanese speciality eatery with counter seats in a confined space. Each set also comes with chawanmushi and miso soup.
📍101 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088522
⏰ 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm daily
Yayoi is Z-san's favourite restaurant for authentic teishoku-style Japanese cuisine. Teishoku meals have a healthy balance of steamed rice, miso soup, main dish, side dish and other items on a tray.
#7 Tomi Sushi
Tomi Sushi from Niigata, Japan is known for their koshihikari rice, sake and a wide variety of fresh seafood. The restaurant in Singapore offers the same authentic taste as you would get in Niigata! The menu has a wide variety of dishes from soba and wafu steak to sushi. The prices are a little higher than the rest of the restaurants on this list!
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Text by: GirlStyle SG