11 Japanese food in Tanjong Pagar, including fresh omakase & grilled wagyu beef

Take a brisk stroll through the bustling food streets of Tanjong Pagar and you’ll know at once that it’s the hot spot not just for authentic Korean cuisine, but also Japanese restaurants that serve everything from fresh sashimi to tender, grilled wagyu beef.

Since it’s another one of our favourite Asian fares, we’ve rounded up the best Japanese food in Tanjong Pagar that’ll make you go, oishii!

Teppan Kappou Kenji

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It’s not an ordinary omakase experience that you enjoy when you visit Teppan Kappou Kenji, a little cosy Japanese restaurant at the heart of Tanjong Pagar.

Instead, you’ll get to enjoy a “reverse” omakase experience, where you can share your preferred dishes with Chef Okumura, and he’ll do his best to include them!

Teppan Kappou Kenij’s personalised Omakase (from S$150) is perfect for seasoned omakase diners; whether you want to bring the best of all you’ve tasted together in one meal or explore exciting new creations, you’ll be able to do so here.

For everyone else, leave it totally up to Chef Okumura to prepare exquisite omakase dishes for you, depending on the seasons, no less.

At times, you’ll get to sink your teeth into fresh ocean delights like the Mie lobster and oyster from Isehima, and, during other periods, you’ll get to enjoy the light flavours of Ise Ebi and Akamoku seaweed from Mie too.

View Teppan Kappou Kenji’s menu and make a reservation on Chope.

Address: 99 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-01, Singapore 088520


Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki

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Wagyu beef lovers will embark on a gastronomic adventure when they dine at Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki, one of the rare Japanese restaurants that serve Ozaki beef from Miyazaki.

Whether a seven-course Set Lunch (S$180) or Omakase Dinner Course (S$480), the multi-dish meals here feature tender, flavour-rich beef at almost every step.

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The Omakase Dinner Course, for instance, lets you enjoy “Rosanjin” Style Ozaki Beef Sukiyaki with Soft Boiled Egg and Truffle, Ozaki Beef Dobin Mushi, and Char-Grilled Ozaki Beef, to name just a few. Even so, you won’t feel overwhelmed by the taste of beef because it’s served in small portions and in various styles.

For a sumptuous spread of Japanese-style wagyu, Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki at Tanjong Pagar is definitely the way to go.

View Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki’s menu and make a reservation on Chope.

Address: 57 Tras Street, #01-01, Singapore 078996


Mitsu Sushi Bar

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Have your pick between a la carte dishes and omakase meals at Mitsu Sushi Bar in Tanjong Pagar.

The a la carte menu features chef-recommended dishes like the Kaisen Don (S$36), which features fresh slices of assorted fish on rice, and Salmon Avocado Maki (S$26), which is a sushi roll with a refreshing combination of melt-in-your-mouth salmon and creamy avocado.

If you’re hoping to really savour the fresh seafood that Mitsu Sushi Bar ships in small batches five times a week (for ultimate freshness), try the Hamakaze (S$68) lunch set that includes an appetizer, five sashimi, eight sushi, soup, and dessert to complete the meal.

The omakase options are priced between S$68 and S$298 at this Japanese restaurant at Tanjong Pagar.

Enjoy up to 45% off when you purchase cash vouchers on Chope. You can also see the menu here.

Address: 21 Duxton Road, Singapore 089487


Niku Katsumata

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Wagyu beef cooked to tender perfection over crystal – that’s what you enjoy when you head to Niku Katsumata, a Japanese grilled meat restaurant that’s an offshoot of the original in Ebisu, Tokyo.

The wagyu beef here is actually grilled over crystal plates; the low flame and crystal ensure that the heat is distributed evenly over the meat, so the beef can become oh-so-tender without drying out.

The restaurant also chooses lean beef that’s moderately marbled, so you’ll get to savour the authentic flavours and textures of wagyu meat, just the way you should.

If it’s your first time here, try the Katsumata Course (S$98), which features seven dishes including simmered wagyu beef appetiser, wagyu beef sashimi, and yakiniku wagyu beef.

Enjoy 25% off when you get cash vouchers on Chope. You can also see the full menu here.

Address: 47 Duxton Road, Singapore 089511


Torasho Ramen & Charcoal Bar

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Torasho Ramen & Charcoal Bar’s extensive menu makes ordering difficult and the prices seem intimidating at first glance. However, if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly option for springy ramen, then this Tanjong Pagar Japanese restaurant is, in fact, the way to go.

One of Torasho Ramen & Charcoal Bar’s star dishes is the Tsukemen “Singapore Best” dipping ramen, which is priced at an affordable S$15. It features rich and flavourful seafood and tonkatsu dipping soup, and al dente ramen topped with fragrant charcoal-grilled pork.

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If you’re willing to spend extra to enjoy the restaurant’s side dishes, the Torasho Bundle (S$59) will make a great sharing experience between you and a friend. The set lets you have two ramen of your choice, three sides – wagyu corn, gyoza, and yaki imo, as well as a hot or cold green tea.

Enjoy 10% off Torasho Ramen & Charcoal Bar when you get cash vouchers on Chope. See the menu here.

Address: 32 Tras Street, Singapore 078972


Kyuu by Shunsui

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Located in the Tanjong Pagar area but closer to Outram Park MRT, Kyuu by Shunsui specialises in omakase, which it serves from 5pm – 8.30pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Omakase is priced at S$129 and includes seven kinds of sashimi, a cooked dish such as the Charcoal Grilled Big Prawn with Japanese Tomato Sauce, and a rice dish, which is Hokkaido Nanatsuboshi Rice with Overflowing Salmon Roe.

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For the ones looking for supper alongside drinks in the later hours of the evening, the Japanese restaurant also serves a la carte dishes such as grilled seafood, vegetable, and meat after 9pm, as well as over 100 labels of sake for you to enjoy.

Enjoy a 25% discount on Kyuu by Shunsui’s Omakase when you purchase cash vouchers on Chope.

Address: 29 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089136


En Dining

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Popular for its Japanese  ala carte buffet, En Dining lets you savour everything from fresh sashimi, fragrant stir-fried dishes, pearly don bowls, springy noodles, and hearty hotpot, to sweet desserts – all for just S$58 per pax.

The dinner buffet is available from Monday to Saturday, from 5.30pm – 10pm. Only on Saturdays can you enjoy the lunch buffet from 11am – 3pm.

Reviewers enjoy the generous assortment of Japanese food available here as well as its pleasant ambience, perfect for long hours of food and conversation.

Make a reservation at En Dining on Chope.

Address: 168 Robinson Road, Capital Tower, #01-10, Singapore 068912


Tendon Ginza Itsuki

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Even if you’re not a huge fan of tempura, you might just fall in love with the tempura donburi here at Tendon Ginza Itsuki, the first shop in the row of buzzy eateries lining the Tanjong Pagar food stretch.

Chefs at this cosy Japanese restaurant deep-fry the tempura only when you order; they fry the meat and vegetables separately, timing everything so that every ingredient is cooked to golden, crisp perfection.

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The tempura here is light and drizzled with special sauce, plus, topped with an onsen egg for a nice breakaway from the fried ingredients.

There’s no need to wreck your brains over what to order here because there are only limited options available: the Chicken and Mushroom Tendon (S$13.90), Vegetable Tendon (S$13.90), or Seafood Tendon (S$17.90).

Our personal favourite? The Chicken and Mushroom Tendon, which features tender chicken thigh and chicken breast, chewy Shimeji Shitake Mushroom, crunchy asparagus, and sweet pumpkin. You’ll already be looking forward to the next time you visit after your first bite.

Address: 101 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088522



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Look forward to really fresh sashimi and plenty of sake options at Niningashi, arguably one of the best ​​izakayas (which translates literally to “stay drink place” in Japanese) in Singapore.

Sake connoisseurs will delight in the large selection of sakes available on the menu, as well as the nomihodai, which translates to “drinking party” and refers to the all-you-can-drink option, that’s priced at S$35 for 90 min and S$55 for 150 min.

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Indulge in some of the best sashimi you can get with the signature Assorted Sashimi sets too. Choose either five kinds (S$29.80), seven kinds (S$37.80), or nine kinds (S$45.80) of sashimi in your set; as a rough guide for how much to order, the set with nine kinds of sashimi is enough for three people to share.

Address: 2 Craig Road, Singapore 089662


Hana-Hana Japanese Restaurant

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A S$50 price tag doesn’t sound budget-friendly at all – until you tag it to Japanese omakase. Hana-Hana Japanese Restaurant’s Lunch Omakase set is priced at only S$50 and the Dinner Omakase at just S$88, which are way more affordable than most other omakase options out there.

Even if you’re skipping the omakase, there are still plenty of other tantalising options to choose from such as the crowd-favourite Kaisen Don (S$17.10), which stars generous chunks of seafood paired with fresh wasabi.

Address: 1 Tras Link, Orchid Hotel, #01-17, Singapore 078867

Mizuya @ Orchid Hotel

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Each time you visit Mizuya @ Orchid Hotel for omakase, your tastebuds will enjoy a gastronomic surprise.

This Japanese restaurant at Tanjong Pagar is best-loved for its creative omakase offerings that change with the seasons, with the current seasonal delicacy being the Ishigaki-Gai, the giant stone clam.

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Pamper yourself during your midday break with Mizuya’s Lunch Omakase (S$118), which features a starter and Chef Kenny’s special selection of 10 pieces of premium sushi.

Or, savour the unique flavours of the Dinner Omakase (S$168) by evening light; this includes two seasonal dishes, thin sliced white fish, assorted sashimi, and much more.

Anticipate the perfect alcohol pairing to complete your meal, thanks to the range of sake, whiskey, and beer on the menu too!

Address: 1 Tras Link, Orchid Hotel, #01-12, Singapore 078867


Feature image credit: Torasho Ramen & Charcoal Bar, En Dining

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