Fine Japanese cuisine is known for its hefty price tags, but here are a couple of top-notch restaurants that will satisfy without bursting the bank.
Flock to this lively Izakaya (a casual Japanese drinking bar) for excellent Japanese-inspired snacks and sakes. Accompany house favourites like the miso black cod soup, smoked baby back ribs and slow-cooked octopus with one of their standout specialty cocktails.
Where: 1 Keong Saik Road
Taking up residence on the corner of Blair Street, the chefs at Chotto Matte expertly integrate Japanese techniques with Western influences, serving dishes at wallet-friendly prices. The dimly-lit dining area ensures attention is squarely fixed on the glistening plates of sushi, sashimi and yakitori, and gourmands can order an omakase feast at the private sushi bar.
Where: 54 Blair Road
Celeb chef Hal Yamashita brings us a slew of contemporary Japanese gourmet food executed with precision. Incorporating only the freshest, air-flown ingredients, his signature dishes include the delicate wagyu-wrapped sea urchin topped with caviar ($15 per serving) and wagyu beef sukiyaki, swapping out the raw egg dip with a generous serving of uni. The best deals here are the set lunches – choose either the Sushi Roll Set at $18++ or the Jyu Box Set at $32++.
Where: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Festive Walk Resorts World Sentosa
Singapore Women’s Weekly, November 2015
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