Top 10 Best Omakase Restaurants in Singapore
Few formal dining experiences are as revered or as frightening as omakase, a kind of Japanese dining in which visitors leave themselves in the hands of a chef and get a meal which is seasonal, classy, artistic and uses the finest ingredients readily available. In lots of methods, omakase is a spiritual buddy and counterpoint to kaiseki, the elaborate multi-course Japanese meal constructed around seasonality, quality components and basic preparations. There is one essential distinction. While kaiseki is a highly ritualized meal with a specific ups and downs, omakase changes with each celebration, with the chef making decisions about what to cook mid-course. The fact of omakase lies in the word itself– directly translated, it indicates “I leave it up to you.”
Omakase (Japanese: お任せ) is a phrase that translates to ‘I’ll leave it to you’. It’s commonly used when dining in Japanese restaurants, where a customer requests the chef to serve seasonal specialities, so as to ‘leave it to the chef’. Usually, this means that the customer is expecting the chef to innovate and surprise, as the meal is approached like an artistic performance. Now, get ready to feast! Sit back, relax, as Tropika Club presents you with the Top 10 Best Omakase in Singapore.
These are Tropika Club’s very own aggregated rankings, or ‘rankings of rankings’. We collect information from a variety of sources to ascertain the final rankings here. This is further refined through consulting the TripAdvisor rankings to decide the position of the choices here when there’s a tie.
1. Ginza Sushi-Ichi
Introduction: This is without a doubt one of the best omakase restaurants in Singapore. Hailing from the glitzy shopping district of Ginza, Ginza Sushi-Ichi replicates the intimate, exquisite experience of its original restaurant in Tokyo. Retaining its spot on the Michelin Guide for four years in a row (2016 to 2019), you can expect every dish they serve to be nothing short of excellent. Even the interiors abide by that principle; the counter where the chef prepares is fashioned from a 300-year-old cypress, the wooden ornaments adorning their walls are handmade by a famous carpenter in Nara.
Just one thing to note: they only allow children above 7 years old into their restaurant.
Offerings: You cannot miss the wild fresh bluefin tuna they serve. They only purchase stock directly from Hicho, a tuna distributer among the top 5 at the legendary Toyosu Market (formerly the Tsukiji Market). Wild Japanese Tuna is a prized delicacy, due to its relatively smaller catches. They carefully select every batch that heads to their kitchen.
It’s the same with the sea-urchins they serve; they go all out in purchasing sea-urchins from the first auction of the day, guaranteeing its freshness and top-notch quality.
Location: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Contact: +65 6235 5514
Introduction: Everything here is timeless, from its heritage black-and-white bungalow to the age-old tradition of omotenashi – service from the heart. Ki-sho, meaning “aristocratic craftsmanship”, aims to satisfy not only your appetite but your soul as well. With its L-shaped hinoki wood counter, and only two other dining rooms, Ki-sho lets you focus on the food on the table, and the people you’re eating with.
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Offerings: Just like the wild blossoms in springtime Japan, the Uni and Cavier dish is simply decadent – a harmony created with creamy Hokkaido sea urchin, luxurious Italian caviar, shiso flower and corn on a wasabi leaf. For a truly spirited evening, do try pairing their titillating dishes with sake recommended by their very own sommelier.
Location: 29 Scotts Road, Singapore 228224
Contact: +65 6733 5251
3. Shinji by Kanesaka
Introduction: This is an expansion of the 1-Michelin-Star restaurant in Ginza, helmed by its eponymous Chef Shinji Kanesaka. It’s an Edo-style sushi restaurant, fueled by Chef Kanesaka’s desire to share his love for timeless Japanese culinary traditions.
Offerings: A team of Japanese artisan chefs prepare all the dishes here, under the watchful eyes of Master Chef Koichiro Oshino. During their lunch service, they offer the Omakase Yume, a selection of appetiser, sashimi, cooked dishes, nigiri sushi, before ending it with soup and Japanese fruit. Of course, you can truly leave it all to the chef with the Chef’s Omakase Special.
They also have the Setsugetsuka Sushi Course Sets, which come in 9 pieces, 12 pieces, or 15 pieces (the 9 pieces set is only available at the Carlton Hotel branch).
But dinner is where they shine. You can feast with the Omakase Shin, their premium course offering an appetiser, sashimi, cooked dishes, nigiri sushi, soup and Japanese fruit. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch the Omakase Wa, their seasonal course.
Location: Carlton Hotel: 76 Bras Basah Road, Lobby Floor, Singapore 189558 | St. Regis: 29 Tanglin Road, Lobby Floor, Singapore 247911
Contact: Carlton Hotel: +65 6338 6131 | St. Regis: +65 6884 8239
Introduction: Shoukouwa specialises in the delicate art of edomaesushi – Edo-style sushi. This tradition dates back to the Japanese Edo era, a time where the arts and culture had a resurgence against the backdrop of economic growth and isolationist policies. Since ice was expensive refrigeration systems were difficult to come by, sushi had to made from fresh ingredients from the nearby waterways. That way, it could be served and consumed quickly, preserving its freshness.
At Shoukouwa, that tradition is alive and well. After honing their craft and artistry at the formidable Ginza establishments, the skilful chefs at the restaurant only serve the finest and freshest ingredients.
Offerings: Like the best omakase restaurants in Singapore, they import fresh seafood daily from the Toyosu Market. Their menu changes with the seasons, so only the best treasures from the Japanese shores are served on their tables.
They serve the Mio menu, where you can get a taste of the indulgent flavours at Shoukouwa with a selection of appetisers, Nigiri Sushi, Miso Soup, Japanese Omelette, and dessert.
Their Hana Omakase set is served during lunch and dinner. With the tireless artistry of their chefs, this is where you can truly experience the resplendence of the seasonal treasures from the Japanese shores,
Location: 1 Fullerton Rd, #02-02A, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
Contact: +65 6423 9939
5. Hashida Sushi
Introduction: A brainchild of celebrity chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida, this restaurant actually originated from his father, Master Sushi Chef Tokio Hashida in Tokyo. With his close connections with top suppliers, there’s no wonder why the finest seafood from Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Kyushu ends up at their kitchen.
Offerings: While the many inherited recipes sets the pace and tone for the food at Hashida Sushi, Chef Kenjiro Hashida leaves his mark with his personal mix of rice and vinegar blend . Their Stewed Ankimo is renowned, and a perfect pair to the dish is the chef’s sake label from the Ishikawa prefecture.
Location: 25 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238969
Contact: +65 8428 8787
6. Ryo Sushi
Introduction: This omakase restaurant will be a break for your bank account. A modern haunt, they open till 10.30pm, so if you’re having a late night at the office. You can just treat yourself here before heading home.
Offerings: Their 15-course menu comes in at only $38, and you get their Hijiki Seaweed Salad, Edamame, Truffled Onsen Egg, 9 pieces of Assorted Sushi, Hand Roll, Small Chirashi Bowl, and a bowl of soup. Though you can only catch this menu for lunch.
In their $68 18-course menu, you get the same things but with Premium Sushi that includes the mouth-watering fatty tuna. If you shell out another 30 dollars, you’ll get the prized sea urchin in your assortment of sushi, and the Small Chirashi Bowl is replaced with the Small Sea Urchin Rice Bowl.
Location: 1 Tras Link, #01-06 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867
Contact: +65 6443 3463
7. Sushi Jiro
Introduction: With over two decades’ worth of experience under the supervision of Nakano Jiro-San, they never fail to offer an authentic Japanese dining experience. They are driven by the respect for traditional methods of preparing Japanese cuisine, meticulous with the spotless execution of each dish.
Offerings: They only cook with their fresh ingredients, which are air-flown from Japan four times a week. Dine like the echelons of high society with their opulent Uni Ikura Caviar glass with gold foil. If you’re looking for more casual fare, enjoy the scrumptious comfort of their udon and tempura.
Location: No.2 Keppel Bay Vista #02-01, Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore 098382 |
Contact: +65 6252 4333
8. Fat Cow
Introduction: Taking inspiration from the Japanese concept of ‘wabi-sabi’, the interiors of Fat Cow is humble, modern. All 3,500 square feet of the restaurant pays homage to the art of finding beauty in the simple things.
It’s modest interiors perhaps lets the dishes by Chef Shigeru Kasajima shine. He prepares his dishes from behind the sleek counter, where you might be even to talk to him.
Offerings: Just as the name suggests, you can find one of the finest cut of Wagyu beef here. Handpicked from select farms across the world, you can have your beef prepared over different Japanese preparation methods: Sukiyaki, Shabu-Shabu, or Hobayaki. Though the most popular method remains to be Sumibiyaki (Charcoal-Grilled).
Location: 1 Orchard Blvd, #01-01/02,
Camden Medical Centre, Singapore 248649
Contact: +65 6735 0308 | +65 9452 7814
9. NAMI Restaurant & Bar
Introduction: What could be better than Japanese fine dining 24 storeys up, with the glinting city from beyond the windows. Hailing from Yokohama, Head Chef Shigeo Akiba has an illustrious career spanning over three decades. The highlights of which including preparing for the banquet during the wedding between Japan’s Prince Akishinomiya and Princess Kiko, as well as serving Former Emperor Akihito as he dined at Nadaman Tokyo.
With the refined, authentic Japanese cuisine a perfect complement to the city’s panorama, this restaurant is certainly deserves its perch as one of top omakase restaurants in Singapore.
Offerings: The Sakura Omakase by Chef Yutaro is a pure odyssey, You begin with Hassun: a glorious medley of appetiser that includes Cherry Blossom Jelly with Sea Urchin, Hokkaido Crab and Caviar, Nanohana Karasumi Ae,
Marinated Sakura Snapper Press Sushi,
Homemade Goma Tofu, and Asari Soramame Chawanmushi. Then you’ll be served the Spring Radish with Ebi Shinjyo soup. The Sashimi features air-flown fish from the Toyosu Market.
Then Agemono – Spring Mountain Vegetables Tempura – is served, before the Yakimono: Grilled Sawara Yu-anyaki Style. Then the Shokuji, Sakura Ebi, Shirasu Kamameshi served with Miso Soup, will be your penultimate dish. To end off your meal, you’ll be having Dessert consisting of seasonal fruit and Sakura Daifuku.
Location: 22 Orange Grove Rd, Tower Wing, Singapore 258350
Contact: +65 6213 4398
10. Sushi Mitsuya
Introduction: Last but not least, Sushi Mitsuya also has all the makings of a great omakase restaurant in Singapore. With the intimate hinoki-wood counter and the impeccable skills of its Head Chef, Ryosuke Harada, expect a bespoke dining experience as they take the art of omakase to new heights.
Offerings: Just like Shoukouwa, Sushi Mitsuya also specialises in edomaesushi. But Chef Harada infuses the menu with his own contemporary flair through his innovative creations.
The overarching theme of the menu is the fable of ‘Lesson of the Three Arrows’, about ow Lord Moori Motonari showed his three sons that one arrow alone can be easily broken, but three arrows held together is impossible to break. It signifies the strong bond between the three partners of the establishment.
Location: 60 Tras Street, #01-01, Singapore 078999
Contact: +65 6438 2608
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