Coveted for its consistency, Akashi ticks all the right boxes with superb service, speedy delivery and great sushi at affordable prices. Their lunch and dinner sets are particularly good value for the money and you can choose from sushi or sashimi, tempura with soba noodles, and sukiyaki served with rice, salad, soup, and fresh fruit. You can’t go wrong with the URA Maki (reverse Cali roll) and the melt-in-your-mouth salmon belly aburi sushi.
Akashi, 290 Orchard Road, Paragon #B1-01/02, Singapore. p. +65 6735 8887. Open daily 11am – 11pm & 1 Tangling Road, Tanglin Shopping Centre #01-01A, Singapore 247905. p. +65 6732 4438. Open daily 12pm – 3pm, 6:30pm – 10:15pm
2. Ginza Sushi Ichi
Michelin-starred Ginza Sushi Ichi offers up just 23 seats in the minimalist dining room and at the gorgeous sushi counter made from a 200-year-old cypress tree. This is one of those spots where you’ll want to put yourself entirely in the chef’s skilled hands and go for the omakase menu. The fish comes straight from Tsukiji Market and most of their ingredients, including the rice and sauces, are flown in from Japan. Stop by the sake lounge next door for a pre or post-prandial drink.
Ginza Sushi Ichi, 20 Orchard Road, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel #01-04, Singapore 238865. p. +65 6235 5514. Open Tues – Sat 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 11pm, Sun 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm
With space for just 28 diners, Ishi Sushi offers a more intimate dining experience than your run-of-the-mill sushi spot. Grab a seat at the sushi counter to watch the chefs slice and dice quality cuts of fresh fish and arrange them into artful plates of sushi and sashimi. We suggest going for the great value chef’s omakase menu and letting the chef surprise you with multiple courses of premium seasonal fish flown in from Japan and delicious kaiseki-style dishes.
Ishi, 1 Nanson Road, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay #02-06, Singapore 238909. p. +65 9829 8239. Open daily 12pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
4. Itacho Sushi
For great Japanese food that’s quick, easy, and convenient, Itacho is the place to go. Write your order down on the forms provided, hand your form to the servers, and in no time flat delicious rolls, sashimi, and teriyaki will arrive at your table. Some of our faves include the spicy salmon hand roll and salmon lobster salad roll.This place gets hopping during peak lunch and dinner hours, so plan accordingly if you’re in a rush or don’t like queuing for a table.
Itacho Sushi, 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #B2-18, 238801 (and various locations around Singapore). p. +65 6737 8835. Open Sun – Thurs 11am – 10pm, Fri – Sat & PH, 11am – 11pm
5. Koh Grill & Sushi Bar
Located in Wisma Atria’s Food Republic, this bustling spot offers excellent Japanese cuisine made with fresh quality ingredients from around the world. Grab a seat at the bar and dig into flavourful yakitori like the nasu miso yaki (grilled eggplant with sweet miso sauce), signature rolls like the Shiok Next with avocado, prawns, and salmon drizzled with mayo and tobiko, and fresh fish dishes like the tuna carpaccio.
435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria Shopping Centre #04-21, Singapore 238877. p. +65 9180 3805. Open daily 11:30am – 10pm
Shoukouwa had only been open for four months when it was awarded two Michelin stars. Since then, the restaurant has been pleasing palates on the daily with ridiculously fresh seafood sourced from select suppliers in Japan. It’s all about the omakase menus with three different price points for lunch and two for dinner. With each meal you get elegant appetisers, miso soup, nigiri sushi, cooked dishes and dessert.
Shoukouwa, 1 Fullerton Road, One Fullerton #02-02A, Singapore 049213. p. +65 6423 9939. Open Tues – Sat 12pm – 3pm, Tues – Sun 6pm – 11pm
7. Hashida Sushi
Chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida learned the art of sushi making from his father, a master sushi chef, and he carries on the family’s proud history at his restaurants in Singapore and Tokyo. Hashida Sushi is housed in a two-storey shophouse on Mohamed Sultan Road and features organic flowing lines, natural wood, and two private rooms. The menu is omakase style, so you can set your budget and let the Japanese chefs work their magic with premium seafood and produce flown in from Japan.
Hashida Sushi, 25 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238969. p. +65 8428 8787. Open Tues – Sun 12pm – 3pm, 7pm – 10pm
8. Koji Sushi Bar
Koji Sushi has two locations, but our favourite is the original at Far East Square. Grab a seat at one of the high tables outside or along the long wooden bar inside and tuck into delicious sushi rolls, sashimi, and donburi sets. The sushi sets are great value for lunch, as they start at just $9++ and include salad and soup. For dinner we prefer to do go omakase style and let the chefs ply us with plates like the hamachi sashimi with black truffle and decadent sea urchin.
Koji Sushi Bar, 3 Pickering Street, China Square Central #01-42, Singapore 048660. p. +65 6225 6125. Open Mon – Sat 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm & 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre #03-28A, Singapore 179103. p. +65 6493 0122. Open daily 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
9. Sushi Ayumu
Taking over the previous Hashida Sushi space in Mandarin Gallery, Sushi Ayumu is helmed by chef Ryoichi Nakatani, who focuses on traditional edomae style sushi. The key is high-quality sushi rice from Hokkaido with a secret blend of three different vinegars, and fresh fish from Japan caught in just the right season to bring out the fattiness and full flavours. The menus are omakase style, so you get something new and exciting each time you visit.
Sushi Ayumu, 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery #04-16, Singapore 238897. p. +65 6733 2114. Open Tues – Sun 12pm – 3pm, 7pm – 10pm
10. Shinji by Kanesaka
It doesn’t get more authentically Japanese than this venture by Michelin-starred chef Shinji Kanesaka. Both locations at the Carlton Hotel and the St. Regis Singapore feature clean lines and light wood accents, which allows you to focus solely on the sublime edo-mae sushi. After just a few bites of buttery fish accompanied by perfectly seasoned rice, it’s easy to see why both restaurants have earned Michelin stars.
Shinji by Kanesaka, 76 Bras Basah Rd, Carlton Hotel Lobby Floor, Singapore 189558. p. +65 6338 6131. Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm & 29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore Lobby Floor, Singapore 247911. p. +65 6884 8239. Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm
Tucked away on the fourth floor of Mandarin Gallery, Suju offers cozy corners and homey vibes. There’s not a huge range of sushi on the menu, but everything is very fresh and authentically Japanese, as the fish is flown in from Tsukiji Market and the rice comes from Nagano. Ask for counter seating so you can see the chefs at work. The sushi and sashimi changes daily depending on whatever is in season and at its prime.
Suju, 333A Orchard Rd, Mandarin Gallery #04-05, Singapore 238897. p. +65 6737 7764. Open daily 11:30am – 10:30pm & 78 Airport Blvd, Jewel Changi #01-223/224/225, Singapore 819666. p. +65 6243 2466. Open daily 9am – 10pm
12. Akira Back
Michelin-starred chef Akira Back has 16 restaurants under his belt in diverse locations like Toronto, Dubai, Las Vegas, and Bangkok. His Singapore venue is a funky space in the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach and it serves up contemporary takes on sushi, sashimi and other Asian-inspired dishes. Interesting takes include the Pop Rockin rolls with spicy crab and pop rocks and the Brother From Another Mother with two types of eel.
Akira Back, 30 Beach Road, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, Singapore 189763. p. +65 6818 1914. Open Mon – Thurs 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm, Fri – Sun 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm
13. The Sushi Bar at Far East Plaza
It may look like just a tiny hole-in-the-wall shopping mall sushi joint, but The Sushi Bar at Far East Plaza offers up ridiculously fresh fish artfully prepared with passion. This is high-quality Japanese food without the steep price tags, which is exactly why the place gets packed during peak hours. The salmon aburi sushi and salmon sashimi are to die for, and rotating specials like the negitoro maki and geoduck mean there’s always something new and delicious to try.
The Sushi Bar, 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #04-28, Singapore 228213 (and locations in Ngee Ann City and Tampines). p. +65 9653 6464 (sms only). Open Mon – Thurs 11:30am – 3:30pm, 5pm – 9:45pm, Fri – Sat 11:30am – 9:45pm
14. Marui Sushi
With a mere three tables in a shoebox-sized space, Marui Sushi is easy to miss amid the myriad of Japanese restaurants and KTV bars in Cuppage Plaza, but it’s definitely worth seeking out. In fact, this is one of our favourite hidden Japanese gems because Chef Katayama puts out some seriously amazing sushi. Be sure to ask him about what’s on special that day because he’s always bringing in seasonal delicacies like oysters, crab, and yagara.
Marui Sushi, 5 Keok Road, Cuppage Plaza #04-01, p. +65 8611 4636, Mon – Sat: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Although it’s quite a bit pricier than your average sushi joint, Tatsuya is worth every penny for Chef Ronnie Chia’s divine creations made with fresh ingredients sourced from different regions of Japan. To get the best of the best, go omakase style and let chef Ronnie and his Japanese chefs surprise you with delectable bites like sweet Hokkaido scallops, Arctic char from the Miyagi prefecture, purple sprouts from Fukuoka, and their special aburi (seared) sushi.
22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221. p. +65 6887 4598 Open daily 12pm – 3pm, 6:30pm – 11pm
As soon as you walk up to the entrance of KOMA at Marina Bay Sands, you can tell this ain’t your usual sushi spot. The 20-metre path is lined with orange arches modelled after a Kyoto shrine, and inside the vast dining room there are soaring ceilings, a huge bell over a wooden foot bridge, and a striking semi-circular sushi bar. Start with a craft cocktail or sake, then sample innovative takes on Japanese dishes like the aburi hamachi salad and truffle unagi maki.
KOMA, 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B1-67, Singapore 018972. p. +65 6688 8690. Open Sun – Thurs 5pm – 12am, Fri – Sat 5pm – 2am