Lately it seems like everywhere you look in the Lion City there’s a sushi joint peddling hand rolls and hamachi to the masses. You’ve had California rolls in the mall, tempura next to the river, and even unagi delivered right to your door. With so many options, it can be hard to separate the chutoro from the otoro. Well as always, UrbanJourney is here to help you suss out the best of the best, which is why we’ve put together our handy guide to some of our favorite Singapore sushi spots.
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.
Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, #B1-01/02
Tel: +65 6735 8887
Hours: 11am – 11pm
#01-01A Tanglin Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 6732 8662
Hours: 12pm – 10:30pm
Although 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, try the ‘omakase’ style meal, which means you put yourself in the capable hands of Chef Ronnie and his Japanese chefs and let them surprise you with delectable bites like sweet Hokkaido scallops, savory sashimi of Arctic char from the Miyagi prefecture, purple sprouts from Fukuoka and their special Aburi (seared) sushi.
We love all of the seared sushi—the quick blast of heat adds a lovely texture and flavor to the fresh fish. Just ask for seared sushi and the chefs will serve you up an outstanding omakase style meal.
22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel
Tel: +65 6887 4598
Hours: Daily: 12pm – 3pm, 6:30pm – 11pm
The Sushi Bar at Far East Plaza
It may look like nothing more than a tiny hole-in-the-wall shopping mall sushi joint, but pass The Sushi Bar at Far East Plaza by and you’ll be missing out on ridiculously fresh fish and fine meats artfully prepared with passion and priced just right. This is high-quality Japanese food without the pretentiousness and steep price tags, which is exactly why the place gets packed during peak hours.
The Salmon Aburi Sushi ($14.50) and Salmon Sashimi are to die for, and rotating specials like the Kagoshima So-Ho Black Wagyu beef, Negitoro Maki and Geoduck mean there is always something new and delicious to try.
14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #04-28
Tel: +65 9653 6464
Hours: Mon – Fri: 12:30pm – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9pm, Sat: 12:30pm – 9pm
391B Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City #05-34/35
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 flavorful yakitori like the Nasu Miso Yaki(grilled eggplant with sweet miso sauce), signature rolls like the Shiok Maki (avocado, unagi and salmon drizzled with mayo and tobiko) and fine fish dishes like the swordfish and tuna Carpaccio.
Koh Sushi is known for its Shiok Maki, but we much prefer the Shiok Next Generation—instead of eel you get juicy plump prawns. Be sure to ask for the sauce on the side.
435 Orchard Road, #04-21 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 9180 3805
Hours: Daily: 11:30am – 10:30pm
For great Japanese food that is 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 for your gustatory pleasure. This place can get pretty hopping during peak lunch and dinner hours, so plan accordingly if you’re in a rush or don’t like queuing for a table.
The Spicy Salmon Handroll ($2) is absolutely drool-worthy, as is the Salmon Lobster Salad Roll ($3.60) and the piping hot Deep Fried Gyoza ($2.40 for 3 pieces).
ION Orchard #B2-18
Tel: +65 6509 8911
Hours: Mon – Thurs, Sundays, 11am to 10pm, Fri – Sat, 11am to 11pm
Shinji by Kanesaka
It doesn’t get more authentically Japanese than this venture by Michelin-starred chef Shinji Kanesaka. Located in the iconic Raffles Hotel, the restaurant features minimalist Edo-style design including a sushi counter carved from a 220 year old Japanese hinoki tree. Put your meal in the hands of the skilled chefs with the omakase menu and see why the spot has been named number 35 by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
1 Beach Road Raffles Hotel #02-20
Tel: +65 6338 6131