It seems like everyone is falling in love with Japanese cuisine all over again these days.
2016 has had its fair share of newly opened Japanese dining concepts. And in recent months, we found a few more new openings on the rise.
Here’s some of the latest Japanese restaurants to consider.
Watch Head Chef Kent Seah prepares the sashimi and whip up your meal at SENS Singapore, a casual Japanese dining restaurant and bar located within TASTE grocer at Raffles Holland V.
SENS Singapore is led by award-winning Chef Martin Woo, whom also runs the contemporary Japanese gastropub Mo’mor Izakaya at Tanglin Post Office.
When you shop at TASTE grocer for seafood and frozen fare, the chefs at SENS Singapore take pleasure in cooking up your ingredients (with a nominal charge), and serve them to your table.
SENS Singapore offers dishes from a wide repertoire of sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, yakitori, tempura, noodles and rice, including a selection of appetisers, sides and desserts.
Highlights include Miyazaki Wagyu Tataki ($68.80); Beef Kaku Ni ($16.80); Foie Gras Teriyaki ($16); Sashimi Moriawase Mix ($48.80); Kurobuta Rosu Katsu ($17.50) and Surume Ika ($18.80).
Location: 118 Holland Avenue, Raffles Holland Village, #B1-12/13, Singapore 278997
Tel: +65 6262 5618
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 11am to 11pm
Founded in 1983 and fed over millions of hungry diners for the past 33 years, this is the first time that Guenpin is opening overseas here in Singapore. The Japanese brand specialises in authentic fugu dishes and prides itself in serving top quality fugu cuisine.
At the 32-seater restaurant, sake is a particularly good match for enjoying fugu cuisine. Guests are recommended to try the Fin Sake ($25) and Tsugi Sake ($15), which is a cup of heated sake with grilled fish fins – this will warm you up well on a cold night out.
Diners can order fugu cuisine from the a la carte menu or go for the Guenpin set menus (5-course $88 to 9-course $168) where you can enjoy fugu prepared in different cooking methods such as Sashimi, Deep Fry, BBQ Grill and Hot Pot.
Not an adventurous eater? You can go for the speciality Snow Crab set menu, or indulge over a mid-day lunch with non-fugu options such as salmon sashimi, tempura don and unagi don set meals.
Check out my full review of Guepin Fugu here.
Guenpin (玄品) Fugu & Snow Crab Japanese Restaurant
Location: 32 Maxwell Road, Maxwell Chambers #01-06, Singapore 069115
Tel: +65 6634 2916
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 12am / Sat to Sun 5pm to 12am
Formerly located at The Cathay, MISATO now has a new home featuring a refreshed look and a much more comfortable dining experience, the prices seems to have also increased, but remained affordable.
Expect a range of Japanese delights and main courses such as Okonomiyaki ($14.90), Ebi Wasabi Donburi ($16.80), Cha Soba ($13.80), Tonkatsu Set ($17.80) and a selection of fried items and side dishes include Cheese Korokke ($7.90), Tamagoyaki ($5.50), and handmade Gyoza ($6.90 for 6 pcs / $10.90 for 10 pieces).
Though there is a slight change in menu prices, MISATO is definitely not cutting corners when it comes to producing quality dishes as well as presentation. All the table and dining wares were custom-made and specially imported from Japan, including some of the ingredients in their dishes were also sourced from Japan.
Location: 176 Orchard Road #01-33E, Gastro+ @ The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Tel: +65 6235 2822
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 12pm to 10pm