Best chirashi don in Singapore
One of my go-tos at any Japanese restaurant is chirashi. The combination of fresh sashimi, pearl rice, and a hint of shoyu marinade makes for a satisfying, simple meal that hits the spot every time. If you’re in the same camp, here are some of the best chirashi don you can find in Singapore, with options to suit any budget.
1. Chirashi King Kong
Chirashi King Kong is one of the most affordable options there are, with outlets in Tanjong Pagar, Millenia Walk, and more. Prices start from $8.90 for their Light Salmon Bowl. Their Salmon Mentaiko ($10.90) is a popular choice, with house-made mentaiko sauce dressing melt-in-your-mouth aburi salmon slices. Otherwise, the Bara Chirashi ($14.90) is another popular one. Few things on the menu go above $20, including their King Kong Bowl ($16.90), which comes with luxurious bluefin tuna belly and ikura. All bowls come with truffle rice too, rather than plain sushi rice.
Read our Chirashi King Kong review.
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Many come to Omoté to feast on their array of Modern Sushi Bowls, starring chirashi don in a variety of flavours. Some highlights include the Unagi Chirashi Don ($25.80++), where classic chirashi is jazzed up with pieces of grilled unagi, Wasabi Chirashi ($17.80++), complete with a mouthwatering sauce, and the Truffle Roasted Garlic ($21.80) option, for a double whammy of truffle oil and garlic sauce. If you’re on a budget, though, their Omoté Chirashi ($12.80++) is a great bet, and doesn’t skimp on generous cubes of sashimi. There’s also the option to upsize for another $6!
Address: 301 Upper Thomson Road, #03-24A, Singapore 574408
Tel: 9450 1020
3. Umi Nami
Umi Nami is a hidden Japanese food gem at Holland Village, offering sashimi don bowls from just $10 nett. Order their Bara ($10) don for a mix of freshly cubed salmon and rice, or go straight into treat yourself territory with their Salmon Ikura Don ($25), an umami bomb of fatty fish, salmon roe, and tangy pearl rice.
Read our Umi Nami review.
Address: 8 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277674
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Hokkaido-ya may be best known for their overflowing ikura bowls, but they do make a decent bowl of chirashi too. Prices start at $13.90++ for the Bara option, which is also available in spicy form, for the same price. Alternatively, get yourself a dose of truffle oil to go with your don when you order their Truffle Bara Chirashi ($14.90++).
Read our Hokkaido-ya review.
Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk, #02-153, VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6376 8387
5. Ninja Chirashi
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If you stay in Tampines and are hankering for Japanese food that won’t break the bank, head to Ninja Chirashi. This neighbourhood stall’s signature Ninja Chirashi ($9.90) comes with thick slices of salmon and tuna, as well as chunks of tamago, but there’s also the Salmon Don for the same price if you don’t fancy tuna. If you want to splurge, try the Ninja Lord Don ($19.90), an upsized portion with scallops, amaebi shrimp, ikura, and ebiko in the mix too.
Address: 824 Tampines Street 81, #01-36, Singapore 520824
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 2pm, 6pm to 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 2pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 8181 0780
Monzen@Gardens brand themselves as a donburi specialist, with a wide selection of both cooked and raw don bowls available for under $20. There are four types of chirashi on the menu, all of which feature their house-made shoyu marinade: Bara ($15.80++), Aburi ($15.80++), Mentaiko ($17.80++), and Chirashi ($15.80). The last option features sliced, rather than cubed fish.
Read our Monzen@Gardens review.
Address: 1 Maju Ave, #01-09, Singapore 556679
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 8383 9977
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Koji may be small in size, but the dishes that come out of that kitchen pack tons of flavour. Though most know them for affordable omakase, Koji also makes a delicious Sashimi Bowl, priced at just $18++. Fresh cubes of salmon, tuna, and white fish dress the rice, finished with a heaping spoonful of tobiko and puffed rice for extra crunch. Add $1 to change your dish to mixed rice, or $9 for some uni on the side.
8. Waa Cow
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Waa Cow’s Premium Chirashi ($17.90++) sees a medley of sashimi-grade seafood tossed in a house-made sauce with aged shoyu atop sushi rice. Expect to get a duo of tobiko and ikura, salmon, tuna, squid, and more in this decadent bowlful. If you prefer your chirashi with mentaiko sauce, then choose between the normal ($19.90++), and spicy ($20.90++) options, or go for the unique Kimchi Chirashi ($19.90++) to satisfy your cravings.
9. Tanuki Raw
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Go to Tanuki Raw for lunch and get your hands on their Chirashi ($19.90++). This bowlful contains a whole spectrum of seafood, from tuna and aburi salmon belly, to swordfish, white tuna, yellowtail, and more. Level this up with their Tanuki Kaisen Chirashi ($24.90++), which includes uni, negitoro, and scallops in the mix. If you prefer to have udon instead of rice, then add $1 to swap the grains to their signature Chilled Yuzu Udon.
10. Sushi Bar
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Sushi Bar has long been a staple in the affordable Japanese restaurant scene in Singapore. Their Kaisen Chirashi Don ($22.90++/$26.90++) is a bestseller, featuring thick-cut slices of salmon, yellowtail, tuna, aburi salmon belly, scallop, ikura, and tamago atop vinegared rice. For something more affordable, their Bara Chirashi comes in at just $19.90++, with cubed fish instead.
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Famous Japanese restaurant Sen-ryo is home to high-quality Japanese restaurant fare at relatively affordable prices. Their Premium Kaisen Irodori Don ($48++) is one to go for if you’re giving yourself a payday treat—a bowl of rice is heaped with premium ebi, scallops, fatty tuna, salmon, crab meat, and even uni. Fresh, real wasabi is served alongside to add a bit of a kick to the meal. For something slightly cheaper, but no less atas, get the Maguro Sashimi Trio Don ($32++), a bowl with three types of tuna: belly, lean fillet, and mince.
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #03-14, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6974 6782
12. House of Chirashi
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Another Eastside gem for some of the best chirashi is House of Chirashi. Each don bowl is immaculately presented and comes loaded with premium ingredients. Their Chirashi Don ($21.80++) sees assorted thick cubes of fish, including salmon belly and two types of ebi, dressed wih a medley of toppings. The rice here is premium Hokkaido sushi rice as well, so every grain is extra fluffy. If you want to share your meal with friends, then go for the XXL Signature Chirashi. Prices start at $188++ for a portion that feeds two.
Address: 430 Upper Changi Road, #01-05, East Village, Singapore 487048
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 8718 8666
Where to eat chirashi don in Singapore
Here are all the best places to eat chirashi don in Singapore, according to your budget. If you prefer to save but still enjoy your sashimi and rice, check out our cheap chirashi guide. Otherwise, there’s also our Japanese buffet guide for more all-you-can-eat Japanese food.
Feature image adapted from Omoté