10 Bugis Restaurants For Affordable Unagi Don, Wagyu Buffet, Mala Tang, And More
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10 Bugis Restaurants For Affordable Unagi Don, Wagyu Buffet, Mala Tang, And More

22nd October 2021

Affordable Bugis restaurants

Bugis Town is a shopping, dining, and entertainment hub, with hundreds of options across all budgets and fancies. With so many tasty options to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to decide what you want to eat. To help you along, here’s a list of 10 Bugis restaurants for affordable unagi don, mala tang, and even a wagyu buffet!

1. BIZEN Okayama Wagyu Steakhouse

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Wagyu specialist BIZEN Okayama Wagyu Steakhouse works with farmers in Okayama Prefecture in Japan to bring in A3 Wagyu, grilled over charcoal. Choose from 20 different cuts, subject to availability, and opt for a 150g-sized Petite portion if you’re a dainty eater. 

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A Standard Ribeye ($48.90++) comes in a 220g portion, paired with your choice of two side dishes. We definitely recommend going for the shoestring French Fries ($2.50++), which are well salted and fried to a crisp. While they specialise in beef, they also have options such as Kurobuta Pork Katsu ($14.90++), and Yuzu Kosho Chicken ($10.90++) on the menu too.

Address: 154 Rochor Road, Bugis Street, Singapore 188429
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6908 7488

2. Zhang Liang Mala Tang

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Hailing from Harbin in China, Zhang Liang Mala Tang has over 5,800 stores globally. Head to their Bugis Junction branch to try their version of mala tang, where the broth is derived from beef bones, making for a richer, creamier soup base. Try their Mushroom or Tomato soup bases if mala isn’t for you!

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Get yourself a massive bowl of choice ingredients, starting with a base of udon, vegetables, mushrooms, and seafood including prawns, scallops, and fresh fish slices. It’s chargeable by weight at $2.88+/100g of ingredients, so you pay for what you pick!

Address: 200 Victoria Street, #01-90/91, Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6970 6658

3. Una Una

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Here’s a fun fact about unagi: the Japanese traditionally believe that eating unagi during the summer months helps give them stamina, and brings relief from the heat and humidity. Here in Singapore, where it’s summer all year round, we can enjoy this tasty delicacy at unagi restaurants such as Una Una.

una una - hitsumabushi

Go for the Unagi Hitsumabushi ($10.80++/$14.80++/$19.80++), which you can enjoy in three ways: first to savour the eel, then with the provided condiments, and lastly, add some dashi soup in and dig in! On the side, you can also order grilled items, including a whole Hokkaido Grilled Squid ($15.80++), and sushi such as the Philadelphia Roll ($13.80++), topped with torched salmon, and a dollop of cream cheese.

Address: 201 Victoria Street, #05-02/03, Bugis+, Singapore 188067
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6238 1011

4. Marutama Ramen

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Marutama Ramen is known for its tori paitan, a creamy chicken-based broth that’s paired with house-made noodles, chashu, aji-tamago, scallions, and specially-imported aosa, a type of Japanese seaweed. Their signature Marutama Ramen ($14.50++) is a comforting hug for your stomach that you should try if it’s your first time here. If you want more chashu, top up $4 to get the Char Siu Marutama Ramen at $18.50++, which has three more slices of marinated pork.

marutama bugis - beni chazuke

Exclusive to the Bugis+ branch is a Beni Chazuke ($8++), where white rice is topped with a jellified salmon bouillabaisse, tobiko, and preserved radish. On the side is a pot of piping hot tori paitan that you pour over the rice, melting the rich salmon essence into an indulgent broth.

Address: 201 Victoria Street, #04-02, Bugis+, Singapore 188067
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 9pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 9:30pm, Sun 11:30pm to 9pm
Tel: 6509 4460

5. Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory

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Get your chimaek game on at Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory, an offshoot of one of Korea’s biggest Korean fried chicken franchises. With more than 100 stores to their name in their native country, you know you’re in good hands. The Honey Butter Chicken ($30.50++) is a sweet-savoury basket of boneless chicken leg meat, tteokbokki, and potato wedges, dusted with a milky powder, sliced almonds, and dried cranberries.

chir chir - chir cream beer

Zhng-up your maekju with their Chir Cream Beer ($14.50++/$19.90++), where 350ml or 650ml of draught beer is topped with fresh whipped cream. Drink up, and snap a picture with your ‘stache. 

Address: 200 Victoria Street, #02-50, Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11am to 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6251 0598

6. Poulet

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Treat yourself to a Four-Course Feast at halal-certified Poulet for just $19.90++. The set starts with a Salad de Paris, followed with Poulet’s signature rotisserie chicken━you’ll get half a chicken with Mushroom Cream Sauce.

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For dessert, there’s Milk Pudding with Maple Syrup & Crushed Biscuit, and the meal is accompanied by a Berries Cooler drink that comes topped with fresh fruit. There are other mains that you can opt for, with a top-up. Do note that this set is only available on Mondays to Fridays, and at lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Address: 201 Victoria Street, #04-12, Bugis+, Singapore 188067
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6509 9411

7. Rocku Yakiniku

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Step into another world when you enter Rocku Yakiniku, with its punk-rock style and dark, intentionally roughed-up interiors. Get your own tabletop charcoal grill to go with the 100-minute Wagyu Buffet, which comes with more than 50 different items to choose from. It’s priced at $39.90++ at lunch, and $42.90++ at dinner, with an additional $3++ surcharge on Fridays to Sundays, public holidays, and eves of public holidays.

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There’s a free flow of Australian Wagyu cuts in this buffet, including Short Ribs, Oysterblade, and Finger Ribs. If that isn’t tempting enough, you can also eat your fill of Salmon, Tuna, and Swordfish Sashimi! For a non-Wagyu option, there’s also a regular buffet menu, priced at $27.90++ for lunch, $29.90++ for dinner, with the same $3++ surcharge. If you prefer to have it in the comfort of your home, get the Australian Wagyu Beef Set for 2 ($55.90+) delivered, or as a takeaway. 

Address: 201 Victoria Street, #04-06, Bugis+, Singapore 188067
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6634 3313

8. Ice Lab

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Head to Ice Lab at Bugis Street to beat the heat with their wide range of bingsu, or Korean shaved ice desserts. The Yoghurt Bingsu ($18+) is one of close to 20 flavours you can choose from, with cornflakes for crunch, and mixed berries for a dose of vitamins. Don’t forget to pour the provided milk over before you dig in!

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Pair your bingsu with Ice Lab’s signature range of ‘Ades, including a fruity Strawberry Ade ($7+), and bright hued Blue Ocean Ade ($7+), for more icy cold respites.

Address: 164 Rochor Road, Bugis Street, Singapore 188439
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11am to 11pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 1am
Tel: 6977 9665

9. Seoul Garden

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Seoul Garden is a familiar name for many of us, having been around since 1983. Known for their grill-and-steamboat buffet concept, they now bring to the table premium, yet affordably priced options. Go for the Premium Grill Bundle ($103++), now priced at $65++, that’s good for two to share. This works out to be just $32.50++ per person, and comes with Wagyu marushin, or sirloin tip, which has a marbling score of six, and Wagyu karubi, AKA brisket, with a marbling score of five!

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Besides the Wagyu, there’s also Mala Kimchi Chicken Chop, Salmon Fillet, Tiger Prawns, and even a whole jug of cold Korean Barley Tea that’s perfect to wash down the grilled feast. Otherwise, the Ultimate Sampling Platter ($78++) features the best of Seoul Garden’s beef selection. This platter includes US Super Prime Striploin, and Wagyu in the following cuts: zabuton, or chuck eye roll, picanha, the rump cap, and rostbiff━the rump. All the meats on this sampler have marbling scores of seven and above, out of the highest possible of 12.

Address: 200 Victoria Street, #02-52/52A, Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9:45pm
Tel: 6334 3339

10. Menya Musashi Niku Niku Do

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Have Gyu Katsu, a dish lesser seen in Singapore, at Menya Musashi Niku Niku Do. Only limited sets of the Gyu Katsu ($20.90++), prepared with Australian beef, are available daily. Top up $2++ to make it a set, which includes a bowl of rice and miso soup.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of gyukatsu, it’s a fried beef cutlet that’s purposely left rare on the inside. A mini stone grill is also sent to your table so you can lightly grill the beef to your preferred doneness. On the ramen front, they also have tsukemen, or dipping ramen, in Duck ($16.90++/$19.90++), Chicken Cutlet ($15.90++/$18.90++), or Shaved Cha Shu ($15.90+/$18.90++) variants.

Address: 200 Victoria Street, #B1-07, Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6884 6454

Where to eat in Bugis

These 10 restaurants are merely the tip of the dining iceberg that’s the Bugis Town collection of malls. With so many dining options covering all sorts of cuisines and budgets, there’s definitely something for every diner. 

Check out more Bugis Town restaurants here!

Photos taken by Lim Yu Hui.
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