Cheap omakase in Singapore
Japanese cuisine is my favourite. Sadly, good sushi, ramen, sashimi, and yakitori can really burn a hole in your pockets. Worse still is omakase─or chef degustation menu─that features a selection of the chef’s best dishes, and can usually set you back at least $100++. Thankfully, more and more Japanese restaurants are starting to believe in delivering this special experience to the masses, by offering cheap omakase in Singapore!
1. Hana-Hana Restaurant
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Hana-Hana Japanese Restaurant is opened by the same people behind Teppei. Here, they specialise in kushiyaki, which is grilled food on skewers. At $40++, their Kushiyaki Omakase Set gives you eight kushiyaki as well as an appetiser. To complete your meal, you are also given a choice of main: grilled onigiri, chirashi donburi, chicken and egg donburi, or beef donburi. Top up $10++ for two more kushiyaki sticks if you feel eight won’t fill you up. There’s usually a waiting list, so an advance reservation is necessary.
Address: 1 Tras Link, #01-17, Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 2:30pm, 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6444 7753
2. Ryo Sushi
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We are baffled by how Ryo Sushi manages to stay afloat. Their lunchtime omakase starts from $38 and includes 15 courses: hijiki seaweed salad, edamame, truffled onsen egg, nine pieces of assorted sushi, a hand roll, a small chirashi don and soup. They also have 18-course and 18-course uni menus, priced at $68 and $98 respectively. Both are available for dinnertime.
Address: 1 Tras Link, #01-06, Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:45am to 2:45pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6443 3463
Rakuya is a cosy sake joint in Katong that serves up pocket-friendly omakase. Giving a spin on typical Japanese dishes by adding various Asian flavours, you can expect unique items here including Mapo Chawanmushi, Fried Prawn Head with Sambal Mayo and Yuzu Kaya Toast. Prices range from $48++ to $128++, and the omakase sets feature an appetiser, a cold dish, hot dishes, chawanmushi, a main, a carb-based item, soup and sweets after.
Check out our full review of Rakuya’s omakase menu!
Address: 89 East Coast Road, #01-01, Singapore 428790
Opening hours: Tues-Sun12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 6440 7071
4. Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar
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Located at Palais Renaissance along Orchard Road is Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar. Popular among Japanese expats, the restaurant takes pride in the quality of the ingredients used. Their Lunch Omakase starts at $88++, and comes with a starter, sashimi, five other dishes, and dessert. Their omakase menu changes twice a week, so you can always look forward to new creations.
Address: 390 Orchard Road, #B1-02/02A/03, Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6737 1065
5. Hakumai Sushi
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Trust the chefs of Hakumai to surprise you with a selection of delicious grub with their omakase sets. If you like predictability, get the Hakumai Sushi Omakase ($88.80++), which comprises eight pieces of assorted premium sushi, kawahagi (thread-sail filefish, which some say is similar to fugu), soup, and Japanese ice-cream. But if you have deep pockets and want to be truly surprised, their Hakumai Signature Omakase (from $198++) will be right up your alley, with its seasonal signature dishes.
Address: 10 Anson Road, #01-50A, International Plaza, Singapore 079903
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6224 4790
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Sit by the counter and enjoy a true chef’s table experience at Miraku, a classically Japanese omakase and kaiseki bar with just 15 seats. Prices start at a very affordable $68++ for their Raku Sushi Course lunch omakase, with 13 courses, including nine types of nigiri sushi. If you feel like splurging more, then get the Miraku Sushi Course for lunch. At $88++, you get 16 courses, with 11 types of nigiri sushi.
Address: 3 Pickering Street, #01-31, Nakin Row, Singapore 049660
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 8138 3071
7. Hana Japanese Restaurant
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Hana Japanese Restaurant is best known for their “flying” somen served in custom cup noodle packets, but apart from this IG-worthy dish, they also serve up extremely affordable omakase meals. Priced from $38++ for 15 courses, the cheap omakase menu spans sushi, tempura, soba, and others, though this is subject to change depending on the season. Reservations are only made through Facebook Messenger or calls to 6737 5525.
Check out our review of Hana Japanese Restaurant.
Address: 583 Orchard Road, #01-17, Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 2:45pm, 6pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 6737 5525
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New Japanese restaurant Genzo sells both affordable chirashi bowls starting at $12.80, as well as an 11-course omakase option at $100+. Working out to just below $10 a course, expect maki rolls made with premium ingredients, wagyu beef donburi, Japanese oysters, and more to grace your table. Depending on the season, you could also get uni and foie gras served.
Address: 336 River Valley Road, #04-02, Singapore 238366
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 9468 8800
Rappu, run by the folks behind Featherblade Steakhouse, has quite a unique approach to omakase: instead of a variety of dishes, you get a six-course handroll menu for $36++. Don’t think this shortchanges you of variety, though, as all handrolls feature a diversity of flavour and fresh ingredients to keep you excited throughout your meal. Highlights include engawa, kampachi, hotate, and crab rolls.
Check out our full review of Rappu Sushi Bar.
Address: 52 Duxton Road, Singapore 089516
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Cheap omakase places in Singapore
The next time you’re planning date night, bring bae to one of these omakase restaurants for a night to remember! For more Japanese food, check out our Sora review, which offers tasty Japanese dishes at Changi Airport, or our guide to Japanese buffets!