Singaporeans love Japanese food, and we also love buffets. Why not get the best of both worlds and combine them for a list of the best Japanese buffets in Singapore?
We all love to indulge once in a while, especially so with the fresh, juicy catches of sashimi Japan culture has to offer. But I know, sashimi can be a little harsh on the pocket. Not to mention if you’re a hardcore sashimi fan like myself, where even you can surprise yourself with the amount of sashimi you ingest in one seating.
Having scoured Singapore to sample and find the best Japanese buffets around, with an overload of sashimi (no regrets here), we bring you the best places to have your Japanese buffets in Singapore. Personally curated and tasted by our team of writers for months, we’re probably going to lay off sashimi for a while now.
With an unbeatable price for its selection of wagyu cuts, you can embrace the fatty tenderness and allow the buttery goodness to coat your tongue as you fall back into wagyu heaven. Beefy highlights include: wagyu tongue (some exotic cut there), premium wagyu sashimi and my favourite wagyu tataki.
Their beef is very fresh with strong umami notes, where its delicate texture simply makes the sashimi a real slide down the mouth. Ponzu and wasabi are presented on the side that will change the delicate flavour quite significantly.
Okay, there is a really good selection of fresh sashimi cuts along with the beef as well. But I’m sure your attention will be focused on the all-you-can-eat marbled wagyu beef. Talking about it makes me want to go back already.
Shin Minori is one of my favourites as a great Japanese buffet because it definitely hits the sweet spot between value and quality. Expect above average Japanese cuisine in return for a relatively low cost (S$58.90++), as well as ingenious creations by their chefs.
Their maki selection is a myriad blend of flavours that go together really well to create a sweet yet savoury mix. Also expect fresh and premium cuts of juicy, thick slices of sashimi as well, all on an a la carte basis for freshness.
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3. Shabu Sai
Another very value-for-money buffet option here, Shabu Sai presents plates and plates of quality cuts of meat from all over the world, for just a nominal price to be dunked in their delicious shabu shabu soups.
Shabu Sai is an excellent choice to go for the carnivorous Singaporean. Despite all the meats, let’s not forget the buffet of vegetables available as well. Free flow of soft drinks and ice cream are also available at the desserts bar for an additional S$2.00++. The downside is that there is a time limit of 70 mins for lunch, and 90 mins for dinner so do take note.
Hokkaido Sushi is all about unique dishes like their Hamachi Truffle and Hokkaido Maki, which was created by their sushi master. Their lunch buffet is priced at S$42.00++, while their dinner buffet prices start at S$49.00++ from Monday to Thursday and S$53.00++ from Friday to Sunday.
Of course, you can also expect freshly imported sashimi flown in bi-weekly from Tsukiji and Sapporo as well as delectable signature dishes like the Grilled Halibut which is silky in your mouth, and the Tempura Prawn that was so light and legit crispy (unless soggy tempura is your thing). *Orders 10 Tempura Prawns without shame*.
5. Kushi Dining Bar
Kushi Dining Bar is a spectacular gem hidden well right into the outskirts of Orchard Road. Over at Hotel Royal, I feel Kushi serves up premium, quality Japanese dishes at just a fraction of the price as per its non-buffet competitors (S$41.80++ for lunch, S$45.80++ for dinner).
Expect to indulge in decadent and all the more delicious selection of their cooked food; wagyu beef cubes, lobster porridge, salmon head, tataki and many more. Their sashimi is really fresh and juicy as well, featuring premium thick cuts of salmon belly, swordfish, tuna, tako, amaebi and more. If you are looking for a high quality Japanese buffet, Kushi is the place to be at.
Simple, no-frills and fresh. After a while, there are just only so many ways to describe sashimi, but I can assure you that Ikoi’s sashimi is really fresh and juicy. The ala carte buffet (S$38.00++) at Ikoi presents premium, thick cuts, including classic favourites like sake (salmon), hamachi (yellowtail), mekajiki (swordfish) and tako (octopus).
Their grilled selection was not too bad as well, but bordering on the average side. It’s a small, crowded restaurant and service might be slow, so do order a substantial amount each time the waiter finally comes around. There’s a free seafood soup that is served to each guest, but the servers sometimes forget so do remind them.
Ikoi is a popular yet unpublicized joint, so definitely make reservations at least a few days in advance as it gets full rather fast.
7. Tajimaya Yakiniku
Let’s cut to the point here: All-you-can-eat Premium Wagyu Buffet (S$58.90++ for lunch and S$68.90++ for dinner)! For 100 minutes, pamper your taste buds with unlimited Wagyu Beef, Kurobuta Pork, Tiger Prawns, fresh Sashimi, and more. Grilled over white charcoal to get that smoky fragrance only a good BBQ can achieve, the Wagyu Beef slices almost melts in your mouth. For extra oomph, dip your charcoal-grilled beef in your sauce of choice– miso, tare (a mix of shoyu, lemon, and vinegar), or their in-house special citrus sauce!
Vivocity 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-102/103, Singapore 098585
+65 6377 0070
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sat: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm
Sun: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
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The good thing about Irodori is their ala carte buffet (S$38.80++), which features never ending plates of fresh cuts of sashimi, skilfully cut such that it will make your mouth water. We didn’t really prefer their grilled selection, with the sauces being a tad on the salty side. But their tempura and sashimi sections managed to save the day, and we just might be back for more. Simple and affordable.
With over 130 dishes in their ala carte buffet menu (S$51.90++), you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice at Mitsuba. Their sashimi slices are fresh and thickly cut (just the way I like it), and they also serve up a decent variety of Yaki Mono and Age Mono dishes (grilled and deep-fried dishes respectively) so you won’t be stuck eating the same few dishes throughout the buffet.
6 Eu Tong Sen Street #03-88 Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817
+65 6227 0388
Mon to Thu: 11:30am – 1:45pm, 6pm – 9:20pm
Fri & Sat: 11:30am – 1:45pm, 5:30 – 7:20pm, 8pm – 9:50pm
Sun: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm
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10. Himawari Japanese Restaurant
Himawari manages to achieve that melt-in-your-mouth consistency in sashimi everyone so desires, and this is one of the sole reasons you would definitely be returning back for more. They offer a generously wide selection of premium cuts, including swordfish, yellowtail, tuna and such. Try out their Spider Maki (soft shell crab), which was absolutely delicious.
Himawari also comes with a shabu shabu/sukiyaki hotpot for the table (you can choose which soup you prefer), and this selection really brought their value to a whole new level, with thinly sliced, juicy marbled beef available for order along with other meats.
The restaurant location is a bit far though, making it that much more hidden.
For a Japanese buffet (S$39.90++ for lunch, S$57.90++ for dinner), Shinyuu carries uniquely crafted sushis that are of a higher grade than its usual competitors, with the likes of seared tuna belly sushi, and their signature Shin Yuu Special Aburi Sushi (Salmon); seared salmon sushi with a smear of mentaiko. You also get complimentary Toro Sashimi, Taraba Kani, Zuwa Kani Tempura and Japanese ice cream with every a la carte buffet dinner order.
The aburi was something refreshingly different and we really enjoyed how the different textures and taste complimented the torched flavour really well. Sashimi fans will also be delighted to hear that they offer premium, thick cuts, fresh and juicy to appeal to everyone.
12. Yakiniku Ohji
Feel like treating yourself to a comforting and hearty feast? Yakiniku Ohji offers Japanese charcoal BBQ and a salmon-inspired buffet that will satisfy all your Japanese cravings.
There are a total of four tiers to choose from, the cheapest being the first tier (S$19.80++) which comes with more than 35 items, and of course, the most lavish fourth tier (S$42.80++) which gives you full access to the salmon menu and lavish items like Angus beef and Harami skirt steak.
321 Clementi Ave 3, #01-01, Singapore 129905
+65 6258 2849
Daily: 12pm – 10pm
13. En Dining
One of the more popular all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet spots (S$58.00++) in Singapore, En Dining offers free-flow sashimi, sushi, miyazaki wagyu, shabu shabu and so much more! Their buffet selection also features an Okinawa menu which spots unique dishes like Moyashi Champuru (traditional Okinawa stir-fry) and Rafute (Okinawa-style braised pork belly).
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Editor’s End Notes
There are quite a few other Japanese buffets in Singapore that offer really affordable prices, Kiseki being one of them. But the team has unanimously agreed that even though the price is low, the quality isn’t that good enough to be featured here.