15 best omakase restaurants in Singapore for the most authentic Japanese dining experience

Omakase is an exquisite dining experience that’s uniquely Japanese. It translates to “I’ll leave it up to you”, where customers entrust the entire menu in the chef’s hands. 

Chefs take advantage of this flexibility to customise the menus to their speciality, and often weave in seasonal ingredients to create a wonderfully bespoke experience for the diners, who simply need to sit back, watch the chefs at work, and enjoy.

We’ve curated the top omakase restaurants in Singapore, so that you can relish in the most authentic Japanese dining experience there is.

A fair warning: these restaurants tend to be on the higher end, so do check out our other list of affordable omakase sets if you’re looking for wallet-friendly options.

1. Ginza Sushi Ichi

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Ginza Sushi Ichi first started out as a humble restaurant in the vibrant Ginza district of Tokyo, and slowly expanded to Singapore and Bangkok.

Their Singapore branch proudly holds a coveted Michelin star, a distinction it has maintained for an impressive 8 consecutive years. Situated within the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, the restaurant offers exquisite omakase menus available for both lunch and dinner.

Whether or not you’re here for Ginza Sushi Ichi’s Lunch Omakase (S$270 per pax) or Dinner Omakase (S$480 per person), you can be assured that you’ll be in for a treat— Ginza Sushi Ichi prides itself on using premium ingredients, like its top-grade bluefin tuna, which is sourced directly from Hicho, a reputable tuna distributor ranked among the top 5 at Tsukiji Fish Market.

320 Orchard Road, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore 238865
+65 6235 5514
Tue to Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10pm
Sun: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10pm
Closed on Mon
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2. Takayama

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Chef Taro Takayama is the brainchild and pair of hands behind Takayama, an exquisite Kappo fine-dining restaurant located in Singapore’s CBD. 

Not only has Chef Takayama worked at 3 Michelin-starred restaurants in Japan, he was also appointed as Master Chef at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Singapore, serving up his creations to celebrities and dignitaries, including Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and the late ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. That explains its 4.7 star rating on Google, with 130 reviews to date!

At the time of writing, Takayama is serving up its Spring menu, with an 8-course Dinner Omakase Tasting Menu (S$280++) featuring spot prawn from Japan, sashimi of seasonal Japanese fishes, foie gras mousse, and more. If you’re feeling indulgent, be sure to try Chef Takayama’s Premium Dinner Menu (S$350++), which uses more luxurious ingredients like Hokkaido abalone and A5 Miyazaki wagyu sirloin.

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6A Shenton Way, Downtown Gallery, #01-09/10, Singapore 068815
+65 9168 2639
Tue to Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm & 7pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Sun & Mon
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3. Sushi Koike

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With a stunning 4.7 star rating and 126 reviews on Google to date, Sushi Koike definitely deserves a spot on this list. Its chef, Koji Koike, was raised at the legendary Tsukiji Fish Market from a young age of 6, learning the sushi trade from his father and grandfather, who were both sushi masters.

Continuing the tradition, the establishment serves authentic sushi that transports you to its original time and place.

Specialising in Edomae sushi, Chef Koike’s lunch omakase menus start from S$168++ and go up to S$288++, while its dinner omakase menus range from S$280++ to S$400++, with the additional option of choosing a counter seat or private room. 

36 Circular Road, Singapore 049392
+65 6532 0050
Mon: 6.30pm – 11pm
Tue to Sat: 12pm – 3pm & 6.30pm – 11pm
Closed on Sun
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4. Tomidou

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Tomidou rests at 1 Nassim Road, an opulent Omakase restaurant which imports only the freshest and top-notch produce from the Land of the Rising Sun. All ingredients are specially selected and flown in 4 days a week from places like Hyogo, Nagoya, Yamagata and Hokkaido, just to name a few.

The restaurant is led by Head Chef Akira Horikawa, who brings 29 years of experience, including 15 years at Japan’s esteemed Ginza Kyubey.

Assisting him is Sous Chef Kenjiro Koide, with 28 years of experience from renowned establishments like Kitcho and Nadaman. Hailing from a lineage of skilled Japanese chefs, his family owned and managed their own restaurants. Chef Kenjiro introduces a treasured unagi recipe passed down through his family for 53 years.

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What sets them apart is the infusion of French elements into the omakase, crafting their signature twist on dishes such as the Torched Foie Gras Otoro Sushi. The opulence of foie gras meets the richness of Otoro, the most prized cut of tuna.It is flambéed to perfection, creating an astounding fusion. This culinary spectacle is then crowned with a sprinkle of summer truffle shavings, delivering an earthy flavour burst.

Experience Tomidou’s Sakura (S$188++) lunch omakase with 10 dishes including chawanmushi, sushi, miso soup, egg, and dessert. Alternatively, opt for the extravagant Tomidou (S$468++) dinner omakase showcasing 19 exquisite dishes.

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Tomidou stands as Singapore’s 1st omakase venue to introduce the sought-after Nigo x Pharrell Sake Storm Cowboy series, a fusion of sake, fashion, and art conceived by Japanese designer Nigo and American musician Pharrell Williams. Additionally, you can savour Jyuyondai, the pinnacle of luxury sake.

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1 Nassim Road, #01-01, Singapore 258458
+65 9135 1010
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm
Closed on Sun
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5. Oshino

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1 Michelin-starred Oshino is known for its various traditional techniques (such as ageing and preservation) to bring out the flavour of each fish.

Located at Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade, this fine-dining restaurant is helmed by Chef Koichiro Oshino and embodies the philosophy of “一期一会” (pronounced in Japanese as ichi go ichi e), which is translated to “occuring once and only”. Chef Oshino invites his customers to immerse themselves fully in the present, and to savour it as the first and last of its kind.

Scoring a 3.9 star rating on Google with 67 reviews to date, Oshino has 4 omakase menus: for lunch, try its Sushi Edomae (S$220) or Chef’s Special (S$300), and for dinner, go for Chef Oshino’s Sushi Edomae (S$350) or Chef Omakase (S$500). All 4 menus come with a variety of sushi or sashimi, which are paired with appetisers, cooked dishes, soups or desserts.

328 North Bridge Road, Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade, #01-11, Singapore 188719
+65 9012 3938
Tue to Sat: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Sun & Mon
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6. Sushi Mieda

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Sushi Mieda might just be Singapore’s smallest Japanese restaurant, sporting only 8 seats on the 10th floor of the OUE Tower, so you’ll have front row seats for an epicurean omakase meal!

Behind the counter is Executive Chef Ryoichi Nakatani and his assistant, Chef Emi Nakatani. This power husband-and-wife duo has decades worth of culinary experience— Chef Nakatani was born and raised in the Chiba prefecture in Japan, spending 30 years honing his craft in Edomae sushi, while Chef Emi has 20 years of experience as an international chef.

Using curing techniques, Chef Nakatani’s lunch omakase menus start from Nagomi (S$160++ per pax), which consists of an appetiser, 8 pieces of Nigiri sushi, grilled fish, soup and dessert.

There’s also dinner options starting with Taketori (S$250++ per pax), and goes all the way up to the exclusive Chef Seasonal Omakase (S$450++ per pax), which features premium courses.

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60 Collyer Quay, Level 10 OUE Tower, Singapore 049322
+65 9880 7071
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 9.30pm
Closed on Sun
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7. Sushi Masaaki

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Sushi Masaaki is helmed by Chef Masaaki, who grew up along the Kamo River in Kyoto, Japan. Even from his early years of fishing, his mother could tell that he would grow up to become a sushi chef— that was how much he loved fish! 

Chef Masaaki formally entered the industry at the age of 18, and when he turned 27, he opened Sushi Masaaki along Beach Road in Dec 2020. He blends traditional cooking methods with his unique creativity to offer distinctive omakase menus.

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The fine-dining restaurant offers 4 omakase menus, starting with the Yui (S$220), which is available for lunch, and the priciest being the Ren (S$380), which is a dinner exclusive. All of its ingredients are air-flown directly from Toyosu Market, ensuring what you’d get is the freshest there is.

26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue, #B1-17, Singapore 189768
+65 6388 1555 / +65 8688 1555 (Whatsapp)
Tue to Sun: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm
Closed on Mon
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8. Hamamoto

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Hamamoto is the eponymous debut of Chef Kazuhiro Hamamoto, formerly of Ki-Sho, so you know that you’ll need a lot of patience when trying to score a seat at this prestigious Kappo omakase restaurant, which seats only 12 pax.

The Japanese spot intertwines sushi and kaiseki art, emphasising seasonal ingredients. The cuisine embodies Chef Kazu’s philosophy that food nourishes the soul.

Chef Hamamoto has 3 omakase menus: Hamamoto Lunch (S$280) for lunch, and Hamamoto Classic (S$425) and Hamamoto Experience (S$550) for dinner.

The omakase experience is exquisitely well thought out, starting from the custom ceramic lacquerware which uses an ancient Totai Shiiki technique that fuses porcelain and lacquer, to the house sake Hamamoto 7, which is created in collaboration with the iconic Tatenokawa Brewery from Yamagata prefecture. Needless to say, the food preparation is carried out with the utmost care and tenacity, with Chef Hamamoto reimagining each season’s best ingredients.

58 Tras Street, Singapore 078997
+65 9672 7110
Tue to Sat: 12pm – 3pm & 6.30pm – 11pm
Closed on Sun & Mon
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9. Sushi Kimura

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With its stellar reputation, 1 Michelin-starred Sushi Kimura’s spot on this list definitely doesn’t come as a surprise. Helmed by Chef Tomoo Kimura, this 22-seater fine-dining sushi-ya is located at Palais Renaissance and is a must-try for all omakase lovers.

The attention to detail is astounding and is exemplified through everything you see and touch— the hinoki counter is crafted from a 150-year-old-tree; the noren fabric dividers hanging in the doorways are made out of 200-year-old kimono fabric passed down in Chef Kimura’s family; and the placements even have personally hand-carved stamps reflecting the Japanese symbol for the current season.

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This extends to the food offered, which is meticulously sourced and prepared. Special attention is even paid to basic ingredients like rice, vinegar, nori and the water used in cooking. Through its various menus and price points, which range from S$180 to S$450 per pax, guests can indulge in seasonally-curated Edomae-style delicacies and fresh premium ingredients from different parts of Japan.

390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance, #01-07, Singapore 238871
+65 6734 3520 / +65 8428 0073
Tue to Sat: 12.30pm – 3pm & 7pm – 10pm
Closed on Sun & Mon
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10. Sushi Ayumu by Masa Ishibashi

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Located in Mandarin Gallery, Sushi Ayumu by Masa Ishibashi was originally led by head Chef Ryoichi Nakatani, who was the head chef of Hashida Sushi and is now at Sushi Mieda (which is number 6 on our list). In fact, this very space used to be occupied by Hashida Sushi!

In May 2021, the restaurant underwent a rebranding and announced a new chapter, with Chef Masa Ishibashi at its helm. 

Most known for his years as the Executive Chef of Ginza Sushi Ichi (which is number 1 on our list), Chef Masa aims to create the perfect omakase experience with his eye for detail and dynamism. His offerings are available for both lunch and dinner, starting from S$198++ per pax for its 6-course Yayoi lunch menu, to its Omakase Minazuki, which is priced from S$480++ per pax.

333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #04-16, Singapore 238897
+65 6733 2114 / +65 9159 0102
Tue to Sun: 12pm – 3pm & 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Mon
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11. Hashida

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At Hashida, celebrity chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida, or more affectionately known as ‘Hatch’, takes the stage.

Ever since it opened in Mandarin Gallery in 2013, Chef Hashida has gained a staunch following among the most discerning diners. Its latest location is along Amoy Street, where Chef Hashida spearheaded every aspect of its design— from the torii gate which is typically found at the entrance of the Shinto shrine, to even the tiny Star Wars lego toy hidden in the ceiling.

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Hashida adopts the Japanese philosophy of Shu Ha Ri, an ancient Japanese martial arts concept where each syllable marks a different stage: tradition, innovate, transcend. 

His first restaurant at Mandarin Gallery focused on tradition, and presented authentic and high-end Edomae sushi using century-old techniques from ancient Japan. Now, Chef Hashida is ready to move into his third iteration: to transcend tradition in an innovative way. 

Its omakase menus range from S$200++ to S$450++ and beyond per pax, depending if you’re dining for lunch or dinner, but you can fully expect to be blown away by one-of-a-kind offerings like chawanmushis with a square of mochi housing translucent Japanese ice fish suspended in motion, and sushi rice bowls topped with glistening ikura and uni.

77 Amoy Street, Singapore 069896
+65 8129 5336
Tue: 7pm – 10.30pm
Wed to Sun: 12pm – 3pm & 7pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Mon
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12. Ki-sho

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Ki-sho resides within a historic black-and-white bungalow on Scotts Road, once home to colonial-era civil servants.

This omakase restaurant features a kappo-style dining room with an L-shaped Hinoki wood counter accommodating 11 guests. Moreover, the upper deck provides 2 private dining rooms, seating 8 and 12 guests respectively, ensuring an exclusive dining experience.

The restaurant is led by Chef Shinichi Nakatake who hopes to bring a thoughtful perspective to traditional Japanese cuisine. You can expect intricate creations such as caviar with uni sauce that’s served on a bed of ice, and shirako tempura garnished with shaved black truffles.

He only offers 2 options per meal period. Either a 7 Course Kappou Omakase (S$180++ per pax) or an 8 Course Kappou Omakase (S$280++ per pax) for lunch.

At dinner, you can go for the 9 Course Kappou Omakase (S$380++ per pax) or the 11 Course Kappou Omakase (S$450++ per pax).

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29 Scotts Road, Singapore 228224
+65 9061 6109
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 3pm & 6.30pm – 11pm
Sat: 6.30pm – 11pm
Closed on Sun
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13. Ichigo Ichie

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It’s indisputable that the omakase scene— both in Japan and in Singapore— are dominated by male chefs. That’s why it was so refreshing to see Chef Akane Eno behind the counter at Ichigo Ichie, a fine-dining Kappo restaurant at InterContinental Robertson Quay.

Born and raised in Tokyo, Chef Akane combined her love for art and food to carve out a career in the F&B industry when she was merely 21 years old. Most notably, she joined Sushi Kimura (number 9 on our list) in 2017 as its head chef, and was known for holding pop-up omakase sessions on Monday nights when Sushi Kimura would usually be closed.

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At Ichigo Ichie, Chef Akane showcases food in a way that looks like art. 

Tilefish and itawakame are plated together and dusted with flakes of salt, while somen is presented in a delicate bowl and accompanied by Japanese tiger prawns, vegetable caviar and uni. Even the hojicha presented at the end of the meal is unique, having been sourced and made specifically for Ichigo Ichie.

While the menu changes according to the season (as well as what the customers like and dislike, especially regulars!), Chef Akane is also known for cooking what she enjoys eating, and often combines unconventional elements such as cream cheese, curry leaves and Maqaw peppers with Japanese techniques to create an omakase experience that’s uniquely hers.

Omakase menus start from S$138++ per person for the 5-course lunch menu, and can go up to S$428++ per person for the bespoke dinner menu.

1 Nanson Road, Intercontinental Robertson Quay, #02-07A, Singapore 238909
+65 9018 2897
Tue to Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm & 7pm – 10.30pm
Closed every Sun & Mon
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14. Shoukouwa

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Shoukouwa is the only 2 Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Singapore, and it’s where you go if you’re looking to experience Edomae sushi at its finest.

With no more than 8 seats at the counter, you can truly expect a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Shoukouwa, where master Japanese chefs execute the art of fine sushi right in front of your eyes. Not to mention, at Shoukouwa, fish, seafood and produce are flown daily to Singapore from Tokyo’s famed Toyosu Market, ensuring that what you get is truly fresh and authentic.

It is no wonder that Shoukouwa’s omakase menus are also one of the priciest, starting at S$350++ per person for its 6-course Miyabi omakase lunch set, and goes up to S$680++ per person for its 7-course EN omakase dinner set.

1 Fullerton Road, One Fullerton, #02-02A, Singapore 049213
+65 6423 9939
Tue to Sat: 1pm – 3pm & 6pm – 8pm & 8.15pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Sun & Mon
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15. Ashino

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Ashino, an 8-seater omakase restaurant in CHIJMES, is so popular that its waitlist is said to span a couple of months. Led by Chef Taku Ashino, who trained as a sushi chef in Tokyo for more than 10 years, Ashino opened in 2015 and is known for its authentic Edomae sushi. 

Using 2 types of rice and only air-flown water from Mount Fuji cooked in a traditional iron kettle, Chef Ashino creates a memorable omakase experience using a wide variety of house-aged fish, which comes from a specific artisan at Toyosu Market, Shinkei Jimei Shi. 

Its prices start at S$180++ for the Sashimi Set (Lunch), which includes grilled fish, sashimi, 10 pieces of sushi, hand roll, miso soup and ice cream, and goes up to S$450++ for the Dinner Omakase, which includes 7 appetisers, 13 pieces of sushi, miso soup, and fruits or ice cream.

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30 Victoria Street, CHIJMES, #01-23, Singapore 187996
+65 6684 4567
Tue to Sat: 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 10pm
Sun: 6pm – 10pm
Closed on Mon
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