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8 Japanese Bars & Restaurants In Singapore To Unwind At After Work (+Earn 5% Cashback!)

Last Updated: April 15, 2019

Written by Deanna Lim

Singaporeans really, really love Japanese food. I’m no exception, and a good Japanese curry or ramen goes a long way to perk me up after a tiring day at work. Even better if you can dine and earn cashback.

Lucky for us, Singapore has tons of good Japanese restaurants with exceptional dishes and booze for after work hangouts. Here are 8 Japanese bars and restaurants you can head to unwind at after work, while earning 5% cashback!

1. Aburiya

Grilled wagyu and cocktails? Yes, please! At Aburiya, you can kick back and relax with premium cuts of wagyu that are grilled to perfection. The intimate yakiniku section is perfect for chilling out after work.

Meat lovers definitely need to try the signature Aburiya Kirotoshi Tokumori (S$24 per 150g). Silky and rich, the beef melts in your mouth easily.

The pricier Tokusen Wagyu Misuji (S$28) is also a must-try, because every cow only provides 3kg of this rare oyster blade. Try it medium rare to get the full range of complex flavours from this delicacy!

If you’re looking for a nightcap, head to their al fresco seating area and order some Wagyu Whisky (S$14 per 45ml). Washed with the wagyu fats from the grill, each batch of this whisky tastes unique.

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Aburiya: 78 Boat Quay, Singapore 049886 | Tel: +65 6532 0365 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm (Mon – Fri), 6pm – 11.30pm (Mon – Sat & Eve of Public Holidays), 6pm – 10.30pm (Sun & Public Holidays) | Website

2. Koji Sushi Bar

You can take your meals up a notch with Koji Sushi Bar, because they serve up omakase that’ll definitely leave you satisfied.

Besides, what better way to relax than to just let the chef handle all the food decisions?

With the island kitchen in the centre, you can even watch the chef expertly prepare your food.

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The dinner omakase selection starts from S$68++, but you can go for the 11-Course (S$85++) option if you’re feeling fancy. The carefully curated courses are sure to put a smile on your face, especially premium dishes, such as the Hamachi Kama (Yellowtail Collar) and Wagyu Beef Sukiyaki Nabemono.

Of course, dishes vary each day because it’s omakase after all. Sit back, relax and leave it to the chef for a relaxing dinner of gastronomic proportions.

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Koji Sushi Bar: 3 Pickering Street, Nankin Row, Singapore 048660 | Tel: +65 6225 6125 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Sat), Closed on Sun | Other Outlets | Facebook | Website

3. Uya Unagi Restaurant

Uya Interior

Craving grilled unagi after work but can’t be bothered to brave the crowd at Man Man Unagi? Uya Unagi Restaurant can help you satisfy that craving.

The simply furnished interior with wooden panelling puts your mind at ease, while the elegant ceramic tiles and a bright-coloured maple tree add some vibrancy to the atmosphere.

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And of course, you’ll want to try the Hitsumabushi (S$35/medium, S$46/large) which is either served in a sleek bowl (medium) or lovely wooden lacquered box (large).

Rest assured, there’s a generous portion of eel with the fluffy Niigata rice, and plenty of condiments, such as dashi stock, wasabi, nori flakes and Sancho pepper.

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There’s nothing like the smoky flavours of grilled eel and fluffy white rice to cheer you up. You can even pour the dashi stock over the eel and rice to eat it as ochazuke, if you wanted something a little more soupy.

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Uya Unagi Restaurant: 501 Orchard Road, #02-15/16, Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880 | Tel: +65 6732 1096 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 3pm (Daily), 6pm – 9.30pm (Sun – Thu), 6pm – 10pm (Fri & Sat) | Facebook | Website

4. Shukuu Izakaya

One of the common Japanese after work hangouts is the izakaya, bars with grilled or fried dishes that can be enjoyed with sake or beer. You can get a taste of izakayas in Singapore at Shukuu Izakaya.

ShuKuu Izakaya - Exterior

Decorated with beautiful Japanese murals and paintings, you’ll feel relaxed when you dine here. Of course, the sake certainly helps too!

With over 60 different types of sake options (S$43 – S$53 per 300ml, S$103 – S$248 per 720ml), which rotate every few months, it’s the perfect spot for after work drinks.

ShuKuu Izakaya - Torikawa Oroshi Ponzu

You’ll want some bar bites to go along with the drinks, so why not try the indulgent yet sinful Torikawa Oroshi Ponzu (S$7++). This crackling chicken skin, paired with a carafe of sake, will help you cast your worries aside.

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Shukuu Izakaya: 8 Stanley Street, Singapore 068727 | Tel: +65 6327 9240 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2pm & 5.30pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 6pm – 10.30pm (Sat), Closed on Sun | Facebook | Website

5. Teppei Syokudo

Sometimes after a bad day at work, all you really need is comfort food. The kaisen don at Teppei Syokudo certainly fits the bill!

This casual dining Japanese joint lets you have fun by making your own DIY Kaisen Don (S$8.80/small, S$15.80/medium, S$19.80/large). Choose your ingredients, and watch the chef prepare your personalised kaisen don.

With premium ingredients and a fun meal concept, dining at Teppei Syokudo can be a great wind down. DIY to your heart’s content here with ShopBack GO, because you’ll get 5% Cashback!

Teppei Syokudo: 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-57, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801 | Tel: +65 6509 9882 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily) | Other Outlets | Facebook

6. Maru Japanese Restaurant

Sharing a meal with friends can definitely turn a bad work day around, and at Maru Japanese Restaurant, the menu is made for sharing.

The spacious interior helps in creating a relaxed atmosphere, and little details reflect the elements of Japanese, Vietnamese and American cuisine. With contemporary fusion cuisine combining three different culinary heritages, you’re in for a good time at Maru Japanese Restaurant.

Their sharing plates include cute and small dishes, such as the Truffle Chawanmushi (S$8/small, S$14/large), which comes in egg shells. Don’t worry, the truffle fragrance doesn’t overpower the smooth and soft eggs.

End your meal (and day) on a sweet note with Matcha Warabi (S$10). This soft mochi dessert has a slight tinge of bitterness from the matcha powder, which is perfect if you’ve had a big meal.

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Maru Japanese Restaurant: 12 Gopeng Street, #01-05 to #01-11, Icon Village, Singapore 078877 | Tel: +65 9757 2219 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm (Daily), Closed on Sun | Facebook | Website

7. Neon Pigeon

With a funky name like Neon Pigeon, this modern Japanese izakaya certainly seems like something you’d want to check out. The dishes are meant for sharing, and aren’t just limited to Japanese flavours — you can get a whole range of Asian fusion dishes here too.

The Soft Shell Crab Bao (S$14/small, S$26/large) is one of their popular bar bites and it comes with perfectly fried soft shell crab.

Together with the black pepper teriyaki sauce and pickled cucumber, this is one dish that’ll leave you ‘bao’ (full in Chinese).

In line with Neon Pigeon’s whimsical theme, the Bonsai (S$12) dessert is a miniature piece of art. Served in a small glass, the chocolate mousse, matcha soil, honeycomb, almonds and raspberries add up to a well-balanced dessert bursting with flavours.

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Neon Pigeon: 1A Keong Saik Road, #01-03, Singapore 089109 | Tel: +65 6222 3623 | Opening Hours: 6pm – 12midnight (Mon – Sat), Closed on Sun | Facebook | Website

8. Kanpai Izakaya

Westies, if you’re looking for somewhere closer to home for after-work drinks, Kanpai Izakaya at Holland Village is perfect for you.

It’s the kind of place that’s great for cracking open a cold one with your friends while indulging in no-frills dishes in a casual setting.

Speaking of which, the Aburi Wagyu Beef Don (S$20) is sure to fill you up. Perfectly torched beef slices blanket fluffy white rice, and an onsen egg tops the beef bowl.

They often have drinks deals, and happy hour sees both Asahi Super Dry (S$16) and Asahi Super Dry Black (S$16) going at a one-for-one promotion. You’ll want to look out for that!

And even better, you can also get 5% Cashback when you dine here with ShopBack GO.

Kanpai Izakaya: 40 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277695 | Tel: +65 6314 2368 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 2pm (Daily), 5pm – 1am (Daily) | Facebook | Website


Of course, the last thing you’d need after a hectic workday is worrying about overspending. Knocking back a few beers and sharing dishes sure can add up to a hefty bill. But what if you could get hassle-free Cashback on your meals?

For those of you who’re always on the lookout for deals, ShopBack GO is a new feature on the ShopBack app which lets you get easy Cashback on your meals. All you need to do is link up your debit or credit card when you’re on ShopBack GO, and you’re good to go.

Once you’ve decided where to eat, activate the Cashback for that restaurant and pay as you normally would with the same card you linked previously. You can get up to 10% Cashback, and transfer the Cashback amount in your ShopBack account straight into your bank account. Psst, ShopBack GO is also 100% free with no subscription fees.

If you’re heading out for dinner tonight, why not try out ShopBack GO? Indulge in your favourite restaurants, because with ShopBack GO, it pays to dine out.

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