12 lesser-known Japanese restaurants for omakase under S$100 in Singapore

by Christabel Tan

For those who’ve yet to venture into the wondrous world of omakase, it is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it up to you”. Guests sit back and indulge in a multi-course meal featuring the best seasonal produce curated by the chef. Being a spectator to the (often theatrical) craft, and immersing yourself in the element of surprise — it’s a dining experience unlike any other.

As someone who loves going for omakase whenever a special occasion rolls around, I’ve learnt that lunch menus offer the best value, with many of them priced below S$100 per person.

Want to treat yourself without going overboard? Here are 12 Japanese restaurants offering top quality omakase sets that will not break the bank.

G Izakaya

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G Izakaya may be a newcomer in the sea of high-end Japanese omakase restaurants, but they’ve been drawing the crowds with a value-for-money seasonal 6 Course Omakase (S$68) consisting of a zensai, mushimono, three kinds of sashimi, a hot dish, nigiri sushi, and dessert.

If you want to splurge a little more, go for the 8 Course Omakase (S$98), which comes with an additional age mono and suno mono.

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You can also find a range of Lunch Onzen sets from S$9.80, as well as Happy Hour alcohol and oyster deals.

Reservations can be made via Whatsapp at +65 91835393.

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๐Ÿ“ Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road #01-52A/B, Singapore 199589
๐Ÿ•’ 11.30amโ€“2pm, 5.30pmโ€“10.30pm (Mon to Fri), 5.30pmโ€“10.30pm (Sat & Sun)

Unkai Sushi

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Unkai Sushi serves up elegant Japanese cuisine with flair. The omakase menu offered has three different price points based on the season’s best — go for the Tsuki (S$88), which comes with an appetizer, 10 pieces of sushi, one handroll, soup, and dessert. Just thinking about the signature 30-day aged Chutoro and Peek-A-Boo, a chutoro and uni nigiri, makes me salivate.

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Have less time to kill? Opt for the a la carte menu, which boasts an equally impressive selection of donburi, sashimi, and sushi.

Reservations can be made here.

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๐Ÿ“ Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, 1 Tanglin Rd, #01-10, Singapore 247905
๐Ÿ•’ 11.30amโ€“2.30pm, 6pmโ€“10pm (Daily)

Jun Omakase

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You don’t have to worry about upholding strict fine dining etiquette at Jun Omakase, a modern yet casual restaurant in Raffles Place. The immensely popular Lunch Omakase (S$68) is a 7-course omakase with two starters, assorted sashimi, two mains, assorted sushi, and dessert. Be prepared to jostle with the CBD lunch crowds — don’t forget to book your seats in advance.

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There are also Set Meals (from S$28) inclusive of soup, salad, and a dessert, like the Ton Toro (S$32), grilled pork jowl with sashimi, and the Barachirashi (S$30).

Reservations can be made here.

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๐Ÿ“ 3 Church St, #01-01 Samsung Hub, Singapore 049483
๐Ÿ•’ 11.30amโ€“2.30pm, 5.30pmโ€“9.30pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Tue

MARUKYU Japanese Dining

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Headed by an executive chef with over 25 years of experience in Japanese haute cuisine, the cosy MARUKYU Japanese Dining offers omakase and kaiseki in Telok Ayer.

The Lunch Omakase Hana ่Šฑ (S$68+) features seasonal appetisers, sashimi, a simmered dish, a grilled dish, noodles, and a dessert, while the Lunch Omakase Maru ไธธ ($88+) takes it up a notch with sushi, osuimono, and premium sashimi. At dinnertime, prices for omakase start from S$78.

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A Vegetarian Omakase ็ด  (S$78+ for lunch, S$100+ for dinner) is available upon request and can be customised for vegan and allium-free diets.

Reservations can be made here.

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๐Ÿ“ 116 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068585
๐Ÿ•’ 11.30amโ€“2.30pm, 6pmโ€“10pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun & PH

Wagyu & Sushi by Matoba

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Hidden in a discrete area of Capitol Piazza is Wagyu & Sushi by Matoba, one of the few Japanese restaurants that specialise in wagyu sushi. Omakase featuring wagyu courses typically cost upwards of S$150, but you can savour the prized beef without burning a big hole in your pocket with the Lunch Omakase Course (S$78+).

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Alternatively, order the Japanese Wagyu Sukiyaki Don (from S$48+/100g) or Wagyu Katsu Sandwich (S$48+) from the Matoba Set Menu.

Reservations can be made via Whatsapp at +65 8309 0756.

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๐Ÿ“ 15 Stamford Rd, #01-82A @Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178906
๐Ÿ•’ 12pmโ€“2.30pm, 6pmโ€“10.30pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun

TORIO

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Named after the Japanese word for “trio”, TORIO dishes up premium Japanese cuisine with a little twist. Creative cooking techniques and luxe ingredients like truffle and foie gras are used to elevate classic omakase staples. the NAGOMI ้™ set (S$80) that comes with over eight different courses.

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You can also find Dinner Courses (S$68 each) highlighting the likes of yaki zakana (fish) and gyuniku (beef), and of course, plenty of a la carte options.

Reservations can be made here.

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๐Ÿ“ 50 Tiong Bahru Rd, #01-01 Link Hotel, Singapore 168733
๐Ÿ•’ 11.45amโ€“2.30pm, 6pmโ€“10pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon

Jidai Restaurant

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For non-traditional French-Japanese omakase, look no further than Jidai Restaurant, a hip and stylish izakaya-inspired restaurant along Circular Road. The finely crafted 8 Course Omakase (S$78) is prepared with a personal and progressive touch, showcasing creations like the King Hokkaido Scallop with White Peach Foam and Red Snapper Tempura with Uni.

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Check out the extensive sake menu if that’s your preferred poison of choice.

Reservations can be made here.

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๐Ÿ“ 9 Circular Rd, Singapore 049365
๐Ÿ•’ 12pmโ€“10.30pm (Tue to Sat), 5pmโ€“10.30pm (Mon), Closed on Sun

Ippoh Tempura Bar

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Opened by Ippoh, Osaka’s oldest premium tempura restaurant, Ippoh Tempura Bar features Osaka-style tempura omakase in a refined setting at Dempsey. Go for the Tendon Set (S$50) or Tsubaki (S$80), which features eight pieces of perfectly fried tempura and kakiage during lunch.

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Get a taste of seasonal tempura you wouldn’t commonly find at restaurants, like chi ayu (Japanese baby sweet fish), mizunasu (Japanese water eggplant), and tachiuo (Japanese beltfish).

Reservations can be made here.

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๐Ÿ“ Block 17B Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
๐Ÿ•’ 12pmโ€“3pm, 6pmโ€“10pm (Mon to Thu & Sun), 12pmโ€“3pm, 6pmโ€“11pm, (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH & PH)

BOTAN Japanese Restaurant

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One of the foreunners of Japanese cuisine in Singapore (since 1999!), BOTAN Japanese Restaurant is a traditional restaurant helmed by award-winning veteran chef Thomas Kok. For just S$78, you can order the Lunch Omakase inclusive of premium ingredients like A5 Miyazaki wagyu beef, puffer fish, and otoro.

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There are also generously portioned Lunch Sets (from S$18) and a well-loved a la carte menu that has stood the test of time.

Reservations can be made here.

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๐Ÿ“ Unit 37 Pekin St, #01-01 Far East Square, Singapore 048767
๐Ÿ•’ 11.30amโ€“2.15pm, 5.45pmโ€“10pm (Mon to Sat), 5.45pmโ€“10pm (Sun)

Miraku

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Tucked away in Chinatown is the cosy and intimate 15-seater Miraku, a sushi restaurant that specialises in omakase, and omakase only. The Miraku Sushi Course (S$88), a satisfying and value-for-money omakase available only during lunch, features nine types of nigiri sushi (including toro) and a wagyu uni rice roll.

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Diners can choose to top up for courses like the Wagyu Sukiyaki with Onsen Egg (S$25) and Mini Nagaochi, Uni Ikura Bowl (S$68).

Reservations can be made here.

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๐Ÿ“ 3 Pickering Street, #01-31, Nankin Row, Singapore 048660
๐Ÿ•’ 11.30amโ€“3pm, 6pmโ€“10pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun

Ken Japanese Restaurant

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Previously known as Yamato Japanese Restaurant, Ken Japanese Restaurant is a hidden gem in Novena. The mastery of award-winning Head Chef Ryo Endo shines through in the restaurant’s seasonal kaiseki-style omakase prepared using ingredients imported mainly from Yamagata, Japan. The Special Lunch Omakase (S$68) gives you great value for six exquisite courses.

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Prices for the Lunch Set Menu start at S$25, perfect for those in need of a mid-day sashimi, tempura, or kaisen don pick-me-up.

Reservations can be made here.

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๐Ÿ“ 1 Goldhill Plaza #01-17, Singapore 308899
๐Ÿ•’ 11.30amโ€“2pm, 5.30pmโ€“9.30pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon

ISHI

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ISHI in Robertson Quay presents Japanese fine dining in a sleek, welcoming space with an emphasis on seasonality and traditional techniques. The Ulala (S$80) comes with a starter, seven pieces of sushi, an ikura rice bowl, miso soup, and dessert. Why not be a baller and top up S$30 for a special rice bowl of negitoro, kani, uni, and ikura?

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You can also order the Chirashi Set (S$68) or Wagyu Beef Don Set (S$78) for an extra-luxe lunch.

Reservations can be made here.

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๐Ÿ“ InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Road, #02-06, Singapore 238909
๐Ÿ•’ 12pmโ€“2.30pm, 6.30pmโ€“10.30pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon

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